Covid travel rules for our 2022 holiday destinations

Latest Update – 1st August 2022 (Austria and France in country regs updated, lifting of French entry regs)

The travel situation is now much improved, with many countries relaxing in country regulations and removing all covid restrictions. All of our destinations are allowing Uk residents who are fully vaccinated against Covid 19 to visit. The Uk NHS Covid Pass has been formally adopted into the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate scheme, making it easier to prove your Covid Status whilst travelling within the EU and booster jabs are shown on the NHS App, to facilitate international travel.

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Rules for returning to the UK

All Covid restrictions in the UK have now been lifted; you no longer need to fill in an online locator form before flying home and pre and post arrival testing is no longer required.


International Travel Overview

Covid travel regulations vary considerably depending on your Location, Nationality, Vaccination Status and Countries Visited – for many destinations however, if you want to travel abroad and use local services whilst on holiday there, then you need to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19. Sherpa provide a planning tool to many airlines that allows you to select the variables above and get an overview of the current travel situation for your circumstances – a good example can be found here on the Swiss Air Website.

For full details and local regulations, you need to check with your own country’s foreign travel advisory service (eg the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – FCO – in the Uk) and the destination country’s relevant ministries. It goes without saying that before you book on any trip with us, you need to check that you are allowed to visit the destination country(ies) and can prove your Covid vaccination status in a format acceptable to the authorities there!

NB For all EU nations, vaccine certificates are now only valid for 9 months – so you must get a booster if your 2nd vaccine dose was more than 9 months before the start of the trip.


Open Destinations

Currently, we are taking bookings for trips to:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Our September ski trip to Chile is currently on hold, until travel for tourism resumes.


Question: Do I need to be vaccinated against Covid 19 to join your trips this year?

Answer: Yes! For all of our trips in 2022, you need to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (or in some cases the WHO) – booster jabs are also required in many destinations. This is due to the local Covid regulations in the countries that we visit. These vary by country, but it’s either an entry requirement, or to use local services that are essential to complete the trip; eg transfers, ski lifts/cable cars, alpine huts, hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes etc.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each country depending on your nationality and where you are resident, so you need to check that you are able to travel to each holiday destination(s) before joining a trip. In particular, if proof of Covid 19 vaccination status is required for entry, then you need to check that you are able to provide this in an acceptable form (usually a digital or physical vaccine certificate, with a QR code – the QR Code is the important bit!) Some countries may also require proof of a pre departure covid test and/or completion of an online traveller locator form before arrival. For Uk residents, check the uk government FCO foreign travel advice website and airline websites for latest travel information.


How to prove your Uk Covid vaccination status using the NHS App

The following advice applies to people resident and vaccinated in England, using the free NHS App. Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland NHS Apps are similar (make sure you download the correct one and follow the instructions on the App!)

  • Download the NHS App
  • Follow instructions to set up the NHS App and verify your identity – you will need your NHS number and some photo ID (passport or drivers licence).
  • Log in to your NHS App
  • Select >Get your NHS COVID Pass >Travel – then >Show details or >Download PDF copy or >Receive an offline copy by email – NB the QR code lasts for 30 days from the date you log in and generate it, so you need to generate a new QR code before each trip.
  • We advise you to download a PDF copy onto your phone and receive an offline copy by email, so you can print out a physical copy as well – just to be sure!

The following information describes the current situation for Uk citizens travelling from the Uk using a British Passport:

FRANCE

From 1 August 2022, all COVID-19 travel restrictions for travellers to France have been lifted.

Latest FCO travel advice for France: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france

French Covid regulations:

  • most restrictions have now been lifted, including proof of vaccination requirements to access ski lifts, entertainment venues and restaurants etc.
  • masks are no longer required on public transport.
  • masks are no longer mandatory in health establishments such as hospitals and clinics, but some local health authorities may still require masks.

SWITZERLAND

It is no longer necessary to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test, or complete an entry form to enter Switzerland.

For visitors from other countries, more information is available from the State Secretariat for Migration.

Latest FCO travel advice for Switzerland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland

Switzerland has lifted all Covid-19 pandemic restrictions – there are no social distancing or mask wearing measures in place. There is no mandatory isolation requirement if you test positive for Covid19. Local restrictions or mandatory mask wearing and proof of vaccination may be in place in hospitals or care homes.


ITALY

From 1 June, COVID-19 restrictions on entering Italy have been lifted – masks are no longer required on flights in, to or from Italy. The only remaining requirement is:

  • all passengers entering Italy by ferry, train or coach must wear an FFP2 mask.

Latest FCO travel advice for Italy: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

Italian Covid regulations – from 1 May until at least 15 June the use of FFP2 masks are compulsory in the following cases:

  • When entering Italy by ferry, train or coach
  • On public transport within the country, including commercial flights, boats, ferries, interregional trains, buses, subways, cars and taxis with a driver
  • At indoor public venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, live music clubs and indoor sporting events
  • When visiting healthcare facilities.

AUSTRIA

  • Passengers arriving in Austria do not need to show proof of COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test, or a certificate of recovery from COVID.

Latest FCO travel advice for Austria: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria

Austrian Covid regulations:

  • FFP2 face masks are compulsory on public transport in Vienna.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 in Austria and do not have symptoms, you must wear an FFP2 mask when outside your home/accommodation (except when outdoors and more than 2 metres away from other people).
  • If you have symptoms, you should stay at home.

SLOVENIA

Uk visitors need to:

  • provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. NHS COVID Pass with QR code (generated by NHS App), or a certificate of vaccination with QR code are acceptable.
  • complete an online passenger locator form (EU PLF) 24 hours before arrival to Slovenia. On completion of the form, you will receive a QR code which must be shown to the Border Police on entry.

Latest FCO travel advice for Slovenia: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovenia

Slovenian Covid Regulations:

  • masks required on public transport, in all enclosed public spaces and in private vehicles when travelling with members of other households for work purposes.
  • proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 required for entry into all shops, restaurants, bars, cultural and sporting venues etc, including hospitality venues when seated outdoors.

NORWAY

All covid restrictions in Norway have now been lifted, both for travel and in country – everything is back to normal, pre covid rules!


SWEDEN

All covid entry restrictions in Sweden have now been lifted – there are some in country recommendations for the unvaccinated- see government guidance here – but everything else is back to normal, pre covid rules.

Latest FCO travel advice for Sweden: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden


ICELAND

Uk visitors need to:

  • demonstrate they have either been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or previously recovered from COVID-19 infection. An NHS Covid Pass showing full vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 is acceptable.
  • present a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within 72 hours of departure to Iceland.
  • complete an online pre registration form before arrival.

Latest FCO travel advice for Iceland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iceland

Icelandic Covid Regulations:

  • face masks and social distancing may be required in specific settings. You must follow any COVID-19 related requirements that are displayed in hotels, guesthouses, car rentals and other tourism companies throughout the country.
  • other restrictions include social distancing and size limits for larger gatherings – up to date information on Covid restrictions in Iceland is available at: https://www.covid.is/english

KYRGYZSTAN

A negative PCR test or proof of vaccination status are no longer required for entry to Kyrgyzstan. However, requirements could change at short notice. Check with your airline before travel.

Latest FCO travel advice for Kyrgyzstan: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Covid Regulations:

  • transport providers and businesses may be following additional hygiene and sanitary requirements, including the use of face masks. You should comply with all hygiene and social distancing requirements.