Travelling to the Bailiwick without Blue Channel status
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.
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.
If you are arriving from another destination
If you intend to visit the Bailiwick of Guernsey and have departed from or visited a country or region outside the CTA in the past 14 days, provided you have not visited any Category 3 or Category 4 country or region over the last 14 days 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 hrs before arriving in Braye Harbour you must complete the form available here: Recreational Vessel - Booking Form .
- Proceed to St Peter Port Harbour for clearance, if your destination is in Guernsey, Herm or Sark; or proceed to Braye Harbour if your destination is in Alderney.
- If your destination is Guernsey, Herm or Sark, you will be directed to the self-isolation pontoons and advised of the requirements for undertaking your day of arrival test. If your destination is Alderney, the Alderney Harbour Authority will advise you of what is required.
- Once you have taken a COVID test on arrival (cost £25 per test), you will be required to self-isolate on board your vessel until you receive a negative test result. Please note - This may take up to 48 hours depending on the volume of tests being processed, so you must ensure you have enough food and water and sewage tank capacity for all crew members for 48 hours.
- When proceeding to and from the testing facility, you must wear a face covering and maintain two metre social distance from others and please bring your smart device with you to log on to the Travel Tracker.
- Continue in passive follow-up until Day 14, with a further test at day 7. Details in respect of passive follow up can be found at Current Travel Requirements | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)
- If travelling with family members or friends, you must all continue to self-isolate until EVERYONE in the party receives a negative test result.
IMPORTANT: Please note, the testing facility for private vessels will be open on Monday to Thursday 09:00-11:00 and 16:00-18:03 and Friday to Sunday 09:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 (local time). If you arrive outside of these working hours, you should proceed to an isolation pontoon as directed, and await the attendance of Guernsey Ports marina staff and/or Guernsey Border Agency personnel the following morning. You will not be able to access shower and heads facilities until you have received a negative test result.
Further information and guidance is available on the States of Guernsey's COVID-19 website: https://covid19.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.