Covid 19. How to plan your ski trip and feel safe.
Before booking your accommodation, it is worth considering all aspects of traveling 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 or your country of residence, 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 traveling 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
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 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. For example Verbier
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.