Crystal Ski Holidays, Inghams, Esprit and Club Med have all cancelled holidays to French ski resorts until the first week of the New Year, in response to the French government’s crackdown on non-essential travel into the country from Saturday.
TUI-owned Crystal has cancelled departures to France until 4 January and is trying to rearrange flights for passengers due to travel to Andorra and Switzerland.
Crystal said: “We’re aware that the French Government have today announced a ban on UK travellers entering France.
“As a result we’ve had to cancel our holidays to France on 21 December, 28 December and 4 January. We understand the huge disappointment this will cause. We know customers have been looking forward to their trip to the mountains with friends and family and we’ve emailed all customers with a re-booking incentive.
“We’ll continue to monitor the situation for future departures.”
It added: “For customers due to travel to Andorra via France on the 19 December, 26 December and 2 January, we’re currently working on plans to rearrange your flights into Barcelona so that holidays can continue as planned.
“We’ll continue to monitor the situation for future departures and will be in contact with customers directly if there are any changes to flying arrangements.”
For customers due to travel to Switzerland on 21 and 28 December and 4 January on TUI Airways, the company will be in contact to rearrange flights with an alternative airline.
Anyone due to travel to France between 3-31 January 2022 can change their holiday up to 14 days before departure if they no longer wish to travel. Customers due to travel from 1 February onwards can change their holiday up to 28 days before departure.
Hotelplan UK has cancelled ski holidays with its Inghams and Esprit brands until 4 January and has offered a refund or rebooking.
Chief Executive Joe Ponte said: “While we monitor the situation closely, we’re hopeful that our departures after January 4, 2022, will be able to go ahead as planned—and we’re in touch with our customers currently in French resorts, and at this time, advising them to continue to enjoy their holiday as planned.
“We would also like to reassure everyone planning to travel with us that we intend to continue do the right thing by our customers.”
Club Med has cancelled holidays to France until 2 January and is allowing people to rebook in the next 12 months of receive a full refund.
Managing Director Estelle Giraudeau said customers could also move bookings to St Moritz in Switzerland or Pragelato in Italy, if there is availability.
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