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First trip to COurmayeur for the winter. Getting on the first lift (Dolonne Telecabine), long maze to keep people apart. Automated scanner for your super green pass, looks like a retenal scanner, but you hold your phone, printed QR code in front of it. This was just in fron to the pass turnstile. A couple of security peole making sure you got a green light.
Every cafe on the mountain scanning green pass for everyone, think they have to keep records of who has visited.
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Masks required on any gondolas/lifts? How busy in general?
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@Idris, I’m due out next month, how do you think they will cope with increased numbers having to cue up?
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@Idris, scanning Green or Supergreen passes in the cafes/restaurants?
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twiceforluck2 wrote:
Masks required on any gondolas/lifts? How busy in general?


Masks for Gondolas, Real one for the access lifts buff elsewhere.

This is the week after the Italian holidays and before Christmass so it was dead....probably 50 poeple on the whole mountain!
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geoffknight wrote:
@Idris, I’m due out next month, how do you think they will cope with increased numbers having to cue up?


They were already set up for last weeks holiday period. That along with the automated scanners, should be ok.
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Richard_Sideways wrote:
@Idris, scanning Green or Supergreen passes in the cafes/restaurants?


Green AFAIK - The resturants are visited by ski tourers (and snowshoers inthe case of Zerotta) hence the need to scan people.
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Idris wrote:
twiceforluck2 wrote:
Masks required on any gondolas/lifts? How busy in general?


Masks for Gondolas, Real one for the access lifts buff elsewhere.

This is the week after the Italian holidays and before Christmass so it was dead....probably 50 poeple on the whole mountain!


Thanks
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@Idris, thanks that’s reassuring, much appreciated
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Thanks Idris. Great info. I'm keeping an eye on how things go through Christmas week. Still hoping to make a late January week in the Dolomites. Any updates from those who are there are much appreciated.
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@choucas, I'm (hopefully) going out on 8th Jan for three weeks so will post relevant updates.
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BTW that's to Via Lattea but infoo should be good for Italy in a general sort of way...
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We’re just in the Dolomites, masks on gondolas but not very well policed. They are limiting numbers in lifts etc.
‘Some’ on piste huts asking for green pass, which is just your nhs qr code, all pretty straightforward. Today though there was a spot check in the mountain hut by police, we had to show nhs plus photo ID to make sure they matched.
Ski pass very easy to validate daily.
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Flight out…. No checks on vaccine, lateral flow, plf. But maybe it’s already matched up in the ‘system’ with your passport number…. Maybe not.
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TRAVEL: Italy brings back Covid testing requirement for all EU arrivals

https://www.thelocal.it/20211215/travel-italy-brings-back-covid-testing-requirement-for-all-eu-arrivals/
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@Woosh, a pop up keeps blocking the item, does it say anything about UK arrivals please
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Seems to refer to EU arrivals so UK arrivals the same. Pre departure test still required.
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"For those arriving from the UK and northern Ireland, the Italian health ministry’s ordinance stated that molecular (PCR) tests must now be taken within the 48 hour period before departure instead of 72 hours and rapid antigen (LFT) tests in the 24 hours before arrival, instead of 48 as was previously the case."
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it says visitors from UK must take lateral flow with 24 hrs of arrival or PCR 48 hrs before departure. The government health (salute) site will no doubt be updated shortly
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https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioContenutiNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&id=5412&area=nuovoCoronavirus&menu=vuoto
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to anyone who has been to Italy skiing in the last week or so, was it easy and inexpensive to pick up FFP2 masks in resort ?
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@richb67, We got ours off Amazon - delivered the next day.
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So that doesn't seem too bad, and LFT the day before a flight?
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Has anyone travelled to Italy , the Dolomites via Innsbruck very recently or is about to do so? Would be interested to learn if there are any checks at the boarder as Italian regulations seem to be quite different to those for Austria. Thanks in anticipation.
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@peter w, Italian regulations are changing this week. Negative test required on arrival from all eu countries. Not sure about uk, as I’ve not looked at detail. It was only announced last night (Tue 14 Dec) and apparently comes into force on Thursday (16 Dec), not sure what time from. Worth checking with your carrier and also Italian gvt website, Italian embassy in London etc for detail.
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richb67 wrote:
to anyone who has been to Italy skiing in the last week or so, was it easy and inexpensive to pick up FFP2 masks in resort ?


Didn't see anythinging in Courmayeur, or Morgex, just boxes of the regular (non) surgical masks on the shelves....but I wasn't searching for them.
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Uk arrivals using antigen must be within 24 hours now not 48. PCR still 48. Had out antigen today now booked again for tomorrow
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@peter w, we are due to fly via Innsbruck for Arabba on Monday. Will let you know.

@JohnDory, do you know of the mountain huts are taking cash just now, or is it all contactless? Trying to work out how much euros to take with.
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@dode, Many thanks. Look forward to update.
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Real time update.
Flew Luton to Milan Malpensa this morning with 12 and 15 year old - 1 jab each
Luton easyJet main check that tests within 24 hours (antigen) rest fine.
Plane third full
Milan long queue to first checkpoint. Some paper forms on side that we completed (not sure why) but got to checkpoint and guy waved us through - no passport no qr code nothing
Second queue passport control - checked passport nothing else.
Waiting for bags now but as yet no checks on tests, proof of vaccine etc.
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@rinky75, enjoy your trip, same experience as us for entering Italy. The emphasis is on the airlines checking everything re Covid and it's just a normal passport check.
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I'm a new member and appreciate all the great information. We are still planning to go to the Dolomites, basing in Ortisei, right after Christmas. I know that we're all speculating about trips a few weeks out, but is anyone there now who can report in? Any feedback on how CV is affecting daily activities there? Are mountain restaurants open? We know that the area has been in the "Yellow" zone for a while. Does it seem likely that "Orange" is on the horizon? News reporting makes it seems as if the South Tyrol is a hotspot best to be avoided. Thank you
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@peter w, scratch that. Was literally just getting my ski bag out of the attic to pack and our girl’s partner turned in a +ve test. Looks like we won’t be going anywhere Shocked Shocked Shocked
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Update to my earlier message. Ski pass office accepted the NHS email confirming both kids tested positive as proof of recovery.
Food wise, not much open around 4 - needed early food but dragon hotel - right by nursery slope - also accepted so we all ate indoors.

Town seems very quiet but so far been relatively stress free.
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@DPL, We’re staying in Selva now & the mountain restaurants are all open as normal, most ask to see a Vax cert & the NHS one has worked every time, they are very apologetic & polite about asking.

Ski lift guys are reminding people to put on masks but more relaxed on uncovered lifts, some places insist on the FFP2 masks so wise to carry one around. We have picked up a Dolomites ski buff which has an insert slot to put in a mask which we use on the lifts but ski bus will only allow you on with FFP2 mask.

Bars & restaurants are currently staying open through the evening so it’s all as normal as can be.
This week is obviously quieter being early season, guess lift queues may be longer next week with 80% limit on covered lift/gondolas, so glad we came.
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@dode, So sorry to hear your news. I hope you can rebook at a later date.
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@peter w, they both came over from Canada especially. It was always a long shot.
And to quote Hells Bells “covid really really sucks”
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@Tony111, Thank you for the update. Sounds like it is still possible to have fun. Hope things don't devolve in the next few weeks. Keeping our fingers crossed.
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@dode mountain huts taking both cash and cards as normal
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Looked like random checks getting onto Cervinia base gondola this morning. We weren’t asked.
Beautiful once up and only using chairlifts so far
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