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Health Passes, Travel, & Ski Lifts in France

Health Passes & Skiing in France 2021 - 2022

Using the ski lifts in France:

At the moment a health pass is required to use the ski lifts in France (it will be removed when the national case rate falls below 200 cases per 100,00 inhabitants). All health passes from countries listed below are valid for use. This includes negative test results, covid recovery passes, and vaccination passes. It is not exclusive to vaccination passes.

For example, you can obtain a health pass QR code in France from any pharmacy by taking a 5 minute test and the pharmacist will give you with your health pass QR code valid for 24hrs with a negative test result.

If a PCR test were to be positive, the QR code provided will be recognised to gain a recovery pass, 10 days after the result. Which will be valid for 180 days from the date of the test.

Recovery Pass = Health Pass

If you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you can present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.

Information can be validated at source here:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
And uk-france specific info here:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918

UK Recovery Pass = Health Pass

To get an NHS Health Pass and QR Code to use in France, RECOVERY from Covid provides a 180 day health pass. Simply register a positive PCR test result more than 10 days old to the NHS system to obtain your 180 day recovery pass. Link below:
https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk
or apply by post
https://www.nhs.uk/get-your-covid-pass-letter/

Recognition of Vaccination = Health Pass

Recognition of Vaccination health passes for those vaccinated in one of the following countries: Member States of the European Union, Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Morocco, Monaco, Norway, Panama, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales), San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican. The digital Covid certificate that has been issued to you is accepted in France under the recognition provided by the EU health pass system. You have no additional steps to perform.

This means that if your vaccine certificate is valid in your home country listed above, it is recognised in France equally as it is in your home nation.

The recent changes to France’s vaccination validity period of 7 months applies to French vaccination pass holders only. Vaccination passes from other nations listed above remain recognised under the criteria of the EU health pass system.

There are proposed updates to the EU health pass system, to take effect from the 10th January 2022. The part which will affect vaccine validity will be 9 months, and is worded as follows:

Standard acceptance period of vaccination certificates: To avoid diverging and disruptive approaches, the Commission proposes a standard acceptance period of 9 months for vaccination certificates issued following the completion of the primary vaccination series. This means that, in the context of travel, Member States should not refuse a vaccination certificate that has been issued less than 9 months since the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination.

The Commission’s proposals will now be discussed by the EU Member States, who will decide on the final version of the Recommendations. The Commission proposes for the new rules to apply as of 10 January 2022.

You can view this regulatory information here:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en

UK health pass holders

The NHS health pass can be used in France and is recognised through-out the EU because it is part of the overall EU health pass system.

Travelling with children over 12 years old.

Children travelling with fully vaccinated adults will benefit from the same rules whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and OVER will need to present a negative test result when travelling as described below.

Each traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure.

Information can be validated at source here:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
And uk-france specific info here:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918

Recovery Pass:

If you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you can present a certificate of recovery dated more than 10 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.

(For UK residents this can be done simply by providing a positive PCR test result more than 10 days old to the NHS system here. https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk or by post here https://www.nhs.uk/get-your-covid-pass-letter/)

Information can be validated at source here:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
And uk-france specific info here:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918

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French Ski Resorts & Ski Lift Opening

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Following the French Government’s preliminary announcement in November that ski resorts may open from the 15th December. Meaning that all shops and activities can open, including skiing, however the ski lift opening dates are yet to be confirmed and very likely to be after the Christmas period. Germany and France have been talking about a unified EU approach to open ski lifts from the 20th January. However they have already agreed the opening of ski resorts, shops, and sports from the 15th December. Fully aware of the Irony of that, and the consequent tension created with other Alpine nations. The lift opening date is a subject of much debate and political pressure.

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Tips For Driving To The Alps

Driving To The Alps This Winter

As many more people are planning on driving to the alps this winter. We thought we’d share some of our top tips to make it smooth and easy.

There are some good perks to driving to the alps instead of flying. Believe it or not, it’s actually greener than flying. Even more conveniently, you can take as much luggage and equipment as you like. Consequently you’ll have your own private transport in resort, making it easier to get around. In the case for last minute ski trips, you can travel at your own agenda, whenever you wish. Making it especially convenient.
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Tips For Last Minute Ski Trips

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We know things seem difficult right now, which makes planning ahead seem out of reach. Instead of telling people what they cannot do, we are going to keep you informed about what you CAN do! So, with planning ahead being challenging, there are plenty of people thinking of making last-minute ski trips this year. For that reason, we have decided to put together a list of inside tips to help anyone organise last-minute ski trips.

  1. Private Accommodation
  2. Last Minute Travel Tips (Whats going on, Drive, Fly?)
  3. Lessons & Guiding Instantly Confirmed
  4. Ski Passes Online

*As soon as we’re able, we will continue to publish travel guidelines to help people stay informed of what they CAN DO!

Accommodation Tips

As the statistics show many people are looking to take private accommodation. As opposed to hotels and shared tour operator chalets. Our resorts (Chamonix, Megeve, St Gervais, Les Contamines) are fortunate to have a very large volume of private accommodation options available.
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French Ski Resorts & COVID-19 Safety

French Ski Resorts & COVID-19 Safety

Health & Safety Measures

Representing mountain tourism in France, France Montagnes, maintain up to date guidance to safely continue skiing this winter. We will support, promote, and publish that guidance to help keep you informed about what you CAN DO to ski this winter.

Current Guidance

Skiing is an outdoor activity, and along with its equipment (Helmet, gloves, skis, goggles, face warmer) it is perfectly in line with social distancing. In some public spaces, capacity may be reduced. Wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone aged 11 and over.

Resort Access By Public Transport

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory before boarding and while on the bus.

Ski Lifts

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory while queuing and on the ski lifts.
  • Contact points are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
  • No restrictions on the number of people on the ski lifts.
  • On some ski lifts, you may not have to wear a mask (check ski lift guidelines).
  • No masks out on the slopes.

In Equipment Hire Shops

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory.
  • All hired equipment is thoroughly cleaned.
  • Hand sanitising gel is made available.

In Tourist Offices & Your Accommodation

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory in all communal and enclosed spaces.
  • Hand sanitising gel is made available.
  • All surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, with increased frequency.

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Grand Massif Live Ski Lift Status & Snow Reports

Grand Massif Ski Area Status

Live updates of ski lift status & opening times for the Grand Massif ski area across Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoens, & Morillon. As well as snow conditions, and snow stability forecast.

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The Rhône-Alpes Region

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We’ve put together some information about the pretty spectacular area of France that Freedom Snowsports operate in. We of course let you know about St Gervais, Chamonix, Megeve, & Les Contamines across our website. But here is just a small flavour of the delights that the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has to offer.
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Live Chamonix Snow Reports & Ski Area Lift Open Status

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Weather & Snow Status

Live Chamonix lift status and snow report. Covering all Chamonix skiing areas including Les Houches, Aiguille Du Midi, Brevent, Flegere, Argentiere, Le Tour, and Vallorcine. Live ski lift open status, piste open status, and lift opening and closing times.

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Ski Bus Timetables for Megeve, St Gervais, and Les Contamines

Evasion Ski Area Ski Bus Timetables

Ski Bus Timetables in one place

We thought that considering we cover the whole evasion ski area, it might be useful to have all the ski bus timetables in one place. Therefore we have put all the free ski bus services over the whole evasion ski area right here, and you can save them to your phone for later.

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