Diocese of Hallam

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Friday 24th June - Thursday 30th June 2022

Welcome to the Diocese of Hallam Lourdes Pilgrimage 

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Our 2022 Pilgrimage dates are Friday 24th June to Thursday 30th June 2022

Email:- hallamlourdespilgrimage@gmail.com  Telephone:- 07724 650066 or 01302 247910

Questions & Answers re 2022 Pilgrimage

1.    Do I have to be fully vaccinated in order to travel ?

Yes - everyone participating will need to be fully vaccinated (i.e. the vaccination recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and available to their age group) as at the date of travel.  For most people this is defined as double vaccination and booster (for all aged 16 and over).  To enter France, the booster will be required unless it is less than 9 months since your second vaccination at the time of travel.  Only the first booster is required but it would be advisable for pilgrims who are eligible for the "Spring Booster" to have it. We regret that for 2022 we will be unable to take anyone who is eligible for vaccination but has not received it.  This includes those travelling with Hallam Youth because double vaccination is available to all those aged 12 and over.

 2.   Does the UK government require me to take a test at any point?

 No.  No tests are required by the UK government at any point.  The previous "Day 2" test that had to be taken after returning to the UK is no longer required.

3.    Does the French government require me to take a test before leaving the UK, or in France  ?

No. With effect from 12th February 2022  no tests are required by the French government at any point for fully vaccinated travellers. 

4.    Do I have to fill in any forms ?

No. No forms are required and the UK Passenger Locator Form is now longer required for travel.

5.    How do I get a n NHS Covid Travel Pass ("Vaccination Passport")

You can download the NHS Covid Travel Pass through the NHS App on your phone (from Apple Store or Google Play) or from the NHS website:- https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk  This will show both vaccinations and your booster too.  Alternatively,  you can ring 119 and receive a copy by  post,  which is accepted for travel and in France.  We suggest you do not ring 119 before 25th May as the pass is only valid for 30 days from the date you request it.  More information is available through this link:-  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/nhs-covid-pass/get-an-nhs-covid-pass/ 

6.    What if the situation changes and the UK or French governments restrict travel ?

We hope that will not be the case, particularly as there is a general consensus that travel will be easier this year, and we are travelling in the Summer when things are better, but if this happens then the pilgrimage will be cancelled and a full refund given.

7.    Does travel insurance cover Covid-19 ? 

Generally yes. If you have your own travel insurance policy then you should check this with your insurer.  If you take out insurance through the pilgrimage then full Covid-19 cover is included, which would also cover you if you were unable to travel  because you tested positive just before departure.

8.    What is the situation like in Lourdes ?

The Sanctuary and hotels have put in place a range of measures to mitigate against Covid-19 and a number of pilgrimages      have travelled successfully in 2021 and others are due to travel before we do.  The local vaccination rates around Lourdes are very high, with 96% of the local population vaccinated.  The number of cases in Lourdes has been very low.  Masks are no longer mandatory in the hotels and cafes, on the street, or in the Sanctuary in general, but are currently required to be worn in the St Pius X (Underground) Basilica for the International Mass and Blessed Sacrament Procession.  Pilgrims are, of course, welcome to wear masks.

9.    Do I need a Visa or the new ETIAS to travel to France ?

Currently, British passport holders do not need a visa to enter France.  The only restriction is that you must not spend more than 90 days out of 180 consecutive days in the EU.  A new scheme (ETIAS) is being introduced before the end of  December    2022 but is highly unlikely to be in operation when we travel in June so we do not expect any visa process to follow for the 2022 pilgrimage. Other passport holders should check the  visa requirements that apply.

Updated: 2nd April 2022