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Vaccination certification from EU/EFTA Member States accepted from Monday 16th August

The Civil Contingencies Authority has considered the potential for the further proportionate easing of travel restrictions in the weeks ahead and decided that Guernsey will accept vaccination certificates from all EU and European Free Trade Association Member States from Monday 16th August.

As part of this decision, the CCA has decided that from Monday 16th August any fully vaccinated adult who had their vaccination administered in the Common Travel Area (Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, UK or Republic of Ireland), EU or EFTA (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), 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.

The CCA’s decision significantly reduces isolation requirements for fully vaccinated people (both doses plus 14 days have passed since second jab) who travel to the Bailiwick having spent time abroad and is a further demonstration of the CCA’s strategy to continue safely opening up to travel, as the Bailiwick embraces the need to live responsibly with Covid-19. The Bailiwick is able to begin accepting EU and EFTA vaccination certificates after receiving confirmation of their vaccine certification templates in the last week.

The CCA decided against including travellers fully vaccinated in EU/EFTA countries within the Bailiwick’s ‘Blue Channel’, which would have meant travellers receive Lateral Flow Test packs on arrival but with no isolation requirement, primarily as a result of the continued but manageable risk of variants of concern. The Blue Channel will remain for those who have been fully vaccinated within the Bailiwick, UK or other Common Travel Area jurisdictions who arrive in the islands having not spent time outside the CTA in the prior 14 days.

We are aware that the UK currently has specific measures in place for France. Should these remain in place, the CCA will consider the position regarding travellers who have spent time in France prior to 16th August when these changes come into effect. Anyone wanting to travel outside the Common Travel Area is also advised to closely monitor any restrictions in place for arrivals in that country.

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