Covid 19.  How to plan your ski trip and feel safe.

Before booking your accommodation, it is worth considering all aspects of travelling and any possible restrictions or policies that may affect you once you arrive at your destination. And whether any restrictions will be imposed, once you return to the UK, and how that could affect you, your family and friends, and your work.

You must check carefully. Ask the questions listed below and do your research.

Mountain Beds have compiled a list of useful updated links to help you. Conditions all over the world are changing rapidly, and sometimes unpredictably, this is not an exhaustive list, just the best we can do.

Can I travel to my destination of choice?

If you are a UK resident, you can check the latest travel advice and COVID19 restrictions/ policies through the relevant Embassy websites as well as checking the Gov UK site.

Gov UK   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Swiss Embassy https://www.eda.admin.ch/london 
French Embassy  https://uk.ambafrance.org/
Italian Embassy   https://amblondra.esteri.it/ambasciata_londra/en/
Austrian Embassy  https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassy-london/

If you are travelling from a different country, you should check the relevant embassy website in your country.

How should I travel? 

Flying: You will need to check with the specific airline to see what their COVID19 policy is.  You can also check with the airport so you know what to expect when you arrive. Here are some of the airline policies.

Easy Jet https://www.easyjet.com/en/fly-with-confidence
British Airways https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/the-ba-experience/welcome-on-board
Swiss Air  https://www.swiss.com/gb/EN/various/travel-safely

Don’t be surprised, if your temperature is taken at any European airport.

Eurotunnel: You can check the most up to date information through the following link https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travelling-with-us/latest/covid-19/https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travelling-with-us/latest/covid-19/

What about transfers to resort?

Car hire: Different car hire companies have different COVID policies, you have to check the individual websites, for their policies  eg Rentalcars https://www.rentalcars.com/en/guides/rental-basics/rentalcars-com-coronavirus-update/

Trains: Check in advance that the trains are running as usual. You must check the train company website for their policy on travel and the need to wear PPE  eg Swiss Rail https://www.sbb.ch/en

Bus/MiniBus/Car: There are many airport transfer companies with their own policies eg Alpybus https://alpybus.com/safemobility and Ski Lifts https://www.lifts.to/coronavirus-travel-advice/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=ski-lifts 

Travel Insurance

It has always been a condition of booking a holiday with Mountainbeds that you take out adequate travel insurance for winter sports to cover accidents, medical expenses, travel disruption, loss of luggage etc.

Read the conditions (often in small print) of your travel insurance policy to understand exactly the cover provided.   Many policies now exclude pandemics and will not refund, even if the Foreign Office prohibits to travel to that country.

However, some insurers do offer emergency medical cover in case you contract COVID19 whilst abroad eg MPI brokers

What to expect when I arrive in resort?

DISTANCING rules differ between countries and regions within countries. Check the relevant embassy websites (listed above) and the Tourist Office website for your chosen resort.

But generally it is advised to keep a distance of 1.5-2m between people eg increased space between people on lifts or between tables at bars and restaurants.   Some restaurants have installed screens to separate customers – many businesses have already successfully tested these throughout the summer season.

HYGIENE AND DISINFECTION. Hand sanitiser is readily available at the entrances of lifts, supermarkets, shops cafes.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. Face masks & gloves are encouraged in public places, & mandatory on public transport.

Different types of accommodation will have their own specific policies in place, so check their individual terms. Many will chose to eat in, we can help with oven-ready meal deliveries.

We specialise in Verbier, where a lot of our accommodation is self-catered. Check-in will be contactless and the accommodation that we offer will be cleaned and prepared to a high standard.   Bars and restaurants have put in place their own social distancing measures. However, if you would prefer to eat in, we can arrange Meals on Skis “oven ready” food to be delivered to your door (ask us for further information). – their covid link to be put in….

Please check the Swiss Clean and Safe policy https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/planning/about-switzerland/clean-safe/

The Ski Lift Operators.

Verbier is our best example: “Téléverbier has scrupulously respected and applied the directives issued by the Swiss Federal Council and the Swiss ski lifts, in particular with the obligation to wear masks in the cabins, the provision of disinfectant and the marking on the ground to respect social distancing in our stations, points of sale and restaurants. We have also limited the number of people in the cabins and increased the speed of the funiculars. As a result of these actions, we have been awarded the “Clean & Safe” label in collaboration with Switzerland Tourism.”

We have adapted our General Terms and Conditions of Sale to include a “pandemic” clause offering a refund to the client if they are unable to come skiing because of Covid-19 (confinement to Switzerland or the client’s country of origin, closure of leisure facilities, quarantine imposed by Switzerland on arrival in the country or quarantine imposed by the client’s country on return, not allowing them to travel reasonably). Is this paragraph from Televerbier too?

You will find the General Terms and Conditions of Sale on the following link: http://www.4vallees.ch/UserFiles/File/organisme/UserFiles-4vallees/File/Conditions_generales_pandemie_EN.pdf

STAY SAFE BUT MOST OF ALL ENJOY YOUR TRAVELS.