Prevalence levels* are continuing to rise quickly across many UK regions, in addition the Delta Variant is showing to be more transmissible than other variants. Variants of concern are one of the key variables known to have an impact on the Bailiwick’s plans to ease travel restrictions.
Evidence shows that the reduction in efficacy** of the vaccine after both doses is less severe (approx. 8%), so having both doses of a vaccination provides the best protection against the Delta variant.
It’s important, therefore, that we take a sensible approach when it comes to travellers from regions with high prevalence and those who are not yet fully vaccinated. This has led to changes to travel rules. Our vaccination programme continues to progress well and by August 17th all adults who wish to have a vaccine should have had both doses giving significant protection to the community.
*Prevalence refers to the total number of active cases in a population within a specific timeframe.
**Efficacy refers to the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Yes. From July 1st, if you have had both doses of your vaccination and 14 days have passed since your second dose, then you can travel within the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man) and return to the Bailiwick without any testing or self-isolation period. In this instance, you would fall within the blue travel category.
A blue travel category refers to people who are fully vaccinated (received both doses of an MHRA or EMA approved vaccine, administered in The Common Travel Area, and have allowed 14 days to pass since their second dose) as they will be able to travel into the Bailiwick from the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man) without the need to have a test or self-isolate.
The status of the Bailiwick’s travel restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks. It is also expected that all adults in the Bailiwick who chose to have the vaccine will be fully vaccinated by 17th August and prevalence data will continue to be analysed in detail, so the Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) will take all of these factors into account when it comes to reviewing restrictions on travel in the coming months.
Yes, using categories 1 - 4, and there are a few different scenarios:
1. Outside of the Common Travel Area the categorisation of all countries will remain in place for all travellers, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.
2. The Common Travel Area itself will also be categorised but if you intend to travel within the CTA and you are fully vaccinated, then you won’t need to take the categorisation of the regions you are travelling to into account as you will be classed within the blue travel category.
3. However, if you are not fully vaccinated and intend to travel within the Common Travel Area, then you will need to follow any self-isolation/testing rules in place for the regions you will be travelling to/from, as these will be categorised.
Testing and self-isolation requirements will vary depending on the status of the country/region you will be travelling from, and these will be detailed and updated on covid19.gov.gg so please do make sure you check this information in detail if you intend to travel.
The following rules will apply from 1st July 2021 for children/young people travelling from the Common Travel Area.
Children 11 years and under travelling with fully vaccinated adults:
No testing or isolation requirements
Children and young people aged 12 to 17 travelling with fully vaccinated adults:
Self-taken swab on Day of Arrival
Isolation until the result of the Day of Arrival test – please note that the fully vaccinated adults are not required to isolate if they do not wish to
Day 7 test through scheduling
Passive follow-up between result of Day of Arrival test and result of Day 7 test
For children who are travelling with adults who are not fully vaccinated (or where at least one of the adults in the travelling group is not fully vaccinated), the rules for the child are the same as they are currently, and will depend entirely on which category country or region they have travelled from.
Similarly, for children who are travelling from outside the Common Travel Area, the current categorisation of regions and countries and the associated testing and self-isolation requirements will continue to apply (in the same way that they apply for all travellers).
All children/young people who travel into the Bailiwick and wish to enter an educational setting within 14 days of their arrival will need a to have a swab taken, and a negative COVID-19 test on this swab, 48 hours or less, before they enter that educational setting. Where this requirement is not met by any scheduled Day 1 or Day 7 testing, an additional test should be requested via www.gov.gg/returntoeducation. These tests are free of charge.
Yes, the Princess Elizabeth Hospital (PEH) is open to visitors. Routine attenders or visitors to the PEH, including blue channel visitors to the island, are not currently being tested.
If you are self-isolating, awaiting a covid test or feeling unwell, you should not visit the hospital or care setting. Persons in passive follow-up should also not visit the hospital. However, a person may enter the PEH to visit a patient who is seriously ill if the management of the hospital agrees and if a method statement has been agreed with Public Health.
Everyone is asked to use the hand-gel available on entry and observe hygiene standards. Face coverings are also provided at the hospital entry points for anyone who wants to use one.
If you are unsure of what is required of you in order that you can attend the PEH, please get in contact with the PEH/the department you will be attending and they will be happy to explain.
Individual care and residential homes are operating varying safety measures at their own discretion. You will need to contact the home you intend to visit to find out what requirements they have in place.
Anyone feeling unwell in any way is asked not to attend the hospital or any HSC facilities, as well as care homes. Those with clinical appointments that feel unwell should call ahead to discuss their situation.
It is important to note that the vaccination programme is still in progress. Each week, thousands of doses are administered, and thousands more are becoming fully vaccinated. Emerging data is showing us that being fully vaccinated (plus allowing a time period of 14 days after the second dose) offers more protection against the Delta variant than having just a single dose. Therefore, getting our community fully vaccinated is a priority and it is hoped that travel restrictions can ease further once we reach that point.
No, your vaccination status will not count if you have travelled to the Bailiwick from outside the CTA. The current position is that travellers arriving from outside the CTA must follow isolation and testing rules based on the categorisation of the country they have travelled from. However, this is being kept under review and further updates will be provided as soon as possible.
If you travel outside of the Common Travel Area, when you arrive back in Guernsey you must follow the rules indicated by the categorisation of regions or categories regardless of your vaccination status. The blue travel category will only be valid for travel within the Common Travel Area, so if you intend to travel to the CTA and then go further afield, you will need to check which category your onward destinations fall within: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries and then follow the rules for self-isolation and testing upon your return to the Bailiwick. You should also check the travel requirements of your onward destinations before you travel.
If you are in the ‘blue channel’ travel category which means that you have been fully vaccinated within the Common Travel Area (received two doses and 14 days has passed since the second dose) then you will be able to use public transport. Face coverings will not be required.
This will include those travelling with under 12s, but will not include those travelling with anyone aged 12 – 17 if they have a requirement to self-isolate on arrival.
If you have to undergo any self-isolation, regardless of duration, you will be required to pre-book a taxi or another form of approved transportation to the isolation address. A face covering will need to be worn until you reach your destination. More information on transport to self-isolation is available at: https://covid19.gov.gg/support/protect
The new restrictions are: From 00.01 Monday 19 July, travellers from the Bailiwick of Jersey to the Bailiwick of Guernsey will be required to present a negative PCR test before travelling. Any travellers not able to do so will be treated as Category 4 and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Passengers transiting through Jersey into the Bailiwick will not be required to provide a PCR negative result up to 48 hours prior to travel.
Please note if you leave the airport, even if it is to get to another port, you will not be able to use this option.
We have been trialling using wristbands at arrivals in Guernsey and we have found that they have successfully improved the arrivals processes, making your journey quicker and smoother. Here’s what to expect when you arrive:
On arrival in luggage reclaim at Guernsey Airport, the Welcome Team will be asking to see your Travel Tracker account. Once the team has checked your account, if you are a Blue channel traveller, you will be issued with a wristband, which you are only requested to wear until you leave the testing facility. This will enable you to be Fast Tracked, through the next 2 checkpoints, and you'll only need to show your Travel Tracker once, making your journey through the airport quicker and smoother. Once you are outside of the facilities you can dispose of your wristband in one of the bins provided.
Private Vessels arriving in Guernsey
If you are a Blue channel traveller, once you have been processed in the Crown Pier facility, in St Peter Port, you will be issued with a wristband by the Welcome Team. This is only recommended whilst you are using the swan pontoons and not required once you are moved to any of the Marinas or for travel to the rest of the Bailiwick. This will allow you to go past security on the Pier, and into the town, proving that you are not in isolation.
An individual who has had both doses of their vaccination with an MHRA or EMA approved vaccine, administered in the Common Travel Area (CTA) and is therefore in possession of a proof of vaccination document issued by an authority in the CTA plus a period of 14 days has passed since their second vaccination dose.
This individual would be classed as being in the blue travel category.
If, for example, you had your second vaccine on 1st July, you can travel within the CTA and return to the Bailiwick without self-isolation and testing requirements from 14th July.
Categories 1 – 4 for countries and regions will remain from 1st July, so you will therefore need to check the status of the area you intend to travel from at: covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel as this will determine any testing / self-isolation requirements that you will need to follow upon your return to the Bailiwick.
Yes, all of those who have had their second vaccine dose will be sent a letter as proof of vaccination from June 18th. All of those receiving their vaccine after this point will receive their letter after the second dose of their vaccination. Please keep this document safe as you will not be able to use your vaccination card as proof.
The fully vaccinated individual will not need to self-isolate or have a COVID-19 test while they are in the Bailiwick. The individual who is not fully vaccinated will need to identify the category of the area they are travelling from and follow the testing and self-isolation rules in place.
The current position is that only travellers arriving in the Bailiwick from within the Common Travel Area, who have been fully vaccinated within the CTA and therefore in possession of a proof of vaccination document issued by an authority in the CTA, can do so without self-isolation and testing requirements. This is the current position but will be kept under review.
No, the ability for fully vaccinated people to mix with someone unvaccinated and therefore isolating is for the household only. This is to ensure that, should there be a positive case picked up, contact tracing is contained as much as possible.
No, but they may be moved for you. You will be contacted by the CVC if you can be vaccinated any sooner. If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose and it has been 8+ weeks, you can contact the vaccination centre to change your appointment time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of you have asked what happens if you’re a contact of a positive case as the vaccination programme progresses and more people are fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated contacts of a positive case (two doses of an MHRA approved vaccine plus 14 days from the date of their second dose) WILL NOT be required to self-isolate in most circumstances.
This is because fully vaccinated contacts are a low risk of contracting COVID-19. If you have been told informally by a friend, family or event organiser you may be a contact, please contact Public Health Services on tel. 01481 225241.
If you’re ever identified as a close contact, Public Health will make arrangements for you to be tested, and then again on day 7 and 13. But in most circumstances you won’t have to self-isolate if you’ve been fully vaccinated.
There may be some cases where someone has been fully vaccinated but would still have to isolate as a contact of a positive case, for example if they work with vulnerable people in sectors such as care homes. Public Health will advise of this depending on the circumstances.
Anyone who is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will likely have to isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case.
An exemption applies to individuals who participated in vaccine trials and who may not have been administered with the vaccinations in the usual route but are still in receipt of suitable protection. This again would need to be confirmed via official confirmation from Public Health prior to arrival.
If travellers are relying on the NHS app to provide evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination status, it is recommended that the ap is downloaded BEFORE you arrive in the Bailiwick.
We are aware that some mobile networks do not facilitate roaming in the Bailiwick. We are aware that the registration process requires a number of verification processes – including via email and text message. If you haven’t downloaded the app and completed the registration process, you may find it impossible to do so once you are here.
If a student has not had two doses of vaccine (plus two weeks after their second dose) then yes, they will be required to isolate and follow the travel rules based on the categorisation of the regions they have visited in the 14 days prior to travel to the Bailiwick.
If the returning child is required to self-isolate (which could be based on the categorisation of where they have travelled from if travelling with an adult who is not fully vaccinated, or isolating until the result of their day of arrival test if they’ve travelled with a fully vaccinated adult) they can mix with any fully vaccinated people within the household. But they need to isolate away fromany unvaccinated siblings until the isolation period has ended, to allow the sibling to avoid also isolating. Alternatively, if you choose not to separate the siblings then both must self-isolate together for the period relevant to the travelling child’s category.