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Latest on New Developments in La Tania

Artists impression of the Moretta Village snow front

Prior to our comprehensive round up of everything new in The 3 Valleys which we’ll put out in October, here’s some news on the latest developments in La Tania.

The Moretta Village development on the car park area near to the gondola is finally going ahead. This is a large, complex, 3 year project with hotel, apartments, season accommodation, bar/restaurant, commercial and retail outlets plus a new snow front at the bottom of the red Moretta Blanche piste.

Moretta Village entrance impression

Rumours of Club Med (now owned by the Chinese) involvement have been replaced by Israeli investors and we understand that the plan is to upgrade the La Tania gondola rather than install an additional chairlift as originally outlined.

Location of Moretta Village

Work on access roads, parking (there will ultimately be a new underground car park) and preparation is to start soon but unlikely to have an effect on anything this Winter. As we guessed the replacement car park will be on the land created at bend in the road at the entrance to the village from the Alpinium car park dig out in Le Praz. Permission to dump the excavation of this development on the bottom section of the red piste and re-shape it has already been granted (access to the green run that crosses here will be improved too).

The new car park with the development on the left

The new snow front in La Tania village is coming along – ultimately it will look like this and all will be completed by December:

The new La Tania beginners area with 2 magic carpet lifts
Work continues…

First impressions are that the higher lift doesn’t go as far up as expected and the main piste is raised up considerably at the top of the development – it also comes closer to the apartment building than we realised too!

The initial plan – showing before and after

Meanwhile new, modern street lights are going up in La Tania and there are some temporary bins in place as the wall below the back of the Montana Hotel slips! Oh and The Christiana Apartment block is being painted on the village side via painters dangling on bungees! Attention to detail as always…

Crystal Return to La Tania plus their bespoke Holiday Checklist launches

Crystal Ski Holidays are returning back to La Tania for Winter 2021 / 2022 with full package deals including transfers and flights plus a local rep service.

TUI Flights to Chambéry include departures from Manchester, Exeter, Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick, East Midlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Accommodation is with Hotel Montana and the apartments of Residence Le Britannia.

Crystal have also launched an interactive bespoke holiday checklist so you won’t forget those important items like phone chargers, sunglasses, headphones, sun block, hats etc. Crystal Ski Holiday Packing Checklist

For those that are comfortable booking flights and transfers themselves check out the Private Apartments & Self-Catering Availability plus The Special Offers Page. All accommodation options are listed here.

Speak to Ambra at Hotel Montana for the best prices on any accommodation only deals at the hotel.

40% off Carte Neige

If anyone bought a Carte Neige insurance last year and renew it before 31st December 2021 they get 40% off.

Auto translation below:

Dear licensees,

We have all had a difficult 2020-2021 season. Administrative closure of ski lifts, curfews, limitation of movement… regardless of our favorite sliding activities, we have all had to face restrictions in our sporting practice.

However, when possible, our clubs remained mobilized and our volunteers were able to maintain an activity for our licensees, in particular for minors. I can only salute the spirit of resilience and solidarity that we have all shown and I would like to sincerely thank our 10,000 volunteers for their dedication.

Despite the uncertainties, you continued to show your membership in the FFS by subscribing your license. Many young graduates were able to ski, some were able to discover cross-country skiing or ski touring.
Others, too far from the stations, could only practice off-snow activities.

Also, and in order to take into account the consequences of the health crisis and to recognize the level of activity and commitment of each, the general assembly of the FFS voted to implement a reduction on the renewal of licenses. up to 40%, depending on the type of license (reduction not applicable to licenses purchased through ESFs).

Also, as 2020-2021 licensees, you will be able to benefit from a reduced rate on your 2021-2022 license, if you subscribe to it in your club before December 31, 2021.
As the entire system is computerized, this reduction will apply automatically when your club registers your license.

You will soon receive all the practical details related to the implementation of this measure, but the Federation’s services are already at your disposal for any preliminary questions.

I sincerely hope that this device will help relaunch our activities and encourage all of you to show your loyalty to your club.
It should be noted that this assistance for the renewal of licenses is part of a broader plan to relaunch our federal activities, which we wished to be proactive and ambitious, in the service of clubs and licensees.

We are a big family and I am delighted that in the coming weeks we will be able to resume our activities in our clubs and (re) fully live our passion for skiing.

I wish you all a good season.
Sportingly,

Chers licenciés,
Nous avons tous vécu une saison 2020-2021 difficile. Fermeture administrative des remontées mécaniques, couvre-feu, limitation des déplacements…peu importe nos activités de glisse favorites, nous avons toutes et tous dû faire face à des restrictions de notre pratique sportive.

Toutefois, lorsque c’était possible, nos clubs sont restés mobilisés et nos bénévoles ont su maintenir une activité pour nos licenciés, en particulier à destination des mineurs. Je ne peux que saluer l’esprit de résilience et de solidarité dont nous avons tous su faire preuve et je souhaite très sincèrement remercier nos 10 000 bénévoles pour leur dévouement. 
Malgré les incertitudes, vous avez continué à manifester votre adhésion à la FFS en souscrivant votre licence. De nombreux jeunes licenciés ont pu skier, certains ont pu découvrir le ski de fond ou le ski de randonnée.
D’autres, trop éloignés des stations, n’ont pu que pratiquer des activités hors neige.
Aussi, et afin de tenir compte des conséquences de la crise sanitaire et de reconnaître le niveau d’activité et d’engagement de chacun, l’assemblée générale de la FFS a voté la mise en place d’une réduction sur le renouvellement des licences allant jusqu’à 40%, selon le type de licence (réduction non applicable aux licences souscrites via les ESF).

Aussi, en tant que licenciés 2020-2021, vous pourrez bénéficier d’un tarif réduit sur votre licence 2021-2022, si vous la souscrivez dans votre club avant le 31 décembre 2021.
L’ensemble du système étant informatisé, cette réduction sera applicable automatiquement lorsque votre club enregistrera votre licence. Vous recevrez très prochainement tous les détails pratiques liés à la mise en œuvre de cette mesure mais les services de la Fédération se tiennent d’ores et déjà à votre disposition pour toutes questions préalables.

J’espère sincèrement que ce dispositif viendra aider à la relance de nos activitéset vous incitera, toutes et tous, à manifester votre fidélité à votre club.
Notons que cette aide au renouvellement des licences s’inscrit dans le cadre plus large d’un Plan de relance de nos activités fédérales, que nous avons souhaité volontariste et ambitieux, au service des clubs et des licenciés.  Nous formons une grande famille et je me réjouis que nous puissions dans les prochaines semaines reprendre nos activités dans nos clubs et (re)vivre pleinement notre passion de la glisse.

Je vous souhaite à toutes et à tous une belle saison.
Sportivement, 
 

Cable going on the new top to bottom La Masse Gondola

The new Pointe de la Masse Gondola over Les Menuires way

The new gondola will open in December this year with a fast route up, directly all the way to La Masse summit making this a much more popular spot for skiers and quick access to the great off piste that is Lac du Lou.

Route of the new Gondola (the old way was via the Masse 1 & 2 gondolas)
The old Masse 2 gondolas being driven away…

World Cup Summer Ski Jumping Programme Fri 06 & Sat 07 August 2021

This Friday & Saturday see the Le Praz round of the Summer Ski Jumping World Cup (live on Eurosport) with the Ladies jumping on Friday and the Men’s competition on Sunday. A total of 115 competitors from 15 countries are taking part.

A not to be missed event with big crowds watching the skiers land on the heavily watered, plastic “long astroturf” type matting – looks seriously scary and they appear to jump as far as they do on snow!

There’s a beer tent, entertainments and in the evening live music, DJ and fireworks. An air display featuring a US Air Force F86-Sabre, the Army Aerobatics Team and Adrenalin Flights take place each day from around 16:00.

Full Programme – Friday, Ladies Competition
9.00 – 10.00 Official training – 1st jump
10.00 – 11.00 Official training 2nd jump
11.00 Qualifications
16.30 Trial jump
18.00 Competition jump
19.00 Final
20.00 Trophies ceremony

Live music on Friday Evening featuring The Al Jones Band and DJ Fred.

Full Programme – Saturday, Men’s Competition
9.00 – 10.00 Official training – 1st jump
10.00 – 11.00 Official training – 2nd jump
11.00 Qualifications
16.50 Trial jump
18.00 Competition jump
19.00 Final
20.00 Trophies ceremony

Live Music on Saturday Evening featuring Pas Riche Hilton and DJ Fred plus closing fireworks display from around 22:30.

There’s an additional free resort bus service planned back to La Tania from Le Praz at 22:55 (other services at 21:25, 22:45 & 23:45).

Note that proof of Covid vaccination or recent negative test will be required using the TousAntiCovid App as a condition of entry following the latest French Government regulations for large events.

The NHS QR Codes can be uploaded to the French App but unfortunately the TAC Verif App used to check the code validity is not yet compatible. The NHS App or Paper certificates are acceptable – note from French Consulate General here.

UPDATE: 04/08/21: The French verification app (TAC Verif) now reads England NHS QR codes uploaded to the French TousAntiCovid App – although you could upload from the start of the week the verification app has just been updated to work with them.

You may need to regenerate NHS QR code and re-upload it to French App in case it has expired – they last a month.

Note that you must upload NHS QR codes to the French App, TAC Verif will not read direct from NHS App, Apple Wallet or Google Pay.

Hannah Buckle raising money for Sebastian’s Action Trust

Regular visitor to La Tania, Hannah Buckle performing a sponsored tandem Parachute jump raising money for Sebastian’s Action Trust, one of our Charity Day chosen charities – it was her birthday too, which is normally spent in La Tania… Well done Hannah!

One of Hannah’s clients benefits from staying at a respite centre run by Sebastian’s Action Trust, a brilliant charity that offers a complete programme of support to families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Meet Sian your local La Tania / Courchevel Leggett Estate Agent

Sian Maher

Introducing Sian Maher
After arriving in Courchevel in 1995 for my first ski season I instantly fell in love with the mountains and all they have to offer. One winter soon became many and then, in 2006 I made Courchevel my permanent home with my two children and husband. With the children at local schools and Courchevel Ski Club, and running a busy physiotherapy business (Ski Physio) as well as our own property portfolio I have developed a sound understanding of the local housing market and opportunities available. I am sure I can help you find your Alpine dream too. 

The view from an apartment recently sold by Sian

Leggett is a french business with British roots who are the leading International estate agency in France. The huge range of marketing used will put your property in front of  the biggest range of buyers possible, from someone in the same village to someone on another continent. A team of agents who are all local, know the area and are French and English speaking.

The Leggett agents will work with you all the way through the sales process helping both buyer and seller to understand the French system. This includes an initial estimation, taking photos, collecting the information for a sale, organising obligatory diagnostic tests, marketing the property, organising buyer visits, negotiating the deal and preparing the sales papers for the buyer and seller for the notaires to write up the legally binding documents necessary for the sale. The agents will be there right to the end of the sales process, until you either get the keys to your new property or receive you funds from the sale.

Property is selling very well at the moment and Leggett are getting requests for La Tania so are looking for more properties in and around La Tania, so why not contact Sian on Sian.maher@Leggett.fr or phone 0033 (0)668 570 099 to see how she can help you with either selling your property or helping you find a property to fit your needs.

Sian’s property portfolio available online here

Leggett Buyers Guide

Leggett Vendors Guide

Travelling to France and back from England – what you need to know…

Update 30/11/2021 12:00
GOOD NEWS! Looks like the travelling to France via Switzerland issue is sorted (for now).

UK gov info matching Swiss gov info at last!

There is no quarantine requirement for travellers arriving in Switzerland from the UK who wish to travel onward to another country, as long as travel through Switzerland is less than 24 hours”

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements

Just got to hope someone tells the police, border control and easyJet ground staff…….. But positive news after the shambles of information / communication at the weekend!
Swiss Site Update Here

Update 30/11/2021 09:00
Absolute clarity of information is still awaited on travelling by road from Geneva Airport to France and vice-versa. Lots of lazy journalism and so called travel experts quoting out of date documents, incorrect tweets and the UK Gov Site without checking Swiss Gov Sites and what is happening on the ground (people have both been let through, denied boarding or turned back).

UK has back-tracked on their “All passengers including transit passengers must quarantine” to “transit passengers airside are exempt from testing and quarantine“. No explanation of this or apology. The Swiss Travel Check Website is now back up – if you say you wish to:

  • You wish to enter Switzerland (incl. transit)
  • From UK (other passport holder etc)
  • I enter only for transit, with the intention and the possibility of continuing directly to another country (Transit).

The answer is You are exempt from the test requirement. So still ambiguity, no mention of quarantine exemption, no mention of travel by road directly to another country so we’re back to square one.

Meanwhile the official rules in Switzerland on Swiss Gov Site:
The following rules apply to travelling through Switzerland to another country
Transit from a third country considered by the SEM to be high-risk to a Schengen state:
It is only possible to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country (eg UK) in order to travel on to another Schengen state (eg France) for a short stay of up to 90 days if you can prove that you have been vaccinated.

Update 28/11/21 18:00:
UK FCO GOV Travel Advice Latest Update:
Updated information on entry requirements for arrivals from the UK. From 8pm on 27 November 2021, you must have proof of vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Switzerland, which can be a PCR or antigen test. On entry, you must also self-quarantine for 10 days. Those arriving from UK who wish to transit to another country will need to self-quarantine in Switzerland for 10 days. 
NOTE – THIS IS NOT CLEARLY STATED ON THE SWISS GOV SITE.

Update 27/11/21 21:00:
Looking like the Swiss have brought in a 10 day quarantine (even for the vaccinated) for all countries that have the new variant detected. The UK has just been added to “the list” but entry is restricted to Schengen passport holders anyway by the looks of this. Praying this is a short term temporary measure (and getting a transfers from GVA is a nightmare anyway isn’t it this year?).

From https://www.bag.admin.ch/…/quarantaene-einreisende.html


Tightening of entry rules: Quarantine for arrivals since 8pm on 26.11.2021, various countries have been on the list of countries with a variant of concern. Anyone entering Switzerland from these countries must present a negative test result and quarantine for 10 days. This also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons. Only people who are Swiss nationals or hold a residence permit for Switzerland or a country in the Schengen area can enter Switzerland from these countries.

Still not absolutely clear if transiting passengers are required to quarantine etc. Hopefully some more clarity when the Swiss Travel Check site is updated (currently down). You put in where you’re going / transiting etc… UPDATE – SEE ABOVE
https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home

Update 27/11/21 18:00 :
UK Gov Announcement today that there is a return to “Day 2” PCR tests on travellers returning to the UK with self isolation until a negative test is proved. Basically that’s back to where we were a month ago – costs go up from £13 to £28 per person – but you are required to self isolate if you come into contact with someone who tests positive.

Update 24/11/21 from BBC Website:
Children from the UK aged 12 years old or over who have received only one vaccination dose are not regarded as fully vaccinated under French rules.

If they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, they will be required to present a negative PCR test result on arrival in France. However, they do not have to give an essential reason, or self-isolate after arriving. Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel to France.

SUMMARY 23/11/21

French Pass Sanitaire
Looking more and more likely that this will be required for skiing (as it is for entry to Bars and Restaurants) as the French try to keep a tight control on things – the NHS QR Code uploads to the Anti Covid App fine or you need proof of testing or recovery on it. On Val Thorens opening preview day the officials asked for it as they gave you the free ski pass, they also gave you a bracelet pass for the restaurant – not sure if that was for the free food or to prove you had the Health Pass! Macron has set a 15 December deadline for 3rd jabs for over 65s for full vaccination status to be kept. 12 to 15 year olds look like they will have to get tests as it stands, at least for bars and restaurants ( they last for 72 hours in France so a couple should suffice for a weeks holiday, however this may be required every 24 hours and tests within 24 hours of departure could be a pain – as always check the official advice on UK Gov Site and French Gov Site for the latest info). Additional use of face masks moving around inside venues is now required too.

In reality though, very few places in our experience are currently checking Health Passes as of 22 Nov 2021. On the main opening day of VT there was some enforcement of masks in queues and covered lifts however.


Going Out from England to France:
If fully vaccinated then just the French Sworn Statement is needed (and a passport with 6 months left on it!). Technically your NHS proof of vaccine is required when entering French air space and you may be asked for this at the airport (and you’ll certainly need it in France).

Coming Back from France to England:
If fully vaccinated then a completed Passenger Locator Form (PLF) plus a Day 2 test (the cheaper Lateral Flow test is now accepted from 4am on 24 October but not the freebie NHS ones). Cheapest we could find is Expert Medicals for £13 – although there customer service record isn’t up to much, you do get the all important reference number for the UK PLF at purchase time. NOTE THE UPDATE ABOVE – PCR TESTS NOW REQUIRED AGAIN.

Travel via Switzerland:
If fully vaccinated then travellers flying to Switzerland (for example travelling to France via Geneva) are now exempt from testing and the NHS Covid Pass is accepted as proof of vaccination. A Swiss PLF type document is required to be completed. The Swiss Covid Certificate which costs non-nationals CHF30 is NOT required to enter the country (but may be needed to Ski in Switzerland or enter bars etc).

Over Val Thorens opening weekend flying from Newcastle via Frankfurt to Geneva was fairly straight forward. Asked for NHS Vaccination proof and Swiss Doc in Newcastle (nothing else required as transiting through Germany) and on the way back we were asked for the UK PLF in Switzerland and Germany but no vaccination proof.

NB: Border Control in Germany were flexing their Brexit muscles asking what we were doing going to Switzerland, how long for, where we were staying etc. and then wanted to see our return tickets (or proof of funds presumably). Changing times indeed.

Earlier…

UPDATE 09/11/21 : French Prime Minister insisted that closing ski resorts was not an option. Health Passes not required to ski unless rates go over 200 per 100,000. Masks will be required on closed / covered lifts and in lift queues.

UPDATE 21/10/21: From 4am on 24 October, arrivals into England who are considered fully vaccinated will be able to take a lateral flow test on or before day 2 of their arrival, instead of a PCR test. Passengers will need to take a photo of their lateral flow test result and send it back to their private testing provider for verification. 

Fully vaccinated travellers flying to Switzerland (for example travelling to France via Geneva) are now exempt from testing and the NHS Covid Pass is accepted. PLF documents are required to be completed.

UPDATE 17/09/21: From Mon 4 Oct, if you’re fully Vax’d you won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country and from later in Oct, you will be able to take a cheaper lateral flow test rather than the “2 Day” PCR Test

UPDATE 14/09/21: If flying to Geneva you still require a PCR “fit to fly” pre-departure test but crossing the border in to France is straight forward enough.

UPDATE 10/09/21: Expert Medicals have had their licence withdrawn apparently. Was the cheapest by far and free for those who didn’t get sent a test (but got the all important reference number at time of booking) and then did a charge back on their credit card…

UPDATE 19/08/21: Nationwide Pathology have put their Day 2 test back to £40. We’ve also seen Expert Medicals with a Day 2 test for £28 – reviews aren’t great though…

UPDATE 11/08/21: NWP have put their Day 2 test up from £40 to £65. We’ve used TESTING FOR ALL successfully- they charge £48.

UPDATE 10/08/21: How to get a French COVID certificate if vaccinated abroad (non-EU). If vaccinated in Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only) then you already have Digital Covid Certificate which is valid in France.

Advice from the gov.uk site here too www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/coronavirus

Vaccinated non-EU tourists, including those from Scotland and Northern Ireland, can request a QR code for domestic use from the French government if travelling to France. To be eligible, you will need to provide the following evidence by email:

  • A vaccination certificate
  • A valid passport
  • Return travel tickets
  • A completed application form

This system is initially open to those already in France or arriving on or before 15 August. Subsequent arrivals will be processed at a later date. 

UPDATE 10/08/21: Fully vaccinated travellers back to the UK from France (after 4am on Sunday 08/08/21 when amber quarantine rules changed) are still getting text messages telling them to quarantine for 10 days and take 2 further tests. This is an error, no quarantine is now required for fully vaccinated and only a Day 2 test is required once you have returned home.

UPDATE 09/08/21: The TAC Verif App which is used to check the French Covid Pass for validity now reads NHS QR Codes directly (from NHS App, Apple Wallet, Google Pay or paper copies) and no longer requires them to be uploaded to the French TousAntiCovid App.

UPDATE 05/08/21: France off the Amber Plus list from 4am Sunday 8 Aug – no longer a requirement to quarantine on return to the uk for those fully vaccinated. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58079107

No longer a requirement for a Day 8 test just the pre-departure and Day 2 tests plus a completed PLF required.

Cheapest Day 2 test we can find (which you need to pre-order to enter ref no on PLF) is from Nationwide Pathology for £40. SEE UPDATE, NOW £65. Testing For All charge £48.

Pharmacy in Courchevel 1850 charges €25 for an anti-gen test and sends results via test message and link to PDF file within 30 minutes. You can do a walk-in but it may be best to book. Call +33 (0)479 080537. Open in Summer Mon-Sat 09:30-12:30 and 15:30-19:00. No tests on a Sunday.

UPDATE 04/08/21: The French verification app (TAC Verif) now reads England NHS QR codes uploaded to the French TousAntiCovid App – although you could upload from the start of the week the verification app has only just been updated to work with them.

You may need to regenerate NHS QR code and re-upload it to French App in case it has expired – they last a month.

Note that you must upload NHS QR codes to the French TousAntiCovid App as TAC Verif will not read direct from NHS App, Apple Wallet or Google Pay. (Now fixed see update 10/08).

UPDATE 03/08:21: A Covid Pass will be required for the Summer Ski Jumping World Cup in Le Praz and is already being asked for at Aquamotion. Mairie website claims La Tania Swimming Pool also requires Covid Pass but this wasn’t enforced yesterday – this may be to do with the low number of customers.

UPDATE 02/08/21: The NHS Covid Pass can now be uploaded from the NHS App to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay for ease of use and off-line access.

UPDATE 01/08/21: Although NHS QR Codes can be uploaded successfully to the French TousAntiCovid App, the Tac Verif App used to verify codes by cinemas, museums, etc and ultimately all bars & restaurants does not yet recognise them. NHS proof of (full) vaccination is accepted however. French Embassy Confirmation here

UPDATE 26/07/21: Check that your passport number is on pre-departure test certificate – officially it is not required (just name as on passport plus date of birth is needed) but some ferry companies insisting on it we hear. Also some issues with maiden names on French docs, carry marriage certificate if necessary.

UPDATE 30/07/21: Aquamotion in Courchevel 1550/1650 is now requesting a Covid Pass prior to entry.

UPDATE 24/07/21: Crossed back over to France from the UK via Eurotunnel yesterday – almost normal and busy. Queued for 20 minutes at first ticket check then straight through customs check and passport controls (all on UK side now, straight out on French side). Was not asked for proof of vaccination or for the French Attestation document! 3 weeks ago you had to leave your vehicle and queue up to show all the documentation required.

UPDATE 22/07/21: Bozel Pharmacie no longer do antigen tests. Only Synlab in 1850, Bozel, Meribel and Moutiers by appointment . The social security code anyone can use on Synlab is 155555574102314. Thanks to Ralph, Willie, Liz and Joey for the info.

UPDATE 21/07/21: The French Government TousAntiCovid App will accept the QR Code of the NHS Vaccination Certificates so the proof can be uploaded in to the wallet on the App. It’s all in English and straightforward to use going forward as proof of vaccination when in France. There’s a “Border” display option for showing at Airports / Ports too. Thanks to Rosalind H for the heads up.


This info is correct from 19 July 2021 – as far as we know and always subject to change. Always check UK Gov Site and French Gov Site for the latest info.

PLEASE REFER TO UPDATES ABOVE.

Going Out from England to France:
If double jabbed then just the French Sworn Statement is needed (and a passport with 6 months left on it!). Children under 18 have the same status as parents (counted as fully vaccinated if their parents are). CHECK THIS IS STILL VALID FOR UNDER 18s – RULES MAY CHANGE.

Coming Back from France to England:
If double jabbed the following is needed along with a completed Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

  1. A pre-departure test within 72 hours of leaving France. – SEE UPDATE, NOW NOT APPLICABLE.
  2. A Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test on return during a 10 Day self quarantine period. – SEE UPDATE, NO QUARANTINE AND DAY 2 ONLY REQUIRED. LATERAL FLOW FROM 24 OCTOBER.
  3. Optionally a Day 5 “Test to Release” PCR test to leave quarantine early. – SEE UPDATE, NOW NOT APPLICABLE.

Pre-departure test
Within 72 hours of departure an anti-gen / lateral flow type or PCR test available across France (pharmacies in Méribel, Courchevel 1650 & 1850 plus Bozel, they charge €25 euros anti-gen for tourists). Synlab do PCR for tourists for £43 in Courchevel and Bozel but anti-gen is ok for UK. www.pds.synlab.fr/laboratoire/default.aspx

Day 2 and Day 8 Tests
Available across the UK – can be done by post too. Shop around Boots charge £160 while Testing for All charge £95. SEE UPDATE, DAY 2 ONLY REQUIRED.

Day 5 Test to Release
This is optional and allows you to leave quarantine following negative PCR test result received after full 5 days back in the UK. For example arrive in UK Monday then test Saturday. You still need to do the Day 8 test too. These Test to Release tests are available across UK, again check prices, some from as little as £59 and TUI, Jet2, easyJet, RyanAir all have deals with providers. – SEE UPDATE, NOW NOT APPLICABLE

Proof of Vaccine
Check the days after 2nd jab for validity (7 or 14 days or a month depending on vaccine) and use the NHS App for proof.

The French Covid Health Pass system for access to cinemas, museums and theme parks comes in to play this week and will be ultimately extended to shopping centres, leisure facilities, restaurants & bars. The NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will be allowed instead of the EU Covid Digital Certificate according to the Consular General at the French Embassy – more here or take paper copy of NHS document. SEE UPDATES ABOVE, COVID PASS (and NHS pass) NOW ENFORCED.

Other Parts of the UK
Check for differences in the requirements if travelling to / from other parts of the UK:
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland

Un-Vaccinated Etc
For anything else other than the above (like those un-vaccinated) you need recent pre-arrival tests and reason for the essential travel etc. Check the Government Websites for full information and the latest changes.

La Tania spotted in INEOS 4×4 advert

A great spot by Rich Roberts of Geraint Thomas riding through La Tania on the new INEOS Grenadier 4×4 advert.

The full advert for what looks like an (original) Land Rover Defender Clone below:

INEOS founder Jim Ratcliffe (Britain’s richest man) contributed £17m towards the re-development of the Courchevel Stade. His daughter trains with Courchevel Club des Sport.

He also owns the Portetta hotel in 1650, sponsors what was the Sky cycling team, finances the British boat in the America Cup, owns Swiss football club Lausanne-Sport and French Team OGC Nice.

Fête des Bûcherons Lumberjack Festival in La Tania

Great to see so many people enjoying the sunshine in La Tania today….