Winter is on it’s way and we are sure that you are, more than ever before, desperate to experience the freedom of snowboarding. We are confident that we will all be snowboarding & skiing in winter 2021-2022, however you may still have questions regarding Covid-19, travel & skiing / snowboarding this season. We have answered some of your questions here to help you plan your perfect winter escape! Please bear in mind that rules can change and you will need to check on the appropriate government’s website for official and up-to-date information.
If your booking is cancelled as a result of a Covid-19 Restriction detailed below we will provide you with either of the two following options:
Covid-19 Restrictions include:
Cancellations due to a Covid-19 Restriction can be made up until:
* For full details see the Terms & Conditions specific to your booking
** Government refers to home or destination government
MINT Snowboarding reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.
It has been announced that ski resorts and their ski lifts will reopen in France this winter, 2021/22. If the sanitary situation allows, no health pass or Covid-19 vaccine passport will be required to use the lifts.
On 30th September 2021 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the French Secretary of State for Tourism, confirmed that the ski lifts will open this winter in French ski resorts, and if the health situation allows, no health pass / pass sanitaire will be needed to access the ski lifts.
If the situation were to deteriorate then a requirement for a pass sanitaire could be applied to use of the ski lifts. A bill on sanitary measures in ski resorts will be presented in parliament on 13th October. Simple and predictable rules are expected to be put in place to help anticipate any changes in protocols.
Check out full details on the reopening of French ski resorts on FranceInfo here.
The medical centres in Morzine, St Jean d’Aulps, Avoriaz, Les Gets & Chatel all offer PCR Covid tests. Results are usually received within 24 hrs. PCR tests need to be booked in advance.
Most pharmacies in France also offer rapid antigen covid tests. Depending on the pharmacy an appointment may need to be booked in advance.
A PCR test costs around €49, and an antigen test about €29. These prices are subject to change.
Check official travel regulations here: Advice for foreign tourist visiting France
The UK to France for fully vaccinated travellers:
Vaccinated people can travel to France for non-essential reasons, such as holidays. You do not need to quarantine on arrival.
You will need to:
Children: Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over who are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult must present a negative Covid test (taken less than 24 hrs before departure) and do not need to self-isolate.
France to the UK for fully-vaccinated travellers:
Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK and no longer need a pre-departure Covid test.
Check here for a useful overview in English of travel to and from France.
Currently in France a health pass / pass sanitaire is required to access public places including cultural venues, restaurants, cafes, and bars. The requirement of a health pass is due to end of 15th November 2021. The health pass is not required for children under 12 yrs.
A pass sanitaire can consist of:
Health passes (pass sanitaire) will not be needed to access the ski lifts in France if the health situation continues to improve. This announcement was made on 30th September 2021 by the French tourism minister.
Official information for foreign nationals travelling to France can be found here: France Travel Advice
For entering or transiting through Switzerland check the following page for requirements: Coronavirus – Entering Switzerland
Everyone aged 12 & over is currently required to show a Covid health pass when entering public places in France, including restaurants & cafés.
To get the French Pass Sanitaire / health pass you will need to download the TousAntiCovid App.
If you are a UK tourist, your Covid-19 vaccination certificate will have a QR code on it that is compatible with the TousAntiCovid app. You just need to scan your UK certificates into the app and present the QR code at places where the health pass is required.
For tourists from other EU countries (inc Switzerland, Iceland, Norway & Liechtenstein) your Covid-19 test and vaccination certificates will be valid in France due to the EU Digital Covid Certificate scheme.
Please refer to the official information on the Swiss Covid Certificate.
If you already have an EU Digital Covid Certificate then you dont need to apply for a Swiss Covid Certificate as these are recognised in Switzerland.
If you do not have an EU Covid Certificate then you must apply for the Swiss certificate online at a cost of 30 chf. It is recommended that you apply two weeks before you travel to Switzerland. Full details here under the section ‘I was vaccinated abroad. How can I get a COVID certificate?‘