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Travelling to Jersey (safer travel guidance)

Who these rules apply to, and what you must do

The following guidance applies to everyone travelling into the Bailiwick of Jersey:

  • including Jersey residents
  • who is aged 11 and older
  • regardless of how they arrive in Jersey
  • regardless of the length of their intended stay
  • regardless of the frequency of their travel to and from Jersey

You may be required to self-isolate for up to 14 days on your arrival in Jersey, depending on where you have stayed overnight in the 14 days prior to your arrival, which you must declare as part of your pre-departure registration.

Arriving passengers

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission into Jersey, and to manage the risk of community transmission, all arriving passengers over the age of 11 are required to complete a pre-departure registration form.

The form requires passengers to declare their recent travel history, any symptoms that they have had, information for contact tracing purposes, and whether they intend to:

  1. self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, or
  2. undergo a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test on arrival in Jersey, or
  3. request exemption from self-isolation because they have been tested negative no more than 72 hours before arriving in Jersey. (Documentary evidence of the negative result will not be accepted at the border without supporting Government of Jersey approval, which must be obtained before arrival. Details of how to request approval are included in the pre-departure registration form and in the pre-departure negative COVID-19 test procedure section below.)

Passengers must be available to the Contact Tracing Team and follow Public Health guidance for the duration of their stay in Jersey

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Planning your journey

Before arranging to travel to Jersey, passengers should consider the following:

  • if a passenger receives a positive PCR test on arrival or at any point during their stay in Jersey, they will be required to self-isolate from the time of the test result; they will not be able to travel during this self-isolation period and will have to make arrangements to remain in Jersey if their planned stay is shorter than the self-isolation period
  • if a passenger is staying in a shared household in Jersey and receives a positive PCR test result, the other people in the household will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of the test. As such, passengers should consider the potential implications of their travel for those in their household and discuss this with them before travelling
  • if you have been identified as having had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case while in or travelling to Jersey, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of last contact or undergo additional testing

Children returning to Jersey with a:

  • Green travel history are advised not to attend nursery, school, college or children’s clubs until they receive a negative test result. In the case of under 11s with a green travel history, they should not attend until the adults they travelled with have each received a negative test result.
  • Amber or red travel history should not attend until they have completed the necessary isolation period; for amber countries this is until they have received a negative day 5 test result, for red countries this is 14 days. For under 11s with an amber or red travel history, they should not attend until the adults they travelled with have completed the necessary isolation period; for amber countries this is until they have received a negative day 5 test result, for red countries this is 14 days.

Safer travel guidance

Safer travel guidance in English

Pre-departure registration and declaration

Everyone planning to travel to Jersey is required to complete an online registration form within 48 hours before departure, stating their personal details including but not limited to:

  • contact information
  • type of transport
  • travel 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 including disclosure of symptoms, previous positive test results and close contact with known infected individuals

Day trippers should give their address as Elizabeth Terminal, Elizabeth Harbour, La Route Du Port Elizabeth, St Helier JE2 3NW

Depending on the information provided, you may be asked to undergo additional testing requirements or you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival regardless of whether you opt into the testing programme or not.

The specific requirements of the safer travel testing programme may change over time and are not set out in full in this guidance. Make sure you read the legal notice and declaration you need to sign to take part in the testing programme closely when you register.

Everyone planning to travel to Jersey is required to complete an online registration form before departure (you do not need a onegov account to complete your form):

Pre departure declaration

All commercial airline, ferry and private marine passengers

Private aircraft passengers

Symptoms developed after completing the declaration form

Individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 before travel, but after filling in their declaration form, MUST follow the advice of their jurisdiction about self-isolation and referral for testing. Individuals with symptoms of COVID must not travel to Jersey till they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours and must observe their local Public Health guidance.

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

Passengers can expect to receive an automated email or text message from the Contact Tracing Team on a daily basis to self-report if they have developed symptoms for up to 14 days after their arrival or until they leave the Island, whichever period is shorter.

Individuals who develop symptoms after arrival will be required to self-isolate as directed and undertake a PCR test. 

Travel history declaration

As part of the pre-registration process, passengers are required to disclose their travel history for the 14 days prior to their planned arrival in Jersey. This includes their country of departure, and any other countries or regions they have visited or will have visited in this 14-day period.

Depending on the information provided, passengers may be required to self-isolate for up to 14 days on their arrival in Jersey and may also be asked to undergo an additional test 5 days after arrival.

Country and region risk assessment

Under the Safer Travel Policy, countries are risk assessed and categorised into three bands (Green, Amber, Red) with different testing and isolation requirements:

Find out current categorisations for countries and regions

Categorisations and requirements are subject to change on a regular basis. As such, testing and self-isolation requirements may be different on arrival than at point of booking.

Commercial airline crew will be offered alternative testing arrangements and should contact their employer or the helpline for specific guidance on +44(0) 1534 445566.

​Category
Testing and self-isolation requirements​
​Green

​Compliance with basic requirements for arrivals.

Day 0 test and no self-isolation requirement.

​Amber

​Compliance with basic requirements for arrivals.

Day 0 and Day 5 PCR test with self-isolation until Day 5 negative result.

​Red

​Compliance with basic requirements for arrivals.

Day 0 test and 14-day self-isolation.

The following countries are assessed at a regional level:

Country Region (total in country)
EnglandLocal Authority (149)
ScotlandCouncil Area (32)
WalesLocal Authority (22)
Northern Ireland
Local Government District (11)
Republic of IrelandCounty (26)
FranceDepartment (104)

Find out which regions you are coming to Jersey from

For countries which are regionally assessed, passengers must identify every region in which they have stayed overnight in the 14 days prior to arrival in Jersey.

Country and region categorisations are reviewed and updated regularly. As such, testing and isolation requirements may be different on arrival in Jersey than at point of booking or outward travel from Jersey.

Passengers are subject to the classification requirements in place at their time of departure from the relevant country or region regardless of any changes in classification in the intervening period before arrival in Jersey.

Passengers with an amber or red travel history are subject to the corresponding testing and isolation requirements on arrival in Jersey regardless of when they left the amber or red country or region within the last 14 days.

Passengers who declare an amber or red travel history on arrival in Jersey should not travel off-island again unless they have received a negative test result within the last 72 hours or have completed the necessary self-isolation period.

Transit stops

If your journey to Jersey includes a transit stop, you'll need to follow the requirements for that country unless during the transit stop:

  • no new passengers get on the plane
  • no-one on-board the plane gets off and mixes with people outside
  • passengers get off the plane but do not get back on

Transit through Jersey

Passengers transiting through Jersey to an onward destination will be tested on arrival in Jersey. Transit passengers with an amber or red travel history must remain in the port of arrival until their onward journey and are required to isolate from other passengers during this time.

Self-isolation: legal requirement

Under the COVID-19 (Screening, Assessment and Isolation) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 all passengers arriving in Jersey will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival unless given permission not to do so.

The requirement to self-isolate on arrival restarts on each and every occasion a passenger arrives in Jersey regardless of the frequency of their travel or the length of their stay on or off island.

Isolation guidance if you have recently travelled to Jersey

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

Passengers may be granted permission not to self-isolate in one of two ways, by:

  1. prior to departure, presenting evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours before arrival in Jersey, or
  2. undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Jersey. While awaiting their test result passengers are encouraged to take reasonable steps to limit the time they spend away from their residence and to limit their social contact during this time

Children under the age of 11 will not be required to undergo testing.

Jersey residents who choose to self-isolate for 14 days rather than be tested on arrival will not qualify for Sickness Benefit unless they can evidence a valid medical reason for refusing a test.

Accessing testing programmes at points of entry

Testing will be offered on arrival at Jersey International Airport and St Helier Harbour Elizabeth Terminal though you may be directed to attend alternative testing centres if necessary.

Passengers arriving by other points, including private maritime and air travel, are required to:

  • pre-register before departure and contact the helpline on +44(0) 1534 445566 in advance of travelling
  • book a PCR test to be conducted at the earliest opportunity after their arrival in Jersey. In these circumstances, passengers are required to self-isolate from the point of arrival until their test is conducted, only leaving their residence or vessel for the purpose of being tested. Passengers should avoid using public transport when making the journey to and from the testing centre.

Private Mariners can now be tested at the Private Mariners Test Centre located at the Elizabeth Harbour Passenger Terminal, next to the main passenger testing centre. 

The centre is open daily from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Pre-departure negative COVID-19 test procedure

Prior to departure to Jersey, passengers may submit evidence of a negative PCR test conducted in their country of departure.

Evidence of a negative test result cannot be accepted without pre-departure approval; unapproved evidence provided on arrival will not be accepted.

For passengers with an amber or red travel history, a negative pre-departure test certificate replaces the need to be tested on day of arrival. It does not replace the additional amber and red testing and isolation requirements.

To meet the approval criteria, the test must:

  • have been conducted within 72 hours prior to actual arrival in Jersey
  • be a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
  • show a negative result
  • show the full name of the arriving passenger
  • be submitted for approval a minimum of 12 hours prior to planned arrival in Jersey
  • have been performed by an approved laboratory as below:
​Country test has been conducted in
Approved laboratory​
​UK

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited laboratory 


Passengers wishing to provide a pre-departure test result are still required to complete the pre-registration process and should opt in to the safer travel testing programme. This is to ensure the option of being tested is available to them in the event their pre-departure test result is not approved prior to arrival.

Evidence of a negative test result should be emailed to PCRtravelcerts@gov.je along with the passenger's travel details (arrival date, time, mode of transport and flight number).

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 a £10,000 fine.

Day trips and short visits

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

Day trips and short visits to Jersey

Day trips and short visits to Jersey from amber and red countries or regions are strongly discouraged as passengers will be required to self-isolate for the duration of their stay.

For short stay arrivals to Jersey with a green travel history, if you are staying for less than 48 hours it is possible that your test results will not be available before you leave the island. Nevertheless, if your test is positive, you will be notified by the Contact Tracing Team in the usual way, asked for information and given guidance. The result of your test and your details may be shared with the authorities in other relevant jurisdictions for contact tracing purposes.

Day trips from Jersey

Day trip passengers travelling from and returning to Jersey without an overnight stay off-island are classified as having a green travel history regardless of the classification of the country or region visited.

Type of testing at the border

The test offered at Jersey International Airport and St Helier Harbour Elizabeth Terminal is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab.

This procedure involves a swab being taken from the back of the throat and nose and sent for virology testing. The test takes less than a minute to complete and is conducted by a medical professional. You cannot swab yourself.

Once the PCR test has been conducted, you will be informed verbally that you have permission not to self-isolate and will be notified of this permission by email or text message as soon as possible after the test has been conducted. This permission will also apply to the people within your household.

While waiting for test results

Passengers can expect to receive their test result within 48 hours.

Passengers with a green travel history do not need to self-isolate while waiting for their test result but are encouraged to take reasonable steps to limit the time they spend away from their residence and to limit their social contact during this time. Steps to achieve this would include:

  • working from home when possible
  • avoiding public transport when possible
  • avoiding indoor gatherings, including bars and restaurants if at all possible

You should not visit the following closed environments until you have received a negative test result:

  • Jersey General Hospital
  • residential care homes and nursing homes
  • La Moye prison
  • doctor (GP) and dentist surgeries 

Passengers are strongly advised not to have contact with anyone at higher risk of COVID-19 until they have received a negative test result.

In addition, passengers should avoid contact with anyone employed in a healthcare setting, including domiciliary care settings, until they have received a negative test result.

As a minimum, all passengers should follow Public Health guidance while waiting for their test result.

It remains important to follow good hand and respiratory hygiene and remain vigilant for any known symptoms.

Reporting of test results

Passengers can expect to receive their test result within 48 hours. 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

Reporting positive COVID-19 test results

Passengers who test positive will receive a phone call with their result and will receive guidance on the support available to them from the Contact Tracing Team. The passenger will be notified in writing that their exemption from self-isolation has been withdrawn and will be instructed to self-isolate.

Passengers who receive a positive test result must provide information to the Contact Tracing Team about whom they have come into close contact with in the days prior to them receiving their test result.

Non-Jersey residents who are required to self-isolate and do not have access to a suitable location where they can do so should raise this when they receive their positive result or should contact the helpline at the earliest opportunity on +44(0) 1534 445566.

Self-isolation requirements

All passengers are reminded that failure to self-isolate when required is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Isolation guidance if you have recently travelled to Jersey

General public health measures while in Jersey

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

Arriving passengers should remain vigilant about their health. Those who become ill or think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the helpline on +44(0) 1534 445566.

Throughout their stay in Jersey, all passengers should familiarise themselves with and follow local key public health measures while in Jersey and act on the universal public health messages of:

  • safer hygiene
  • safer at a distance
  • safer in smaller groups
  • safer outside

Private aircraft

Anyone on-board a private aircraft needs to complete a declaration form before arrival into Jersey to arrange a test or provide information on self-isolation.

If you opt for a PCR test, you will be contacted to book an appointment at the airport drive through testing centre. 

The airport drive through is by car only. There is no walk-in facility.

Private aircraft passengers declaration form

Leisure maritime vessels

Jersey-registered leisure maritime vessels

Anyone on-board a Jersey-registered leisure vessel who has gone ashore in a foreign jurisdiction must self-isolate for 14 days or undergo a swab test immediately upon their return.

Complete the declaration form before arrival into Jersey to arrange your test or to provide information on your self-isolation.

Private maritime passenger declaration form

Private Mariners can now be tested at the Private Mariners Test Centre located at the Elizabeth Harbour Passenger Terminal, next to the main passenger testing centre. 

If you arrive from an amber country you will be required to undertake a day 5 swab before coming out of isolation and you will be required to go to the Airport Drive Through Test Centre in a car. This may be by taxi, but you should inform the taxi driver of your circumstances and wear a face covering.

The centre is open daily from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

From Monday 21 September 2020, the Private Mariners Test Centre opening times will be 7.30am to 9.30am.

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. All travellers must isolate on their vessel until their swab test is conducted.

Before arriving, you must:

  1. pre-book a berth with Jersey Marinas by calling +44(0) 1534 447730 or +44(0)1534 447708 or email jerseymarinas@ports.je
  2. complete the declaration form before arrival into Jersey to arrange your test or to provide information on your self-isolation 

Private maritime passenger declaration form

Further information for mariners on ports.je

Travel providers

As part of the arrangements to establish secure safe travel to and from the Island, carriers will be asked to put in place measures that reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These measures should be consistent with the:

  • current relevant industry standards regarding biosecurity
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Government of Jersey Public Health Policy and Legislation.
  • guidance provided by industry regulators

Commercial carriers will share their planned travel schedules with Ports of Jersey and Government of Jersey Public Health officials at least 14 days in advance; and will provide necessary information to enable contract tracing.

As further clarity is achieved in terms of additional measures such as effective COVID-19 testing and immunity, new measures should be incorporated into the passenger process to further mitigate the risks and further build confidence in air travel.

Commercial carriers information

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