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Quarantine exemption will only work one way

Quarantine exemption will only work one way

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Quarantine exemption will only work one way

Anyone travelling to the Bailiwick will still have to self isolate for 14-days on arrival - regardless of what changes the UK introduces - unless they are deemed to be a critical key worker on essential business in the islands, as already defined by our own lockdown guidelines.

Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that the UK will introduce mandatory quarantine periods for anyone flying into the country as soon as they are able to.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey had already introduced similar measures during March, before the islands went into lockdown, which has been seen as one of the major contributors to the low rate of infection the Bailiwick has seen.

With no new cases for 11-days in a row, and only 12 active cases by the end of yesterday, the message locally continues to be stay at home if you can, as we make our way through phase two of the lockdown.

As we move through the phases and reach phase 6 of our own lockdown guidelines, the islands' borders will be opened up - at a time yet to be defined. Ahead of that, there is talk of creating a 'Bailiwick bubble' between our islands, or a 'Channel Islands bubble' including Jersey.

Public Health Guernsey has no intention yet of creating a bubble including the UK - even though we will be exempt from self-isolation if we need to go there for any reason during the extended lockdown period. At the moment travel off island is only allowed for a defined essential reason. 


Pictured: Guernsey's Airport is only allowing passengers to fly for 'essential reasons' while the only ferries at Guernsey Harbour are our freight ships.

Under the new guidelines introduced by Boris Johnson this week, journeys to the UK from within the within the Common Travel Area, including those from the Bailiwick of Guernsey, will be exempt from the mandatory period of self isolation.

The UK Government said there will be a short list of exemptions, which people from our Bailiwick will fall under, but otherwise all international arrivals will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days on arrival.

A date for the introduction of the UK’s travel measures has not yet been confirmed, but the UK’s government has advised that the measures will be introduced as soon as possible.

The States of Guernsey said it has "no intention at this time to make any changes to the requirement for anyone travelling into the Bailiwick of Guernsey to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of symptoms or port of origin.

"Further information on the travel guidance for the Bailiwick of Guernsey can be found HERE."

Sark Alderney

Pictured: Sark and Alderney are closed to any non-essential visitors at the moment, along with Herm.

At the moment, inter island travel within the Bailiwick is also strictly limited with only essential trips allowed between Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm or the private islands of Jethou and Brecqhou.

This includes for medical appointments within Guernsey, or for visits of specialist workers who can't delay their trips any further, including a Farrier who visited Sark last week to tend to the island's horses.

Alderney, Sark and Herm all closed their harbours to visiting vessels in March, while Alderney Airport comes under the remit of Guernsey Ports, and is only open for essential lifeline flights to and from Guernsey, or to allow private pilots to carry out maintenance flights, ensuring they only land back in Alderney.

Pictured top: Guernsey Airport with (inset) Boris Johnson.




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