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Travelling to Jersey

​Date of update
​Update details
​Wednesday 12 January

​Islanders who recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past 28 days will be classed as a Recently Recovered Previous Positive (RP).

Passengers who declare and can evidence testing positive in the preceding 28 days before arrival will not be required to have a PCR test on arrival and isolate until result. The policy remains that passengers who have tested positive in the preceding 10 days, or have COVID-19 symptoms, must not travel to Jersey.

Tuesday 4 ​January 2022
If you're travelling to Jersey on or after 4 January:
  • the minimum age for registration, testing and isolation requirements will increase from 11 to 12
  • the definition of Fully Vaccinated will change. To be classified as Fully Vaccinated, passengers aged 18 and over will be required to have received a full primary course (normally 2 doses) plus a Booster dose no less than 2 weeks before arrival in Jersey. Passengers aged 12-17 will be required to have received a full primary vaccination course no less than 2 weeks before arrival in Jersey
  • passengers who have travelled outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) in the 10 days prior to arrival in Jersey will no longer be subject to separate testing and isolation requirements (unless they have visited a UK Red List country)
  • passengers will no longer be able to declare recent recovery from COVID-19 infection 
​Friday 3 December
​Passengers aged 11 and over arriving in Jersey who have travelled outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) in the 10 days before arriving in Jersey, will be required to isolate until they receive a negative PCR test result, regardless of their vaccination status.

This measure aligns with the UK's requirements for arrivals from outside the CTA. Islanders registered on the Home Testing Programme are recommended to take a lateral flow test after travelling back to Jersey.

Addition of countries to the UK travel red list.
​Tuesday 2 November

​From Tuesday 2 November, passengers who meet any of the three COVID Status Certification criteria will not need to take a PCR test or isolate:

  • those who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of an MHRA approved vaccine + 2 weeks)
  • those who can demonstrate recently recovered status from a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days
  • those who have submitted a pre-departure PCR test
Passengers who do not meet the COVID Status Criteria will still be required to take a PCR test on arrival and isolate until a negative test result is received.

​Tuesday 14 July
​Guidance updated for previously positive passengers. Passengers who test positive on arrival and can evidence that they have previously received a positive PCR result in the preceding 90 days will have their positive arrival test result discounted.
​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
​Wednesday 12 January

​Islanders who recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past 28 days will be classed as a Recently Recovered Previous Positive (RP).

Passengers who declare and can evidence testing positive in the preceding 28 days before arrival will not be required to have a PCR test on arrival and isolate until result. The policy remains that passengers who have tested positive in the preceding 10 days, or have COVID-19 symptoms, must not travel to Jersey.

Tuesday 4 ​January 2022
If you're travelling to Jersey on or after 4 January:
  • the minimum age for registration, testing and isolation requirements will increase from 11 to 12
  • the definition of Fully Vaccinated will change. To be classified as Fully Vaccinated, passengers aged 18 and over will be required to have received a full primary course (normally 2 doses) plus a Booster dose no less than 2 weeks before arrival in Jersey. Passengers aged 12-17 will be required to have received a full primary vaccination course no less than 2 weeks before arrival in Jersey
  • passengers who have travelled outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) in the 10 days prior to arrival in Jersey will no longer be subject to separate testing and isolation requirements (unless they have visited a UK Red List country)
  • passengers will no longer be able to declare recent recovery from COVID-19 infection 
​Friday 3 December
​Passengers aged 11 and over arriving in Jersey who have travelled outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) in the 10 days before arriving in Jersey, will be required to isolate until they receive a negative PCR test result, regardless of their vaccination status.

This measure aligns with the UK's requirements for arrivals from outside the CTA. Islanders registered on the Home Testing Programme are recommended to take a lateral flow test after travelling back to Jersey.

Addition of countries to the UK travel red list.
​Tuesday 2 November

​From Tuesday 2 November, passengers who meet any of the three COVID Status Certification criteria will not need to take a PCR test or isolate:

  • those who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of an MHRA approved vaccine + 2 weeks)
  • those who can demonstrate recently recovered status from a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days
  • those who have submitted a pre-departure PCR test
Passengers who do not meet the COVID Status Criteria will still be required to take a PCR test on arrival and isolate until a negative test result is received.

​Tuesday 14 July
​Guidance updated for previously positive passengers. Passengers who test positive on arrival and can evidence that they have previously received a positive PCR result in the preceding 90 days will have their positive arrival test result discounted.
​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 12 and over arriving in Jersey should:

  • complete a travel form within 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:

  • you should check the entry and exit requirements for any country you will travel through on your journey to Jersey
  • you must not travel to Jersey if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you must not travel to Jersey until you have completed the required isolation period after a positive test in another country
  • if you test positive when you are in Jersey, you will have to isolate for up to 10 days and will not be able to travel during this time

Travel form

All passengers aged 12 and over should complete a travel form.

Passengers who do not complete the form before departure can expect to be delayed on arrival in Jersey. 

Complete your travel form

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
  • declaration of vaccination status, recent recovery or negative pre-departure test

Passengers who knowingly provide false information at registration are liable to a fine of up to £10,000 and 6 months imprisonment.

Children

Children aged under 12 do not need to complete a travel form, undergo testing or isolate.

Children aged 12 to 17 must complete a travel form.

To meet the definition of fully vaccinated, children aged 12 to 17 must have received a full primary course (normally 2 doses) of an approved MHRA vaccine plus a 2 week period. 

Red list countries

Passengers aged 12 and over, who declare they have visited any country listed on the UK Government list of banned Red List countries 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 or recent recovery status.

Red list of countries and territories on gov.uk

Summary of testing and isolation requirements

Passengers aged 12 and over who have not visited a UK Red Iist country are classified based on their vaccination or pre-departure test status.

​Status
​Testing on arrival
​Isolation

Red List Travel History for all cases

PCR tests on Day 0, 5 and 10

Until Day 10 test result

Fully vaccinated

None

None

Pre-departure negative test

None

None

​Recently recovered positive (28 days)
​None
​None

None of the above

PCR test on arrival

Until negative PCR result

Fully vaccinated 

Fully vaccinated depends on your age.

Under 1818 and over
2 doses of MHRA approved vaccine plus 2 week period since last dose2 doses plus booster and 2 week period since last dose

To qualify as fully vaccinated status the following criteria must be met:

For adults ages 18 and over

  1. you must have had a complete course of an MHRA approved vaccine:
    • 2 doses for a 2 dose vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines) or 2 doses of trial vaccine through an approved UK trial
    • 1 dose for a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson& Janssen vaccine)
      and
  2. you must also have received a Booster dose of an MHRA approved vaccine
  3. the final dose must have been administered at least 2 weeks before you arrive in Jersey
  4. you must make a legal declaration of your fully vaccinated status on the pre-travel registration form
  5. 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)

Children aged 12 to 17

You must have had a complete course of an MHRA approved vaccine:

  • 2 doses for a 2 dose vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines) or 2 doses of trial vaccine through an approved UK trial
  • 1 dose for a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine)

Vaccinated in Jersey

If you have been vaccinated in Jersey you will need to input your social security number into your travel form before arriving in Jersey. 

You won't need to show your COVID Status Certificate on arrival into Jersey.

COVID Status Certification

Vaccinated outside of Jersey

If you have received an approved MHRA approved from anywhere else in the world, you can declare your vaccination status on your travel form before arriving in Jersey.

Proof of your vaccination status, using approved evidence from your country of residence, must be available on request on arrival in Jersey together with photographic ID to confirm your identity.

Proof of vaccination

Your evidence should be provided in English or have a translation, where possible. Your evidence must contain the following information:

  1. your full name
  2. details of all doses of your vaccination, including:
  • the date of all doses (your final dose must have been more than 2 weeks before your planned travel)
  • the type of vaccine received (must be MHRA approved or part of an approved UK trial)

Other forms of evidence may contain additional information, including:

  • your date of birth
  • country of vaccination

You can prove your vaccination status with any of the following:

  • a government issued secure paper letter
  • a government approved app showing evidence of vaccine records
  • completed government issued vaccination appointment card
  • PDF of GP record of vaccination 
  • an official letter from an institution demonstrating participation of a UK approved trial. This must be an official letter from the chief investigator of the UK trial, or the local principal investigator for the trial site, be on official headed paper and include details of the study title and design

You can submit evidence of vaccination from more than one jurisdiction as proof of fully vaccinated status. For example, someone who has received their first vaccine in England and second vaccine in Jersey, will be able to upload details of both these doses separately.

These criteria are subject to change, particularly when more secure COVID Status Certification documents are issued by all countries. You're strongly advised to recheck the list of acceptable evidence prior to travel.

Recently recovered

You will not be required to have a test on arrival or isolate if you provide evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19.

You can provide evidence of a positive PCR test taken within 28 days of arrival in Jersey. The positive test must not have occurred in the 10 days before you arrive in Jersey.

You must declare the details of your previous positive test on the travel form.

Passengers must carry documentary evidence of their positive test result when they travel to Jersey for inspection on arrival.

The evidence must be in English or have an accompanying translation, and must show:

  • the test was conducted within 11 to 28 days of departure on the final leg of the journey to Jersey
  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  •  the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation that the test is a PCR test

Negative PCR test before travel

You must declare the details of your previous negative test on the pre-travel registration form.

Passengers must carry documentary evidence of their negative test result for inspection on arrival in Jersey. The evidence must be in English or have an accompanying translation, and must show:

  • the test was conducted within 72 hours of departure on the final leg of the journey to Jersey
  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation that the test is a PCR test

Arrival testing

For passengers who require an arrival test, PCR testing is offered free of charge at Jersey Airport and Elizabeth Harbour terminal.

Passengers who are tested on arrival must isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Failure to isolate when required to is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000.

Information on what to do, advice and support during isolation

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 using the contact details provided on their travel form.

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.

Transiting passengers

International arrivals (outside of the common travel area) into England from countries not on England's red list:

  • must complete a GOV.UK Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours of departure to England
  • must transit as soon as possible to Jersey and isolate when not transiting in England
  • should request a Transit Exemption when completing England's Passenger Locator Form, before they travel to England
  • must also complete a travel form, for their arrival into Jersey
Transiting through the UK on gov.uk

Arrivals into England from Red List countries 

Arrivals into England who have visited or passed through a country that is on England's International Restricted List of banned countries must isolate for at least 10 days in a Managed Quarantine Hotel at their own cost before transiting to Jersey.

Private aircraft and maritime vessels

Private aircraft

Passengers arriving in Jersey on non-commercial services must complete the travel form in the 48 hours before arrival in Jersey and should have proof of registration and any supporting evidence available for inspection on arrival in Jersey.

Passengers who require an arrival PCR test will be contacted to book an appointment for an arrivals test at the Harbour drive through or walk in centre.

Jersey registered leisure maritime vessels

Anyone on board a Jersey registered leisure vessel who has gone ashore in a foreign jurisdiction should complete the travel form in the 48 hours prior to arriving in Jersey.

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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