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Jersey moves all of England, Scotland and Wales to ‘Green’, with no 6-12 hour quarantine

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Jersey is gearing up to welcome all residents of England, Scotland and Wales, regardless of their local authority.

We recently published this article about the re-opening of Jersey.

The current situation is that you have been free to visit Jersey and stay in a hotel since April, as long as your local authority was on the ‘Green List’. You could take a free PCR test on arrival and then remain in your hotel for 6-12 hours until the result comes through. After that, you were free to do what you want. If you were were staying longer, additional tests were required on Day 5 and Day 10.

The problem was with the classification of local authorities. This was not working well, especially as Heathrow Airport was put into the Amber category. This meant that anyone who spent the night at Heathrow before their flight was forced into five days of quarantine on arrival.

Jersey is changing its system in two weeks

The good news is that, from 28th May, Jersey is moving to a country-based system.

The proposal is that:

  • England, Wales and Scotland will be Green
  • Northern Ireland will be Amber (five days quarantine still required)
  • Republic of Ireland will be Red (10 days quarantine still required)

This means that any resident of England, Wales or Scotland will be able to enter Jersey without 5+ days of quarantine. The only quarantine required will be a 6-12 hour wait until your free ‘test on arrival’ is processed.

If you are still in Jersey eight days after your arrival, a second free test will be required. This is an extension from the current requirement to have a second test after five days.

Even better, anyone who has received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will not need to wait for 6-12 hours before going out and about. This applies to anyone who has had their second vaccination at least 14 days before arriving in Jersey.

These policies are not yet reflected on the covid pages of the Jersey Government website but the press release outlining the changes is here.

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

Comments (41)

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  • Andy says:

    You say “This means that any resident of England, Wales or Scotland will be able to enter Jersey without 5+ days of quarantine.”. But is this really true? Are the controls not largely based on travel history rather than residency? Would a resident of one of these countries not still not be subject to controls if they have been to an amber or red territory in the previous 14 days?

  • Keith says:

    Mass clinics in Scotland only issued the cards for about a fortnight. Those cards were printed at a time when it was thought you’d be making your appointment for your 2nd dose (in 21 days) when you presented for your first. It was basically designed like one of those reminder cards you get from the dentist or hairdresser- with the type and batch number for patient info. These were never designed to be international travel documents. At the moment, in Scotland, there is no way to prove that you have been vaccinated. Details from mass clinics are sent to GPs for their records but there is no standard certification GPs can issue based on these records currently.

    • Andrew says:

      Has Jeane banned Health Centres from responsing to formal Subject Access Requests?

      • Keith says:

        It should not be down to Primary Care to spend time producing a document so that people can go on holiday. I could never see this being a reasonable demand on the time of local surgeries. It’s not what they are there for. NHS priority must always be health, not the admin of making sure someone lucky enough to have been vaccinated already can get away for their week in the sun.

    • Peggerz says:

      I went onto the NHS (Scot) vaccination website and it shows first vaccine and appointment for second. I realise it’s not a simple app, but there is a way to showed you’ve been jagged.

      To Andrew: Jeanne has her furry slippers on btw, new minister to be announced.

      • Keith says:

        What website is this?

        • Peggerz says:

          Hi Keith. If you still have your original blue envelope letter there will be a unique code – something like Keith (surname)(number) – and this will give you these details when you log in. If you don’t know when your second jag is, the details may in fact be there.

  • Matt says:

    Does anyone have any experience with travelling to Jersey with their pet dog? Condor ferry rules require dogs to stay in the car (there’s no way I’m leaving mine alone in a car for >10 hours). Do pet owners actually do that?! Any advice would be appreciated.

    • bsuije says:

      If you go from Poole, the journey is “only” 4 hours….?

      • Matt says:

        Thanks I seemed to miss the Poole crossing being 4 hours. That may be an option for us. Thanks again

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