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Pre-travel tests ditched after public backlash

Pre-travel tests ditched after public backlash

Monday 26 July 2021

Pre-travel tests ditched after public backlash

The Civil Contingencies Authority will no longer be introducing pre-travel testing this Thursday, following concerns that Guernsey residents could get stranded in the UK without anywhere to stay if they tested positive for covid-19.

The CCA met this morning to consider the feedback to the changes announced on Friday, review the situation in other jurisdictions, and consider alternative options to pre-travel testing, which has come under fire since it was first announced.

The CCA will meet again tomorrow to make a final decision on changes to travel requirements, however,  the pre-travel test for fully-vaccinated people within the Common Travel Area is no longer under consideration. 

CCA Chairman Peter Ferbrache admitted that there will now be a window of uncertainty while the decision-making body considers what to do next. 

"We said over the weekend that we were listening to the feedback from our community, with many legitimate concerns raised about pre-travel testing particularly by local residents due to travel back to the island from the UK," said Deputy Ferbrache.

"We have listened but we have also examined the latest available information, and as we all know the position continually changes with this virus and we need to be likewise adaptable, and as such the CCA took the decision this morning that the planned changes for this Thursday will not come into effect.

"The CCA will meet again tomorrow to further consider other potential mitigation factors before making a final decision. I recognise this may cause a short period of uncertainty for some but as ever we make decisions with the best interests of the whole community at heart and will change our position when we feel it is the right thing to do."

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