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PCR swab test options for arriving passengers (FOI)

PCR swab test options for arriving passengers (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 13 August 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Travel advice includes the following:

All arrivals, aged 11 and older, will receive a PCR swab test on arrival at the Airport and Harbour. You will receive confirmed results by text or phone within 48 hours. There is no charge for this test. You are not required to quarantine whilst waiting for your test results but are asked to limit social contact during this time. Please note, if you choose not to undergo the testing, you will be required to isolate for the timeframe specified by the latest medical advice.

Alternatively, rather than undergoing testing, you can provide acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.


How many travellers have chosen to self-isolate for the timeframe (currently 14 days) instead of taking a swab test? How is this monitored?


How many travellers have provided evidence of a negative PCR test?



The Government of Jersey records all individuals who do not undertake a PCR test, however, we are unable to provide a breakdown of the number solely relating to travellers as our figures include those not tested for medical reasons and children under the age of 11.

The contact tracing team monitor daily arriving individuals who have advised that they will self isolate for 14 days. They undertake telephone calls and if appropriate, visits as part of the monitoring and enforcement programme.


We have received 928 negative pre-departure certificates as at 5 August 2020.

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