Catching Covid was worth the joy of reuniting with my family on the Italian slopes


Alas the fun had to stop somewhere and for my whole family it was two little lines confirming us positive for Covid-19 when we returned to Switzerland two days later. Was it the spa? Or was it the buffet? Where was that après-ski bar? Chances are it could have been any of them and we weren’t the only ones – it didn’t escape our notice that the hotel became rather short-staffed as the week went on .

Do you have any regrets about going on a ski vacation (and then catching the Covid)? Absolutely not – it’s important to get together as a family and have fun, and these resorts need us. I was just lucky that we only tested positive in the comfort of our own home, rather than when we were in resort. Given that omicron could infect half of Europeans in the next two months according to the World Health Organization, it looked like we were on borrowed time anyway.

Good to know: skiing in Italy right now

Visitors to Italy now need a “super green pass” to prove their vaccination/recovery of Covid status to access many places and modes of transport, including ski lifts, hotels and restaurants. NHS Covid Pass QR code is acceptable.

Carry your travel documents and Covid status on your phone, but hard copies are also handy. Note that printed copies must be dated November 1, 2021.

Before travelling, you must show proof of a negative PCR test within 48 hours of entering Italy or a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of entering Italy.

Allow extra time for travel (airport check-in can be long) and if you haven’t been abroad yet, create an account and set up a passenger locator form before you leave home for save time on vacation.


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