We want to keep you up to date on the travel situation to and from our trips this year. Not sure where to look? finding it all very confusing? Join the club. Let us break it down for you.
At the moment we are travelling to the following destinations: France, Italy, Switzerland and Russia. Our travel advice is based on coming from the UK as that is where most of our customers are based. If you are traveling from a different country to one of our trips please get in touch here.
Current Situation for British travellers:
It is no longer illegal to travel abroad for holidays as of 17 May 2021. However, travellers must adhere to the rules of the Traffic Light system below.
Countries we operate in and their current traffic light status:
France – Amber List
Italy – Amber List
Switzerland – Amber List
Russia – Amber List
When travelling back to the UK from your trip with us, what you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. If you have been in a country or territory on the:
- green list – you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 after arriving home
- amber list – you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take 2 COVID-19 tests
- red list – you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests
You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
France has brought in strict new travel rules for the UK including a ban on all non-essential travel and a compulsory seven-day quarantine. The tightening of travel restrictions is in reaction to fears over the ‘Indian variant’ of Covid which has seen a big growth in cases in the UK in recent days, and follows in the footsteps of Germany and Austria, which have also restricted travel from the UK.
The new rules, which came into force at 0.01am on Monday, May 31st, are;
- Travel is only allowed from the UK for vital reasons
- People who are resident in France – including British residents – do not need to prove a vital reason to return to France, nor will French citizens or citizens of another EU country who live in France or the EU
- Anyone over the age of 11 entering France from the UK needs to show a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the previous 48 hours
- Arrivals should self-isolate for seven days, although this will not be enforced by police visits
Before you leave France to travel back to the UK you’ll need to:
- provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK
- complete a passenger locator form
From 16 May until 30 July there is no longer a requirement to quarantine on arrival in Italy, unless travellers arrive without proof of a negative test. You must provide a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. More information from the UK GOV website here.
Travelers from the UK are currently not permitted entry to Switzerland. UK nationals and other non-Swiss nationals arriving from a ‘high risk-country’ or outside the Schengen area are not permitted entry to Switzerland. More information from the UK GOV website here.
Direct flights are now approved from the UK to Russia. The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. More information from the UK GOV website here.
Which countries do I travel through on my trip?
For this trip you will travel through 3 countries: Switzerland, France and Italy. If necessary we can remain in France and Switzerland and avoid Italy.
The Monte Rosa trip operates solely in Switzerland.
The Matterhorn trip operates in Switzerland and France. We have the ability to cut France out if necessary and run the trip completely in Switzerland.
This trip operates solely in Russia.
Haute Route Trek
The Haute Route trek goes through Switzerland and France.
How do I know if my trip will go ahead?
We will be making a decision on each trip up to 4 weeks before departure. From 4 weeks to 2 weeks pre departure we will offer a flexible plan for those that are happy to wait and see if restrictions change. Either way, we are offering free date changes for anyone who isn’t comfortable with the situation this year to 2022.
As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re more than happy to run through your options over a call.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3813 4779
Email: [email protected]