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This page was last updated on: 4th October 2021

Here you will find information on upcoming ski holidays for the 2021/22 season which we hope will answer many of your questions.

We are in constantly evolving times and we will be reviewing the information on this page frequently. We may need to review the policies outlined below at short notice and in line with new developments, guidance and legal obligations.

You may also find the information on the ABTA website useful: https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak

See also our Travel with Confidence Hub.

Covid-19 FAQs

How will the Government’s policies affect my ski trip?

Even for those of you booked for this December it is too early to say what systems will be in place and what destination resorts will be doing.

All we can say this early, is that as you would expect, being vaccinated (or recent negative test results in some cases) is likely to be a requirement to travel without restriction and also in some cases to access facilities.

There are also almost certainly going to be forms to complete, proof of vaccination to obtain and in some cases proof of a negative test. We will know precisely what is required closer to the date of your departure.

We recommend you carefully read any emails we send you as in most instances all the requirements above need to be obtained by you in advance of travel - without which you may be denied boarding or refused access to facilities and/or accommodation.

If you trip is affected by any of the circumstances outlined in Our Commitment to You, we will be in contact with you. If this happens, we will contact those who are due to travel first, so please bear with us as we could be very busy.

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to go on holiday?

Some carriers and destinations are only letting people travel or enter if they can prove they are fully vaccinated and some destinations require those not vaccinated to quarantine on arrival.

We are still travelling to destinations that require you to quarantine on arrival unless you can show you are fully vaccinated so that those who are vaccinated can still travel there.

If you are travelling to such a destination and have not been fully vaccinated by the time you go, you will have to quarantine on arrival. You may be able to change your holiday to another destination (subject to availability and terms) but you will not be able to cancel and receive a refund.

Will I need a ‘Vaccine Passport’ or proof that I have had both my COVID-19 vaccinations to travel?

As the ski season does not get underway until December and travel updates are changing so very regularly, we can only give you some outline information now.

Please check back on this page and the links we have provided (don’t forget to refresh your browser) closer to your date of travel.

At the time of writing, many countries are asking for proof of vaccination plus a test certificate in order to travel. You can show your proof of vaccination using the NHS app. Using the app is the easiest method as this may also be required in some destinations in order to be able to access bars and restaurants.

You’re fully vaccinated from 14 days after you have your second dose of a UK government-approved vaccine.

If you live in England and have been fully vaccinated, you will be able to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status through the NHS app.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can call the NHS Helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you – you must do this at least five working days after your second vaccination. Make sure you allow seven days for the letter to be received.

If you live in Wales and have been fully vaccinated, visit the Welsh Government’s website to find out how to get your NHS COVID Pass.

If you live in Scotland and have been fully vaccinated, visit the NHS inform website to find out how to get proof of your vaccination status.

If you live in Northern Ireland and have been fully vaccinated, visit the NI Direct website to find out how to get proof of your vaccination status.

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to show your Vaccine Passport and prove that you are fully vaccinated. If, for whatever reason you are unable to do so, we are not responsible for any of the costs incurred and Skiworld will not be able to refund you for the cost of the holiday, should you be unable to travel.

What tests will I need to take to travel?

As there is still quite a bit of time before the season starts and as travel and testing updates are changing so frequently, it is too early to say with any certainty. We will do everything we can to keep you informed and to make the requirements as easy to understand and cost effective as possible.

Can I amend my holiday?

We will not take our skiers to a region/destination if the FCDO advises against all but essential travel to that area at the time you are due to go there. If a quarantine is imposed on arrivals from your destination, we will proactively be in contact with you to discuss your options.

What if Skiworld cancels my holiday?

If you have booked a package holiday with us, we will be in touch to discuss your options which will include an alternative holiday (subject to availability) or a full refund.
If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to contact them to discuss your options.

What happens if my destination requires me to quarantine on arrival?

If you are fully vaccinated and your destination asks you to quarantine on arrival, we will not take you there. You can either change your booking fee free or receive a full refund.
We are still travelling to destinations that require you to quarantine on arrival unless you can show you are fully vaccinated so that those who are vaccinated can still travel there.
If you are travelling to such a destination and have not been fully vaccinated by the time you go, you will have to quarantine on arrival. You may be able to change your holiday to another destination (subject to availability and terms) but you will not be able to cancel and receive a refund.

What happens if I get COVID-19 before I travel or I’ve been asked to isolate and so can’t travel?

In either of these circumstances you can change your holiday and we will waive our amendment fees. Please read the section Our Commitment to You for details and Ts & Cs. Please note that will require proof of your status.  You need to make sure that you have adequate travel insurance in place from when you book to cover you if you have to cancel your holiday, if there are fees or costs applicable or to cover you if you fall ill whilst you are away.

What are the entry requirements of my holiday destination?

Again the updates from the UK Government and also destination Governments are changing so frequently that it is too early to say with any certainty what will be in place come December and the first ski departures. What tests are required and when and what forms you need to complete also will all depend on your means of travel and also your destination.
We will do everything we can to make whatever testing you need to do as easy as possible and we will do all we can to make it as affordable as possible.
Please bookmark this page and come back to it again to check for updates.

What happens if feel unwell or develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst I am on holiday?

If you feel unwell, you should stay in your room and report your symptoms immediately to the accommodation management. It may be also important that you take a lateral flow test or PCR test as soon as possible in order to determine if your illness is in fact COVID-19. You will be required to follow special local procedures which are likely to differ resort to resort. Our team in resort or in the UK will be on hand to assist you.

If you test positive in your holiday destination before you are due to return home, you need to inform your insurance company straight away. This is why it is imperative that you make sure that your policy covers you for precisely this circumstance.

 What happens if I test positive on arrival to my destination?

You may be required to self-isolate in a medical facility or in your bedroom until your results come back negative. You must ensure that your travel insurance covers you for this and any medical costs associated with treatment for COVID.

What if I'm a residents of Wales or Scotland?

If you are resident in Scotland or Wales, you should buy your PCR tests – which you’ll need to take when you get home – through the Scotland CTM portal and the Wales CTM portal. You can’t use a private testing service for your day 2 or day 8 test.

What measures will be in place to keep me safe in my accommodation and resort?

We will soon receive information from our ski resorts and accommodation partners about the measures they will have in place in order to keep skiers safe. Many have already implemented and tested these over their summer seasons, so they are well-versed. None will come as a surprise as they involve social distancing and wearing masks as well as emphasizing the need to wash hands regularly. Measures in France have been particularly stringent – and effective! We will be sharing all these safety measures for your destination with you closer to the time of your departure.

We will also be following local Government guidelines in order to minimise risk in the accommodation we operate and this will include an enhance cleaning regime and regular testing for our staff.