Covid Measures

Before you travel

A negative PCR or anti-gen test (*see note below), taken within the preceding 48 hours, is required to enter France if you’re arriving from a non-EU country for those aged 12 and over. A test is required regardless of whether or not you’re fully vaccinated.

*Just a note on the type of test – it must detect the N protein of SARS-COV-2, which does rule out many anti-gen tests. Be sure that your test to travel is the correct kind of test in advance.

We recommend having a PCR test to be sure it’ll be accepted.

 

Boosters

As of 27 November 2021, the booster campaign has been expanded to the entire population over the age of 18.

All those aged 18 to 64 years old who have been fully vaccinated for more than seven months will need to demonstrate proof of a booster jab to access the domestic health pass from January 15th.

 

Travel into France

Borders are currently open between the UK and France for those flying to French airports or driving to the Alps 

 

Via Geneva

If you are fully vaccinated, it is now possible to land in Geneva without any quarantine requirements and travel on to France for your ski holiday, as long as you cross into France within 24 hours of your arrival in Switzerland and does not involve a stopover. You’re advised to bring along proof of your onward travel (confirmation of your Jack and Jill reservation for example) to prove your intention to leave Switzerland.

You will need to fill in a passenger locator form as well as a déclaration sur l’honneu.

You’ll also need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival.

 

​​Double Vaccinated:

– The French definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is two jabs from a list of approved vaccinations. The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency). “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

  • 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 1 week after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19

– If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel to France without an ‘essential reason’ and you do not need to isolate on arrival.

– You should also complete a déclaration sur l’honneur to confirm you have no COVID-19 symptoms and that you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the preceding fortnight.  You can download this form in English HERE.

– You will need to present proof of double vaccination as you leave the UK. France accepts the UK’s NHS COVID pass for travel, if you don’t already have this, learn more HERE.

 

Under 18s:

– Children under the age of 12 take on the vaccination status of their parents as they travel from the UK to France. They do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter France.

– Children, whether or not they are vaccinated, are not subject to compelling reasons and quarantine if they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

– However, unvaccinated children aged 12 and over must have taken a PCR or antigen test in the past 24 hours before arrival in France. You’ll be asked to produce a negative result as you cross into France. Note that children younger than 12 years do not have to present a test to arrive in France.

– Here in France, children aged 12 and over are not considered to be fully vaccinated until they’ve had two doses of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important detail for the Pass Sanitaire, which we explain below.

 

While you’re here

Face masks are required for all indoor spaces (even those covered by a pass sanitaire) and a pass sanitaire is required to access the ski lifts for everyone aged 12 years and over. As of 1st December 2o21, a face mask is also required in busy outdoor spaces, such as each of the village centres around our valley.

 

Re-entering the UK after traveling to France (either from France or via Switzerland)

– Present a negative anti-gen or PCR test as you re-enter the UK, taken within the preceding 48 hours. These can be taken at a pharmacy or the drop in clinic at the medical centre. Info on how to pre-book is below under “In-resort testing”.

– Book and pay for a day PCR 2 test – this rule was changed on 27/11/21 – the day 2 test MUST now be a PCR rather than an anti-gen test. The UK Government called this a ‘temporary and precautionary measure’ in the face of the new Omicron variant, to be reviewed in three weeks. You must isolate until you receive a negative result from your PCR test.  Note, the day 2 test can be taken at any time after your arrival in the UK, but not after the second day. A number of UK airports now offer a testing service, which you can pre-book and take up when you land.

– You’ll need the unique reference number from this test purchase to enter on your UK passenger locator form

– Complete your UK Passenger Locator Form – you can do this online HERE.

– You’ll produce both your proof of vaccination status and your Passenger Locator Form as you leave France

Travelling with children

– Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

Children aged 12 to 17 must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before travel to England.

Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.

This means that they have to quarantine on arrival and take a PCR test on or before day 2.

 

Via Geneva

The rules state that even if you’re in transit through a Swiss airport, you should still complete the Swiss entry form before travel. You can do this up to 2 days ahead of your journey home HERE.

We’ve received many questions regarding whether a test is required to enter Switzerland when you’re travelling home to the UK. It’s fair to say that the official guidance on this point differs, but having undertaken hours of research and spoken with airport officials and the Swiss government, we’re confident that you do not have to perform any tests to return to Geneva Airport because you’re travelling into Switzerland from a ‘border region’ (Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets sit within the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region in case you’re not aware).

You will, however, be required to fulfil the UK government’s requirements to produce a negative anti-gen test (or PCR) to return to the UK, taken 48 hours or less before your arrival at the airport. These tests can be booked in each resort.

Download a copy of the Swiss federal rules concerning this point (in English) FAQs Rules for entry into Switzerland

What is a Pass Sanitaire?

This is France’s digital health passport and it’s currently used to confirm that someone has been double vaccinated against COVID-19. A pass sanitaire is required to access our ski lifts, venues, restaurants, bars, cafes and cinemas here in France.

Masks are required in shared bubble lifts and in lift queues as well as all indoor spaces. You do not need a pass sanitaire to visit shops and supermarkets, but you will need to wear a mask. This is compulsory.

People double vaccinated in the UK can import the NHS QR code confirming their double-vaccinated status into the TousAntiCovid app. You can also present a digital or paper NHS certificate showing your full vaccine status if for some reason you cannot access the app. NOTE* It’s the vaccination certificate that includes a scannable QR code that you’ll need

Unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travellers can also get a pass sanitaire by producing a negative PCR or anti-gen test in resort, at their own cost. On 25th November, the validity of this pass was reduced to just 24 hours (previously 48 hours for anti-gen and 72 hours for PCR tests), which means that unless you’re double vaccinated (under French regs), you’ll need to take a daily test in order to access the pass sanitaire to visit restaurants, bars, etc and to use the ski lifts. 

Both anti-gen tests and PCR tests are available in our resorts, with prices for an anti-gen test starting at €25 during the week and €30 at weekends, and results are available within 15/20 minutes. PCR tests are administered by the medical centres in each resort.

 

Tests for 12-17-year-olds

Here in France, British teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years, who’ve received just one vaccination, are not considered to be ‘fully vaccinated’ and therefore cannot access a pass sanitaire until they produce daily negative anti-gen results to ‘top up’ their pass sanitaire. 

 

In-resort testing

Morzine:

The Grande Pharmacie de Morzine in the centre of the village has the capacity to test up to 1500 people each day between the hours of 8.30am and 8pm. They’re open every day during the winter season. In effect, this makes it Morzine’s mass testing centre for holiday makers.

The Grande Pharmacie de Morzine also has the ability to double its capacity to 3000 tests per day during peak times and requires just two hours notice to upscale its testing capacity, moving to Morzine’s Palais du Sport.

You’re advised to pre-book your in-resort anti-gen testing requirements in advance of your holiday using the Doctolib website. We’ve broken down the process for you below – note that it’s slightly arduous but entirely worth the time, giving you peace of mind in advance of your holiday. Walk-in tests are also available.

Note: Currently only the Grande Pharmacie de Morzine is available to book on Doctolib. For booking arrangements at the pharmacies in Les Gets, Avoriaz and St Jean d’Aulps, please read on.

  • If you don’t speak French, you might find it easier to add the Google Translate extension to your browser. Here’s how you do this. 
  • Find the Grande Pharmacie de Morzine page on the Doctolib website. Or tap here.
  • Alternatively, if you’d like to take your test at the pharmacy at the bottom of the rue du Bourg in Morzine, tap here.
  • On the right hand side of the website, your “Motif de consultation” (reason for consultation) is a “COVID-19 screening”
  • Use the calendar to select the time and date for your test
  • You can then create a very simple account of DoctoLib, complete your details and you’re done. (Some readers have reported a problem when confirming their telephone number at this stage. Others have discovered a work-around by confirming the email address first, then re-adding a telephone number. When you add your number, use the format 00447xxxxxxxx and you’ll receive the confirmation text in 1-2 minutes)
  • You’ll receive an email confirming your appointment
  • You’ll need to repeat this process for each test that you need to take.
  • After your test, if it’s negative, you’ll receive a certificate with which to update the TousAntiCovid app
  • If your test returns positive, you’ll need to proceed to the medical centre in Morzine for a PCR test
  • Note that it’s not necessary to book your test in advance. There’s a drop in service too.

The Pharmacie du Bourg in Morzine also has the capacity to undertake 50 tests per day. These are not available to book in advance. Pharmacie du Bourg is open every day from 8.30am to 7.30pm.

In Morzine, PCR tests are undertaken at the medical centre.

Avoriaz:

Between the Pharmacie des Portes du Soleil in Avoriaz and the medical centre in the village, Avoriaz has the capacity to perform 500 anti-gen tests per day.

The pharmacy is located in the centre of the village and is open 10am – 12.30pm and 3pm – 6pm each day.

The medical centre in Avoriaz will also perform a large volume of anti-gen tests each day on a walk-in basis. The medical centre is open between 9am and 6pm each day.

Les Gets:

It’s not possible to book tests in advance at the Les Gets pharmacy however it is open 9am – 12noon and 4pm – 6.30pm every day during the winter season. They have assured us that they’re able to perform enough tests each day to cope with demand.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 203 239 7941 or email bookings@jackandjillholidays.com