Detailed information for those arriving in Guernsey in phase '5b' is published14th August 2020
The States of Guernsey has published detailed information for those arriving in the Bailiwick in phase '5b' of its Exit from Lockdown, which begins on Monday 17 August.
The new information and guidance can be found on https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel
It includes guidance on what passengers need to know ahead of their arrival into the Bailiwick, such as what information they will need to provide and where they can find the latest list of countries designated Group B or Group C. All countries not listed will be considered as Group A countries.
It is important that travellers remember that only those arriving from a Group B country are eligible for testing on day seven of their self-isolation and able to leave their self-isolation if that test is negative. They will then need to observe the rules of 'passive follow-up' until 14 days after their arrival. Travellers who have been in a Group A country in the proceeding 7 days will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Group C countries are those with which Guernsey has an 'air bridge'. The Isle of Man is the only jurisdiction that is currently categorised as Group C.
More details on the criteria by which Public Health Services determine which countries and territories are part of Group A, B or C are also published. These countries and territories are reviewed daily and the list is regularly updated, and anyone travelling should be aware it is entirely possible that countries may be re-categorised at short notice.
Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health said:
"We have set out our criteria for categorising countries as A, B or C. The criteria focuses primarily on the prevalence of COVID-19 in a country and therefore the potential risk of travel or tourism-related spread to our islands. The criteria also takes into account other factors, such as how widely a country is testing its population which could impact on the data's reliability. Initially, we are keeping things simple and determining the categories country by country. However, we will be looking at if we can implement regional classifications of a country in the future. We're continuing to review whether this is effective and workable, and we may move to regional categories in some cases, in the coming weeks."
Surveyor Rebecca Falla of the Guernsey Border Agency said:
"The approach we're taking now is not the same as when we ran the pilot for testing on day 7, because of the added complexity of treating countries as Group A or B, something we all remember from the early days of the pandemic. Combining those two measures means we are doing more to mitigate the risks against new cases coming into the Bailiwick, but it also makes the process more complicated. Our officers and representatives will be working hard to help people through that process as they arrive, and where there are questions we will do our best to answer them. But it is an entirely new process and there are bound to be some teething problems, so I'm hoping those travelling will be patient with us if we find there are issues we need to iron out in the first few days."
What happens when you arrive into Guernsey during phase 5b?
Passengers arriving with a commercial airline or ferry operator will be provided with a form to complete before they land. In that form, they will be asked to list the countries they have visited in the 7 days before their travel to Guernsey. When they arrive, they will need to present this form along with their ID to a Guernsey Border Agency representative.
In most cases the Guernsey Border Agency will be able to confirm to the visitor if they are eligible for the option of testing on day seven of their self-isolation, or if they must self-isolate for a full 14 days.
In any case where the visitor's travel history is unclear or further information is required, they will be informed that they need to self-isolate for 14 days. The Guernsey Border Agency will then review their information further. Where those individuals are found to be eligible for testing on day seven, they will be contacted directly.
These measures are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of the Bailiwick of Guernsey's community, however they may mean it takes more time to make your way through arrivals. Public Health Services and the Guernsey Border Agency would like to thank all passengers in advance for their patience and understanding prior to being processed.
After providing the relevant information to the Guernsey Border Agency, they can then leave the airport or harbour to travel directly to the location where they will be self-isolating.
Those arriving into the Bailiwick of Guernsey on a private aircraft or vessel, will also be required to fill out a form and provide the same information on arrival to a Guernsey Border Agency representative. In general, travellers are expected to arrange their own travel for their test, either using their own private transport or a taxi.
Passengers will be contacted between 24 and 48 hours after their test to be informed of the results. If the test result is negative, they may leave their self-isolation but must observe the 'passive follow-up' rules, which includes a restriction on travel to Alderney, until day 14 after their arrival.
If the test is positive they must remain in self-isolation and Public Health Services will provide them with further guidance.