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CCA "likely" to introduce test fee for travellers


Friday 22 January 2021

CCA "likely" to introduce test fee for travellers

The Civil Contingencies Authority is "more likely than not" to introduce fees of around £25 for on-arrival and day 13 tests for travellers.

CCA Chairman Peter Ferbrache said the matter is under consideration in order to recoup some of the money it costs to carry out the tests and to help fund the wider vaccination programme.

All non-essential travel is currently banned and anyone who refuses a test when travelling has to comply with 21-day self-isolation. 

Deputy Ferbrache said: "When the ban is lifted we are considering, very seriously, charging for travelling because a) it costs money b) the Bailiwick needs the revenue and c) it is an incentive for people to realise that when they travel here, there will still be a cost to the vaccine and travel arrangements that will continue for some time."

covid briefing slide 22.01.21 travel data

Pictured: 221 people travelled into the island last week.

The CCA Chairman reiterated that a final decision is yet to be made.

"It hasn’t been finalised yet and it might be a no, but it’s more likely than not," said Deputy Ferbrache. 

If introduced, it is expected to be a charge of "£25 or thereabouts" per test. 

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