IMPORTANT NOTICE: Exercising her powers under the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2020, the Medical Officer of Health has imposed a requirement on all persons arriving in the Bailiwick from anywhere in the world to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This is a legal requirement, and failure to comply is a criminal offence.
This new measure includes all travel, by any means (including privately owned or chartered vessels) and includes travel between the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, but not within the Bailiwick of Guernsey (between Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm). An exemption list for 'critical roles' travel (for reasons that are critical to the running of the Island) is detailed below.
Any person arriving in the Bailiwick from anywhere in the world (including, for the avoidance of doubt, Jersey and the United Kingdom) will be required to provide information (as specified in the Schedule) and satisfactory proof of his or her identity to any customs officer, police officer or other authorised person who requests the information. This information is required in order to enable the Medical Officer of Health to contact that person without delay during the 14-day period of self-isolation.
Where a person fails to comply with the requirement above, including where he or she is reasonably suspected to have provided false or misleading information or documents in connection with that requirement, that person may be detained until he or she complies with the requirement and any other screening requirements that the Medical Officer of Health may impose.
Guidance for Critical Travel, Compassionate Travel and Medical Travel [722kb] has now been released and can be downloaded from this page. In order to have Critical Worker Travel approved, individuals, or their employer, must contact the determining officers of the States of Guernsey set out above. Applications can be made, during office hours, either directly to these officers or through the Population Management Office via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01481 715790.
COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is available here.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.
If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:
- contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
- get in touch with your insurance provider
- continue to follow the States of Guernsey coronavirus guidance
Travel advice for the Bailiwick is now as follows:
- No non-essential travel.
- Businesses need to enact their business continuity plans where appropriate and be ready to change their working practices and implement, for example, home working.
- Any individual leaving the island for essential reasons must take into account the legal requirement which will be upon them to self-isolate on their return as well as the risk of falling ill outside the island and the treatment that may or may not be available at that time in the location in which they find themselves.
What if I develop symptoms in self-isolation?
- If you experience symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath, no matter how mild) and have returned to the Bailiwick in the last 14 days, then contact the coronavirus helpline on 01481 756938 or 01481 756969 between 8am and 10pm daily. If you are feeling very unwell, phone 999 telling the operator of your symptoms and travel history.
- Please do not visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the PEH unannounced.
- This is for the good of the community, so that we can stop the possible spread of the disease COVID-19 which is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2. We appreciate your help and support in trying to minimise the spread of any infection in the Bailiwick.
What is Self-Isolation?
- Self-Isolation is the act of separating yourself from physical contact with the rest of the community for a specified period of time.
- This is for the good of the community, so that we can stop the possible spread of COVIId-19 . We appreciate your help and support in trying to stop the spread of any infection in the Bailiwick.
- The latest information on self-isolation can be downloaded on this page.
- The BBC has produced a film explaining self-isolation which can be found here.