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Travel Policies

We’ve assembled the most current travel information so you can find it all in one place. Helpful links below will make it easy for you to navigate the requirements of travel during the Covid pandemic.

Bring a comfortable mask, and expect to wear it indoors in common areas and on public transportation.

You can also click here to read our booking and cancellation policies. And we’re available by phone and email to answer your questions.

 

Switzerland

Effective May 2nd, 2022, Switzerland is fully open to all visitors with no COVID restrictions!

  • No COVID related entry regulations (no vaccination requirements, no locator form, no pre-arrival testing) will be enforced by the Swiss government.
  • No COVID related measures within Switzerland (no mask mandate, no Swiss COVID certificate).
  • Wearing of masks in public transportation and crowded places is not mandatory but recommended.
  • Important: Be sure to check regulations for all countries you are traveling to, and any requirements for return to your home country.

US residents can find current info and entry restrictions at the Swiss US Embassy website.

The Swiss government maintains a comprehensive travelcheck.admin.ch website, where you entry regulations for your specific circumstance when traveling to Switzerland, or find the latest Covid-19 entry updates here.

 

Italy

Current travel advisories for US and Canadian travelers can be found at the www.salute.gov.it website or on their safe travel website.

As of February 22, 2022, you will need

  • Proof of vaccination (not more than 9 months old), recovery (not more than 6 months) -or- a negative molecular (72 hrs) or antigen (48 hrs) Covid test.
  • Fill out a digital Locator form, to be filled in before departure and updated with the seat number once checked in with the carrier.

The white US CDC cards and Canadian vaccination certificates are both considered valid as an Italian Green pass, needed for entry to hotels, restaurants and public transport.  In our experience, photos of your vaccination card are often acceptable, but bring your actual card and keep it with your passport.

The US Embassy has further information about travel in Italy here.

 

France

Current travel advisories for travelers entering France can be found here.

As of February 12, 2022, you will need to

  • Provide proof of vaccination (all travelers 12 and over), with the latest shot or booster not more than 9 months old.
  • Fill out an eOS Covid form asking where you are coming from, contact details, where you will be staying (you can use the address of your first hotel), and certification that you have been fully vaccinated.
  • Proof of recovery at least 11 days and not more than 6 months before your trip, plus a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hrs before or negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hrs before travel.

France often announces or changes specific restrictions on travel between the United Kingdom and France. Please check the Embassy of France in the UK website before planning any travel between France and the UK.  Airline transit through the UK on a France-bound flight from the US is still permitted.

The US Embassy has further information about travel in France here.

 

United States

As of this writing (4/22/22), all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States are required to present a negative Covid test not more than 1 day old.

See the CDC website for current information.

Self-tests: You may want to buy a self-test kit to take along with you. To meet the CDC requirements, these self-test kits must meet certain requirements, including a telehealth video call which supervises the test.  Make sure to get the correct kit.  A partial list of qualified self-test kits includes:

  • Abbott BinexNow – with telehealth services
  • Ellume – Home Test Travel kit to be bought at local pharmacy, video observation scheduled online
  • Qured – Video Supervised Rapid Test For Travel

Airport testing: Most European airports also offer rapid testing for international travelers, and for most people this may be the easiest option.  Be sure to check the location of testing facilities, operating hours, and any appointments (if any) that are required, and give yourself extra time.

We have tried to include airport testing information in our tour packets, but it is best to google your airport and Covid testing for the most up-to-date information.

People finishing in Chamonix will probably prefer to get tested at a pharmacy in town before leaving for Geneva. There are many pharmacies you can book a test at, but we’d recommend

  • Pharmacie des Alpes at 53 Rue du Dr Paccard (next to Grand Hotel des Alpes)
  • Pharmacie Mont Blanc at Place de l’Eglise (just off the main square)

Both pharmacies are open 6 days a week from 9 am-7:30 pm. No reservation needed. Tests cost 29€ and results in 15 minutes.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is always a good idea, but now with the potential for a positive test – even a false positive – disrupting travel plans, an insurance policy is more important than ever.  See our Trip Insurance page for more info, find an appropriate plan, and give yourself some peace of mind.

Please contact your Trip insurance provider for specific questions about what is covered.

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