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Current Travel Advice

Your next ski holiday may look a little different from what you are used to, but at the end of the day, the mountains are still there and the snow will still fall and cruising down your favourite run on a crisp, bluebird day will still be as good as ever before. Probably even better!

We want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable on their ski holiday, so we have outlined some resources which may be helpful to you when planning your next ski trip.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate

The Republic of Ireland uses the EU Digital Covid Certificate system for travel within the EU member states. You must be able to show this document to show your Covid vaccination, recovery or testing status.

Each member state decides what entry restrictions or requirements will apply to travellers coming from Ireland. Proof of vaccination or recovery will be required in almost all of our featured destinations for using ski lifts and accessing hospitality venues or hotels. In recent weeks many countries have added additional regulations for unvaccinated travellers where a proof of a test may not be adequate or regular testing may be required. What may cause confusion is that while you are permitted to travel with your DCC obtained if you are vaccinated, recovered or have had a negative test, on arrival in resorts (if you only have a negative test) you are limited in terms of where you can go or what activities you can partake in including entry to hotels and ski lifts. If you are an unvaccinated adult or a family travelling with an unvaccinated teenager, please speak to one of the team who can advise you on your options.

Most countries will also require you to fill out a compulsory Passenger Locator Form in advance of travel. If you are travelling from Northern Ireland please follow the guidance as set out by NI Direct and adhere to testing requirements if applicable at the time of travel.

Testing requirements in advance of returning home

Please also consider that testing requirements to enter the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are subject to change.

From 6th January 2022, all fully vaccinated passengers arriving into the Republic of Ireland will no longer require a negative PCR or professionally administered antigen test. However, if you are not vaccinated or recovered from Covid, a negative PCR test is required, that has been taken before departure – within 72 hours of arrival into Ireland. From 6th January, passengers travelling into the country by air will need to show their valid EU digital Covid cert which shows they are recovered, fully vaccinated, or have tested negative on a PCR test. Children under 12 remain exempt from having to do a Covid test prior to arrival.

The Northern Ireland Executive have confirmed it will scrap the requirement to carry out a pre-departure test before arriving in Northern Ireland. From 4am on Friday 7th January 2022 fully vaccinated arrivals and under 18s will no longer need a negative covid test or to self isolate upon arrival.From Sunday 9th January 2022, the day 2 testing will also move to lateral flow tests, however the NHS lateral flow tests cannot be used and therefore individuals must purchase the test from a separate provider.

For further details see the European Commisson information here →
You can downland a useful mobile app here →



Latest updates from Ski McNeill's featured destinations

Each government and in some cases individual regions, change regulations to protect the health and safety of both residents, resort staff and tourists. The ski resorts are putting very strict measures in place to help keep everyone safe on the slopes this winter season. Ski McNeill will endeavour to give you the most up-to-date information where possible but please remember that things are subject to change.



Italy

France

Austria

Andorra

Republic of Ireland

Italy is following the rule that only vaccinated or covid recovered individuals may enter hospitality services and ski lifts. Pre-testing is not accepted from unvaccinated individuals and quarantine rules apply. Everyone entering Italy regardless of vaccination or recovery status must present a negative Covid test either a PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy OR a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before entering Italy. Under 12's are exempt. Any unvaccinated persons aged 12 and over require a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours hours of arrival. For children under 12 no test is required. Please also check rules in regard to vaccine validity, the Janssen vaccine is only valid for 2 months after the injection and for those aged 65 or over, all vaccines are only valid for seven months from previous injection. Austria is following the 2G rule so only vaccinated or covid recovered individuals may enter hospitality services and ski lifts. Pre-testing is not accepted from unvaccinated individuals. From 20th Dec, all arrivals from the Republic of Ireland must show proof of vaccinations or recovery plus proof of booster shot or a negative pcr test within the previous 48 hours or face quarantine restrictions, under 12's are exempt. From 25th Dec, all arrivals from the UK (Belfast Departures) must be fully vaccinated, have had a booster vaccine and a negative PCR test within the previous 48 hours. Children under 12 are exempt too and teenagers eligible for the Holiday Ninja Pass will be able to enter with a negative PCR test. A covid certificate for over 16's will be compulsory in order to access ski resorts in Andorra not only for skiing, but also to access ski lifts, restaurants, ski schools and other covered areas within the resort. For children under 6 no test is required. From 6th January '22, Vaccinated persons no longer require a pre-arrival Covid test, simply show your valid DCC. Unvaccinated persons must hold a negative PCR test, that has been taken before departure – within 72 hours of arrival into Ireland.

DFA & FCDO Advice

Travelling from the Republic of Ireland.

Further details on DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) guidelines can be found here →

Travelling from Northern Ireland.

Further details on FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) guidelines can be found here →



Individual Country Advice

Travel Advice from DFA when travelling from the Republic of Ireland.

Austria click here.

Italy click here.

France click here.

Andorra click here.



Travel Advice from FCDO when travelling from Northern Ireland.

Austria click here.

EHIC or GHIC Cards.

We advise all those travelling to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in a European country.

For further details on EHIC click here »

For further details on GHIC click here »



Compulsory Form when returning to the Republic of Ireland.

Passenger Locator Form



Travelling from Northern Ireland 

Covid-19 Travel Advice from our partner airports.

Dublin Airport click here.

Cork Airport click here.

Belfast International Airport click here.

All information and links on this page are correct at the time of publishing, however it is subject to constant change. Passengers are responsible for ensuring that all required travel documentation for their party is complete, current, valid and accurate and that their level and validity of vaccination is adequate for the country that they are entering, different countries have different regulations in relation of vaccine types and validity. Ski McNeill does not take responsibility for checking any of these documents or ensuring that an individual's vaccination level is compliant. In particular unvaccinated passengers must ensure that they have thoroughly read all entry requirements as many countries have strict rules for unvaccinated individuals. This page was last updated on 6th January 2022.

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