Where can I ski in 2022?

Where is best to travel, tips for travelling and
guidelines for UK travel from December 2021

Originally published 22nd December 2021, updated Jan 5th with reduced UK requirements.

Are you dying to go on your ski holiday but nervous about current testing requirements? While difficult to understand and keep track of, current regulations are actually less stringent than in the summer, when many people were able to travel abroad and enjoy their holidays. In reality, it is still easy to travel to and plan your ski holiday for 2022, and probably less expensive than you think. In this guide, we have sourced the most reasonable test kits and advise how to book a trip that is fully protected for your peace of mind.

From this week (Jan 5th) lateral flow tests are acceptable for your day 0-2 test on return and no self-isolation is required will you wait for your result. These tests are cheaper than a PCR test, with prices starting from £18.00 per test. Moneysupermarket has a list of government-approved home antigen or lateral flow test kit suppliers here. These are also fit for travel to countries that require the use of antigen tests.

This guide is up to date as of the 5th of January 2022, and although we will keep updating the guide, it is always best to check for up to date guidance from the UK government page for each country, or their own government site.

Italy

Double-vaccinated people or those that have a proof of Covid-19 recovery pass can visit Italy freely without isolating on arrival. To enter Italy you simply need to fill out a passenger locator form and have either a negative PCR test within 48 hours or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of entering Italy. For more information you can visit the gov. website here.

Cost rundown:

  • Negative antigen test 24 hours before arrival £18.00-22.00.
  • Day 0-2 antigen test on return £18.00-22.00.

Total cost: £36 – £44.00

Switzerland

Double-vaccinated people or those that have a proof of Covid-19 recovery pass can visit Switzerland freely. Beforehand they need a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test, taken within 24 hours before arrival into Switzerland. They also need to complete an immigrant form (similar to a passenger locator form) before travel, which you can find here. For more information visit the government page here.

Cost rundown for a weeks stay:

  • Negative antigen test 24 hours before arrival £18.00-22.00.
  • Day 0-2 antigen test on return £18.00-22.00.

Total cost: £36 – £44.00

Austria

Austria is open to vaccinated skiers or tourists that have proof of recovery from Covid-19. On entry to Austria, you either need proof of a booster vaccination or a negative PCR result to avoid quarantine and fulfilling a passenger locator form.

Cost rundown:

  • Negative PCR fit to fly test 48 hours before arrival (not neccesary if you have recieved a booster vaccination) £35.00 for an Amazon home kit, £55.00 – 80.00 for an in-person test with one day or less turnaround.
  • Negative antigen test 24 hours before arrival £18.00-22.00.
  • Day 0-2 antigen test on return £18.00-22.00.

Total cost: £71 – £124.00, if you haven’t received the booster jab (otherwise max £44.00).

Panoramic view of Zell am See with Zeller See lake in twilight during blue hour at dusk in winter, Salzburger Land, Austria
Zell am See Lake, Salzburger Land, Austria. Open to double-vaccinated tourists with no testing requirements.

Returning to England

If you are double vaccinated, and returning from a country not on the red list you need to have the following on arrival:

  • Filled in passenger locator form (available for you to complete 48 hours before arrival in the UK).
  • To have booked a lateral flow or PCR test to take by the second day of your return.

Protecting your holiday from cancellations

Travel insurance

When planning any holiday, but particularly with current events, travel insurance is necessary. Every provider listed on Moneysupermarket offers emergency medical treatment and repatriation for coronavirus claims as a minimum. To protect you under any circumstance, choose insurance which will cover you if you test positive at the resort so you are covered if you need additional accommodation and return travel.

Plus, if you like going off-piste or snowsports outside of skiing and snowboarding there are options to cover you.

Flexible bookings

Book flights and accommodation with providers that have flexible terms that allow you change dates or cancel for free and be refunded without excessive admin fees.

Flexible airport transfers

At Ski Lifts we have always provided a flexible service with free cancellations and amendments to bookings up to 7 days before departure. We now protect our customers even further with our covid-19 guarantee, which allows covid related cancellations up to the day before planned departure before 4:00 pm. Book your ski transfers now, or find out more here.