Getting into France to ski
Now that the UK is no longer part of the EU, any visits to EU countries for a long period of time requires a visa. Below we touch on what is needed for the France ski entry requirements.
Visa processing can take a while, and depending on when you book your visa appointment you may have to wait a couple of weeks to visit the visa centre. Therefore try to sort out your visa as soon as you possibly can.
If you are from the UK and looking to do a full season (5 months) in the French Alps you will need to apply for a long-stay visa (over 90-day stay).
Up to 90 days
No visa necessary
Up to 180 days (you can apply for this visa up to 3 months before your date of departure)
✓ Step 1: French Visa Portal
First, you have to create an account on the French Visa Portal to register the visa you’re applying for.
✓ Step 2: TLS Contact
Next, you need to create an account with TLS Contact (the French visa agency in the UK) to pick a French visa centre location and book your appointment. Within the UK there are 3 visa centres you can go to, London, Manchester and Edinburgh. When visiting a visa centre you will get a list of documents you need to provide in order for your visa to be approved. You will then need to return to the visa centre to pick up your passport + visa.
❗ Since 23 Nov 2021 the visa centre does not provide a delivery service for the return of your passport + visa (due to COVID restrictions).
Tips for applying for your long-stay visa:
⭐ Make sure to apply for your visa as soon as possible as it takes between 3 – 10 working days to process your visa after you’ve submitted your paperwork at TLS Contact.
⭐ Apply for your GHIC card as soon as possible so you can take this to the visa centre – it takes a while for this to be processed and sent to your address. Otherwise, you will have to pay for international health insurance which is costly (around £60-90 per month for the duration of your ski stay).
France Travel Requirements
After you’ve sorted out your visa requirements, you will need to do a few more things in order to get into France.
Prior to flying, you will need to fill out a Sworn Statement form, confirming you’ve met France’s COVID travel requirements.
Once you’ve landed in France, you will need to download the Pass Sanitaire app and upload your proof of vaccination (the NHS PDF). You will need to show your Pass to get into bars, restaurants or any other establishments.
Download Pass Sanitaire for iPhone
Fresh Powder was created out of frustration and difficulty in trying to find the most up-to-date and relevant information when it came to booking a ski season in the French Alps.
To help other skiers who are planning to do a ski season – or if you’re just going on holiday – we have collected all the steps you need to take, all the links you need to look at and answered all the pre-season + on season questions you could have to give you an effortless experience!