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With Winter just around the corner and the weather suitably Autumnal, now is the best time to plan a ski break. But unlike previous years, the upcoming ski season is set to be more complicated this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing, mandatory face masks and stringent cleaning measures are likely to be in place across a multitude of ski resorts.
And many countries which offer some of the best slopes in the world, could effectively be off limits to Britons thanks to the UK’s quarantine list.
So, which destinations can Britons visit for a ski holiday that aren’t on the quarantine list?
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates on Twitter regarding the latest coronavirus infection figures.
Mr Charles posts a daily table showing which countries are “safe”, which ones are at risk and which ones are in the “red zone”.
Today, the travel expert revealed that he will also be tracking destinations for Winter holidays in a Winter sun/ski weekly update.
The list is comprised of destinations that are either perfect for a ski holiday or for catching some rays.
He said today: “Winter Sun/Ski weekly update: we’re now also tracking most winter sun and ski destinations.
“Our chart does not take into account restrictions on entry, if any, but does include current UK safe corridors.
“Many have low #COVID19 infection and death rates.”
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The PC Agency’s list is colour-coded with a traffic light system for countries’ infection rates.
Countries in the red are recording more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, countries in the amber zone are above 15, while countries in the green have fewer than 20 cases per 100,000 people.
The list also states whether there are quarantine restrictions in place on return to the UK.
Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
These are some of the options available to Britons at the time of writing for a ski holiday:
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Sweden is on the UK’s travel corridor list meaning Britons can currently visit there and not face quarantine on there return to the UK.
However, the country is recording 31.7 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period which is well above the UK’s threshold.
The country has managed to hold onto its travel corridor so far but this could change in the coming weeks.
Sweden is known for its biggest ski resort, Åre, which has a great Winter season that goes on until April.
Officials are yet to announce rules for ski resorts in Sweden but masks are not mandatory in the country.
Italy is also on the UK’s travel corridor list but is currently recording a surge in coronavirus cases.
The country’s infection rate is 24.3 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period which means its also above the UK’s preferred threshold.
The Italian Tourist Board has published a list of guidelines for future visitors to the country.
One-metre social distancing is imposed along with face masks being worn in all outdoor spaces between 6pm and 6am.
Skiers may have to wear masks on lifts, buses and in restaurants and bars.
Cyprus is also on the UK’s travel corridor list and has maintained an impressively low coronavirus infection rate.
However, there are stringent rules in place for anyone hoping to enter the country.
Tourists must provide a negative coronavirus test on arrival which is obtained 72 hours before they travel.
Cyprus surprisingly has a ski season between December and April.
The island is one of the cheapest ski destinations in Europe but also gives visitors the chance to enjoy the slopes and some Winter sun.
Norway is also on the UK’s travel corridor list but has quarantine rules on Britons entering the country.
Travellers normally resident in the UK may enter Norway are required to self-quarantine for 10 days.
Norway also has a low infection rate, meaning it’s unlikely to be added to the quarantine list anytime soon.
The country has plenty of ski resorts with the ski season usually stretching from early November until April.
Finland is on the UK’s travel corridor list, and is currently recording 12.1 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, putting it firmly in the green zone.
Currently, Finland is prohibited for non-resident foreign nationals, however there are some exemptions.
Those entering the country from the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
However, after November 23 travel may be possible for non-resident foreign nationals but you may need to present a negative coronavirus test.
VisitFinland.com said: “Leisure travel will be possible from all EU and Schengen countries (including the UK) with infection rates above 25 per 100,000 persons [over the previous 14 days].
“However, travellers from these countries will need to have proof on arrival in Finland of a negative Covid-19 test result no older than 72 hours.
“On arrival in Finland, visitors from these countries are placed in quarantine for 72 hours, after which they need to take a second test.
“After a second negative Covid-19 test result, the person can move around in Finland freely. If the visit to Finland lasts less than 72 hours, no quarantine or second test is required.”
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