Skip to main content

Getting Tested

This page was last updated on 20 January 2022.

Islanders are urged to step up vigilance and take further precautions including regular Lateral Flow Testing. Read more: Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

If you or any of your household receive a positive result from a lateral flow test, please see the latest guidance here: https://covid19.gov.gg/positive_case

From Thursday 20 January 2022, confirmatory PCR tests are available again for islanders who want one following positive LFT: Read more. It is important to emphasise that this change is about offering flexibility for islanders. There is no requirement to have a confirmatory PCR test if a positive LFT is present.

There are two types of COVID-19 test, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test and LFT (Lateral Flow Test).

Depending on your circumstances you may be required to take either a PCR or LFT test. 

  • A PCR test is a swab administered by yourself or a medical professional, the swab is sent to the lab and you will be contacted with the results in 24-48 hours.
     
  • A LFT test is a swab administered by yourself that gives you the result within 30 minutes (without sending the swab to the lab). This test is normally completed at home with a kit.

 

You may be required to take a test or series of tests if you:

  • Are symptomatic, you must stay at home until you have received a negative test result and your symptoms have gone
  • Have travelled
  • Are a contact of a positive case
  • Or are part of a surveillance testing program e.g. workforce screening

What is a Lateral Flow Test (LFT)?

We have four different types of LFT testing kits available (SureScreen, Hughes, Innova and Siemens). This video shows how to complete a Surescreen kit test.

For more info about Lateral Flow Testing, including what to do if you test positive please go to: Lateral Flow Testing | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) - SureScreen kit

What is a PCR test?

Please watch the video below to see the process of completing a PCR test.

Getting a PCR test at the Hospital, East Arm of North Beach (drive through self-swab)

PCR testing - Where do I get tested?

Any tests not carried out at the ports on the day of arrival into the Bailiwick (e.g. Day 8 tests, Day 9 tests or if you are called for a test after becoming symptomatic), and which are not arranged to be taken at your self-isolation location, will either be carried out at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital (PEH) testing site or at the testing facility at the East Arm of the North Beach. 

What do I do when I arrive for my test?

When you arrive at the PEH, you will be met by a Hospital Porter who will show you where to wait. Please make sure you stay in your vehicle AT ALL TIMES.

Testing at the East Arm facility makes use of the Travel Tracker, which has been adapted so it can recognise people who are from Guernsey.  You will need a smart phone or tablet to access the Travel Tracker. Even if you have used the Travel Tracker system before you must not register anything until you arrive at the facility. You will need to input a journey into the system, and will be guided through the different inputs required on arrival by a member of the testing team.

PEH Testing Site

Below is a map of the testing facility at the East Arm of the North Beach. There will be no public access to the East Arm while testing is taking place.

East Arm

Travel related testing

Current Testing and Self-Isolation Requirements

For information about the current travel requirements and whether you will need to be tested and self-isolate on arrival into the Bailiwick visit Current Travel Requirements | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Information about self-isolation can be found at https://covid19.gov.gg/support/protect

It is a criminal offence to fail to follow the testing and/or isolation requirements linked to your travel history. You may be prosecuted, and if convicted, could be sentenced to a fine of up to £10,000, 3 months’ imprisonment, or both. In addition, you may be required by the Medical Officer of Health to self-isolate for 10 days.

PCR tests prior to travel

The States of Guernsey no longer offers pre-travel PCR tests. Should anyone need a negative pre-travel PCR test result before travelling abroad, Primary Care colleagues have been providing this service in their own practices and will continue to do so. Additionally, UK hub airports and other private providers offer pre-travel testing.

If you are required to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 result for your travel destination or carrier, please check the website of the UK airport you are connecting through as many offer this service. 

Primary Care (GP surgeries) and some pharmacies also offer this test on-island, and both IslandHealth and the Healthcare Group are offering observed LFTs - patients are advised to contact their surgeries for these and allow sufficient time prior to travel.

I've been asked to attend a test - Surveillance testing

If you are invited for a test because you are a possible contact of a positive case, or as part of workforce screening this will be a PCR test.

For more information about local testing including surveillance testing, education or workforce testing please go to: Local Testing | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg).

COVID-19 contacts

Clinical questions

Email inbox monitored Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Phoneline available 08:00-16:00 on weekdays, 08:00-12:00 on weekends.

Non-clinical enquiries

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00

Businesses with financial concerns

Education

Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00

Financial support for individuals

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 16:00

Business Queries

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Travel Tracker

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00