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Border restrictions could be lifted completely this summer

Border restrictions could be lifted completely this summer

Friday 12 March 2021

Border restrictions could be lifted completely this summer

Friday 12 March 2021


Travel to and from the island could start to swing back into life in the months ahead, with plans to re-open borders without any quarantine period on 1 July.

The Civil Contingencies Authority has today released its provisional timeframe for removing border and travel restrictions in a series of major announcements.

While subject to change, the ban on non-essential travel will be lifted on Monday 22 March - the day we are due to move to Stage 3 and with it the re-opening of the Bailiwick Bubble. 

According to the Bailiwick Blueprint, non-essential travel will ramp up on 30 April with region- and country-specific quarantine requirements depending on where you are travelling from. That opens the doors for relaxed restrictions for travel with places that have the virus under control. 

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Pictured: Travel restrictions could be relaxed and, in some cases, dropped completely on 30 April depending on the prevalence of the virus in other jurisdictions.

On 1 July,  it is expected - but not set in stone - that borders can re-open, either completely or with just a pre-travel test or test on arrival required. 

"This is dependent on a range of circumstances," said CCA Adviser Deputy Heidi Soulsby. "Don't go booking your holidays for early July just yet."

CCA Chairman Peter Ferbrache added: "The Bailiwick Blueprint document provides a series of proposed dates upon which the Bailiwick can move towards a new future where this crisis is behind us.

"As much as we would like to give absolute certainty at this point, it is impossible to do so as our progression depends upon matters outside of our control. As such, the Blueprint details various caveats that are necessary to consider before any next phase commences."

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Pictured: The criteria that will decide how other countries and regions of the UK will be treated in the travel classification. 

These decisions will continue to be made with input from Public Health 

"The Bailiwick Blueprint is based on a reasonable ‘best case scenario’," said Dr Nicola Brink.

"It might not be achieved if there are any emerging public health concerns such as vaccine resistant variants in neighbouring jurisdictions."

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