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Request 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.

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 and / 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.

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

Safer travel registration and testing

If permission is granted, workers must still:

  1. register separately before travelling to Jersey under the Safer Travel Policy
  2. complete the testing requirements based on their declared travel history

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 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:

  • Amber: until they receive a negative day 5 test result
  • Red: 14 days

Compliance checks are carried out on a regular basis. Individuals who fail to isolate when required to are liable to a fine of up to £1,000.

Permission will be withdrawn if:

  1. the worker tests positive for COVID-19
  2. the worker is identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case
  3. the person does not isolate when required to do so or fails to follow public health guidance


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

  1. the provision of hygiene facilities in the workplace
  2. ensuring physical distancing in the workplace through segregation
  3. providing independent transport to and from the workplace
  4. conducting the work outside normal work hours

Employers should ensure the worker has suitable accommodation and support to isolate when not at work for the required period.

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