COVID-19: The rules around vaccination and ski holidays this winter

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Ski resorts are opting to make it mandatory for skiers, including children, to carry Covid passes to hit the slopes this winter.

With winter knocking, all eyes are on what rules will be in force in ski resorts this season – top of the agenda is Covid passes and the impact they will have on ski holidays.

Before it announced a nationwide lockdown until December 13, Austria announced tightened rules for skiers for the season ahead. Only skiers with proof of vaccination or recovery will be able to access the likes of enclosed ski lifts, and subsequently the slopes, as well as bars and restaurants around resorts this winter. In Italy, it’s the same, but a negative test will also grant access. In France the pass sanitaire remains in force, and it looks likely it will become mandatory in order to access ski lifts, as cases surge.

“Enforcing the Green Pass will be a great challenge from a technical and organisational point of view, but we are happy to know that the start of the next winter season seems at this point to be guaranteed,” says Andy Varallo, President of Italy’s Dolomiti Superski, one of the largest ski destinations in the world, where the lifts remained completely closed last winter due to the pandemic.

Here are the current vaccination rules for travelling to a ski resort, and what you and your family will need to do to enjoy a ski holiday this winter.

Austria

Entry requirements

Austria has announced a nationwide lockdown until December 13, at the latest. During this time travel to Austria for tourism purposes will be banned. After this it is hoped pre-lockdown rules will return, which will mean British travellers must provide proof of vaccination ( from December 6, the validity of two-dose vaccinations, such as those given in the UK, will be reduced to 270 days/nine months), recovery from Covid-19 or evidence of a negative test to enter Austria. Unvaccinated travellers must complete a pre-travel clearance form within 72 hours of arrival, take a test and isolate for 10 days. You can leave self-isolation after five days with a new negative PCR test result.

Vaccination rules in ski resorts

From November 15, all skiers aged 12 and over must follow the “2G Rule” in all cable cars, accommodation, restaurants and bars. This means you must have proof of double vaccination (or single Johnson & Johnson) or recovery test (no older than 24 hours for antigen). Previously, under the “3G” rules a negative test was also accepted (no more than 72 hours for PCR) but as cases rise authorities have tightened restrictions. Until December 13 at the latest all travel to Austria for holidays will not be possible, however.

Rules for children

Children under 12 are exempt from entry testing or quarantine if accompanied by an exempted (vaccinated) adult. If the adult is required to self-isolate, the child is too. Once in Austria, all children and teenagers aged 12 and over must provide proof of Covid recovery, vaccination or take an antigen test every 24 hours, to obtain a lift pass and entry to all hospitality venues, such as restaurants and bars. A PCR (every 72 hour) is no longer valid and ministers expect it to remain this way until the New Year.

France

Entry requirements

Travellers from the UK aged 12 or over must be double-jabbed or give proof of a negative test (PCR or a supervised antigen) within 24 hours of departure to France. Self-tests are not accepted. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for seven days and take a second PCR test at the end of that period. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over must provide a negative test result, and are exempt from isolating if travelling with a double-vaccinated adult.

Vaccination rules in ski resorts

Ski resort bosses met French tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne on Monday September 20 to discuss the use of the ‘pass sanitaire’ in ski resorts – it has been decided it will not be enforced on ski lifts this season, unless cases surpass 200 per 100,000.  Unfortunately, according to data received on November 25 the case rate in France was 253.88 per 100,000. Currently required for all public venues (including hospitality), where there are more than 50 people, the pass sanitaire is issued seven days after a second jab with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca; four weeks after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination; or seven days after having one vaccine if you’ve already had Covid-19.

Proof of infection (from a positive PCR or antigen test) no older than six months, but more than 11 days will also activate a pass. Also valid is a negative PCR test – this must be no older than 24 hours (previously 72 hours) as the Government tightens restrictions on the unvaccinated. For the over 65s, a booster dose will be mandatory to activate the pass from December 15.

Rules for children

Children aged 12 and over are included in the ‘pass sanitaire’ rules for hospitality venues where there are more than 50 people (see above). This means over-12s must be double jabbed, provide proof of infection or a negative PCR test no more than 24 hours old. 

Italy

Entry requirements

British travellers must fill in a passenger locator form and, to be exempt from isolation, provide proof of full vaccination (recovery certificates are not accepted) and a negative PCR or antigen test no older than 48 hours. Unvaccinated travellers must fill in locator forms and provide a negative test, travel to Italy only by private transport and isolate for five days on arrival, with testing (PCR or antigen) at the end of that period. Unvaccinated children under 18 do not need to quarantine if travelling with a vaccinated parent and have a negative test. Children under six are exempt.

Vaccination rules in ski resorts

The Italian government has partially approved its Covid Green Pass for use in ski resorts and on lifts (as well as all public transport, workplaces and hospitality). This means proof of vaccination, past infection or a negative lateral flow test no older than 48 hours (or 72 hours for PCR) is required to access most services in ski resorts, including restaurants and bars, for anyone over the age of 12. Ski lifts will operate at 80 per cent capacity and Covid Green Passes are not required for hotel stays.

Rules for children

The Green Pass applies in restaurants, bars and ski lifts (not hotels) to any children aged 12 and over. Children and teenagers must have proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative PCR tests no more than 72 hours old or lateral flow now older than 48. Vaccine-ineligible children under 12 have to prove their age using official ID.

Switzerland

Entry requirements

Since September 20, travellers can enter Switzerland if they are fully vaccinated or have proof of Covid recovery (a positive PCR no older than 180 days). 

A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or antigen test no older than 48 hours is required for all unvaccinated Britons who meet a list of criteria to be permitted entry, plus a second (PCR or antigen) test compulsory between four and seven days after arrival.

Children under 16 are exempt from testing. Unvaccinated teens aged between 16 and 18 can enter Switzerland if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. All travellers must complete passenger locator forms.

Vaccination rules in ski resorts

Everyone over the age of 16 in Switzerland must now hold a Covid Certificate (proof of Covid vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR/antigen test every three days) at hospitality venues, including bars and restaurants, large-scale events and indoor sporting activities – but not on ski lifts.

Rules for children

Children and teens under 16 are exempt from Covid rules but all adults and teenagers aged 16 and over must hold a Covid pass for domestic hospitality (this is not required for ski lifts).

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