Fully vaccinated travellers into the Bailiwick will be provided with lateral flow tests on arrival from Friday 6th August.
The £25 charge per pack of five tests will not be ‘switched on’ in the Travel Tracker until Monday 9th August to give an appropriate lead-in time for travellers.
This means that from Monday 9th August, any traveller fully vaccinated within the Common Travel Area (Bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, UK or Republic of Ireland) will be charged £25 for the pack of five lateral flow tests when they complete the Travel Tracker.
The Guernsey Contingencies Authority has confirmed that it will introduce lateral flow tests on arrival for ‘blue channelers’ – those travelling from within the Common Travel Area who have received two vaccine doses plus 14 days having passed since their second jab. The Authority is also strongly recommending that those who are not local residents arrange to take a pre-travel test (either PCR or lateral flow).
Visitors who arrange to be tested pre-travel will protect themselves and their families from the costs and difficulties they will experience if they subsequently test positive after arriving in the Bailiwick. In addition, this will afford additional protection to those who travel with them on the same flight or ferry and to others within our Islands.
Fully vaccinated travellers will have to pay £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 in line with the consistent Guernsey Together spirit since the start of the pandemic.
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.
The CCA has in recent days carefully considered options that can support its desire to provide greater levels of protection to our small communities, while balancing the need for the Bailiwick to live responsibility with Covid-19 and the desire of many islanders to travel. Since the beginning of July, several important factors have changed, including the rate of our own vaccination programme (which is slower than was then projected), and aspects of the Covid response in our neighbouring jurisdictions from where people are travelling to the Bailiwick. Our border policy now balances greater protection to the community afforded by this additional testing with practical considerations for those needing or wanting to travel.
Significant work has been carried out to secure the necessary stocks of lateral flow tests, which has enabled this decision to be made.
At this stage, arrivals from Jersey will still require a negative PCR test within the 48-hour period before travel, as per the decision on 19th July 2021. However, this will be kept under review.