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Category 2 Countries or Regions

This page was last updated on 10 June 2021 at 10.35hrs.

Countries and regions with a prevalence rate of under 30 cases per 100,000 population for 7 consecutive days are in Category 2.

If you have spent time in a Category 2 country or region (but not any in Category 3 or 4) in the 14-day period immediately before arriving in the Bailiwick, you can opt to take a PCR self-swab test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive a negative result from that test. You must then comply with the "passive follow-up" rules until 14 days after your arrival in the Bailiwick. You must also take a PCR test on day 7.

For the avoidance of doubt, while travellers are not obliged to take any test, any person who:

  • declines to take a test on arrival, and/or
  • any other test required to reduce his or her period of self-isolation,

must self-isolate for a period of 21 days, regardless of the countries or regions which he or she has spent time in during the 14-day period immediately before his or her arrival in the Bailiwick.

For more about travelling to and from the UK, including in transit from abroad go to: covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/transit

COVID-19 Test Charges

A £25 charge will be applied for each test required as part of your arrival in the Bailiwick. This includes your test on arrival, and your test on either Day 7 or Day 13 (depending on which Category you have travelled from).

You can pay this charge through your Travel Tracker account.

You are not required to pay this charge if you are:

  • A child under-12
  • Travelling for medical reasons
  • Accompanying someone who is travelling for medical reasons
  • Travelling for compassionate reasons

Self-isolation

"Self-isolate" means for a person to keep himself or herself separated from any other person in such a manner as to prevent infection or contamination, in accordance with any directions given by the MOH.

Further guidance on self-isolation can be found here: Self-isolation | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Any person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the requirement to self-isolate may be prosecuted and, if convicted, may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 3 months and/or a fine of up to £10,000.

Household Bubbles for Category 2

It is recommend that a traveller from a Category 2 country or region does not self-isolate as a household (a ‘household bubble’) with anyone else who did not travel with them.  If they do decide to self-isolate as a household bubble, each member of the household bubble is required to isolate until the traveller receives a negative result from their test on arrival.

Change to self-isolation address

You should notify the Guernsey Border Agency ("GBA") of any proposed change to your self-isolation address declared on the Travel Tracker, but you must NOT move to that address until you have received permission to do so from the GBA.   

"Passive-follow up" rules

A person who is required to comply with passive follow-up rules:

  • must at all times be vigilant for symptoms, however mild, of COVID-19; must report any such symptoms immediately to the MOH; and must comply with any instructions given by the MOH thereafter (which may, for the avoidance of doubt, include an immediate resumption of self-isolation);
  • must not enter a nursing, care or residential home without the prior agreement of the manager of the home, received after having informed the manager of the home of their status as being subject to these restrictions and should not return to work there unless they have an agreed method statement with the MOH;
  • must not, other than in an emergency, enter the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, and in an emergency must give prior notification of their status as being subject to these restrictions before entering the Princess Elizabeth Hospital if reasonably practicable in all the circumstances and should not return to work there unless they have an agreed method statement with the MOH;
  • may enter the Princess Elizabeth Hospital to visit a patient who is seriously ill if the management of the Hospital agrees and if a method statement has been agreed with the MOH and the management of the Hospital;
  • must inform any other healthcare provider (for example, a doctor or dentist) of their status as being subject to these restrictions when making any appointment for care;
  • must, so far as reasonably practicable, keep a record of people met and places visited (to assist with contact tracing if necessary);
  • must not, if that person works at a school or college or otherwise works with or cares for children as part of his or her work, must not return to that work unless that person has received a negative test result for COVID-19 within the previous 48 hours,
  • must not, if that person is a child or otherwise in full-time or part-time education, return to school or college unless that person has received a negative test result for COVID-19 within the previous 48 hours, and
  • must comply with any additional conditions and restrictions imposed from time to time by the Medical Officer of Health.

Any person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the passive follow-up rules may be prosecuted and, if convicted, may be sentenced to a fine of up to £10,000.

Travel during passive follow-up is allowed, but for Category 2, anyone leaving the Bailiwick before Day 7 will be asked to take a pre-departure test. Please ensure that you complete your departure date in the Travel Tracker.

Passengers will have already paid for this test when they completed the Travel Tracker.

The tests required under the "passive follow-up" rules for any person who:

  1. works in a school or college, etc, or
  2. is a child or otherwise in full-time or part-time education

are free of charge and should be requested by completing an online form here: www.gov.gg/returntoeducation.

Special rules for children

Children under 18 years of age may also take part in the Category 2 option. The person with parental responsibility for the child or who has the care or charge of the child for the time being (the child's "responsible adult") is responsible for ensuring that the child complies with the restrictions and conditions required by the Category 2 option (including testing and passive follow-up rules), so far as the responsible adult is reasonably able to do so. A responsible adult who fails to do so may be prosecuted.

Children under 12 arriving from a category 2 country or region will not need to be tested on arrival or on Day 7.  Please note children of 12 years or older who travel into the Bailiwick are required to test on arrival and on day 7 - these tests do incur a £25 charge.

Parents intending to travel outside of the Bailiwick are being advised that all children (whatever age) due to attend an early year setting, nursery, school or college while in passive follow-up, following their return into the Bailiwick, need to receive a negative PCR test result within the 48 hour period before they return to those settings. This is also required of school and education setting staff. These tests are free of charge and should be requested by completing an online form here: www.gov.gg/returntoeducation.

Travel Tracker

Every person arriving into the Bailiwick, including on private vessels and aircraft, must register their journey and provide their travel history on the Travel Tracker. To find out more information about the Travel Tracker, and to create an account, please go to https://traveltracker.gov.gg/

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