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Category 4 Countries and Regions

This page was last updated on 3 June at 16.15hrs.

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 must self-isolate for a period of 21 days.

However, 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 before the end of the period of 21 days BUT ONLY when you have received a negative result from your Day 13 test.

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 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 www.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/

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