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Travelling to, from and through the UK

This page was last updated on 16 June 2021 at 11.35hrs.

Travel to the UK from the Bailiwick of Guernsey

If you are travelling to the UK from the Bailiwick and have only been in the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands) for the last 10 days, you will not be required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test (unless required by the carrier) or to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.  You will also not be required by the UK authorities to complete a form to provide journey and contact details before travelling to the UK.

Guidance on travelling into the UK is available on the UK Government website here.

You will have to follow the COVID-19 rules which apply to the part of the UK that you are visiting.

The UK’s COVID-19 border measures can change at short notice so it is recommended that you check the latest UK information before travel (bearing in mind the place of your arrival into and departure from the UK).

You will be required to self-isolate on your return to the Bailiwick. 

It is recommended that you check your travel insurance cover before travelling.

Travelling to the Bailiwick of Guernsey via the UK

Arrivals from countries on the UK’s ‘Red List’

The UK’s COVID-19 border measures can change at short notice so it is recommended that you check the latest UK information before travel (bearing in mind the place of your arrival into and departure from the UK).

Guidance for what to do if you have been in a country or territory on the UK’s ‘red list’ is available here.

Should a person test positive their quarantine will be extended by 10 days from the date of the test. This requirement applies to passengers transiting through England on their way to the Bailiwick.

Persons intending to arrive in England having visited or passed through a country on the ‘red list’ need to check the information on the UK Government’s website as there are actions that you need to take before your arrival, including but not limited to booking your accommodation package.  This information is available here.

You will still be required to complete the mandatory self-isolation on your arrival in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, regardless of any time spent in quarantine in the UK.  

All other arrivals

The UK’s COVID-19 border measures can change at short notice so it is recommended that you check the latest UK information before travel (bearing in mind the place of your arrival into and departure from the UK).

Guidance for what to do if you have been in a country or territory on the UK’s ‘amber list’ is available here.

Guidance for what to do if you have been in a country or territory on the UK’s ‘green list’ is available here.

There is a short list of exemptions for those who, due to their type of work or purpose of their visit, will not be required to self-isolate whilst in the UK. This list can be found here.

Bailiwick residents returning to the Bailiwick from abroad from a country not on the UK’s ‘red list’ and transiting through the UK who are not exempt because of the reasons mentioned above will have to follow the UK guidance (regardless of any symptoms) for the time that they are in the UK, but they do not have to stay in the UK for the full 10 days.

If you need to isolate when you arrive in the UK, you must go straight to the place where you will self-isolate – unless you are not staying overnight and you can travel direct to your place of departure (port or airport) to travel back to the Bailiwick. You cannot have any visitors whilst in self-isolation in the UK, unless that person is providing essential care to you.

Public transport can be used if there is no other option for travel from your place of arrival in the UK (port, airport or station) to your place of departure (port or airport) to travel back to the Bailiwick; or for travel from your place of arrival in the UK to overnight accommodation (if you have to stay overnight) and onwards to your place of departure (port or airport) to travel back to the Bailiwick. If using public transport, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres away from others. 

You will be required to self-isolate on your arrival in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. 

It is recommended that you check your travel insurance cover before travelling.

Travelling abroad from Guernsey via the UK

The UK’s COVID-19 border measures can change at short notice so it is recommended that you check the latest UK information before travel (bearing in mind the place of your arrival into and departure from the UK). You will also need to check the travel requirements of your final destination outside the UK and your travel provider (this may include forms or pre-departure tests).

Transit through different regions in the UK

As of 14 May, transit through Southampton Airport, Portsmouth and Poole ports will not change your self-isolation requirements provided all other self-isolation requirements have been met.

If you transit through an airport in a Category 4 country or region at any point in your journey, you will need to declare this and self-isolate for 14 days. This includes any travel prior to the introduction of regional variations for England. For example, if you transit through Heathrow Airport, at a time when London is a Category 4 region, whilst travelling back to Guernsey you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Transit through a Category 4 country or region (or country or region from the broader Category 3 list) will not count as spending time in that country or region (and therefore will not require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days) if you:

Transit directly through in a private vehicle (which includes a taxi) where:

  • The private vehicle does not stop at all in the Category 4 or Category 3 country or region; or
  • The private vehicle only stops in the Category 4 or Category 3 country or region and
  • No new people get into the vehicle
  • No one gets out, comes within 2 metres of any other person (other than those they are travelling with) and gets back in again

These restrictions should allow travellers to transit through Category 4 or Category 3 countries or regions and fill up with petrol (where you pay at the petrol pump rather than in a shop or kiosk) or use public conveniences etc (subject to the 2-metre social distancing requirement).

The CCA noted that the actions of third parties also using public transport could influence the self-isolation outcomes for travellers. It is acknowledged that the definition of direct transit for those using public transport was likely to render many options unsuitable as the majority could potentially stop in a Category 4 or Category 3 country or region and would require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days. This had to be balanced with the aim of trying to achieve clear messaging for inbound travellers in order that their travel history could be recorded, tracked and enforced by those responsible for carrying out checks and enforcement.

Passengers should not transit directly through on public transport (coach, train or bus) unless it does not stop AT ALL in the Category 4 or category 3 country or region.

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