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Jersey tightens its entry rules to local authority or London council level – I can go, Rhys can’t!

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Regular readers will know that I spent a week in Jersey earlier in the Summer, and recommended it for a very quiet and tourist-free beach holiday.

At the time, UK residents could enter as long as they took a coronavirus swab test on arrival (free) or produced a certificate showing a negative test. There were no restrictions on movement.

Jersey tightens its entry rules to local authority level

This has now changed for some people. Jersey is now profiling UK arrivals by their street address.

This is either clever or bizarre, depending on how you look at it. Kensington & Chelsea in London, where I live, is OK. However, Wandsworth – where Rhys lives – is NOT OK.

I can enter Jersey with no restrictions. Rhys cannot – he would have to quarantine for five days and take a 2nd test after that.

These two boroughs are adjacent. Whenever I take the short walk to Battersea Park, I enter Wandsworth.

If you have spent a night away from home in the last 14 days, you must also be ‘clear’ for that local authority too. Given that I have spent the last 14 days across different parts of Yorkshire, Cornwall and London I doubt I would qualify if I had to travel tomorrow.

Jersey tightens its entry rules to local authority level

Even spending the night at Heathrow before your flight COULD disqualify you from quarantine-free entry! At the moment, you’re in luck. Heathrow is in Hillingdon, and Hillingdon is on the Green List. Any hotels inside the airport perimeter should ok.

However, if your hotel is further away from Heathrow, you could stray into another borough. Ealing is NOT on the Green list. Stay at a hotel which is technically in the London Borough of Ealing before your Heathrow flight and you will have to do five nights enforced quarantine on arrival in Jersey.

It is not clear how often the local authority categories will be revised or how much notice will be given. It would only take a handful of cases at a school or factory to push an authority over the line if the threshold is ‘cases per 100,000 residents’. A holiday in Jersey suddenly became substantially riskier.

Full details, and a list of local authorities and London boroughs by ‘threat level’, can be found here.

Comments (59)

  • KD says:

    A lot of people saying they live in a green area and work in a green area but pass through an amber area to get to work so the policy is nonsense. The policy clearly states you only count an amber area if you stayed in it for an overnight or 24 hours. Therefore unless your stopping off for an overnight stay in a London Borough Enroute to work everyday you’re fine. Jersey currently allows green area residents to transmit through amber and red areas as long as they don’t stay overnight.

    • Lady London says:

      Hahahaaaaaa nuts! So i can live in squeaky clean Kensington and go to work in a squeaky clean part of town on public transport packed with other individuals from at least 4 boroughs with much higher infection rates…. and that makes me safe.

      I do think moving to a more “ban people coming from current town/region ‘hotspots’ ” approach is better than banning people from whole countries however but it’s still not perfect.

      • Anna says:

        Even that doesn’t really make any sense though. In areas where there are high rates of transmission, it’s acknowledged that this is largely between households, so unless you associate with a member of an infected household, you are at very low risk of catching COVID. Conversely, if you live in a low infection area, you might still have a high risk job working with the public, and therefore be at much more risk than someone who largely stays at home.

  • James says:

    Completely unenforceable, idiotic policy.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It’s enforceable it’s just going a little too far it should stick to the larger county, which sort matches the government approach to local lockdowns.

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    all utterly bizarre but a logical external of the xenophobic uk government view via Wales, here’s hoping Tom Hanks doesn’t want to leave his holiday home for the valleys.
    There is clearly no allowance being made for individual behaviour, we aren’t all moronic teenage TUI holiday makers.
    The travel industry is being crucified while we worry about Pret A Manger

  • cinereus says:

    Any chance of a dark theme? This option is pretty standard in 2020 ans without it it’s extremely jarring to go from dark mode e-mail client to bright white HfP.

    • Rob says:

      I can honestly say I don’t know one travel site akin to ours with a dark mode. I will see how complicated it is though.