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Travelling to Jersey

​Date of update
​Update details
​Friday 30 July
​Isolation period changed from 14 to 10 days, so long as you're 48 hours symptom free.
​Thursday 15 July
​Testing requirement for Day 8 removed for people who are not vaccinated.

​Tuesday 13 July

From Tuesday 13 July 2021, the following changes to our travel policy will come into effect: 

  • countries and regions will no longer be assessed based on a Green, Amber, Red classification
  • testing and isolation requirements will be based on vaccination status
  • if you're fully vaccinated you will need a test on arrival and don't need to isolate
  • if you're not fully vaccinated you will need a test on arrival and Day 8, and isolate until your first negative test result
  • if you've visited a country on England's International restricted list, you will need a test on arrival, Day 5 and Day 10, and isolate until Day 10 negative test result
  • if you arrive before Tuesday 13 July and are subject to travel isolation you may leave isolation on Tuesday 13 July if you have received a negative test result. You must also attend any planned Day 5, Day 8 or Day 10 tests. This does not apply if you have visited a country on England's restricted list. You will need to complete the full testing and isolation requirements.
​Wednesday 7 July
  • ​Pre-departure testing and isolation requirements, and eligibility criteria updated
​Thursday 1 July
  • England's International Red list travel classification will apply from Tuesday 6 July.​ Passengers who have visited these countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in Jersey must complete the red testing and isolation requirements (3 tests on Days 0, 5 and 10 and isolate until a negative Day 10 result) regardless of vaccination status or age

  • From Tuesday 6 July, passengers will need to declare 10 day travel history

​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
​Friday 30 July
​Isolation period changed from 14 to 10 days, so long as you're 48 hours symptom free.
​Thursday 15 July
​Testing requirement for Day 8 removed for people who are not vaccinated.

​Tuesday 13 July

From Tuesday 13 July 2021, the following changes to our travel policy will come into effect: 

  • countries and regions will no longer be assessed based on a Green, Amber, Red classification
  • testing and isolation requirements will be based on vaccination status
  • if you're fully vaccinated you will need a test on arrival and don't need to isolate
  • if you're not fully vaccinated you will need a test on arrival and Day 8, and isolate until your first negative test result
  • if you've visited a country on England's International restricted list, you will need a test on arrival, Day 5 and Day 10, and isolate until Day 10 negative test result
  • if you arrive before Tuesday 13 July and are subject to travel isolation you may leave isolation on Tuesday 13 July if you have received a negative test result. You must also attend any planned Day 5, Day 8 or Day 10 tests. This does not apply if you have visited a country on England's restricted list. You will need to complete the full testing and isolation requirements.
​Wednesday 7 July
  • ​Pre-departure testing and isolation requirements, and eligibility criteria updated
​Thursday 1 July
  • England's International Red list travel classification will apply from Tuesday 6 July.​ Passengers who have visited these countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in Jersey must complete the red testing and isolation requirements (3 tests on Days 0, 5 and 10 and isolate until a negative Day 10 result) regardless of vaccination status or age

  • From Tuesday 6 July, passengers will need to declare 10 day travel history

​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

Rules for all travellers and planning your journey

All passengers aged 11 and over arriving in Jersey are required to:

  • complete a travel form 48 hours before arriving in Jersey
  • follow testing and isolation rules (Safer Travel programme) or isolate for 10 days

Before you travel

Before you travel to Jersey, you need to consider:

  • if you test positive when you are in Jersey, you will have to isolate for 10 days and will not be able to travel during this time
  • if you are identified as a direct contact while you are in Jersey, you may be required to undergo additional testing

Travel form

All passengers aged 11 and over must complete pre-registration in the 48 hours before arriving in Jersey. Registration information includes:

  • contact information
  • travel details and dates
  • address(es) you will be staying at throughout your stay in Jersey
  • details of travel within the 10 nights before arrival in Jersey

Complete a travel form

Travel history

All passengers aged 11 and over must input the places they have stayed overnight in their travel form in the 10 days prior to arrival in Jersey.

Travelling from France

France is not currently identified on England's International Restricted List of banned countries.

Passengers who have visited France in the 10 days before arriving in Jersey will need to follow standard testing and isolation requirements depending on their vaccination status.

Children

The following applies to children travelling to Jersey:

  • children aged 11 to 17 will be required to be tested upon arrival (day 0) and will need to isolate until their negative test result
  • children aged 10 and under will not be required to complete a pre-departure registration form, undergo testing on arrival or be required to isolate

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 an arrival travel test 

Testing and isolation requirements

All passengers aged 11 and over can choose to take part in the testing programme. Testing is free of charge.

If you do not take part in the testing programme, you must isolate for 10 days.

The period of isolation required depends on your vaccination status.

​Vaccination status
​Testing and isolation
​Fully vaccinated (completed full course of vaccination plus 2 weeks)
​Test on arrival (Day 0) and no isolation
​Not fully vaccinated

​Test on arrival (Day 0) and isolate until negative test result

England's International Restricted List of countries

Passengers who have visited any country listed on England's international Restricted List must:

  • have a test on arrival (Day 0), Day 5 and Day 10
  • isolate until Day 10 result

These rules apply regardless of vaccination status.

France is not currently identified on England's International Restricted List of banned countries.

Passengers who have visited France in the 10 days before arriving in Jersey will need to follow standard testing and isolation requirements depending on their vaccination status.

Exercise and fresh air during isolation

To help support your wellbeing you may leave isolation for no more than 2 hours each day for the purpose of outdoor exercise and fresh air. This can be in an outdoor public space such as a beach, a park, outdoor lanes. If your home has a communal garden shared with other households, you can use this providing you are able to maintain as much distance as possible and at least 2 metres from other residents.

To protect others, you must stay outdoors and should not go anywhere that is crowded including shopping areas or any other places where people congregate. Avoid busy times of the day and do not meet up with anyone from outside your household.

Anyone under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult from within the household. Where possible, the same adult should accompany the child or young person at any subsequent time for exercise and fresh air. 

When going outside you must:

  • make sure your hands are thoroughly washed and sanitised and avoid touching your face
  • if you live in a block of flats or other accommodation, where you share communal areas with other residents, avoid touching communal door handles and surfaces, and keep windows open for ventilation
  • remain outside (marquees, or any form of enclosed or semi-enclosed structure are not considered as outside)
  • stay a minimum of 2 metres or more from all other people you may come into passing contact with who are not members of your household 
  • wear a mask when contact with other people cannot be avoided, for example in communal spaces, car parks, lifts (try to use the stairs if you can) and if you have symptoms
  • always try to avoid being out during busy times
  • always try to walk to your preferred outdoor location or drive yourself with no-one else in the vehicle (please remember, you may not feel well enough to drive)
  • if you need to use a car with other people you should only ever travel with another household member. You should sit in the rear, all windows must be kept open and everyone in the car is advised to wear a mask as you are in a confined space. All touch points in the car should be sanitised after your journey home
  • if walking your dog, keep it on a lead to avoid approaching other people and increasing interaction with other people
  • if you are isolating in hotel accommodation, arrange with them to provide you with safe entry and exit points

To keep yourself safe, take your mobile phone with you in case you become unwell. Take a spare mask, hand sanitiser (70%+ alcohol content), sanitiser wipes and a plastic bag to dispose of the wipes once you have safely wiped down any touch points like benches, or communal door handles.

During this 2 hour period you must not:

  • use buses or taxis
  • enter any indoor premises
  • purchase any items, including food and drink, even at takeaway or outside venues, take food and drink with you
  • spectate sporting or any other events
  • travel to another country

Vaccination Status (COVID Status Certification)

Passengers can choose to input their vaccination status on their travel form.

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

  • you must have received a complete course of an MHRA approved vaccine (2 doses required for Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, 1 dose required for Janssen) or 2 doses of trial vaccine through an approved UK trial
  • the final dose must have been administered at least 2 weeks prior to arrival in Jersey
  • proof of an MHRA approved vaccine from anywhere in the world
  • you must make a legal declaration of your fully vaccinated status on the pre-travel registration form
  • you must provide evidence of vaccination status on request on arrival in Jersey (unless you have been vaccinated under the Government of Jersey Vaccination Programme)

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.

Testing

The test when you arrive is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab.

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.

Tests on day of arrival are offered at all main ports of entry. Follow up 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 10 days after your arrival or until you leave the island, whichever period is shorter.

Positive test results

If you test positive, you'll receive a text message with your result and be given guidance from the Covid Safe Team. You must immediately isolate.

Information on what to do, advice and support during isolation

Previously positive passengers

Previously positive passengers: Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 before departure must not travel to Jersey until they have completed the necessary isolation period in their country of departure.

Passengers who test positive on arrival and can evidence that they have previously received a positive PCR result in the preceding 28 days and having completed the necessary isolation period before departure will have their positive test result discounted.

Identified as a direct contact

If you are identified as a direct contact as a positive case whilst travelling to Jersey or during your stay, our Contact Tracing Team will contact you. If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19  you do not have to isolate but will need to be tested.

Information for direct contacts

Pre-departure negative test

If you provide us with evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Jersey, and have been in a country not on England's Restricted List:

  • you won't need to be tested on the day you arrive (Day 0)
  • you won't need to isolate

If you have been in a country on England's Restricted List, you'll need to be tested on Day 5 and Day 10 and isolate until Day 10.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must provide evidence that the test is:

  • carried out by a laboratory that is UKAS accredited or on the UK Government's list of testing providers. Tests conducted in Jersey are not eligible
  • conducted within 72 hours prior to your planned arrival in Jersey
  • a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
  • showing 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
  • for the named passengers

Show your pre-departure negative test result on arrival in Jersey

You do not need to send us your pre-departure negative result in advance.

Make sure you have your negative result to hand when you arrive at Jersey airport, as you may be asked to present it for checking.

By submitting information or documents for consideration, you 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.

If you have any queries, email the COVID Monitoring Team.

Transiting passengers

International arrivals into England from countries on the Amber and Green List

International arrivals into England from countries on the Amber and Green List:

  • must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for England
  • are not required to purchase a test package but must either transit directly to Jersey or remain in their port of arrival/departure in England until their connecting journey
  • when entering England, passengers should request a Transit Exemption when completing the Passenger Locator Form

International arrivals into England from countries on the restricted List

Arrivals into England who have visited or passed through a Red list country must isolate for at least 10 days in a Managed Quarantine Hotel at their own cost before transiting through to Jersey.

Check for the most up to date information about transiting through the UK on gov.uk

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
  • Closed Sunday. Call the helpline to make an appointment at the Airport drive-through.

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

Critical workers

Critical worker application process is suspended. Passengers travelling to Jersey for employment purposes should follow the standard travelling to Jersey guidance.

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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