Varsity Trip 2021

Covid-19 Testing Update

Updated 5th Dec 2021

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.

On the 4th December, it was announced that from 04.00, Tuesday 7 December all people aged 12 years and over must take an additional test pre-departure to return to the UK and that you must take the test within the 2 days before you return. The test type required and further guidance can be seen here. We are currently exploring options to help facilitate this for our Varsity passengers and will update as soon as possible.

More information regarding travel can be found on our dedicated travel checklist page here.

Information provided pre departure

France has announced that visitors from outside the EU will require a negative covid-19 test to enter the country from Saturday 4th December. This has now been updated by the FCDO

When do the new rules come into force?
00:00 4 December/ 23:00 GMT 3 December

What sort of test will be required?
It is our current understanding that fully vaccinated travellers, and whatever their nationality, have to provide the result of a negative PCR or antigen test (that can detect the SARS-CoV-2 N protein) carried out less than 48h hours prior to departure. A certificate in paper or digital format with a QR code from your test provider is needed to show proof of this test. Self-administered tests (NHS test for example) are not considered valid for travel

When will my coach arrive into France?
Although many coaches set sail for France on Friday 3rd December, we cannot guarantee that coaches will not be held up en route to Dover and hence not enter France prior to the new regulation coming into place. We also have 12 coaches on a 23:35 sailing from Dover, this means they will not be in France until after midnight on the 4th December. Customs & P&O are not yet able to verify if the checks will take place in Dover or Calais.

What will happen to transfers?

Swiss update 3/12 On the 3rd December, Switzerland announced new measures regarding travel from the UK to Switzerland. The key updates are listed below. Please also see here for full updates. Travellers from the UK arriving on or after 4 December 2021 (irrespective of their vaccination status):

  1. Have to complete a passenger locator form Swiss passenger locator form within 48 hours before entry
  2. Have to complete a pre-departure test (PCR) before arrival into Switzerland. The PCR test cannot be more than 72 hours old at the time of arrival
    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).

Italy update 3/12 As Italy currently accept antigen tests you may be able to travel without needing a PCR (or an antigen test that can detect the SARS-CoV-2 N protein). Please fill out a passenger locator form

We recommend you check with your airlines as to what testing will be required at check-in for you to board your flight and enter your destination successfully. It is unlikely (not impossible) you will be checked at the land border when entering France.

What we recommend?
We recommend everyone books a private PCR test (that can detect the SARS-CoV-2 N protein). This will give you peace of mind knowing you have the required documentation to travel. If the test comes back positive and you have taken NUCO Endsleigh insurance you should be covered and able to claim. More information on the NUCO Endsleigh insurance policy can be found here.

What happens if I can’t get a test?
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all the documentation required to travel. This includes the required testing protocol. Neither NUCO Travel nor Varsity Trip can be held responsible if you have insufficient documentation and are turned away at the border.

What happens if I take a test and it is not required?
NUCO Travel or Varsity Trip does not accept responsibility for costs associated with tests, no matter whether they are required or not. Given the evolving situation changing with little or no notice, it is our recommendation that you do the maximum to be allowed to travel but this is your own responsibility and choice.

What happens if I can no longer travel to Geneva and need to arrange alternative ways of getting to resort?
We understand the unexpected changes to Swiss testing regulations may have resulted in passengers not being able to fly to Geneva. If this is the case, you will need to arrange other means of travel to resort. This is not something NUCO are able to facilitate and unfortunately do not have any capacity on other airport transfers. For those now looking to transfer from airport to resort by train, Moûtiers - Salins - Brides-les-Bains is the closest valley town to Val Thorens. From here, it is a 50 minute taxi ride and numbers for taxi firms can be found online here. Alternatively, check the Altibus website for bus routes up the mountain.

More information regarding travel can be found on our dedicated travel checklist page here.

We thank you for your continued cooperation