Travelling to the Bailiwick from outside the Common Travel Area
The following procedures apply for visiting boatowners not normally based in the Bailiwick. For owners of vessels who are normally resident in the Bailiwick, please refer to the relevant guidance here: COVID-19 Status - Guernsey Harbours.
Regardless of your point of departure, if you or any crew member has visited a Category 2 region within the last 14 days before arrival in the Bailiwick, you do not qualify for the Blue Channel category. The procedures and restrictions for the higher category will apply to all crew members on your vessel (see links at the foot of this page).
Lateral Flow Testing On Arrival
Fully vaccinated travellers into the Bailiwick will be provided with a lateral flow test kit. Fully vaccinated travellers will be charged £25 per travelling adult for a pack of five lateral flow tests they will receive on arrival. This charge 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 17 travelling with fully vaccinated adults already receive, and are charged for, PCR tests on arrival and day 7, and this will continue.
Arrivals with Blue Channel Status
The 'Blue Channel' is the term used on our Travel Tracker system that identifies those travellers arriving in the Bailiwick who are fully vaccinated and they have not travelled outside of the CTA 14 days prior to their travel into the Bailiwick.
'Blue Channel' passengers are not required to undertake any self-isolation on arrival in the Bailiwick. Fully vaccinated travellers into the Bailiwick will need to purchase a lateral flow test (LFT) pack for £25 per person when they complete their Travel Tracker account.
In order to be eligible for the blue arrival channel into the Bailiwick of Guernsey, an arriving individual will be required to provide official proof of vaccination issued by the relevant public health authority. Other forms of evidence such as vaccination appointment cards and GP letters will not be accepted at this time, however, this will be kept under review.
Prior to arrival into the Bailiwick you must:
- Register on the Travel Tracker and enter your journey within 2 days prior to arrival in the Bailiwick. The Address for your travel tracker is:-
"Your Vessel Name"
St Peter Port
- In addition, if your destination is Alderney, at least 48 hours before arriving in Braye Harbour you must complete a 'Recreational Vessel - Booking form'
- On arrival, if your destination is in Guernsey, Herm or Sark, initially proceed to St Peter Port Harbour for clearance.
- On arrival, if your destination is in Alderney proceed to Braye Harbour.
- Present your Travel Tracker information to COVID Test Team Staff on Crown Pier to confirm your "Blue Channel" status.
- Once confirmed you will be issued with a States of Guernsey "COVID Clear" sticker to display in the windscreen or prominent place on the vessel.
- You may now proceed to the Visitors Marina or other locations within the Bailiwick.
- If you are travelling with children (who will be unvaccinated), anyone aged between 12 and 16 will be required to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until they they receive a negative result, and then remain in passive follow-up until receipt of a negative day 7 test. There is no testing or isolation requirement for children aged 11 and under.
IMPORTANT: Please note the COVID testing/processing facility for private vessels will be open between 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 arrive outside of these working hours, you should proceed to an isolation pontoon and await the attendance of Harbour and/or Border Agency personnel the following morning. When proceeding to and from the facility, you must wear a face covering and maintain 2 metre social distance from others. Please bring your smart device with you to log on to the Travel Tracker.
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)
From 23 September, persons 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 (compared to the current 14 days).
There will also be some changes to the general rules for people identified as the contact of a positive case:
- Anyone aged 18 or under who is a contact will not be required to self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status. They will be required to undergo lateral flow testing.
- Anyone aged 19 or over who is fully vaccinated will not be required to self-isolate. They will be required to undergo lateral flow testing and take a single PCR test.
- Anyone aged 19 or over who is not fully vaccinated (meaning both unvaccinated or partially vaccinated) will need to self-isolate for 10 days. They will need to undertake a PCR test and will also be offered lateral flow testing.
- There may be exceptional cases that require a variation of these requirements for cases or contacts of cases, which would be determined by Public Health.
Changes effective from 4 October 2021:
From 4 October, 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.