You might have noticed that the Channel Islands – Jersey and Guernsey – aren’t on the government’s green, amber, or red lists for travel.
Instead, the Channel Islands have their own travel restrictions as part of the Common Travel Area which also includes the rest of the UK, the Isle of Man and Ireland.
Within the Common Travel Area (CTA), you do not need to take a Covid test or quarantine on arrival in England, unless you have been outside the CTA in the last 10 days.
So, the Channel Islands are essentially on the ‘green list’, but on arrival in Jersey or Guernsey, you could be required to test and/or isolate.
The Channel Islands, which lie just off the coast of France, make a great staycation option with beautiful secluded beaches, spectacular cliff walks, incredible food, delightful villages, and a vibrant history and culture.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus restrictions that apply there.
Requirements for Jersey
Jersey is operating on its own traffic light system.
Travellers from green countries will have to take PCR tests on day 0, 5, and 10 and self-isolate on arrival until the first test result comes back negative.
Results are currently expected to be returned in 24 hours.
If you are coming from an amber country, you will have to take PCR tests on day 0, 5 and 10 and will have to self-isolate until the test on day 5 comes back negative.
If you arrive in Jersey from a red country, again you will have to test on day 0, 5, and 10, but you will have to self-isolate until day 10 comes back negative.
Jersey provides these PCR tests free of charge.
Until May 28, the traffic light system applies to regions, rather than countries.
Parts of London are ‘green’ while others are ‘amber’.
You can check which one your borough falls under here.
To confuse matters, the rules are changing slightly from May 28.
Travellers from green countries will have to take PCR tests on day 0 and 8 and self-isolate on arrival until the first test result comes back negative.
Jersey also plans for fully vaccinated passengers from green or amber areas to be exempt from isolating.
They will still have to take the day 0 PCR test, though.
All visitors also need to complete a pre-departure registration form within the 48 hours prior to their arrival in Jersey which will include a 14 day travel history.
Requirements for Guernsey
Similarly to Jersey, travel restrictions for Guernsey are broken down by regions of the UK.
Most of the UK currently falls under Category 3.
Anyone arriving from Category 3 regions is required to self-isolate until they receive a negative test on day 7.
For Category 4 regions and countries, arrivals must self-isolate until they have received a negative result on day 1 and day 13 tests.
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