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Category 4 Countries and Regions

This page was last updated on 6 July at 10.30hrs.

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Countries and regions with a prevalence rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 population for 7 consecutive days are in Category 4.

If you:

  • are aged 18 or over, and
  • have spent time in a Category 4 country or region in the 14-day period immediately before arriving in the Bailiwick,

You can opt to take a PCR self-swab test on arrival, self-isolate AND take a further PCR test on day 13 (a "Day 13 test"). Where your test on arrival and Day 13 test are negative, you may leave self-isolation ONLY when you receive the negative Day 13 test result. 

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.

 

If you have arrived in the Bailiwick and are required to take a COVID-19 test on day 7 or day 13 following your arrival, these will take place at the East Arm at the Harbour. The only exception to this is for certain critical workers who will receive their own personalised testing regimes which will include the location of the testing. The East Arm is a drive through testing centre and, therefore, you must arrive in a car or on a motorcycle with a full face helmet only. You cannot walk or arrive on a bicycle. Guernsey Taxi drivers will accept fares to the East Arm testing centre.

A map of where the East Arm is located can be found here: Getting Tested | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Your day 7 or day 13 tests will be automatically scheduled based on your day of arrival. Around 2 days before the test is due you will receive a call from a member of the Travel Tracker team to advise you of the date and time of the test. Please remember to take your smart device with the Travel Tracker app on it to the testing centre on the day of your test.

Our team will be calling from a ‘number withheld’ or ‘private’ number so please accept calls if you are expecting information regarding a COVID-19 test. We will try to call you twice. If we do not get a response an email will be sent to the email associated with your Travel Tracker account. The email will confirm the date and time of your test.

If there is no response to phone calls or email, the Guernsey Border Agency will be advised and they will make contact with you to check that all is ok and to ensure that you take the necessary tests.

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 Medical Officer of Health ("MOH").

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

Household bubbles

If you choose to self-isolate in a household bubble with any person who did not travel to the Bailiwick with you, you should (a) register the names of every person in that household bubble on gov.gg/isolatetogether as soon as possible and (b) inform the booking team of this fact when arranging your Day 13 test.

Both you and every other member of the household bubble should self-isolate until the last member receives a negative result from a Day 13 test. If a member of a household bubble declines to take a test, all members of the household bubble should self-isolate until the end of the 21 day period after your arrival.

Self-isolating in a household bubble means self-isolating with other members of the same household in such a way that household members –

  1. do not keep themselves separated from other household members, but
  2. do keep themselves separated from any other person, in such a manner as to prevent infection or contamination.

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.

Special rules for children

A traveller who is aged under 12 and who has spent time in a Category 4 country or region in the 14-day period immediately before arriving in the Bailiwick is only required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Although a child who is aged under 12 is not required to take a test on arrival, it is encouraged that they take a Day 13 test (but it is not compulsory).

A traveller who:

  • is aged under 18 (a "relevant child"),
  • has spent time in a Category 4 country or region in the 14-day period immediately before arriving in the Bailiwick, and
  • self-isolates as part of a household bubble,

may not attend college, school, nursery or childcare until every other member of the relevant child's household bubble has (a) received a negative result from a Day 13 test or (b) self-isolated for 21 days.

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/

COVID-19 contacts

Clinical questions

Phoneline available 24 hours a day. Email inbox monitored Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Non-clinical enquiries

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00 Saturday to Sunday 10:00-13:00

Critical Travel

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00

Education

Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00

Travel Tracker

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00 Saturday to Sunday 10:00-13:00