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Permission not to self-isolate for work purposes (critical workers)

Before completing this form you should read this guidance in full. You should also read the Safer Travel Policy guidance.

Every passenger arriving in Jersey is required to isolate for 14 days unless granted permission not to do so. Passengers can receive permission not to isolate by completing the testing and isolation requirements under the Safer Travel Policy testing programme.

Permission not to isolate for work purposes

Where it is critical to the running of a service or business for a person to travel to the island and work during the isolation period, permission may be granted not to isolate.

Permission not to isolate is only given in cases where the risk of COVID-19 transmission can be appropriately reduced while at work and where it would be inappropriate for the person to complete the isolation period before working.

Permission not to isolate is only for the period of work or travelling to and from work; at all other times the person must isolate during the required period.

Unless the work is exceptionally urgent or time critical, workers will normally be required to isolate until they have received a first negative test result before starting work.

Testing and isolation before and after the worker arrives

Unless the work is exceptionally urgent and specific permission has been given, workers will be required to:

  1. before arrival, provide evidence of a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Jersey
  2. complete standard pre-arrival registration under the Safer Travel Policy
  3. undergo a PCR test on day of arrival (0) and day 8 if from a region or country classified as Green or, day 0, day 5 and day 10 if from a region or country classified as Amber or Red
  4. isolate until they have received a day 0 negative test result before starting work
  5. isolate when not at work until they receive a negative result for their day 5 test if classified as Amber, or until they receive a negative result for their day 10 test if classified as Red

Pre-arrival test approval

Evidence of a negative PCR test conducted 72 hours before arrival in Jersey should be sent for approval by email to exemptions@gov.je.

Eligibility criteria

The following conditions must first be met to apply for permission:

  • the person is travelling to Jersey for the purpose of completing critical work
  • the worker’s presence is required to keep services or businesses running
  • the worker’s physical presence is required in the Jersey workplace
  • the worker’s specific skill is not readily available in Jersey
  • the role is time-critical in terms of urgency or duration of work
  • it would be impossible, unreasonable or dangerous for the worker to complete the isolation period before beginning work

Applications to work in higher risk COVID-19 environments such as hospitals, healthcare, residential or care home, enclosed community settings will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Permissions for public facing roles or roles working with people assessed as being at increased risk of COVID-19 are unlikely to be granted.

Employers

On application, employers are required to outline the infection control measures which will be in place in the workplace. These must include as a minimum:

  1. The provision of separate hygiene and welfare facilities in the workplace for the isolating worker
  2. Physical segregation of the isolating worker from non-isolating workers and the public
  3. Ensuring isolating workers maintain a physical distance of 2m from each other whenever possible.
  4. Providing independent transport to and from the workplace for the isolating worker
  5. Providing guidance to all employees not to attend work if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  6. Ensuring all employees maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene
  7. Ensuring the isolating worker(s) is aware of the isolation and mandatory public health workplace measure requirements
  8. Ensuring the isolating worker(s) has adequate accommodation and support to isolate when not at work.

How to apply

Applications should be made a minimum of 5 working days before planned arrival in Jersey other than in emergency circumstances.

Applications for permission not to isolate should be made by the Jersey based employer or contractor.

Request permission not to isolate

Frequent travel to Jersey for work purposes

In circumstances where workers travel frequently to and from Jersey for work purposes, this frequency should be limited as far as possible. Unless in exceptional circumstances, permission not to self-isolate will not be granted if the frequency of worker rotation is less than every 2 weeks.

Permission

Permission not to isolate only applies to the period of time the worker is at work or travelling to and from work. 

At all other times, the worker must isolate at an appropriate place for the period of time designated by their travel history; in nearly all cases this will be until they receive a negative day 10 test result.

Permission will be withdrawn if:

  1. if the worker tests positive for COVID-19
  2. if the worker is identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case
  3. if the worker does not isolate when required to do so or fails to follow public health guidance
  4. if the mandatory workplace requirements are not followed
  5. in any circumstances indicating an increased public health risk 
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