If you transit through an airport in a Category 4 country or region at any point in your journey, and you are not a ‘blue’ traveller (fully vaccinated with recognised proof of vaccination) you will need to declare this and self-isolate for 14 days (unless you have completed 10 days of self-isolation period in a manged hotel in England, as this may mean you are eligible for a variation as set out above).
‘Blue’ travellers face no self-isolation requirements if they have only travelled within the Common Travel Area, regardless of which regions or airports in the CTA they have travelled to in the previous 14 days. They will be required to purchase a pack of Lateral Flow Tests when they complete their Travel Tracker account. More information on LFT packs can be found here: covid19.gov.gg/faq/LFT
For all other travellers transit through through a Category 4 or Category 3 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).
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.
Travelling by private car to a port and then boarding by foot is not treated as direct transit.