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Travelling to Jersey

​Date of update
​Update details
​Thursday 17 June
  • ​From Tuesday 29 June at 00:01, England as a nation will be reclassified as Red due to rising COVID-19 case rates. Until this time, England remains Green with emergency brakes in place.
  • Additional emergency brakes will be issued for UK nations today to come into effect on Tuesday 22 June at 00:01. No further updates will be made before Tuesday 29 June. All existing emergency brake areas will remain in place until Tuesday 29 June at 00:01 when the emergency brake system will not currently be required with England being Red.
  • From Tuesday 22 June at 00:01, children under the age of 18 will be classed as Green arrivals, regardless of their parents' vaccination status or their 14-day travel history.
  • Children aged 11 to 17 years old will be required to complete a pre-departure travel form and undertake a PCR test upon arrival (day 0) and on day 8, and must isolate until they receive a first negative test result. Children aged 10 or under will not be required to complete a pre-departure travel form or undergo testing.

​Thursday 10 June

​From Tuesday 15 June, passengers with a red travel history, who have been fully vaccinated within the UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man, will need a test on arrival and only need to isolate until their first negative test result. They'll also be tested on day 8.

The UK will move to a Green and Red classification only, with the removal of Amber from the traffic light system. The new Green classification will cover the previous Green and Amber classifications.  

​Monday 7 June
​Children under the age of 18 will be classified Green unless they have a Red travel history.
​Friday 28 May
​Safer Travel policy updated:

  • England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Crown Dependencies will be classified as single regions, with the exception of Emergency Brake Red regions
  • Green arrivals will be tested on Day 0 and Day 8
  • traffic light system for international travel will resume
  • passengers with a green or amber travel history, who have been fully vaccinated within the UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man will have an arrival test only and do not need to isolate

​Date of update
​Update details
​Thursday 17 June
  • ​From Tuesday 29 June at 00:01, England as a nation will be reclassified as Red due to rising COVID-19 case rates. Until this time, England remains Green with emergency brakes in place.
  • Additional emergency brakes will be issued for UK nations today to come into effect on Tuesday 22 June at 00:01. No further updates will be made before Tuesday 29 June. All existing emergency brake areas will remain in place until Tuesday 29 June at 00:01 when the emergency brake system will not currently be required with England being Red.
  • From Tuesday 22 June at 00:01, children under the age of 18 will be classed as Green arrivals, regardless of their parents' vaccination status or their 14-day travel history.
  • Children aged 11 to 17 years old will be required to complete a pre-departure travel form and undertake a PCR test upon arrival (day 0) and on day 8, and must isolate until they receive a first negative test result. Children aged 10 or under will not be required to complete a pre-departure travel form or undergo testing.

​Thursday 10 June

​From Tuesday 15 June, passengers with a red travel history, who have been fully vaccinated within the UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man, will need a test on arrival and only need to isolate until their first negative test result. They'll also be tested on day 8.

The UK will move to a Green and Red classification only, with the removal of Amber from the traffic light system. The new Green classification will cover the previous Green and Amber classifications.  

​Monday 7 June
​Children under the age of 18 will be classified Green unless they have a Red travel history.
​Friday 28 May
​Safer Travel policy updated:

  • England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Crown Dependencies will be classified as single regions, with the exception of Emergency Brake Red regions
  • Green arrivals will be tested on Day 0 and Day 8
  • traffic light system for international travel will resume
  • passengers with a green or amber travel history, who have been fully vaccinated within the UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man will have an arrival test only and do not need to isolate

From Tuesday 29 June, England as a nation will be reclassified as Red due to rising COVID-19 case rates. Until this time, England remains Green with emergency brakes in place

Rules for all travellers and planning your journey

The following guidance applies to everyone arriving in the Bailiwick of Jersey.

Travelling to Jersey

Everyone travelling to Jersey, including those travelling from the UK, must complete the Jersey travel form, no more than 48 hours before they arrive.

Travelling from Jersey

Travellers to the UK from Jersey do not need to complete the UK’s Travel Declaration Form, as Jersey falls within the Common Travel Area (CTA).
Travel information for England on gov.uk

Planning your journey

  1. review the traffic light status of the region or country you're travelling from, including where you have stayed overnight for the past 14 nights before arriving in Jersey
  2. complete a travel form  48 hours before arriving in Jersey

Before travelling to Jersey, you should consider:

  • you must not travel to Jersey if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • if you receive a positive PCR test while in Jersey, you must isolate from the time of the test result. You will not be able to travel during the isolation period and may have to stay longer than planned
  • if you are staying in a shared household in Jersey and receive a positive test result, the other people in the household will have to isolate
  • if you have been identified as a close contact of a positive case while in or travelling to Jersey, you may need to isolate or undergo additional testing
  • you can only leave isolation to travel off-island if you have had a negative test in the last 72 hours
Safer travel policy leaflet 

Children

Current guidance (travelling before 22 June)

All children must follow isolation rules for their relevant travel history. The rules still apply even if they are travelling with fully vaccinated parents or adults.

​Classification
Aged 10 or under
​Aged 11 or over
​Green or Amber
​Red

Guidance from Tuesday 22 June

From Tuesday 22 June at 00:01, children under the age of 18 will be classed as Green arrivals, regardless of their parents' vaccination status or their 14-day travel history.

Aged 10 or under
​Aged 11 or over

Returning to school after travelling

For returning Jersey resident children, no child should return to school or education setting if any of the following apply:

  • the child is subject to a period of isolation
  • any member of the child’s household is subject to a period of isolation for any reason unless the isolating person can isolate completely separately from all other household members
  • anyone in their household, or anyone they have travelled with, is awaiting the result of a Day 0 test 

Travel form

All passengers arriving in Jersey aged 11 and over must complete a travel form in the 48 hours before arriving in Jersey. The registration includes:

  • contact information
  • travel details and dates
  • address(es) they will be staying at throughout their stay in Jersey
  • details of travel within the 14 days before arrival in Jersey
  • declaration of health
  • if you want to be tested or isolate for 14 days if you decide not to be tested

Complete a travel form for all passengers


The information provided by passengers will be shared with the Contact Tracing Service and with monitoring and enforcement agencies. 

Testing on and after your arrival

All passengers are offered testing on arrival into Jersey free of charge.

Passengers who do not take part in the testing programme must isolate for 14 days.

Travel classifications

All passengers must declare their travel history for the 14 days before arriving in Jersey.

This includes:

  •  country or region of departure
  •  countries or regions where you have stayed overnight or will have stayed overnight

Countries and regions are classified Red, Amber or Green based on an assessment of infection risk (Green, Amber, Red).

Passengers are subject to the strictest testing and isolation requirement for the regions and countries where they have stayed overnight in during the 14 days prior to arrival in Jersey.

Emergency Brake Red classifications

Individual regions or countries may be reclassified Red (Emergency Brake) when there is evidence of very high risk through infection rates or variants of concern.

W e aim to give 48 hours' notice before applying an emergency brake to a region. The Red classification will apply for a minimum of 14 days.

Green arrivals

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    Testing on arrival and day 8

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    Isolation until first negative test result (on average received within 12 hours)

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    You can provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, which means you won't need to be tested on arrival or isolate

  •  

    If you've been fully vaccinated in UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man you'll need a test on arrival but won't need to isolate

Amber arrivals

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    Testing on arrival, day 5 and day 10

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    Isolation until day 5 negative test result

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    You can provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, which means you won't need to be tested on arrival but will need to be tested on day 5 and day 10, and isolate until day 5 negative test result

  •  

    If you've been fully vaccinated in UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man you'll need a test on arrival but won't need to isolate

Red arrivals

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    Testing on arrival, day 5 and day 10

  •  

    Isolation until day 10 negative test result

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    You can provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, which means you won't need to be tested on arrival but will still need to be tested on day 5 and day 10, and isolate until day 10 negative test result

  •  

    If you've been fully vaccinated in UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man you'll need a test on arrival and isolate until your first negative test result. You'll also be tested on day 8

Testing

The test offered on arrival is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab free of charge.

A PCR test involves a swab being taken from the back of the throat and nose. The test takes less than a minute to complete and is conducted by a medical professional. You cannot swab yourself.

Tests on day of arrival are offered at all main ports of entry. 

Tests on day of arrival are offered at all main ports of entry. Day 5, day 8 and day 10 tests are provided at the airport drive through facility for passengers travelling by car or on foot.

Negative test results

You can expect to receive your test result within an average of 12 hours, but results could take up to 24 hours, for example if the test needs to be processed more than once. Passengers will receive a negative result by email or text message to the mobile phone registered at pre-departure.

If you have a negative test result, you can still expect to receive an automated email or text message from the Contact Tracing Team on a daily basis to self-report if you have developed symptoms for up to 14 days after your arrival or until you leave the island, whichever period is shorter.

You must reply with the word 'WELL' to confirm that you and any in your party are not developing COVID-19 symptoms. If you or anyone else in your household develops symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate and reply to the message with 'COVID'. A member of the Contact Tracing Team will then call you to discuss support and next steps.

If you don't respond to a message, you may have your permission not to isolate withdrawn.

Positive test results

If you test positive you'll receive a phone call with your result and be given guidance from the Contact Tracing Team.

You must provide information to the Contact Tracing Team about who you have come into close contact within the days prior to receiving your test result.

Vaccination status (COVID Status Certification)

Fully vaccinated passengers may have reduced testing and isolation rules if they have been vaccinated in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Isle of Man.

Travel history classification
Testing Isolation
GreenDay 0 None
AmberDay 0None
​Red
​Day 0 and 8
​Until Day 0 test result


To be eligible for 'fully vaccinated' status, the following criteria must be met:

  • you must have received 2 doses of an MHRA approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna) or 2 doses of trial vaccine through an approved UK trial
  • the second dose must have been administered at least 2 weeks prior to arrival in Jersey
  • both doses must have been administered in the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man)
  • you must make a legal declaration of your fully vaccinated status at pre-travel registration
  • you must provide physical evidence of vaccination status on request on arrival in Jersey (unless you have been vaccinated under the Government of Jersey Vaccination Programme) or an official letter from an institution demonstrating participation of a UK approved trial

More information about COVID Status Certification

Passengers who knowingly provide false information in relation to their vaccination status are liable to a fine of up to £10,000 and 6 months imprisonment.

Pre-departure negative COVID-19 test

You can send evidence of a negative PCR test before you arrive in Jersey. This means you don't need to be tested on the day you arrive.

CategoryTesting
Isolation
Green
Day 8
No isolation requirement
Amber
Day 5 and Day 10
Until Day 5 negative test result
Red Day 5 and Day 10Until Day 10 negative test result

Criteria

To meet the approval criteria you must make sure:

  • the test was not conducted in Jersey
  • the test was carried out by an approved UKAS organisation
  • the certificate shows that the test was carried out within 72 hours of your planned arrival in Jersey
  • the test is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
  • the certificate for the test shows a negative result. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you should self-isolate and follow the steps for your country. You will not be able to travel to Jersey
  • the application was submitted at least 16 hours prior to arrival in Jersey
  • the certificate shows the full name of the arriving passenger

How to send your pre-departure test

If you meet this criteria and wish to continue with your request you will need to email your certificate of evidence of a negative swab to PCRTravelcerts@gov.je along with:

  1. 'URGENT' in the subject line or marked high importance if your flight is due to arrive within 24 hours of submission
  2. the expected arrival date and time
  3. your carrier flight or ferry number
  4. whether you are arriving by plane or boat
  5. the date on which your PCR test was taken

By submitting information or documents for consideration passengers are confirming their authenticity. Under the COVID-19 (Screening, Assessment and Isolation) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 providing false information is a criminal offence punishable by up to a £10,000 fine.

Day trips and short visits

A day trip is defined as travel from and return to the same jurisdiction that does not involve an overnight stay in between.

For day trips from Jersey, you will be required to isolate on your return based on the travel classification of the port you have returned from.

Transiting passengers

Transit to Jersey through the UK

All international arrivals into the UK are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for the UK. This includes passengers transiting through the UK to Jersey.

Arrivals into England who have visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned must also isolate for at least 10 days in a Managed Quarantine Hotel at their own cost; this includes passengers transiting through England to Jersey. 

Red, amber and green list rules for entering England on gov.uk

International arrivals into the UK from countries on the UK Amber and Green List must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for the UK and book a test package prior to arrival in the UK but do not need to complete the required isolation period, nor any remaining tests in the test package, before completing their travel to Jersey.

Transit through Jersey

Passengers transiting through Jersey to an onward destination will be tested on arrival in Jersey.

Transit passengers must remain in the port of arrival until their onward journey and may be required to isolate from other passengers during this time.

You must complete a travel form giving your Jersey address as:

  • (if arriving by sea) Elizabeth Terminal, La Route du Port Elizabeth, St Helier, JE1 1HB
  • (if arriving by air) Jersey Airport, St Peter, JE1 1BY

Self-isolation: legal requirement

Isolation guidance if you've recently travelled to Jersey

Failure to self-isolate when required to is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Jersey residents who choose to self-isolate for 14 days rather than take part in the testing programme will not qualify for Isolation Benefit unless they can evidence a valid medical reason for refusing a test.

If you don't attend a day 5, day 8 or day 10 test when required to, any earlier permission not to isolate will be withdrawn.

Private aircraft and maritime vessels

Private aircraft

Anyone on-board a private aircraft must complete a travel form before arrival into Jersey.

If you opt to take part in the Safer Travel Testing programme, you will be contacted to book an appointment at the airport testing centre. You can use the drive through or walk-in facility at the same location.

Private mariners testing centre

The testing centre is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday 8.30am to 4pm (12 noon to 7pm on Saturday 29 May)
  • Closed Sunday - please call the Coronavirus helpline to make an appointment at the Airport drive-through. Please note, the Airport drive-through is open 08.30am to 1pm on Sunday 30 May)

Jersey-registered leisure maritime vessels

Anyone on-board a Jersey-registered leisure vessel who has gone ashore in a foreign jurisdiction must complete the travel form before arrival into Jersey.

Further information for mariners on ports.je

Visiting leisure maritime vessels

Travellers coming to Jersey's territorial waters by leisure vessel and intending to land ashore must arrive at the port of St Helier only.

Before arriving, you must:

  • pre-book a berth with Jersey Marinas by calling +44(0) 1534 447730 or +44(0)1534 447708 or email jerseymarinas@ports.je
  • complete the travel form before arrival into Jersey

Further information for mariners on ports.je

Public health measures while in Jersey

Arriving passengers should wear face coverings when travelling from their port of arrival to their accommodation.

If you become ill or think you have symptoms of COVID-19 contact the helpline.

Everyone should follow local public health measures whilst in Jersey.


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