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COVID-19 status for local vessels

The following procedures apply for returning boatowners who are based in the Bailiwick. For visiting vessels, please refer to the relevant guidance here: COVID-19 Status - Guernsey Harbours

Individuals who can provide proof that they have received a full course of an approved Covid-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Jannsen), regardless of where they received their vaccine doses, will be eligible to benefit from reduced restrictions on arrival into the Bailiwick of Guernsey. 

People who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days.

There will also be some changes to the general rules for people identified as the contact of a positive case:

Lateral Flow Testing On Arrival

Fully vaccinated travellers into the Bailiwick will be provided with lateral flow tests on arrival provided the necessary testing packs arrive in the anticipated timeframe. Fully vaccinated travellers will be charged £25 per travelling adult for a pack of five lateral flow tests they will receive on arrival. This payment will be collected at the point of the traveller completing the Travel Tracker and is necessary for them to be confirmed as a 'blue channeler'. Travellers are asked to take the lateral flow test every other day, to help protect themselves and the wider community. 

Anyone who receives a positive result from a self-administered lateral flow test must immediately self-isolate and contact the clinical helpline to book a PCR test. Lateral flow tests are not to be used if any traveller has Covid-19 symptoms, as in such instances people must contact the Clinical Helpline on 01481 756938 or 01481 756969 to be booked in for a PCR test.

Children aged 11 and under travelling with fully vaccinated adults will not receive, or be charged for, lateral flow tests. Young people aged between 12 and 16 travelling with fully vaccinated adults already receive, and are charged for, PCR tests on arrival and day 7, and this will continue.

Travel within the Common Travel Area (CTA)

Anyone fully vaccinated, will be a Blue Channel Traveller* if they arrive in the Bailiwick of Guernsey having only been within the CTA in the prior 14 days.

If you are not fully vaccinated, then country and region categories will apply as normal. More info on categories can be found at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries.

If you have remained solely within the CTA in the last 14 days

Travel outside of the Common Travel Area (CTA)

Any fully vaccinated adult, will be classified as Category 2 if they have travelled anywhere outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 14 days as long as they have not spent any time in a country on the UK's 'red list'. Category 2 arrivals take a PCR test on arrival, isolate until a negative result and then have a second PCR test on day 7.  Category 2 arrivals must comply with 'passive follow-up rules' until 14 days after their arrival in the Bailiwick.

If you are not fully vaccinated, then country and region categories will apply as normal. More info on categories can be found at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries.

A country is specified for the purposes of paragraph 4(1)(b)(iii) of Schedule 2 to the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (General Provision) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (No. 9) Regulations, 2021 where it is listed on the "UK Red List" (as may be amended from time to time) found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#red-list.

Getting Tested

The Testing Centre on the Crown Pier is open from 09:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 18:30 Monday to Thursday, and 09:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 Friday to Sunday (all times are local).

If you are a Blue traveller, once you have been processed in the Crown Pier facility, in St Peter Port, you will be issued with a wrist band by the Welcome Team. This is only recommended whilst you are using the swan pontoons and not required once you are moved to any of the Marinas or for travel to the rest of the Bailiwick. This will allow you to go past security on the Pier, and into the town, proving that you are not in isolation.

For the latest information regarding regional category classifications please visit: Country and Regional Classifications | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Definitions

CTA - The Common Travel Area - United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.

Changes effective from 4 October 2021

From 4 October 2021, there will be significant changes to the rules for travel to the Bailiwick.

All travel from the Common Travel Area (the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man) regardless of vaccination status will be treated as a 'blue' arrival.  These travellers will need to purchase and complete a course of lateral flow tests.  There are no other restrictions for these travellers. 

The Bailiwick will apply its highest level of restrictions to arrivals who come directly from countries on the UK's red-list without passing through the UK.  These arrivals will need to carry out a self-swab PCR test on arrival at the port and self-isolate until they take a second PCR test on Day 9 and receive a negative result.  Anyone travelling from a red-list country to the UK before travelling on to the Bailiwick will need to adhere to the UK's quarantine requirements before travelling onwards.  Travellers coming from a red-list country into the UK will need complete their 10-day quarantine there, in line with UK rules, before travelling on to the Bailiwick.  They would then arrive in Guernsey as 'blue' arrivals.

For all other countries, travel requirements will depend on whether or not the traveller is fully vaccinated.  Fully vaccinated non-CTA arrivals will only be required to take a self-swab PCR test on arrival at the port but will not be required to self-isolate.  Unvaccinated non-CTA arrivals will need to take a self-swab PCR test on arrival at the port, and self-isolate until they take a second PCR test on Day 8 and receive a negative result.