French Covid-19 Health Pass

French Covid-19 Health Pass - Children Aged 12-17yrs

Latest advice for families travelling with children to France this winter.

Last Updated: 15/01/2022, 11.00hrs

France is using a health pass system (pass sanitaire and pass vaccinal) which means everyone aged 12 years and over need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, to enter most enclosed public spaces, like hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and to access the ski area.

Due to the timing of the NHS vaccine rollout, not all children will be fully vaccinated, at least in the first half of the winter ski season. We outline below our current understanding of the situation, and the options available to families with children aged 12-17 years to meet the French health pass requirements whilst on holiday.

France Health Pass Requirements

If your child is 11 years old and under

No proof of COVID-19 status is required

If your child is 12-15 years old our current understanding is that you can meet the French 'pass sanitaire' requirements in one of three ways:

1. Proof of full vaccination course

In France you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca.

NHS Covid Pass letters are now available for fully vaccinated children 12-15 year olds and can be ordered online or by dialling 119 (note they may take up to 5 days to arrive). You can find out more information and order your covid pass letter here

OR

2. Proof of recovery from COVID-19

You can use proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 with a positive antigen (lateral flow) or PCR test result, which is at least 11 days old but no older than 6 months.

OR

3. A daily negative PCR or antigen result from a test taken within the last 24 hours

The French resorts are gearing up to have in place the required antigen test capacity to meet the peak holiday demand from the UK teenager market. Compagnie des Alps (the largest lift pass company in France) is working with the main resorts to ensure they provide the required testing capacity. Resorts have opened dedicated testing facilities to support the local Pharmacy network, and online booking sites are live and adding capacity every day. We strongly advise pre-booking tests in advance, particularly over peak holiday dates.

 

If your child is 16-17 years old our current understanding is that you can meet the French 'pass vaccinal' requirements in one of two ways:

1. Proof of full vaccination course

In France you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca. Fully vaccinated 16-17 year olds can already access the digital proof (and QR code) they need via the NHS app or by dialling 119.

OR

2. Proof of recovery from COVID-19

You can use proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 with a positive antigen (lateral flow) or PCR test result, which is at least 11 days old but no older than 6 months.16-17 year olds can access the digital proof (and QR code) they need via the NHS app or by dialling 119.

Useful links to our key resorts to find out more information and to book tests:

Val-d'Isère: https://www.valdisere.com/en/healthcare-protocol/

Tignes: https://en.tignes.net/informations-covid-19

Courchevel: https://www.courchevel.com/en/info-covid

Méribel: https://ski-resort.meribel.net/covid-19-information/

Val Thorens: https://www.valthorens.com/en/staying-with-us--useful-informations-1/covid-19-valthorens

La Plagne: https://en.la-plagne.com/coronavirus-information

Les Arcs: https://en.lesarcs.com/news/les-arcs-taking-care-of-you.html

Avoriaz: https://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/covid-19-morzine-preparing-your-safe-summer-holiday.html

Flaine: https://en.flaine.com/covid-19

Alpe d'Huez: www.alpedhuez.com/en/winter/covid/

Whilst resorts are assuring us that sufficient testing capacity will be in place to meet requirements, UK tour operators are continuing to press French authorities for additional testing solutions to supplement that provided locally (e.g. using UK sourced self-certification tests). We will update this page with any additional information as we receive it.

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