Jersey to launch new testing & vaccine rules for UK-wide tourists next week

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Jersey sits just 100 miles off the coast of southern England and promises a holiday haven filled with ocean views and idyllic winding roads. While tourists from mainland England have been welcome to visit for some time, the nation is set to establish its regionalised entry requirements.

New rules regarding testing will be in place for visitors, with some changes for those who are fully vaccinated.

From Friday, May 28, each of the devolved nations will have national classifications.

Classifications for the UK will be reset and retrospectively applied for 14 days.

As such, in order to be classified as a Green arrival, travellers must have spent the previous 14 nights in Green regions based on the classification coming into effect on 28 May.

The decision comes following the strong progress on vaccination throughout Jersey and the UK, with hopes of “simplifying” travel for those who hope to visit the island.

Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: “Infection rates across the UK have been on a downward trend for the last couple of months, and this change to a national classification for the UK will be a welcome move for many Islanders and travellers visiting Jersey this summer.

“The new national classification for the UK will replace our current Lower Tier Local Authority (LTLA) regional breakdown. Moving from a LTLA classification to a national classification means most areas of the UK will move to a more lenient classification.

“Based on the current data, this would mean that England, Wales and Scotland would be classified as Green, and Northern Ireland would be classified as Amber.

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“The classifications will continue to be reviewed and published each week.”

Travellers arriving from a region classified as “green” will require two tests to be taken – one upon arrival and another on day eight.

They will be required to self-isolate until they receive their first negative result.

However, from May 28, fully vaccinated passengers arriving from a green or amber area in the UK will have reduced testing and isolation requirements.

Fully vaccinated arriving passengers will still be required to have a Day 0 PCR test but will not need to isolate.

However, the testing and isolation requirements for “amber” arrivals who are not vaccinated remain unchanged.

Similarly, the testing and isolation requirements for “red” arrivals will also see no new changes.

“Amber” arrivals must take a test upon landing in Jersey, as well as on day five and day 10.

They must self-isolate until a negative result on day five.

Arrivals from “red” areas will also require testing on the same days as “amber” arrivals, though will need to self-isolate until a negative result on day 10.

According to Jersey’s government: “The test offered on arrival is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab.

“A PCR test involves a swab being taken from the back of the throat and nose and sent for virology testing. The test takes less than a minute to complete and is conducted by a medical professional. You cannot swab yourself.

“Tests on day of arrival are offered at all main ports of entry. Day 5 and day 10 tests are provided at separate on-island testing centres.”

Commenting on the announcement Amanda Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Visit Jersey, said: “This news further strengthens Jersey’s position as the go-to holiday destination this summer, with a travel process that is both safe and clear while also simplifying visitor requirements.

“Now, more than ever, we believe that visitors can enjoy a wonderful holiday experience, enjoying our pristine beaches, uninterrupted coastal paths, unique hospitality, and big spirit.

“We will continue to follow the Government guidelines to ensure Jersey continues to be an ideal destination for both domestic and international travellers.”

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