Sadly, prevalence levels are on the rise across many UK regions. Data focusing specifically on the Delta Variant is showing it is more transmissible that other variants, and the efficacy of a single dose of a vaccine is reduced significantly (approx. 17%).
These initial findings are enough of a concern for Guernsey to make changes to the plans for travel from July 1st and to continue to review the situation every two weeks.
We will be introducing a new Blue travel category which will allow those who are fully vaccinated (with their second dose being at least 14 days prior to travel) to arrive in the Bailiwick from the UK or other parts of the Common Travel Area without the need to test or self-isolate. You will need to provide proof of your double vaccination - we will accept either the NHS App or the confirmation letter from GP's.
We are postponing the planned move to a Green, Amber, Red system aligned to the UK’s travel rules. It will instead maintain the current Categories 1 – 4 for countries and regions, based on 14-days prevalence data over 7 consecutive days.
Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health said:
“Variants of concern such as the Delta Variant are one of the key variables we’ve known have the potential to force a change in our plans, and we still need to be able to react quickly as a community when faced with these developments.
The current evidence gives us enough concern for those who chose to travel to regions with a high prevalence and who are not yet fully vaccinated that we need to take this sensible precaution. It also stresses the importance of getting our community fully vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
This decision will be reviewed every two weeks so please keep and our website and, as soon as we have more news to share, we will.
More details, including information on current travel restrictions can be found here: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel