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This page was last updated on:  24th January 2022.

Before you go on your holiday, you’ll need to ensure that you comply with entry requirements for the country you’re travelling to (and transiting, if applicable) and for when you return to the UK. You may need to show proof of your vaccination status and fill in forms, so please read everything carefully. You'll also need to book and pay for any tests. Information is changing so quickly that it is imperative you follow the links we have provided and check the government and official websites. 

For an overview of the travel requirements, including testing- Go to Rules at a Glance.

Or for the entry requirements of specific countries, and other important links, follow the below:


Travel Updates

Here we will add the latest announcements from the UK government, regarding travel requirements. For more information please visit the FCDO website.

Travel to France

From 24 January 2022, the “pass vaccinal” (vaccine pass) will enter into force, replacing the “pass sanitaire” for people aged 16 and over. Only proof of vaccination can be used in order to issue a “pass vaccinal”; proof of a negative test result will no longer be accepted. Everyone who had their second vaccination more than 7 months ago needs to show proof that they’ve had a booster jab. From 15 February 2022, everyone who had their second vaccination more than 4 months ago needs to show proof that they've had a booster jab.

Those aged 12-15 will continue to be able to use a “pass sanitaire”, for which proof of a negative test will continue to be accepted.


Travel to the England

There are changes to COVID-19 testing measures for travellers arriving in the UK from 4am 11 February. Read the full article on the FCDO website here- UK open for travel with all restrictions removed for eligible vaccinated arrivals.

NHS COVID pass- From 3 February Children aged 12-15 in England will be able to demonstrate their vaccination status or proof or recovery via a digital NHS COVID pass for outbound travel.


Travel to Austria

If your flight is into Friedrichshafen or Munich then please also check the FCDO entry requirements for transit passengers HERE as you will be transiting Germany. 

From 24 January, the UK is no longer classified as a virus variant region in Austria. Double-jabbed or recovered travellers can enter the country with a PCR test (valid for 72 hours) OR proof of a booster jab (received at least 120 days after the second shot).  Proof of recovery (within the past 180 days) also counts as a booster. "2-G" status is essential to enter hotels, restaurants, ski lifts etc.

From 1 February, two-dose vaccinations are only valid for 180 days in Austria, after that a booster is needed (at least 120 days after the second jab).  The third jab remains valid for 270 days from day one. Proof of recovery is also valid for 180 days. Update- From 1st February, the minimum gap between the second and third jab is reduced from 120 to 90 days. Furthermore, while the validity of two-dose vaccinations is reducing to 180 days, they are valid for 210 days for under 18 year olds.



Rules at a Glance

Please remember it is a condition of our Booking Contract that you have valid travel insurance and that it is taken out at the time of bookingWe would strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance that offers additional Coronavirus cover, to include for cancellation in advance of travel.

Mask Wearing

You’ll need to wear a surgical medical mask or filtering face piece of level 2 or higher throughout your whole journey, to and from your destination. 

Wearing a mask will also be obligatory for 11 years old and above in ski pass offices and at lift stations. Skiers and snowboarders are required to wear a surgical mask or a category 1 fabric mask (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification). Concerning neck warmers, only those that are filtering and approved will be authorized as an alternative to masks.

For details on masks follow this link to the FCDO website.

Vaccinations

It is important adults and children are fully vaccinated where possible, including a booster jab , to travel. Follow this link to the FCDO website for full details of the vaccination programme.

NHS App - Covid Pass

Different countries have different rules on the passes required to enter and use the facilities in the ski area. Follow the links at the top of this page to see the rules for your destination country.

For information on Covid passes for 12-15 year olds, follow this link to the FCDO website.

It is important to download the NHS app before you travel. Follow this link to the NHS website to see full details of the app and how it is used.

Download and Print PDF Covid Pass

You must download and print off at least one copy of your covid pass as a paper copy, and carry this with you at all times. 

For information on Covid passes for 12-15 year olds, follow this link to the FCDO website.

Follow this link to the FCDO website for full details of the COVID pass.

Test Providers

It is quick and easy to find a test for travel to your destination, and for your return back to the UK.

Follow this link to the FCDO website and compete the simple steps to find a test provider.

Below are examples of covid test providers, offering pre-departure (antigen & PCR ), and day 2 UK tests:

The following providers offer Pre-return to UK test's:

For more information on testing Covid testing before you travel to England, follow this link.

You can also get tested at some UK airports, see the following examples:

Please see your local airport's website for more info.

In France, British teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years, with just one vaccination, are not currently considered ‘fully vaccinated’ and therefore need a daily negative antigen result to qualify for a pass sanitaire.

Please note we do not recommend any particular provider. It is essential you check the provider is suitable for your specific needs.

Entry Requirements for the UK

Please follow the correct links, depending on your vaccination status. Please also note the link for travelling with children. 

If you are unsure whether you are fully vaccinated, please follow this link.

Please note, you’ll need to book the test(s) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.

When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance.

For more information on the devolved nations please visit:

For full and additional information on entry into the UK, please follow this link to the FCDO website.

Print off Your Itinerary 

Make sure you have printed off your final itinerary showing your destination resort and accommodation. Border authorities in all countries may be checking this (particularly if you are arriving in Switzerland, Germany (Munich or Friedrichshafen) and transiting to Austria or France.

Check Your Passport’s Validity

If you are travelling to Europe you must check there is enough time left on your passport. You need to have six months from the return date of your trip left on your passport, and it must be less than 10 years old. Visitors to the US and Canada must have an ETA or ESTA approved before travel.

For more travel guidance on travel abroad from England during coronavirus, follow this link to the FCDO website.

Travel Insurance

It is essential you have adequate travel insurance for your trip, to cover all COVID eventualities, and is a condition of booking, as per our booking contract.

Since Britain left the European Union, there have been some minor changes when travelling to Europe. Read HERE what you can expect and what you need to look at before you go on your next ski trip.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION

FAQS/ COUNTRY INFO 

As we approach the winter season, there is one thing amidst all the recent travel changes and uncertainty that remains consistent: Our Commitment to You.
We want to give you peace of mind when you book your long awaited ski holiday with Skiworld.

Our Commitment to You


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Your money is protected

Skiworld is ATOL bonded. This means our financial health has been vigorously checked by the CAA. So when you book a flight-based package with us, in the unlikely event that anything should happen to Skiworld, you will either complete your holiday or receive a full refund if you have not yet departed. Skiworld is also ABTA bonded. Again, after stringent financial checks, if you book a package with us and anything happens to Skiworld, your money is protected.


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Refund Guarantee

In addition, for winter 2021-2022, you can change your holiday to another date and not pay an amendment fee or receive a full refund if:

  • Your destination is classified as Red by the UK government prior to travel and this classification requires you to quarantine in a hotel on your return
  • The Government of your destination country decides to enforce a quarantine on arrival and you cannot forgo this by providing evidence of a negative COVID test or by being fully vaccinated
  • The FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) advises against all non-essential travel abroad
  • The borders of your destination country are closed to UK arrivals
If we have to cancel or move your booking for any of the above reasons, we will work through all the bookings affected in order of their departure date. So there is no need to contact us, we will proactively contract you as soon as we can.


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COVID-19 Flexibility

We will waive our amendment fees if you wish to change your booking to another date in 2021-22 or 2022-23 as follows:

  • Up to 35 days before departure if someone in your group is either diagnosed with COVID-19 or been ‘Pinged’ you can defer your booking with no amendment fees. (Please note, some scheduled airlines and accommodation suppliers may charge a fee or offer credit – please ask).
  • If this happens within 35 days of your trip departing, you will need to contact your insurers as cancellation charges apply. Please be aware that your insurer may require supporting evidence (i.e. documentation to confirm a positive PCR test).

Take a look at our Ts & Cs for more information



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION

FAQS/ COUNTRY INFO

Since Britain left the European Union, there have been some minor changes when travelling to Europe. Read HERE what you can expect and what you need to look at before you go on your next ski trip.


Ts & Cs for Amendments

  1. Our 35 day amendment fee-free policy only applies to holidays in the 2021-2022 winter season. If you are booking any holiday from December 2022, our standard Ts & Cs apply.
  2. Our standard Ts & Cs apply to amendments to bookings within 35 days of departure.
  3. And please remember that our standard Ts & Cs in relation to cancellations and when your balance is due will stay the same. Please read these which you can find HERE.
  4. If you have booked a Skiworld catered chalet for your 2021-22 ski holiday and wish to amend this holiday, we will waive our amendment fees if you wish to change your holiday to another in the same season.
  5. Should you wish to move your holiday to one we have on sale for the 2022-23 season, there will be a £35 admin fee and if the holiday costs less, we will refund the difference and if it costs more you will need to pay this on the revised balance due date.
  6. If you have booked a hotel or apartment and wish to amend your holiday, most will make an amendment charge of around €50 and we will waive our amendment fees for moves to other dates in 2021-22. For others the deposit is non-refundable - we will be able to inform you which is the case for your booking.
  7. If you decide to defer/change your holiday other that we have on sale, all the monies paid will be transferred to your new holiday. We will refund the difference if it costs less or you will need to pay the difference if your new holiday costs more. The monies transferred to the deferred/changed holiday will be considered a deposit and, as such, non-refundable in the event you cancel this holiday.
  8. Please be aware that bookings which include any non-charter flights can only be moved or amended if that airline allows/has availability. They (Easyjet for example) will make a charge for this and it could be 100% of the flight cost.
  9. Most airlines will make a charge for a name change. This varies depending on the airline. For any charter flight the cost of a name change is £25 per name.
  10. If you have already made an amendment fee-free change and wish to do so again, any rebooking incentive (for example loyalty or early booking discount) will not be carried over.
  11. It is essential (and a condition of booking with us) that you ensure that you have adequate insurance in place to cover you should you contract COVID-19 or are pinged (before or during your holiday). Whilst we will waive our own amendment fees to defer your holiday to later in the season (subject to availability), there may be other costs or cancellation fees that you need to make sure you are covered for.

IMPORTANT

  • Even if you have been double vaccinated, please make sure that in advance of travel you have read thoroughly all the information relating to your destination and your method of travel. It is your responsibility to do this so please make sure you do it in good time before you travel.
  • In many cases there are forms that can only be completed by you as well as test requirements that need to be met but also important timings – which can vary from country to country.
  • If you fail to meet these requirements you could be denied boarding and/or be subject to health assessments or a fine when you arrive.
  • Some countries require passengers to quarantine on arrival unless they can provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated. If you cannot do this and are not prepared to quarantine, you will be able to change your booking and we will waive our amendment fess (such to the Ts & Cs) although you will not be able to have a refund unless your holiday is affected by any of the situations described in our refund guarantee.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure you meet all the entry requirements including organising and paying for tests when you are required to do so.
  • We recommend that you sign up for FCDO travel advice email alerts so you automatically receive the latest travel advice updates and travel requirements for the destinations you want to know about.
  • It is important that you double-check entry requirements on the FCDO website, as well as checking requirements for re-entry into the UK.
  • Please ensure you do this regularly in the run-up to your holiday.
If you have booked through a travel agent

Please contact your travel agent as they will be able to answer any questions about your holiday. If we have to change any element of your holiday, you will be contacted by your agent


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Extra Information for Travellers

Both Covid and Brexit will mean that there are additional steps that you will need you take in order to be able to travel in the future. These steps are likely to be requirements stipulated by both the UK government as well as those of your destination country. It is important to bear in mind that these may also change closer to the date of your departure.

Please also bear in mind that now we have left the EU, your passport must have at least 6 month’s validity from the date of your return to the UK. For more information please see ABTA’s Brexit page.

Important Links:

  • We would highly recommend that you take out additional Covid-19 travel insurance. Many travel insurance policies will no longer cover you as standard if your holiday is disrupted due to Coronavirus. It is important that you check the small-print about what is covered before purchasing your policy.
  • UK health authorities are providing Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • When planning your ski holiday, check the latest FCDO travel advice to see if travel to that country is exempt from the FCDO “all but essential travel” restriction. The FCDO has published the full list of destinations and further guidance on the exemptions. Read the advice carefully, to establish if there are entry restrictions or self-isolation measures on arrival and other measures that you will need to comply with in the destination you are planning to travel to so you can make an informed choice before you book your holiday.
  • Visit the FCDO’s Travel Aware page which has guidance on staying safe and healthy abroad.
  • Further general health advice for travellers is available via the TravelHealthPro website and ABTA’s ‘Z cards’ are available for broader health and safety tips.
  • ABTA also has updated advice and FAQs for travellers at abta.com/coronavirus
Please bookmark this page as it will be updated regularly leading up to and during the ski season.