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.