Covid-19 testing of arriving passengers (FOI)
Covid-19 testing of arriving passengers (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 10 August 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
With passenger arrivals, is a cross-check made between arrivals tested and arrivals on the ferry company's passenger lists to ensure no one slips through the net?
Do passengers have to leave their arrivals port and go elsewhere to be tested?
If so, how do they reach the test site, under their own steam or via special conveyance?
If by themselves, what precautions are taken to ensure they do go for testing, and also go in a timely manner?
What is the protocol for contract tracing for day trip passengers if their test results come though after they have returned to France?
When will an "App" be ready to aid contact tracing?
The flight / ferry manifests (passenger lists) are only requested in the event of a positive being confirmed for the purposes of contact tracing.
However, everyone that arrives from commercial ferry / flights is confirmed as ‘landed’ against their advance passenger declaration. Thus we compare how many people intended to fly against how many actually landed.
Other than the Condor Goodwill (where the passengers are a very small number of freight drivers), all arriving passengers for commercial airlines and for Condor Ferries are tested at the airport or at Elizabeth Terminal. Condor Goodwill freight drivers are tested at the airport drive-through or the ‘Private Mariners’ Testing Centre’ at the harbour (where private mariners are also tested). Private air arrivals are tested at the airport drive-through.
Individuals who are tested at the airport drive-through must make their own way to the testing centre. They are advised to use private transport (their own vehicle or a taxi), and to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary.
Passengers who are not tested immediately at the border are booked by the helpline team for an appointment at the airport drive-through. The contact tracing team are informed of anyone not attending their testing slot and they are contacted and re-booked. If the individual fails to attend again, the matter is referred to the dedicated enforcement team.
The same process applies for all confirmed cases. We contact the individual via their contact number, advise them of their result, determine their whereabouts and require them to isolate.
We conduct an interview in order to identify any direct contacts, and then contact trace the movements of a day tripper during their time in Jersey. Information will also be passed to the National Infection Service within Public Health England so that the French Authorities can be informed.
Information regarding the contact tracing process can be found at the following link:
Coronavirus contact tracing
Approval has very recently been received for an exposure notification app. This will be commissioned imminently; it will then be developed and tested prior to roll-out in Jersey