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Critical Worker Travel

This page was last updated on 15 July 2021 at 19:10hrs.

Organisations can apply for Critical Workers to have an exemption from some of the conditions of a post-travel self-isolation period in order for critical work to be carried out.

Critical Workers are defined as ‘individuals whose presence in the Bailiwick is required to keep critical services running, and are not already available in the Bailiwick.' The categories in which a Critical Worker must fall within are listed below. 

Critical Worker Exemption Applications should be submitted at least 7 days before travelling, as this is the amount of time it normally takes to respond to applicants. Allowances will be made for emergency travel where it is not possible to submit an application at least 7 days in advance of travelling

A guidance document and application form have been produced and are available below.

Before you travel to the Bailiwick please note the following requirements:

If you are travelling to the Bailiwick with a self-isolation exemption as a Critical Worker you MUST register using the Travel Tracker and state your travel history for the 14 days prior to travel.

On the day of travel you MUST have your exemption paperwork with you. This should be shown to the Welcome Team or the Guernsey Border Agency on arrival in the Bailiwick. They will let you know what you need to do at the port to meet the conditions of your exemption(s) and to fulfil your legal self-isolation requirements.

Further to the announcement on Tuesday 22 December 2020, due to the increasing prevalence rates of COVID-19 in the jurisdictions around us, it is now a requirement for all Critical Workers entering the Bailiwick to undertake a day 1 test with the clinical team at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. The Critical Worker must self-isolate until you receive a negative result, which can take between 24 - 48 hours. 

Failure to comply with the conditions and requirements of your Exemption as specified will result in you being subject to mandatory self-isolation for 14 days.

However, if you have arrived from a Category 4 region or country, you will be required to self-isolate until you have received a negative result from a Day 13 test. If you decline a Day 13 test, you will have to self-isolate for 21 days.

If you have arrived from a Category 3 region or country, you will be required to self-isolate until you have received a negative result from a Day 7 test then passive follow-up until Day 14. If you decline a Day 7 test, you will have to self-isolate for the full 21 days.

You or your employer may be prosecuted for that non-compliance and, if convicted, may be sentenced to pay a fine of up to £10,000, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 14 days or to both. Further information on your legal requirements can be found here.

In addition to the mandatory test on day 1, you may also be required to have additional tests. Please ensure you have checked and understand your testing requirements. 

The COVID-19 Scheduling Team will be made aware of the testing requirements and will contact Critical Workers directly to arrange your test(s). If you do not hear from them the day before a scheduled test, please email

The provisions in respect of Critical Workers can be found in the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (General Provision) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (No. 8) Regulations, 2021

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