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Is any airline flying to Geneva at the moment

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I was due to fly out to Geneva on Monday 18th May but once again Easyjet have cancelled my flight and the first date they're offering is 1st July. Is anyone else flying out there at the moment?
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Not many by the looks of things:

https://www.gva.ch/en/arrivals
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why not drive, roads will be empty
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https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements
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@4q, you can request a refund or get them to put you on any operating airline. Wasn't Swiss still running into LHR?
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@4q, I think there's an LHR/GVA on Swiss every other day at present.

Let us know if you still get a free chocolate.
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FYI last week, I booked Eurotunnel to drive to Switzerland Aug returning Sept for around £170 return. They confirmed that I could change the booking under the usual conditions of paying any difference if the new date costs more. What swung it for me was that the Eurotunnel system said the traffic was busy both dates (a Sunday and Wednesday, respectively). They could be trying to talk-up the demand, but if it's true, it may indicate people are switching to driving for trips to residences secondaires and family etc. on top of the usual holiday trips i.e. it might be worth considering.

As you probably know, there's a viable all-Autoroute route from Calais to Geneva via Mâcon and Bourg-en-Bresse, which would mean minimal contact externally, other than for fuel. viamichelin estimates 844kms and 7h51m driving, so potentially feasible for 2+ drivers (I wouldn't want to drive that long on my own, personally).
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@LaForet, Better taking the A39 rather than the A6. Much quieter to Bourg-en-Bresse.
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I don't think we will consider flying for some time yet.

But if by, say, September or October it is deemed safe to travel to France, we may consider a drive to the Alps (via the Tunnel).

The slight downside for us is that over 1/3 of the drive would be in the UK... rolling eyes

It would still be feasible though. We once drove to the Austrian Alps for a 3 night trip from Durham. Very Happy
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Isn't the problem that we all have now that so long as the FCO is saying 'no overseas travel' then our travel insurance is void. For me into France I'ld still have an EHIC but what about, for example, repatriation after an RTA (or fall in the street for that matter)?
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As you say, the EHIC is valid in the EU and Switzerland, so immediate care and ICU care would be covered until 31.12.20 For @4g I'm assuming this is a business trip at this time of year? If so, their employer would be liable for the rest, I'd have thought. If not, then yes, you'd be travelling under personal liability. So that's a cost/risk judgement for the moment. Having just hit my travel insurer for £5000 worth of expenses following a ski accident (including helicopter evac off the mountain), I appreciate the point about no cover.
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Jonny996 wrote:
why not drive, roads will be empty


Because I'm going to pick my car up which has been parked at the airport since 13th March Very Happy

I also have to empty the Chalet which I rented for the season as my tenancy officially ended on 10th April. Plus I continue to pay rent until I can vacate.
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4G, even if you can get to GVA your problems may not end there; it may be problematic getting from Switzerland to France, you'd need to check or perhaps local snowheads could advise.
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marcellus wrote:
4G, even if you can get to GVA your problems may not end there; it may be problematic getting from Switzerland to France, you'd need to check or perhaps local snowheads could advise.


Swiss border with France won't open until June 15th. https://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/181905/

Don’t know whether you can get round this at GVA somehow. Swiss border for UK arrivals is closed anyway, unless you have a Swiss passport or residence permit.
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According to the Swiss Government website you can fly in to Switzerland if you are transiting immediately to another country. The five border crossings in the Geneva area are currently open (and have been since 20th April) including Bardonex which is the one I’d use.

Local advice would be much appreciated though if anyone has experience of the situation.
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@4q, if you can’t fly to gva how about Paris or Lyon and then hire a car?
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Completely left-field thought: is there any way you can contrive to hitch a lift with a lorry going that way? There must be some haulier in the UK taking a load to/from Switzerland. I wouldn't know where to start, but someone in the haulage industry might know.
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In this link there is an email address you can ask the question and hopefully the reply you get can be presented to the airline to let you on board and to border control at gva to get you through.



https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html#Questions%20on%20border%20closures%20and%20the%20exceptions
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Train? Eurostar to Paris and then onward in some way. Not quite sure how to get over the French Swiss border but lots hop through it for work every day.
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@4q Frontalier workers are allowed between France and Switzerland at the moment through certain border crossings.
I have a cross-border work permit (G), so can cross but the hours are very restrictive.
I am allowed into Switzerland between 06h00 and 09h00 and can leave between 16h00 and 19h00.
Don't know what would happen if I got back to the border at Veigy after 19h00 (but I am not keen to find out).
I might be able to get your car into France (Morzine area) but that's probably not a great deal of help to you either.
Word on the street is that on June the 1st the border rules will be relaxed a bit and a couple of weeks later it may be opened to non-workers too.
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Thanks for everyone's replies. @WindOfChange, I've emailed them on the site you've linked, thank you. It appears that only some border crossings have restricted time slots, which one are you using?
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@4q, Veigy, when I drive, but I only go rarely at the moment.
I will be going on the ferry from Yvoire to Nyon one day next week.
But will go more regularly after June 1st.
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Good luck with trying to get through any of the borders at the moment, much better to wait a little while. Swiss now have a page showing their current route map which they are updating when more routes come back https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/book/where-we-fly/route-network. If you have had the virus you might want to look into getting an antibody test. They are not currently a requirement for entry or travel but lots of talk of them becoming so (or at least avoiding the need for any quarantine period)
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Private jet will be the best option for now.

Prices have rocketed, tho.

Nobody wants to sit in a flying tube with the death plague for 2 hours.
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@4q, I am going tomorrow.
I'll stop at the border and ask them if you like.
Is the car UK registered or French Registered?
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WindOfChange wrote:
@4q, I am going tomorrow.
I'll stop at the border and ask them if you like.
Is the car UK registered or French Registered?


Many thanks, it’s UK registered.
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I stopped at the border on my way out on Wednesday to ask about the situation for going to collect a car.
The border guard said that although the airport was a bit different, the underlying reasons for entry are the same.
He said that they would not let you in on the Veigy border, and that at the airport you would probably be denied entry and put on the next plane back.
As you are not
a) a worker with a valid permit
b) Swiss National
c) other vital mission
I asked about the idea that you would be transiting and that was theoretically permitted, but he said that was for people arriving on one flight, going through the transit lounge and then leaving on another flight (without actually entering Switzerland). But you would be entering Switzerland so it's not the same.
Like I said he worked the Veigy border where its different (mainly) Swiss going to the French Supermarkets and cross border workers from France, but the way he explained it, he gave the impression that there would be a 90% chance you'd be sent back sans voiture Sad
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Bergmeister wrote:
marcellus wrote:
4G, even if you can get to GVA your problems may not end there; it may be problematic getting from Switzerland to France, you'd need to check or perhaps local snowheads could advise.


Interesting to note that "4G" isn't actually 4G. On closer inspection he's actually something a bit more abusive... wink


I think he (she?) may find the border police will respond with his/her snowheads name when he tries to gain entry Very Happy
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@snowdave, Smile Smile Smile
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snowdave wrote:
Bergmeister wrote:
marcellus wrote:
4G, even if you can get to GVA your problems may not end there; it may be problematic getting from Switzerland to France, you'd need to check or perhaps local snowheads could advise.


Interesting to note that "4G" isn't actually 4G. On closer inspection he's actually something a bit more abusive... wink


I think he (she?) may find the border police will respond with his/her snowheads name when he tries to gain entry Very Happy


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WindOfChange wrote:
I stopped at the border on my way out on Wednesday to ask about the situation for going to collect a car.
The border guard said that although the airport was a bit different, the underlying reasons for entry are the same.
He said that they would not let you in on the Veigy border, and that at the airport you would probably be denied entry and put on the next plane back.
As you are not
a) a worker with a valid permit
b) Swiss National
c) other vital mission
I asked about the idea that you would be transiting and that was theoretically permitted, but he said that was for people arriving on one flight, going through the transit lounge and then leaving on another flight (without actually entering Switzerland). But you would be entering Switzerland so it's not the same.
Like I said he worked the Veigy border where its different (mainly) Swiss going to the French Supermarkets and cross border workers from France, but the way he explained it, he gave the impression that there would be a 90% chance you'd be sent back sans voiture Sad


Thank you for asking, much appreciated
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[quote="snowdave"]
Bergmeister wrote:
marcellus wrote:
4G, even if you can get to GVA your problems may not end there; it may be problematic getting from Switzerland to France, you'd need to check or perhaps local snowheads could advise.


Interesting to note that "4G" isn't actually 4G. On closer inspection he's actually something a bit more abusive... wink


No it isn’t, I’ve done nothing but queue since lockdown started. Many more than 4 queues most days Smile
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