From Monday 26 April, arrivals into Jersey from the UK and Crown Dependencies will be classified based on the Red, Amber or Green (RAG) traffic light system depending on the number of active COVID-19 cases per 100k, per region.
The traffic light system applies for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. International travel classifications will not resume until Monday 17 May at the earliest.
The system applies to everyone arriving in Jersey, regardless of how they travel, the length of stay or the frequency of travel in and out of the Island and all passengers must complete a pre-registration form, 48 hours prior to arrival.
On arrival, passengers are given a free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab and on Day 5 and Day 10 regardless of their RAG classification. Those who opt out of the testing programme are required to isolate for 14 days. Those entering the Island from green zones will have to isolate until they have a negative result from their arrival test.
The PCR test involves a swab being taken from the back of the throat and nose by a trained professional. Results are processed in Jersey’s on-Island lab, with turn around results in less than 24 hours. Anyone who receives a positive test will have to isolate in line with Public Health guidance.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf said: “This is an important step in the Island’s reconnection stages. Many of us have eagerly awaited this time when we can start to move freely again to see family and friends in the UK and other Crown Dependencies.
“Our management of COVID-19 and the health and wellbeing of Islanders remains our top priority and this reopening has been assessed as being safe, in combination with our other public health measures, including our vaccination programme.
“We cannot stay closed off forever, and evidence shows us that the UK is in far better position than previous months, with lower active cases of COVID-19 across vast areas.
“We will continually monitor the impact of reopening borders and plan to take a cautious approach to seeing how travel might impact on active cases and any ongoing transmission in Jersey.”
RAG classifications will be updated on a weekly basis with publication each Thursday to come into effect the following Tuesday at 00:01.
Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat said: “Our ongoing vaccination programme has so far protected more than 50% of Islanders, with 32% of adults now fully vaccinated and protected against severe illness from COVID but this, unfortunately, does not mean the end of COVID.
“Border controls and rigorous testing of all arrivals are another element within the ongoing COVID-19 strategy, to resume normality but keep people safe at the same time. Our active case control will continue, and our vaccination programme does not negate any need to continue following public health guidelines at this time.
“We must continue adapting as needed to this virus which we are still learning about. The summer should offer Jersey, a welcome break from the restrictions we have seen this winter, but Islanders should not become complacent to the risk of COVID-19.”
Travellers can search for the region and classification they want to travel to and from by using the search tool on gov.je/travel and read the safer travel guidance.