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Access Guide - COVID-19 Testing area

Harbour Community

Prior to arrival 

Before travelling, all passengers wishing to enter the Bailiwick of Guernsey should check the latest States of Guernsey travel advice and any restrictions on travel may change without prior notice. 

Arrival into Guernsey

Passengers travelling to the Bailiwick of Guernsey are required to declare their travel history as various restrictions have been imposed for travellers depending on where they have travelled using the Travel Tracker

If you are fully vaccinated with an MHRA or EMA approved vaccine, administered in The Common Travel Area, and 14 days have passed since your second vaccination, there will be no isolation or testing requirements if you are arriving from the Common Travel Area. This means you will be in the "blue channel" travel category. Please see here: COVID Status Certificates (Vaccine Passports) | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg) for the documentation which is accepted.

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have had both doses of vaccination but 14 days have not passed since your second dose, then country and region categories will apply as normal. More info on categories can be found at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries.

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

As of 00.01 Monday 19 July, travellers from the Bailiwick of Jersey to the Bailiwick of Guernsey will be required to present a negative PCR test before travelling.

Any travellers not able to do so will be treated as Category 4 and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Civil Contingencies Authority has agreed this additional and temporary measure in light of rising cases in Jersey and the recent change in policy for direct contacts of cases in Jersey.

Social distancing measures are in operation for the harbour testing centres and depending the number of foot or vehicle passengers on a ferry sailing, queue times may be long. Please follow the directions of staff. Seating is available in the terminal building if passengers are unable to stand for a prolonged period of time whilst waiting to be processed.

Self-testing rooms

A member of staff will guide you to the next available self-testing room at the harbour foot passenger terminal. Those arriving into Guernsey by vehicle and their passengers should remain in it until you have reached your final destination and follow the directions of Harbour staff. The self-testing rooms in the foot passenger terminal contain a desk, chair, mirror and a kiosk terminal. The rooms also contain hand sanitiser, paper towels and a waste bin.

You will be handed a self-testing kit by the Welcome Team. Instructions are available within the testing room but if there are any difficulties please ask a member of staff for assistance. The self-testing rooms also have a degree of privacy and several are designed for full manoeuvrability for wheelchair users or those requiring extra space or families or carers.

To see videos about the testing procedure please follow the link below:

Arriving through the Harbour - Phase 5C - YouTube

In all circumstances, children under 12 are not required to undertake a self-sample COVID-19 swab on arrival.

Before you exit the testing area, you will be required to hand in a signed copy of a form acknowledging the self-isolation requirements. You will be provided with a receipt from Guernsey Border Agency staff who will confirm when your self-isolation period ends.

After testing

If you are required to self-isolate, please keep your mask on at all times until you reach your final destination in the Bailiwick. You only need to remove it when asked to take a supervised 'self-swab' test. If you being collected by friends and family, please meet them outside the foot passenger terminal on the New Jetty. Once in the vehicle please have the window open and a mask on for the duration of your trip to self-isolation.

Please book a hire car prior to your arrival and follow the company's instructions at the New Jetty. Please note that public buses in Guernsey cannot be used as a means of transport to your self-isolation address. Please book a Taxi in advance, especially if you require a wheelchair accessible taxi, to ensure you do not queue. There are a limited number of taxis, especially doing the harbour run. Please follow the drivers' instructions. 

If you are self- isolating, please do not walk by foot to your self isolation address. 

You should proceed directly to the address you will be self-isolating at, you should not stop anywhere en route and this includes food shops.

Further information can be found on this States of Guernsey leaflet.