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Travel to France from the UK – everything you need to know

Travel to France from UK - Les Gets
©D.Bouchet – Les Gets Tourist Board

5 January 2022

There have been a few news updates today for our UK guests. There is no longer a pre-departure test before flying back to England. The Day 2 PCR test on your return home has also been replaced with a lateral flow test and you do not have to quarantine to wait for the results. These changes are for double vaccinated/boosted travellers from 4am on Friday and are a step in the right direction when travel does open up again. The list of compelling reasons for travelling to France from the UK has also been updated to include some professional reasons.A date for reopening the border for Brits is also due to be discussed next week (Wednesday 12 Jan) at the next defence council meeting. We hope to bring you positive news very soon.

16 December 2021

From Saturday 18 December 2021, travel from the UK to France is only allowed for people with an essential reason. We will be keeping a close eye on this and will update this page as soon as anything changes.

This walk-through is for fully vaccinated guests with an essential reason for travel from England and was correct as of 16 December 2021.

Before you travel to France from the UK

Book your flights and chalet

Travel to France from UK - Grande Corniche, Les Gets

Most of our guests fly into Geneva airport in Switzerland. From here, it’s about an hour and a quarter transfer to the resorts of Morzine and Les Gets, which we can arrange for you. Airlines flying to Geneva include British Airways, easyJet and SWISS. Other airport options, which are further afield, include Lyon and Grenoble. You can also read our feature about driving to Morzine from the UK.

Give us a call on 0203 745 3452 for our latest chalet prices and availability or if you have any questions about a ski holiday in Morzine or Les Gets.

Book insurance

As soon as you book your flights and chalet, we highly recommend taking out travel insurance with COVID-cover in case of an emergency or if you require an extended stay.

Book a PCR test

If you are flying into Geneva: You will need to book a PCR test before you travel (within 24 hours of your departure).

Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.

If you are flying into France: You will need to book a PCR or antigen test before you travel (within 48 hours of your departure).

Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). In this instance, the child aged 12 years old or over does not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival. Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.

Complete France’s Sworn Statement

Download the Sworn Statement, fill it out and take the form with you when you travel. This form asks you to self-certify that you’re not suffering with symptoms of COVID-19 and that you’ve had no contact with any positive cases in the two weeks prior to departure. It’s the ‘Sworn statement’ form that you need to download.

Complete a Certificate of Travel

Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, you will need to prove that you have an essential reason to travel from the UK to France.

You can find the list of compelling reasons and download the certificate to fill out on the French government website.

Complete the Switzerland entry form

If you are flying into Geneva from England and transiting directly to France within 24 hours without a stopover, you don’t have to quarantine. You will need to fill out Switzerland’s entry form online to details the countries you are travelling to (Switzerland and France). Ensure you put that you are transiting.

After filling out the form, you will be emailed an official form with a QR code. You will need to show this QR code/form at check-in.

Proof that you have been fully vaccinated

You’ll also need proof of your vaccination status at almost every step of your journey. You can do this by showing the QR code on your NHS app, but we highly recommend printing it out, too, in case your battery goes flat. It’s also easier to pop in your passport and wallet and keep to hand with the rest of your docs. During your holiday, you will also need to show this QR code in every restaurant and café or indoor attraction to enter. 

Here’s our guide to downloading the PDF NHS Covid Travel Pass QR code. You won’t need to apply for the French “pass sanitaire” version if you do this:

  • Simply download the NHS App on your mobile
  • Select “Get your NHS Covid pass”, then select “Travel Pass
  • Download a PDF copy to your phone or save it to your Apple Wallet. Alternatively, select ‘Receive an offline copy by email’ and print a copy to take with you.

Book a Day 2 PCR test

When you get back to England, you will have to self-isolate until you have a negative PCR test result. We highly recommend booking a PCR test on the day you arrive back in England to minimise the isolation time. There are drive-through and walk-through options at most UK airports. This Day 2 PCR test can be taken anytime between landing (day 0) and the end of day 2.

You need to pre-book your Day 2 PCR test from a private company to take on your return to the UK, so you can’t use the NHS service. You will need to book the Day 2 test before you travel, so you have the confirmation code to put on your Passenger Locator Form, which is filled out before you return home.

Driving to Morzine from the UK

Travelling to France from the U.K - driving to Morzine

If you’re driving to Morzine from the UK, don’t forget you’ll need to swap your GB sticker for a new UK one.

Travelling with children

Children aged 11 years old or younger who are travelling to France from the UK don’t need to provide a COVID test result before travelling. 

Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated, but who are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test (not a self-test) taken within 24 hours of departure. They do not need to self-isolate on arrival unless they’re travelling alone. 

Children aged 12 years old or over who are fully vaccinated follow the same rules as fully vaccinated adults.

When returning to the UK, children aged 4 and under do not need COVID travel tests. Those aged 5-17 will need to do a Day 2 PCR test (between day 0 and day 2), even if they are vaccinated.

Children aged 11 years old or younger who are travelling to France from the UK don’t need to provide a COVID test result before travelling. 

Quick checklist for the airport:

  • Signed French sworn statement
  • Passport (with at least six months’ validity remaining)
  • Flight booking confirmation and boarding passes
  • If flying into Geneva, the Switzerland entry form QR code
  • Proof you are fully vaccinated from the NHS app
  • Proof of negative PCR test taken within the past 48 hours if flying into Geneva (antigen sufficient if flying to France)

During your stay

Self-isolate for seven days

You will need to self-isolate in France for seven days, or you can take a test on arrival in France and end your self-isolation after 48 hours if you test negative.

Face masks

Face masks are still required in all enclosed public spaces in France and bars, restaurants, events, ski lifts and crowded places, unless eating or drinking.

NHS Covid Travel Pass/pass sanitaire

You will require proof that you are fully vaccinated a few times during your holiday. Venues will scan your NHS Travel Pass QR code (see how to download this above). It’s worth printing this out and keeping in your ski jacket, taking a photo of the code on your phone and/or adding to your Apple Wallet. Whatever you find easiest and quickest to show you are fully vaccinated.

Travelling with teens

Anyone over 12 years and 2 months will need a valid health pass (Pass Sanitaire) to use ski lifts, enter restaurants and enjoy experiences such as Alta Lumina. Teens over 12 years and 2 months who are not fully vaccinated (two doses of an approved vaccine) can visit the pharmacies in Morzine and Les Gets. Tests are costing around 25-30 euros and last 24 hours. The tests only take a few minutes to conduct and you get the results in around 20 minutes. You can walk-in (though try to avoid lunchtimes and the last hour of opening) and some pharmacies allow you to book in advance. You can find out more about booking tests on the Morzine Source webpage.

Returning to the UK from France

Antigen or PCR test

Fully vaccinated travellers flying back to England will need a negative test result within 48 hours of returning to the UK. You can visit a pharmacy in Morzine or Les Gets, or buy a Fit to Fly test from a private provider and take it on holiday with you. You can then do this within your chalet. Leave enough time to get the test sent off online and approved. You will need a negative result to fly home and will have to show this at the airport at check-in.

Passenger Locator Form

You’ll need to complete a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you are due to arrive back in the UK. It’s free to complete and, at the time of writing, you’ll still need to add your booking reference number from your pre-booked Day 2 PCR test. Remember, if you are flying back from Geneva, you are departing from Switzerland. You’ll also need to give details of your Hunter Chalet accommodation in France.

Keep an eye on travel updates

Please keep an eye on government updates to travel advice in case there are changes nearer to your travel date. We hope we’ve made the minefield of paperwork a little less confusing. If you haven’t booked your ski holiday yet, get in touch with us on LiveChat or give us a call.

Key websites to keep an eye on:

France travel advice

Switzerland travel advice

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