Have a check through our advice below to ensure that you have everything prepared for a smooth journey so you can get to enjoying the important bit, the skiing.
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Information Department is pleased to offer advice on travel related subjects and can verify ABTA membership details. Calls are charged at 50p per minute between 9am and 5.30pm: 0901 201 50 50 (UK Callers Only). ABTA is the UK’s Premier Trade Association for Tour Operators and Travel Agents. ABTA’s main aims are to maintain high standards of trading practice for the benefit of its Members, the travel industry at large, and the consumers that they serve.
Skiing and Holiday Safety
ABTA have produced a helpful guide with advice including safety on the piste, when going out and care in the sun. Click here for the PDF: “How to have a safe and healthy holiday in the snow”.
Passports & Visas (The United Kingdom Passport Service)
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any visa that may be necessary. If you hold a Commonwealth or non-British passport, please check visa regulations with the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting. You should allow ample time when making visa applications and check for any changes in visa/passport requirements that a country may make at any time. At the time of publishing this information on the website, you do not need a visa for any destination, provided you have a British passport and usually an onward/return ticket.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check the FCO website for the latest advice. You might also like to read through their range of special-interest pages for different types of travellers who may need different types of advice.
Know Before You Go
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign to ensure travellers get adequate travel insurance, have the necessary passport and visa documentation, leave emergency contact information with someone and tell them where you are going, have enough money and have access to emergency funds, visit GPs before travelling as appropriate, familiarise themselves with the destination’s local laws and customs and check the FCO’s country travel advice. For details, see the FCO website.
Please refer to the Department of Health for up to date advice on immunisations required and advised for travel abroad.
European Health Insurance Card
Reciprocal agreements exist in the EC enabling citizens of member countries to receive some free medical treatment on production of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Application forms are available from the Post Office or Department of Health. You can also apply online for the EHIC. We highly recommend taking out further medical insurance and not relying exclusively on these arrangements since they may not be very comprehensive plus do not cover any insurance matters outside of health.
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Please note, requirements can change and it is your responsibility to check with the relevant body and ensure you have the necessary and correct documentation and advice.