Planning to visit the French Alps to buy a chalet this winter during Covid-19?

This is the place to find the latest travel news and restrictions if you are planning a ski trip to buy a chalet in the French Alps during Covid-19.

Who would have thought this time last year we’d be writing a post like this? Obviously during the Covid-19 pandemic organising your annual ski trip is likely to take on a whole level of discussion and consideration.

While countries impose their own local or national rules and restrictions it is important that you know what to expect when arriving in a foreign country.

There have been a lot of misconceptions in the news about what the rules will be, last week for example was our understanding that to travel to France you would need to go into lockdown for two weeks on arrival, then enjoy a week’s skiing, only to return to the UK for two more weeks isolation. That’s five weeks off work for just one week’s enjoyment, I think even for the kindest amongst us, that is a bridge too far.

Nonetheless, this isn’t the situation in the French Alps at the moment, and while it might change over the coming weeks, at Unique Living we will do our best to keep you updated on all our winter destinations, via our local offices, so you can make your travel plans workable and protect yourselves and your family, not only from the virus but also financially via taking out appropriate travel insurance.

So if you are planning a ski trip to buy a chalet in the French Alps during Covid-19, here is the latest news from the official French Government website – 2nd October 2020, translated :

If you are arriving from a country on the list below and if you have not visited a third country in the month preceding your arrival in mainland France, you will not have to complete a fortnight of isolation:

Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Rwanda, San Marino, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vatican.

If you are arriving from another country, or if you have visited another country in the month preceding your arrival, you will be subject to a fortnight in the following cases:

You have symptoms of COVID-19 infection when you arrive, or

You cannot present a negative PCR test, carried out less than 72 hours before your departure.

Travellers are called upon to exercise good citizenship and a sense of responsibility in implementing the health precautions recommended by the authorities.

In this unprecedented time, we all have a duty to be responsible, there are always going to be people who flaunt the rules, so if you are that person reading this, think about how your actions could end up affecting someone, somewhere and their family at a whole different, unimaginable level. Think before you fly.