Guernsey Travel Update (Sept 21)

22nd September 2021

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Yesterday, Guernsey’s Government set its planned changes to travel which come into effect in two stages on 23rd September and 4th October. This will see the Bailiwick’s border rules align much more closely with the UK’s, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago. It will also mean fewer restrictions overall for travel into the Bailiwick, opening up more options for those planning to relocate to the Island.

From this Thursday (23 Sept) those providing proof that they have received a full course of an approved Covid-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Jannsen), regardless of where they received their vaccine doses, will have reduced restrictions on arrival into the Bailiwick.

From Monday 4 October, there will be significant changes to the rules for travel to the Bailiwick.

All travel from the Common Travel Area (the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man), regardless of vaccination status will be treated as a ‘blue’ arrival, whether that be visitors or residents returning to the Bailiwick. These travellers will need to purchase and complete a course of lateral flow tests, but there will be no other restrictions for these travellers.

The highest level of restrictions to arrivals will be those who are coming directly from countries on the UK’s red-list without passing through the UK. These arrivals will need to carry out a self-swab PCR test on arrival and self-isolate until they take a second PCR test on Day 9 and receive a negative result. Travellers coming from a red-list country into the UK will need to complete their 10-day quarantine there, in line with UK rules, before travelling on to the Bailiwick. They would then arrive in Guernsey as ‘blue’ arrivals.

For all other countries, travel requirements will depend on whether or not the traveller is fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated non-CTA arrivals will only be required to take a self-swab PCR test on arrival but will not be required to self-isolate. Unvaccinated non-CTA arrivals will need to take a self-swab PCR test on arrival, and self-isolate until a negative result of a second PCR test on Day 8.

All arrivals will still need to complete the online Travel Tracker before arriving, and this can be done 48 hours or less before their journey.  From 4 October, the period of time treated as the traveller’s relevant travel history will be reduced from 14 to 10 days. A step by step guide is available here.

If you would like further information about your travel to Guernsey, please speak with the Locate Guernsey team.

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