France and Britain are both moving out of lockdown, but can you visit Chamonix this summer? We look at the options for travel from June 09 onwards...
Lockdown in France ended in May
The lockdown in France that started on 03 April was eased back from early-May, with restaurant terraces opening from May 19.
On 10 June, the evening curfew was pushed back to 11pm; cafes and restaurants can serve indoors again at 50% capacity; shops, museums and cinemas can increase capacity to 65%; and gyms are open for the first time since October.
The vaccination rate in France has increased significantly and the country is vaccinating at a similar rate to the UK. The country reached 20 million vaccinations by the end of April and passed 40 million on June 05.
New cases have fallen by 39% in a week (at 10 June) and are now below the UK rate:
Will you need to quarantine if you visit France?
Since May 31, non-essential travel to France from the UK has been banned and all arrivals are subject to 7 days quarantine.
However, as of 09 June, fully vaccinated people have no restrictions on entry to the country and no quarantine. All that is required is a negative Covid test (antigen or PCR) taken within the previous 72 hours of travel to France
The UK’s new 'traffic light' started on 17 May. France is currently in the ‘Amber’ category, which means visits are legal, but require a 10 day home quarantine on return to the UK (which can be reduced to 5 days using the 'Test and Release' programme).
With the increased speed of vaccinations, and the falling infection rate (see above), we are hoping this status will change to the ‘Green’ category in the 28 June review, allowing quarantine-free travel.
When did the lifts open in Chamonix?
The Aiguille du Midi cable car opened from May 19, operating with a 50% max capacity to start, then 65% from June 09 to 100% by the end of June. Wearing a mask will be compulsory.
The 'Step into the Void' feature also opened on May 19 and the Tramway du Mont Blanc is scheduled to start again from June 12.
The century-old Montenvers track is currently being improved, bringing forward work that was originally planned for autumn 2021. The renovations took place from 02 to 23 May, focussing initially on a 600 metre section of track. The line reopened on 29 May.
Visit Chamonix this summer
Chamonix is an amazing place to visit in summer. There are so many activities for every age group, ranging from hiking to mountain biking, parapenting to white water rafting.
To find out more about summer holiday options in Chamonix, please contact the Ski Weekend team. We have a flexible booking policy – please get in touch to discuss your requirements.