Corona Virus in Chamonix

Chamonix Mountains and Mont Blanc

Corona Virus in Chamonix and how your holiday could be affected.

Update Mon 06 April 2020 10:00

Chamonix valley, like the rest of France and its surrounding neighbour countries, remains in lockdown. Tourism in any form has been stopped for the time being. As a result Mont Blanc Retreats guests’ reservations are being rearranged for different dates or cancelled under our the Terms and Conditions shown on this website.

If you have a reservation with Mont Blanc Retreats please contact us to discuss the best way to manage it.

We all look forward to a time in the future when this awful situation has passed as Chamonix valley reopens for us all to enjoy again.

Update Sun 15 March 2020 10:00

Following the new measures put in place by the French government that came into place at midnight on the 14 March, Chamonix lift system, and all bars, restaurants and shops that are not essential to life are now closed. The closure is currently ‘indefinite’.

Update Fri 13 March 2020 18:35

We have received an update from Compagnie du Mont Blanc who run the Chamonix lift system, confirming they are keeping the lifts open until told to close.

Updated Fri 13 March 2020 – 14:00

Still no case of Covid-19 in Chamonix valley. The ski lifts remain open as do the pistes, bars, restaurants and shops.

The border with Switzerland and, importantly for travellers coming from other countries, Geneva Airport remains open and operating normally.

The local schools have shut their doors, and the lift company are carrying out extra cleaning activities in the enclosed lifts needed to get up to the skiing from the valley floor. Once up in the ski areas you will be mainly on open air chair lifts and ‘drag lifts’, or enjoying the sunshine and open air.

So, for the moment, you can still visit Chamonix and enjoy the fantastic skiing.

We will keep you informed of any changes in the situation.

Updated 05 March 2020 – 14:00

Until now there have been no cases of Corona Virus in Chamonix. The French government have not enforced any emergency measures of containment. The lifts & pistes are open, as are the bars, restaurants and all of our properties.

However, governments around the world are enforcing different measures in their attempts to contain the virus and avoid an outbreak in their respective countries. It is therefore very important to understand what travel restrictions are in place, and could be put in place, by your home country before you travel to Chamonix.

Mont Blanc Retreats and the owners and operators it represents are not responsible for the impact of any measures placed on travel plans in attempts to contain the Corona Virus.

Cancellation by a guest, caused by their own decision not to visit Chamonix, or a restriction placed by either their home government of the governments of France or Switzerland, are subject to normal “cancellation by guest” terms and conditions.

We continue to advise guests booking through us to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy to protect themselves against unforeseen issues that can affect their holiday.

Useful website links for further information on Corona Virus in France

France 24 – French news in English on Corona Virus

Should you cancel your trip to France? Read about it on English language news website Local.fr

Fingers crossed we can all move beyond this terrible health crisis as quickly as possible.