Current Travel Requirements - Frequently Asked Questions
This page was last updated on 20 October 2021.
Please note the following definitions/information in relation to the below FAQs:
“Fully vaccinated” – this is an individual who has received a full course of an approved vaccine (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen) and 14 days have passed since their last dose.
“Common Travel Area” – referred to as the ‘CTA’ for short, this is Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, UK or Republic of Ireland.
“Blue channel traveller” – this is a term used on the Travel Tracker system that identifies travellers arriving in the Bailiwick from the CTA. All travellers from the CTA regardless of vaccination status will no longer need to test or isolate.
“LFT pack” – this refers to Lateral Flow Test packs. These tests come in packs of five. A test should be taken when arriving home / at your place of accommodation, and then one to be taken every other day until the pack is finished. Wherever possible the test should be done first thing in the morning. More detailed information on the LFT packs is available here.
“10-day travel history” – put simply, this refers to where you have been in the 10 days prior to your travel into the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
No. From 4 October 2021 the Bailiwick of Guernsey will be aligning with the UK’s system: ‘Red List’ countries and ‘Rest of World’. Please be aware though that the corresponding requirements of inbound travellers will be different to the UK. A traveller’s vaccination status may also affect their requirements on arrival into Guernsey.
Children under the age of 11 must be registered on the Travel Tracker account of one travelling adult only.
Everyone aged 12 or older must create their own Travel Tracker account.
Vaccinated children aged 12 -17
Islanders aged 12-17 who have received one dose of vaccine (in accordance with the JCVI guidelines) and 2 weeks have elapsed since that dose was administered will be classed as fully vaccinated travellers. Please enter your vaccine information into the travel tracker.
Unvaccinated children aged 12 -17
Unvaccinated Children aged 12-17 can add their parents vaccine information to their accounts to receive the vaccination status of the parent travelling with them.
Child/ young person registers their own Travel Tracker account
Child/ young person selects NO to the following question: Were you fully vaccinated in the Bailiwick of Guernsey?
Child/ young person inputs parent vaccination details into their travel tracker including the parents name, please see example screenshot below.
If you are travelling from outside of the CTA and you are fully vaccinated, you must bring a valid vaccination certificate (paper or digital). Full details on accepted vaccine proof can be found at https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/vaccine/passports
There are no pre-arrival tests required to enter the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
The proof of vaccination certificates have been developed to closely align in format, content and security features to those being issued in the UK and the other Crown Dependencies, but with clear branding for the Government of Guernsey as the issuing authority. This approach has been taken to ensure that the certificates issued for the Bailiwick of Guernsey are easily recognised and accepted when used for travel outside the Bailiwick and particularly outside the Common Travel Area (CTA).
However, Bailiwick of Guernsey residents wanting to travel internationally need to be aware that it cannot be guaranteed that Bailiwick-issued certification will be accepted when entering a specific country as it is at the discretion of the border control officer(s), and sometimes transport carriers dependent on the processes in place for checking proof of vaccination.
If you are fully vaccinated and do not have a red list country in your 10-day travel history, you will not be required to self-isolate while you wait for your day of arrival test result. You can continue as normal, however as always it is recommended to respect the space of others and to follow good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. If you start to feel unwell, please stay at home/in your accommodation and contact the clinical helpline for advice.
If you are unvaccinated, then you will need to self-isolate until a negative result from your Day 8 test.
This could potentially be a very expensive experience. The Bailiwick health care system is not part of the NHS, and there is no reciprocal health agreement between the Islands and the UK.
We note that healthcare providers have indicated that they will not cover ‘pandemic’ outbreaks to their members (i.e. BUPA UK) and therefore it is essential for people visiting Guernsey to ensure that they have adequate healthcare cover and to check the small print of their policies. All policies are different dependent upon the level of cover they have purchased.
This means that any medical expenses incurred, including ambulance transportation, emergency treatment, consultations, procedures, hospitalisation, medications and prescriptions, and emergency repatriation will have to be met in full by the person involved.
Furthermore, if you, or anyone else in your party, displays symptoms of COVID-19, you will be required to undergo a further period of self-isolation until all in the party have conclusively tested negative for the virus. This could mean having to find additional or alternative accommodation for each person involved. It is therefore essential to ensure that you have adequate funding available or travel insurance to cover all such eventualities, prior to arranging travel.
Booking or paying for the designated accommodation must be carried out by or on behalf of the person arriving in the Bailiwick. This arrangement should be made prior to the booking of travel where possible. For the avoidance of doubt, the States of Guernsey are not responsible for booking or paying for the designated accommodation.
The anticipated costs of acquiring self-isolation accommodation will range from £1400-£1700. There will be a route for exceptional circumstances only where travel is essential and support is required.
Information regarding suitable accommodation options can be downloaded below. This information includes a list of options and the relevant contact details in order to make arrangements.
The States of Guernsey and the Medical Officer of Health are not responsible for any loss or damage of any type, howsoever arising, which is suffered by any person in relation to an arrangement for a person to self-isolate in accommodation designated by the Medical Officer of Health.
If you are unable to self-isolate in your house, or are a visitor to the Bailiwick, you may need to find accommodation that is accepting people who need to self-isolate. The list of providers in the file below are currently offering accommodation but please be aware that this list does change regularly.
Please note that while in self-isolation you must stay in your room and not use communal facilities. All meals should be delivered to your room and you should not attend restaurants or any other public spaces. If you experience any symptoms, you must contact the Clinical Helpline immediately on 01481 220001 or 01481 220002.
If, for any approved reason, your self-isolation address has to change then this must be confirmed with the Guernsey Border Agency and you must fill out this online form: gov.gg/isolationaddress
When you arrive in Guernsey your onward travel options to your final destination will depend on whether you are required to self-isolate or not.
For passengers not required to self-isolate on arrival you may continue as normal and use any public transport method. Please note that buses may not be accepting cash payments at this time.
Passengers who are required to self-isolate must not use the bus service. You must also not walk or cycle to your final destination.You must continue to wear a face covering until you reach your final destination.
Taxi availability at the time of your arrival cannot be guaranteed so please ensure that you pre-book to avoid delays to your journey.
A face covering must be worn at all times until you arrive at your place of self-isolation.
You will be directed to the arrivals hall to collect your baggage. You will then be directed to the Welcome Team that will guide you through the arrival swab test if required. If you decline to take a you will have to self-isolation according to the current travel requirements.
Breach of the self-isolation requirements is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of £10,000 and/or 3 months' imprisonment.