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Thursday 29 July 2021

IoD welcomes "more proportionate" border policy


It is critical that off-island colleagues, customers and new business contacts can feel confident about their travel plans at a vital juncture in the island's ongoing economic recovery, says the IoD.

The Civil Contingencies Authority has aborted plans to enforce pre-travel tests for fully-vaccinated 'blue' arrivals within the Common Travel Area.

The emergency decision-making body has now sidelined that idea in favour of lateral flow tests on arrival. 

"The Guernsey Institute of Directors (IoD) welcomes the CCA’s decision to introduce a more proportionate solution to testing double-vaccinated travellers arriving into the Bailiwick," the business group said in a statement. 

"We understand the challenges of making decisions in a complex, fast-changing environment, plus the need to balance measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 whilst enabling business and personal travel.

"We are pleased to see that lateral flow tests on arrival will be introduced for blue-channel residents, with individuals taking personal responsibility to protect the community."

The island needs to move forward in order to stimulate business development and vital economic opportunities, says the IoD. 

"Local firms will benefit from face-to-face meetings with off-island colleagues, customers and new business contacts.

"It is critical that they can feel confident about their travel plans, within the context of the ongoing pandemic, and move forward with business development at this critical time for the local economy."

 

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