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General Travel Information

This page was last updated on Wednesday 20th January at 09:35hrs.

Only essential travel into the Bailiwick can take place. Essential travel means:

  • for a compassionate purpose, including fulfilling a legal obligation,
  • to receive medical treatment,
  • to undertake essential business that cannot be transacted remotely,
  • to attend school, university or other further education,
  • for permanent Bailiwick residents, to return home if they are currently off-Island, or
  • to travel for the purposes of critical work, as an approved critical worker (in line with the existing critical worker application process).

Essential travel does not include travel:

  • to visit friends and family based in the Bailiwick, or
  • to work in the Bailiwick if that work is not critical work and approved through the critical worker application process.

Those planning on travelling will need to apply for an Essential Travel Permits. For more information please go to: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/essential-travel

If you are leaving the Bailiwick and do not intend to return, an Essential Travel Permit is not required

The Bailiwick of Guernsey entered into Phase 5c of its Exit from Lockdown framework on Wednesday 28 August. This sees the introduction of testing on arrival for the vast majority of travellers coming into the Bailiwick and four category groups for countries and regions: Categories 1-4. All arrivals into the Bailiwick are currently classified as ‘Category 4’.

Category 1: There will be no testing or self-isolation requirements.

Category 2: Travellers will have to self-isolate until they receive a negative result from their test on arrival. They will then be subject to ‘enhanced passive follow-up’ until a test on Day 7. On receipt of a further negative test, travellers will then move into the 'passive follow-up' stage.

Category 3: Travellers can choose to have a test on arrival and on Day 7, with self-isolation until they have received a negative test result from the Day 7 test. They will then be subject to 'enhanced passive follow-up' until the 14th day after their arrival in Guernsey.

Category 4: Travellers will be able to take a test on arrival with mandatory self-isolation for 21 days. In order to leave self-isolation early, travellers must take a day 1 test on arrival and a Day 13 test and receive a negative result for both. If you decline to take a day 1 or day 13 test you will have to self-isolate for 21 days. Children under 12 will continue to only need a negative test on day 13.

The requirement for both a day 1 and day 13 test to reduce the period of self-isolation came into effect on 00:01 Wednesday 13 January 2021.

If travellers are self-isolating in a bubble with family or friends, all non-travellers will also need a negative day 13 test in order to qualify for early release from self-isolation.

The full details of Phase 5c, including the criteria for each category group and the testing and self-isolation requirements can be found at https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/phase5c.

Any person arriving in the Bailiwick from anywhere in the world (including, for the avoidance of doubt, Jersey and the United Kingdom) will be required to provide specified information and satisfactory proof of their identity to any customs officer, police officer or other authorised person who requests the information. This information is required in order to enable the Medical Officer of Health to contact that person without delay during their self-isolation period. 

Travellers are required to provide this information using the Travel Tracker. More information can be found here: https://traveltracker.gov.gg/

Passengers will be required to sign a legal acknowledgement of self-isolation form on arrival. These will be provided to passengers at check-in before departure. A copy of this form can be read here: Self-Isolation Acknowledgement Form - 13 January 2021

Where a person fails to comply with the requirement above, including where he or she is reasonably suspected to have provided false or misleading information or documents in connection with that requirement, that person may be detained until he or she complies with the requirement and any other screening requirements that the Medical Officer of Health may impose.

Anyone travelling to the Bailiwick MUST know their self-isolation address BEFORE they arrive. If you choose to, or need to, self-isolate with other members of your household who have not travelled with you, you will need to inform the booking team of this when they call you to arrange your test.

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