Cornavirus Update

Information updated on 10th February 2021

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France has restricted travel from the UK from 24:00 (CET) on Sunday 20 December, exceptions apply. This travel restriction applies to air, car, ferry and train passengers. Further updates will be published when they are available. Find more information on travel to France here. Please also check the UK Government’s advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

For information on other countries who are allowed to enter France, please check here.

For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry two documents in addition to required travel documents:

  • An exempted international movement certificate for travel to metropolitan France. You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail);
  • A sworn declaration that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

These documents can be downloaded in French and English from the Ministry of the Interior’s website.


Due to a ‘steep rise in Covid-19 cases’, ski lifts at resorts in France will stay closed at the start of February and a “reopening in mid- or late-February seems highly improbable”, said Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. Find out more here.

The French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, says that ski resorts can remain open, but the ski lifts will have to stay closed. “Of course, it will be free for everyone … to go to these resorts to enjoy the pure air of our beautiful mountains, the shops – except bars and restaurants – which will be open. Simply, all the ski lifts and public utilities will be closed to the public, “the Prime Minister said at a press conference which details all of the government’s new measures.

For any concerns regarding your booking, please contact your sales director, Hanneke or Julia, or email sales@consensiochalets.co.uk


All international passengers will soon have to test negative for Covid-19 before travelling back to the UK. People arriving by plane, train or boat, including UK nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said travellers “can’t board… without having that negative test”, and this will be on top of the rule to self-isolate for 10 days when arriving in the UK. More information here.

The UK health authorities provide detailed guidance on health and travel, with The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advising on travel abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, and travel warnings.

Please follow your own governments’ guidance in the first instance and consult French entry requirements by visiting the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

The Savoie department announced a large order of antigenic tests to help the winter season in ski resorts. These tests, allowing rapid identification of Covid-19 contamination, are being offered to socio-professionals in tourism. The simple swab tests are available across pharmacies in resorts and provide results in 15 minutes.40,000 people who work in the tourism sector in Savoie can “benefit from screening tests to guarantee their safety to the public they serve“.

Geneva airport has partially resumed its activity in recent months, now catering to some 70 countries. Extended measures are in place and passengers for France exit via the French sector.

Widespread testing is also available to travellers arriving in France at airports and ports.

British citizens visiting the EU after 1 Jan ’21

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1 January 2021. It is strongly advised you check a number of things before you travel:

  • Check your passport – On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to have at least 6 months left and be less than 10 years old
  • Border control – You may need to show a return or onward ticket, that you have enough money for your stay, and use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
  • Get travel insurance that covers your healthcare – Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be valid only up to 31 December 2020
  • Check you have the right driving documents – You might need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries. If you’re taking your own vehicle, you will also need a ‘green card’ and a GB sticker
  • Organise pet travel – From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme. Instead, you’ll need to follow a different process, which takes 4 months. Follow the guidance about pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.
  • There are more things to do if you are travelling for business. For example, going to meetings and conferences, providing services (even with a charity), and touring art or music.

Booking Terms

We have changed our booking terms and are currently taking bookings for winter 2020/21:

  • ALL PROPERTIES FOR 20/21 SEASON ARE AVAILABLE TO BOOK WITH A SIMPLE 10% DEPOSIT, WITH 90% BALANCE DUE 28 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL
  • COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS ARE  ENTITLED TO 100% CREDIT, VALID FOR 18 MONTHS OR AN IMMEDIATE 90% CASH REFUND ON CHALET PRICE

You can read all our extensive list of COVID FAQs HERE.

Contact our friendly staff 24/7 about your requirements or worries and they will be able to work with you to ensure you book your perfect holiday with confidence.

+44 (0) 203 393 0833

  sales@consensiochalets.co.uk

Getting to the Alps

There are many ways to travel to the French Alps which can reduce your exposure to crowds.

  • Private Jet – All the main airports including Geneva, Lyon & Grenoble, as well as smaller airports Chambery & Annecy facilitate private aviation landings.
  • Heli transfer – Using a helicopter from the airport to a resort is not only safer but much quicker than transfers by road.
  • Private transfer – Transfer companies have safety precautions in place such as physical barriers between driver and guests; masks are obligatory and vehicles are fully sanitised between guest trips.
  • Self-drive – Off-road parking is available at all properties, enabling you to drive direct door to door.
  • Commercial flights – airlines have brought more routes and flights back on schedule. Mandatory mask-wearing, no in-flight service and hands-free boarding procedures have allowed guests to travel with confidence. For latest Geneva airport COVID updates, visit their website.

Travel insurance

Our terms require that appropriate travel insurance is put in place before booking a stay with us. A number of insurance companies can now help with cover for those that contract Coronavirus while abroad.

  • Skicover.com offers Covid cover if FCDO advises against all but essential travel. The policies include cancellation for Covid if you are hospitalised within 28 days of departure or catch it within 14 days prior to your trip starting. The cover is also provided if you are denied boarding of a plane, train or ferry because of an abnormal test outside of normal parameters and the cover is provided if you become ill with Covid whilst travelling in Europe even when travelling against the advice of FCDO. Cover only for travellers up to the age of 64.
  • MPI Brokers are leaders in winter cover. They offer emergency medical cover if a person contracts the virus in a country where the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has not warned against travel to that destination. The cover will be in place if the policy and trip were purchased/booked prior to the warning.  This includes cover for hospital costs, ambulance costs, extra accommodation costs (B&B) in case you miss your return journey and repatriation if medically necessary. They currently offer a 10% online discount: Click here to obtain a quote.
  • ABTA is promoting its new insurance product Travelsure which is underwritten by AXA. It partially covers property cancellations, is comprehensive on medical cover and can include winter sportsCancellation cover is provided due to falling ill with coronavirus and being unable to travel or being required to self-isolate, subject to a medical certificate or an official test result”Click here to obtain a quote.
  • Trail Findersmarket-leading policy has extensive Covid-19 cover including cancellation prior to travel, curtailment of your trip, quarantine, and medical expenses whilst overseas. Please note there is no cover for the entire duration of your trip if you commence travel contrary to FCDO Advice.
  • High-risk insurance specialist Battleface has just added wintersports cover to its Travel Medical policies. The insurance doesn’t cover pandemic-related holiday cancellations or lockdowns. But it does cover you for medical expenses and evacuations if you fall ill with Covid-19, provided you are aged 59 or under. The Wintersports coverage includes off-piste skiing or snowboarding with a guide, as well as for the loss of wintersports equipment. But it doesn’t include off-piste skiing without a guide, all freestyle and acrobatic skiing, competitive skiing and loss of skiing time due to piste or lift closures.

Resort information

French resort measures during COVID

 

Lifts will not be running in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Jura or the Massif Central over Christmas – Resorts are set to open on January 7th but with strict criteria and if conditions allow.

Once the lifts are running again, the main adjustment is that masks are mandatory (for over 11yr olds) when using the lifts, in ski hire shops, and at the start and end of ski lessons when congregating. Once off the lifts, people can enjoy the mountains as normal.

Resort COVID Protocols:

The Val d’Isère tourist office has released its C-19 Healthcare protocol for next winter. This can be accessed HERE. Val

Discover the latest Courchevel C-19 updates HERE.

Read Méribel‘s webpage with C-19 related information HERE.

Activities available in resort:

Courchevel

Méribel

Val d’Isère

Safer together

For this coming 2020/21 winter season only, Consensio is adapting to a safe, non-contact style service in all our chalets, enabling you to enjoy the majority of the usual Consensio benefits, but at the same time respecting social distancing and minimising risk while we learn to live with COVID and associated uncertainties.

Daily breakfasts are laid out and cleared away whilst you are not present. Your dedicated host provides daily contactless cleaning and preparation, implementing COVID safety policies, and travel within resort is covered by a 4×4 professional chauffeur-driven service, mornings and afternoons.

Your dedicated chalet manager will help arrange evening restaurant bookings or fine-dining collections from the local restaurants and will ensure the dining area is laid out beforehand and cleared away after. Most resort restaurants are adapting to ‘the new normal’ and are setting up quality cuisine style deliveries. Your chalet manager can liaise on your behalf with minimal disruption to your stay.

We have made these vital changes to keep both you and our staff safe, allowing everyone to enjoy all the French Alps have to offer this winter. We appreciate that this results in a reduction of service levels where a contactless service is impossible and, as such, we have reduced our chalet prices by 25% to reflect this change and have revised our payment terms so you can book a 20/21 holiday with confidence with a 10% deposit and the balance payment due only 28 days before departure, complete with a COVID Cancellation Clause.

The kitchens are open if you wish to bring your own chef or prefer to self-cater and an unlimited open bar is offered which includes chateau bottled house wines, premium spirits and our trademark Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne.

Ski equipment rental and lift passes can be delivered directly to your chalet, avoiding visits to ski shops and lift pass offices.

We work with world-class ski guides who can seek out the quieter pistes and lifts; skiing with a private instructor allows you to bypass long lift queues.

Après-ski in your own chalet, complete with bespoke cocktail and drink menu, can be arranged along with live musicians or karaoke sing-alongs. This avoids busy public bars and clubs.

All our chalets have their own spa facilities (open from Mon 9am to Sat 5pm to allow for COVID cleaning between guests). Massages, beauty and physiotherapy treatments and yoga sessions can be organised in the comfort of your own private surrounds. If preferred we can arrange exclusive use of a single therapist for the duration of your stay.

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Enquire

Contact our friendly staff 24/7 about your requirements or worries and they will be able to work with you to ensure you book your perfect holiday with confidence.

+44 (0) 203 393 0833

  sales@consensiochalets.co.uk

 

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