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Travelling to, from and through the UK

This page was last updated on 21 September 2021.

For more on the latest travel requirements in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, please visit: Current Travel Requirements | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

For more on the current rules in the UK, please visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

From 23 September, the Bailiwick of Guernsey will accept valid vaccination certification of an approved vaccine (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Jannsen) from all international jurisdictions. 

From 4 October, there will be significant changes to the rules for travel to the Bailiwick. Please go to: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/october for the latest information.

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.

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 may be required to self-isolate on your return to the Bailiwick.  Check out the requirements for arrivals into the Bailiwick here

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

Travelling to the Bailiwick of Guernsey via the UK

The UK traffic light system sets out what you have to do when you return from overseas travel and land in the UK.  Further details on the requirements for arrivals into the UK can be found at the links below.  You should ensure you check the requirements before you travel.

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

If you are arriving in England for the sole purpose of transiting on to Guernsey you will not be required to book a travel test package for Covid-19 tests (for use on day 2). If you intend to remain in England for a period of time before returning to the Bailiwick, you will need to book a travel test package for Covid-19 tests in line with the requirements of the UK Government.

Note – Anyone arriving into England from a country on the UK’s red list is required to pre-book and complete a mandatory 10 day isolation in a managed hotel in England before they can continue their journey to their final destination (the quarantine ‘package’ also includes Covid-19 tests).  There are very limited exemptions to this requirement and people travelling to the Bailiwick are not exempted.

You will also be required to self-isolate on your arrival in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.  However, depending on the specific circumstances of your journey from a red list country, you may be able to apply for a reduced self-isolation period when you arrive in Guernsey.  You can make application by filling out this form: https://gov.gg/isolationrelease

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). 

You should check the FCDO’s travel advice for countries you intend to visit before you leave for your journey to ensure you understand the requirements.

Transit through different regions in the UK

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.

 

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