France Ski Resorts and Covid: what you need to know for 2021/2022

If you’re eager to get back to the mountains after last season’s closures, you’ll be glad that lifts in the French Alps will be reopening from mid-December (resort dependant).

It’s understandable that most of us are now cautious when booking a ski trip. Especially given the uncertainty of France ski resorts and Covid over the past year. Following Macron’s recent update regarding the Covid rules in France, here’s what you need to know before hitting the slopes this season…

France Covid Travel Restrictions

Before we get into specific regulations within resorts, you of course need to consider the border restrictions and what implications are in place.

It is no longer necessary to do a PCR test when returning to the UK. A cheaper lateral flow test can be done instead. If you’re flying into Geneva, it’s currently necessary to fill in the Swiss equivalent of a passenger locator form.

To find out what the restrictions are for non-French nationals, click here. Note that travelers from some nations must now complete an application before visiting any of the 26 countries in the Schengen Zone. Find out more about the new requirement here.

Health Pass

Currently, you will not need a health pass or ‘Pass Sanitaire’ to access the ski lifts. A Pass Sanitaire is a certificate to prove being vaccinated, recovered, or tested negative, for Covid.

However, after recent announcements, if the national incidence rate rises above 200 cases per 100,000, then this rule may change. So, it’s wise to be fully prepared with your proof of vaccination. If you don’t know how to obtain a French health pass click here.


Masks will be mandatory in cable cars and whilst queueing for lifts, as well as public mixing spaces. So, you must ensure you have one on you at all times. When using an open chairlift, your mask can be removed. A mask must also be worn on public transport. Masks are compulsory from the age of 11.

Social distancing measures will also be in place in queues, with random checks taking place and touchpoints will be disinfected daily.

A useful diagram of the protocols throughout ski resorts in France. ©France Montagnes

That’s all we have for now, but we are committed to updating information about France ski resorts and Covid-19 as and when we learn of important changes. If you want to find out more about holidays as we come out of the pandemic, head over to our dedicated Covid-19 page on our website.

About Author

Hi I’m Amy and I run the OVO Network Blog. I have spent winters in the Alps since 2016 and I am now based in the beautiful town of Annecy. I love making the most of being surrounded by the lake and mountains with my dog!