Covid-19 Travel Checklist
Information for NUCO passengers
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Updated 28th January 2022
It is important to state that all of the information below is to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing; this is an evolving situation and liable to change with little or no notice. British nationals should keep up to date with the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office here. Non-British nationals should check with their own embassy and consulate
We have tried to create an easy to follow checklist for you to work through. Now having operated several full weeks this season so far, we have learnt a lot and the below is a summary of what we understand as well as helpful tips to make travel during this time easier for you. As restrictions continue to ease, travel becomes less complex.
Please make sure you check regulations and guidelines all the way up to before you’re due to depart; as we have seen, requirements can change with little notice. It is the passenger's responsibility to do this and if you don’t follow the guidance, you may be refused travel. Please note, travel requirements are in line with the destination's government guidance, as well as FCDO advice
TRAVEL TO FRANCE : THE BORDERS ARE OPEN!
The good news came on Thursday, 13th January when France announced that from the 14th January, fully vaccinated travellers from the UK could enter without an essential reason. To enter France, fully vaccinated passengers must:
Present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours pre-departure if aged 12 years and over. Provide a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying you’re not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. Please see below
Full details can be seen here
TRAVEL CHECKLIST : GET READY TO GO
For passengers travelling from Ireland, please see the “Traveling from Ireland” section below
OUTBOUND TRAVEL CHECKLIST
Ensure your passport is valid here.
Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance. If you have purchased insurance through NUCO, there is helpful documentation here.
Proof of vaccination to travel including boosters where necessary Please see vaccinations accepted by the French Government and definition of fully vaccinated here. For information on booster vaccines required, please see here and below (translate to English top right)
You will need to download your proof of vaccination. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.
Pass Sanitaire/ Vaccination pass As of the 24th January, a vaccination pass is now required for people aged 16 and over in almost all the places where the previous Pass Sanitaire was required.
Previously, to access public spaces and services (which includes ski lifts, bars and restaurants), passengers needed to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the Pass Sanitaire. Info on how to get your 'Pass Sanitaire' ready for use in public spaces is here (how you do this will vary depending on where you received you vaccination) It is now possible to demonstrate your proof of vaccination (instead of downloading the above) by providing one of the following proofs with a scannable QR code (e.g. NHS vaccination certificate):
A certificate of vaccination (including necessary boosters) A certificate of recovery more than 11 days after the positive test result and less than 6 months old A certificate of contraindication to vaccination
For people over 16 years of age, only vaccinated people will be able to access the majority of public places, events and services. A negative Covid-19 test (PCR or antigenic) is no longer sufficient.
IMPORTANT RE BOOSTERS: From January 15, 2022, people over 18 years of age will have to demonstrate a vaccination booster, seven months after their last injection or infection, for the "health pass" to be valid. This rule applies for those over 65 or who have had the Janssen vaccine from December 15.
Full information can be seen here
A completed Sworn statement You can download this here
Testing for entry As of the 14th January UK passengers will have to book a test pre-travel to prove that they are negative at the point of departure within 24 hours.
Get ready to pack PPE : medical grade masks (not homemade), hand sanitiser. Order this in advance
Pack lateral flow tests and test when in resort as good practice. How to get lateral flow tests.
Be clear on what happens if you test positive when away At this time, any travel includes an element of risk. Be prepared and consider what it will be like if you or one of your roommates do test positive when abroad. We highly recommend making sure you understand the steps so that should it happen to you, it feels less concerning and you are prepared. Please see below and consider this from both your own perspective and also if someone in your room (which are allocated to full occupancy on our student trips) tests positive for COVID.
INBOUND TRAVEL CHECKLIST (for vaccinated passengers)
Day 2 testing At the moment, to enter the UK you need to book a PCR or Antigen test between day 0-2 of your return. You no longer need to quarantine until a negative test is confirmed. Details can be seen here. You need to book your day 2 test before filling in your passenger locator form
Passenger locator form You will need to fill this in here for returning to the UK 48 hours before.
Please note, rules for vaccinated passengers change on the 11th February. You can see full details here. At the time of writing this, from the 11th February, vaccinated passengers will not be required to test on return to the UK.
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM IRELAND
As we are still able to operate holidays for passengers travelling from Ireland, we will be in
We have put together a dedicated page of information for passengers travelling from Ireland HERE
You will need to be clear on:
- Entry requirements
- Pass Sanitaire
- Return requirements
- Booster requirements
We also suggest using this checklist page to cross reference and ensure you have everything covered
TRAVELLING TO OR VIA OTHER DESTINATIONS
If you are transiting through other countries en route to your destination (for example airports in Italy and Switzerland), please ensure you check the relevant travel regulations here. For example, if you are travelling via Switzerland to France, you will need to meet the criteria of both countries. . This includes travelling via Switzerland (Geneva). As this is a popular airport for ski destinations, please see our best understanding of the current requirements below:
TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND
Full details can be seen here regarding testing requirements. At the time of writing this, fully vaccinated travellers do not need to take a test.
All passengers have to complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before entry Please note: As recommended by the Swiss governance, we recommend everyone checks the Swiss Travel Checker to view the measures that apply to you as an individual (inputting specific variables).
It is advisable to have proof of onward transport and accommodation at your final destination. If you are part of a large student group then your e-ticket is sufficient documentation, if you are a smaller individual booking then your holiday vouchers are sufficient.
TRAVEL TO ANDORRA
Full details can be seen here. At the time of writing this, Passengers arriving from UK are not required to provide any health certification upon arrival in Andorra
WHAT IS IT LIKE IN RESORT?
We have one word to describe what it has been like being back in resort… AMAZING!
The snow is incredible and even though things may be a little different in set up and with regulations surrounding nightlife, socialising and no dancing, our passengers have had an incredible time enjoying the mountains and prioritising first lifts!
When you make it to resort:
- Follow the latest guidance on social distancing and face coverings in your destination.
- Follow local rules regarding bars, restaurants, après and socialising
- Maintain good hand, respiratory, and personal hygiene at all times.
- Ensure adequate ventilation in any environment where this is possible
It's important that you are aware that the regulations in France at the moment are much stricter than the UK and in particular, England. You will need both a mask and your vaccine pass with you at all times to enter public spaces
Currently some of the rules in place are: Standing consumption in cafes and bars is prohibited Nightclubs are closed Masks must be worn in all public establishments including some city/town centres Masks must be worn in all group situations (queues etc) and public transport and taxis
Rules due to change in the near future:
As of the 2nd february 2022:
Public establishments will no longer be subject to capacity restrictions No masks will be required outdoors
As of the 16th february 2022:
Nightclubs will be able to open Standing consumption in bars and restaurants will be allowed
KEEPING YOU SAFE
We will continue to regularly assess and identify potential transmission hazards, evaluating risks presented and implementing ongoing effective control measures that are within our capacity, through a comprehensive risk assessment process.
Our resort teams have received additional training on how to mitigate COVID transmission and encourage good practice from our passengers.
Our suppliers all work alongside the relevant health and safety authorities on implementing effectively reinforced hygiene and protection measures
Our resort repping policy is “essential contact only” to reduce the potential unnecessary spread of the virus. Resort support will be conducted through the NUCO app and remotely (reps will be with you where necessary) and you will receive more information about this in your pre-travel information.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU TEST POSITIVE IN RESORT?
If at any point you test positive or have symptoms, you will be asked to follow the below:
- Stay in your room and do not leave
- Where possible, stay in an area of the room that can be confined e.g. with a door
- Avoid close contact with anyone else
- Inform your roommates immediately
- Inform NUCO via the NUCO app
- Speak to your insurance as soon as possible to confirm suitable arrangements to mitigate the spread and allow you to isolate
- This includes seeking advice on how best to get tested in resort where required
- In the case of NUCO insured passengers, call CEGA and set up a case. The only evidence you require for CEGAs support is to provide a positive result from an authorised testing centre. If insured with NUCO travel, CEGA will support the passenger through the process and any requirements will be coordinated with them e.g. additional accommodation. If you do not have NUCO insurance, please contact your own insurance and keep NUCO up to date with the situation.
- As long as your roommates are fully vaccinated (which they will be in order to travel on this trip unless Irish- please see below) they are not required to isolate themselves, but they are required to get tested and act responsibly (including strict adherence to mitigation measures such as mask wearing / social distancing)
- Isolate as per the guidelines. This may be a useful document to read about how long you must isolate for
WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE IN YOUR ROOM TESTS POSITIVE IN RESORT?
If at any point someone in your room tests positive or has symptoms, you will be asked to follow the below:
- Distance yourself as soon as possible from your roommate who has tested positive whilst their insurance arranges alternative accommodation in order for them to isolate
- Test immediately to check you are not positive.
- In the meantime, if this means you asking neighbours/ other friends to use their rooms whilst this arrangement is made, you should organise this directly (this is not something NUCO is able to facilitate and is a risk of travelling at this point of time and the choice to travel in such circumstances is the individual’s responsibility). Where you do use other’s rooms, ensure you are limiting any risk.
- Open windows, wear masks and follow social distancing at any point you are in the apartment.
- As long as you are fully vaccinated (which you will be in order to travel on this trip unless Irish- please see below) you are not required to isolate yourselves, but are required to get tested and act responsibly (including strict adherence to mitigation measures such as mask wearing / social distancing and immediate isolation should symptoms start)
- For Irish passengers who may not be fully vaccinated, please follow the requirements for isolation here which at the time of writing this states; “if someone is not fully vaccinated, they need to be isolated for 7 days from the data of the last contact and to get out of the quarantine, they must perform a negative antigen or PCR”. Where this is the case, they should speak to their insurance.
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- Can access money
- Understand what your insurance will cover
- Can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
- Where applicable, ensure you have extra supplies of any medication or medical equipment you need in case of delays such as having to self-isolate overseas. Remember to carry copies of prescriptions
OUR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
We have a shared responsibility to look after each other- let’s all do our bit to protect ourselves and others. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
SEE WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE IN THE AWESOME SNOW AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN YOU GET THERE
CONTACTING US FOR MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE HELP US, HELP YOU
We appreciate you may wish to contact us for further information or clarification. We are dealing with an unprecedented volume of enquiries at the moment and in order to be able to deal with these as effectively as we can, we politely request that you follow the below guidelines.
If you have a disinclination to travel: please see our cancellation terms here
If you have any queries regarding testing or entry requirements: please look at the relevant authorities websites. For UK travellers, this is on the FCDO page here. NUCO are not able to verify testing or booster information.
For all other enquiries: If you can find the information you require by cross referencing the above, this allows us to focus on the enquiries where information is required by passengers or information is missing. If your query is not covered in the guidance above, please do contact us on our web chat or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We thank you for your patience, support and understanding at this time and look forward to seeing you in the snow