Safer Travel Policy Update May 2021

On May 10, 2021, in General, Society, The Economy, Tourism, by Lyndon-Farnham

Following advice from Public Health, in consultation with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Cell (STAC), Jersey’s Government have agreed several changes to the Safer Travel Policy: Country and regional travel classifications for travelling to Jersey

Like many Islanders, I was delighted to see families reunited when we re-introduced our Safer Travel Policy two weeks ago and I hope that these next changes will allow for even more Islanders to travel and to see friends and loved ones and also provide clarification for islanders and visitors to enable them to plan ahead and book with confidence to safely visit Jersey in the weeks and months ahead.

Given the exceptional progress that continues to be made both in Jersey and in the UK with the vaccine programme, we will be introducing a ‘green light’ status for returning islanders and for visitors, from Green and Amber regions, who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

We are defining this ‘green light’ status for those who have received both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, with the second dose having been received at least two weeks before arriving in Jersey.

Prior to arriving in Jersey passengers applying for ‘Green Light’ status will have had to confirm that full vaccination has been received when completing their travel declaration.

On arrival in Jersey ‘Green light’ passengers will be asked to present a recognised form of full vaccination proof in either paper or digital format – further details about this will be confirmed next week.

The ‘green light’ status will permit fully vaccinated travellers to avoid any isolation, but they will still require a single test upon arrival.

We are taking these proportional steps to minimise the disruption to people’s travel where it is safe to do so. 

These changes will allow for fully vaccinated travellers to visit Jersey with a tailored testing regime that reflects the reduced risk they pose.

Reconnecting our Island and encouraging visitors to Jersey will not only enable families and friends to be reunited but will also provide a much-needed lift to our island’s economy and especially our Tourism and Transport sectors who have faced immense challenges over the past year.

Our Safer Travel Policy means that we can safely welcome back visitors to our Island and promote Jersey as a safe and attractive destination once again.

I would also like to thank Islanders for your support in the recovery of our local hospitality sector and engagement with our “Do it for Jersey” staycation campaign. Please do continue to support this campaign as we move in to the summer so that we can retain our essential tourism infrastructure as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.

The changes will take effect from 28th May 2021

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