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Travelling to Jersey (safer travel guidance)

Passengers arriving from Friday 20 November will be subject to a revised testing and isolation programme

Who these rules apply to, and what you must do

The following guidance applies to everyone arriving in the Bailiwick of Jersey:

  • regardless of how they arrive in Jersey
  • regardless of the length of their intended stay
  • regardless of the frequency of their travel to and from Jersey

Registration

All passengers arriving in Jersey aged 11 and over must complete a Safer Travel registration in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Jersey. The registration includes:

  • contact information
  • travel details and dates
  • address(es) they will be staying at throughout their stay in Jersey
  • details of travel within the 14 days before arrival in Jersey
  • declaration of health
  • the option to take part in the Safer Travel Testing programme

All commercial airline, private aircraft, ferry and private marine passengers


The information provided by passengers will be shared with the Contact Tracing Service and with monitoring and enforcement agencies. 

Isolation

All passengers are required to isolate for 14 days unless given permission not to do so.

Passengers may receive permission not to isolate by taking part in the Safer Travel Testing programme.

Safer Travel Testing Programme

The Safer Travel Testing Programme offers COVID-19 testing to all passengers arriving in Jersey free of charge. Depending on their travel history, passengers who take part in the programme may be granted permission to leave isolation earlier than the 14 day period.

Passengers who do not take part in the testing programme are required to isolate for 14 days.

Planning your journey

Before arranging to travel to Jersey, passengers should consider the following:

  • arriving passengers should not travel off-island again unless they have received a negative test result within the last 72 hours or have completed the necessary self-isolation period.
  • if a passenger receives a positive PCR test on arrival or at any point during their stay in Jersey, they will be required to self-isolate from the time of the test result. They will not be able to travel during this self-isolation period and will have to make arrangements to remain in Jersey if their planned stay is shorter than the self-isolation period
  • if a passenger is staying in a shared household in Jersey and receives a positive PCR test result, the other people in the household will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of the test. As such, passengers should consider the potential implications of their travel for those in their household and discuss this with them before travelling
  • if you have been identified as having had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case while in or travelling to Jersey, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of last contact or undergo additional testing
  • Individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 before travel, but after filling in their declaration form, must not travel to Jersey until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours and must observe their local Public Health guidance

Travel history declaration

As part of the pre-registration process, passengers are required to disclose their travel history for the 14 days prior to their planned arrival in Jersey. This includes their country of departure, and any other countries or regions where they have stayed overnight or will have stayed overnight in the 14 days prior to arrival.

Depending on the information provided, passengers will be subject to different testing and isolation requirements within 3 categories (Green, Amber, Red).

Categorisations and requirements are subject to change on a regular basis. As such, testing and self-isolation requirements may be different on arrival than at point of booking or outward travel from Jersey.

Passengers are subject to the highest colour classification of all countries and regions they have stayed overnight in during the 14 days prior to arrival in Jersey. The classification that was in effect at the time the passenger was in the country or region is applied.

The required isolation period begins on arrival in Jersey regardless of when the passenger left the country or region within the last 14 days.

Find out categories for countries and regions

Category Testing Regime Isolation Period
Green
Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10
Until Day 0 negative test result
Amber Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10
Until Day 5 negative test result
Red Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10Until Day 10 negative test result


The following countries are assessed at a regional level.

Country Region
EnglandLower Tier Local Authority
ScotlandCouncil Area
WalesLocal Authority
Northern IrelandLocal Government District
Republic of IrelandCounty
FranceDepartment
GermanyRegion
ItalyRegion

Type of testing at the border

The test offered under the Safer Travel Testing programme is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab.

This procedure involves a swab being taken from the back of the throat and nose and sent for virology testing. The test takes less than a minute to complete and is conducted by a medical professional. You cannot swab yourself.

Tests on day of arrival are offered at all main ports of entry. Day 5 and day 10 tests are provided at separate on-island testing centers.

Children

Children under the age of 11 are not required to pre-register or undergo PCR testing but must complete the same isolation period as every person aged 11 and over they travelled with.

Children returning to Jersey will not be able to attend school until they have completed the required isolation period. Children under the age of 11 will not be able to return to school until all of the over 11s they travelled with have completed the required isolation period.

Reporting of test results

Passengers can expect to receive their test result within 12 hours. Passengers will receive a negative result by email or text message to the mobile phone registered at pre-departure.

If you have a negative test result, you can still expect to receive an automated email or text message from the Contact Tracing Team on a daily basis to self-report if you have developed symptoms for up to 14 days after your arrival or until you leave the island, whichever period is shorter.

You must reply with the word 'WELL' to confirm that you and any in your party are not developing COVID-19 symptoms. If you or anyone else in your household develops symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate and reply to the message with 'COVID'. A member of the Contact Tracing Team will then call you to discuss support and next steps.

If you don't respond to a message, you may have your permission not to isolate withdrawn.

Reporting positive COVID-19 test results

Passengers who test positive will receive a phone call with their result and will receive guidance on the support available to them from the Contact Tracing Team. Passengers who receive a positive test result must provide information to the Contact Tracing Team about whom they have come into close contact within the days prior to them receiving their test result.

Pre-departure negative COVID-19 test procedure

Prior to departure to Jersey, passengers may submit evidence of a negative PCR test conducted in their country of departure.

For green arrivals, an approved negative pre-departure test certificate replaces the need to be tested on day of arrival and the need to isolate on arrival.

For amber and red arrivals, an approved negative pre-departure test certificate replaces the need to be tested on day of arrival. Passengers must still isolate for the required period.

Passengers with an approved pre-departure test must still undergo tests on Days 5 and 10 after arrival.

Evidence of a negative test result cannot be accepted without pre-departure approval; unapproved evidence provided on arrival will not be accepted.

Category​Pre-departure test?
Testing Regime Isolation Period
Green
​Yes
Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10
Until Day 0 negative test result
Amber​Yes
Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10
Until Day 5 negative test result
Red​Yes
Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10Until Day 10 negative test result

To meet the approval criteria, the test must:

  • have been conducted within 72 hours prior to actual arrival in Jersey
  • be a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
  • show a negative result
  • show the full name of the arriving passenger
  • be submitted for approval a minimum of 12 hours prior to planned arrival in Jersey
  • have been performed by an approved laboratory as below
Country test has been conducted in Approved laboratory
UK United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited laboratory

Passengers wishing to provide a pre-departure test result are still required to complete the pre-registration process and should opt into the safer travel testing programme.

Evidence of a negative test result should be emailed to PCRtravelcerts@gov.je along with the passenger's travel details (arrival date, time, mode of transport and flight number).

You must also state the date on which the test was conducted in the body of the email.

By submitting information or documents for consideration passengers are confirming their authenticity. Under the COVID-19 (Screening, Assessment and Isolation) (Jersey) Regulations 2020  providing false information is a criminal offence punishable by a £10,000 fine.

Previous positive COVID-19 cases

You must not travel to Jersey if you've received a positive COVID test result within 14 days prior to your planned arrival in Jersey.

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 outside the 14 day period and test positive at your Day 0 test, you may choose to undergo an additional serology screening test on arrival in Jersey.

If the serology test indicates that you have been previously exposed to COVID-19 but are currently not infectious, you may be given permission not to isolate.

Day trips and short visits

A day trip is defined as travel from and return to the same jurisdiction which does not involve an overnight stay in between.

Day trips and short visits to Jersey

Day trips and short visits to Jersey are strongly discouraged as passengers are likely to be required to self-isolate for the duration of their stay.

Day trips from Jersey

Day trip passengers travelling from and returning to Jersey without an overnight stay off-island are classified as having a green travel history regardless of the classification of the country or region visited.

Transiting passengers

If your journey to Jersey includes a transit stop in another country or region, you'll need to follow the classification requirements for that jurisdiction if you stayed there overnight.

Transit through Jersey

Passengers transiting through Jersey to an onward destination will be tested on arrival in Jersey.

Transit passengers must remain in the port of arrival until their onward journey and may be required to isolate from other passengers during this time.

You must complete a pre-travel declaration form giving your Jersey address as:

  • (if arriving by sea) Elizabeth Terminal, La Route du Port Elizabeth, St Helier, JE1 1HB
  • (if arriving by air) Jersey Airport, St Peter, JE1 1BY

Self-isolation: legal requirement

Isolation guidance if you've recently travelled to Jersey

Failure to self-isolate when required to is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Jersey residents who choose to self-isolate for 14 days rather than take part in the testing programme will not qualify for Isolation Benefit unless they can evidence a valid medical reason for refusing a test.

If you don't attend a day 5 or day 10 test when required to, any earlier permission not to isolate will be withdrawn.

Private aircraft

Anyone on-board a private aircraft must complete a declaration form before arrival into Jersey.

If you opt to take part in the Safer Travel Testing programme, you will be contacted to book an appointment at the airport drive through testing centre. 

The airport drive through is by car only. There is no walk-in facility.

Leisure maritime vessels

Private mariners testing centre

The testing centre is currently open:

  • 8.30am to 9.30am, Monday to Saturday
  • closed Sunday

From Saturday 31 October, the testing centre is open:

  • 6pm to 7pm, Monday to Saturday
  • closed Sunday

Jersey-registered leisure maritime vessels

Anyone on-board a Jersey-registered leisure vessel who has gone ashore in a foreign jurisdiction must complete the declaration form before arrival into Jersey.

All commercial airline, private aircraft, ferry and private marine passengers

Further information for mariners on ports.je

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 declaration form before arrival into Jersey

All commercial airline, private aircraft, ferry and private marine passengers

Further information for mariners on ports.je

General public health measures while in Jersey

Arriving passengers should wear face coverings when travelling from their port of arrival to their accommodation.

Arriving passengers should remain vigilant about their health. Those who become ill or think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the helpline on +44(0) 1534 445566.

Throughout their stay in Jersey, all passengers should familiarise themselves with and follow local key public health measures while in Jersey.

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