Jersey is the perfect island escape – somewhere a little bit different and ever so slightly exotic, yet close enough to the UK mainland for you to fit plenty into your island break.
The Visit Safe Charter ensures there’s no need to be concerned about visiting – strict safety measures are in place across the island, with mandatory Covid-19 testing on arrival.
Embrace your own beach, head off the beaten track, and welcome in summer from the sunniest spot in the British Isles. For those seeking relaxation, enjoy uncrowded outdoor and wellness activities. Or for the more adventurous, there’s everything from coasteering into a protected cove or taking a leisurely cycle, exploring caves in a kayak or practising yoga in an 800-year-old castle.
You’ll be surrounded by good food in Jersey, where fresh seafood is caught daily and Jersey Royals are never far from your fork.
Your customers can come and find their balance here – it’s why we’re known as the little island with a big spirit.
Can British travellers visit Jersey?
Jersey’s borders reopened to visitors from the UK and Crown Dependencies on April 26, but there may be additional requirements depending on which region travellers are coming from.
The island falls within the Common Travel Area, so visitors do not need to complete the UK government’s Travel Declaration Form for travel to the island, but will need to follow Jersey’s safer travel guidelines.
Jersey’s government has reinstated a Safer Travel Policy, categorising countries and regions into three groups: green, amber and red. View the most up-to-date status of countries and regions here.
Some regions may move to an ’emergency brake’ red classification, if there is a high risk through infection rates, variants of concern, or both. The emergency brake data will be run twice a week and published with at least 48 hours’ notice before any changes. Then the red classification will apply for a minimum of 14 days.
As of May 28, regions across the UK are categorised into either green, amber or red. Other countries across the world are also categorised into one of these three bands. The requirements are the following:
- Green – Visitors must take a free PCR test on the day of arrival and on day eight (if still in Jersey). All passengers have to self-isolate on arrival while awaiting the first negative test result, and results are currently expected to be returned within 24 hours.
- Amber – Visitors must take a free PCR test on the day of arrival, on day five and day 10. Visitors must self-isolate until a negative test result on day five.
- Red – Visitors must take a free PCR test on the day of arrival, on day five and day 10. Visitors must self-isolate until a negative test result on day 10.
There is now also a ‘Fastrack’ option, where visitors don’t need to take a test on arrival if they can send evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving. However, those coming from amber and red regions will still need to isolate for five days and 10 days respectively, despite showing a negative result.
Fully vaccinated passengers arriving from a green or amber area in the UK will have reduced testing and isolation requirements. Fully vaccinated arrivals will still be required to have a PCR test on the day of arrival but will not need to isolate.
Those taking a Covid-19 test on the day of arrival can expect results within 12 hours. More detailed information on the testing and isolation requirements can be found here.
On June 15, the travel policy will change, and regions in the UK will only be categorised into green and red. Fully vaccinated travellers from red regions will be able to enter Jersey under the same requirements as all those arriving from green regions.
Further guidance on Jersey’s Covid-19 safety measures can be found on the recently updated Visit Safe page.
Before you travel to Jersey, you must:
- Ensure you have medical travel insurance in place.
- Complete a pre-departure registration form.
- Agree to a PCR test upon arrival or self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Ensure you are aware which of the three categories your region falls into, as each has their own testing and isolation requirements (see above). To view the most up-to-date list of countries and regions and their statuses, click here.
- Agree to be contacted by our contact tracing team for the duration of your stay.
- Adhere to all public health guidance.
Check with your transport provider to understand if they have any additional pre-departure requirements. Some carriers may require a negative test result prior to departure.
Visit Jersey has created a series of animated videos to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. The videos will help give visitors the reassurance they need to visit the island.
How can British travellers reach Jersey?
Visitors can travel to Jersey from the UK by ferry or aircraft, or by ferry from France. Click here for the latest travel information. Please note routes are constantly under review.
Jersey benefits from good connectivity to the UK. Jet2 recently announced five new routes from the UK to Jersey, set to operate in summer 2021. Further information can be found here.
The updated list of airports, ports and operators that provide services to Jersey can be found on the Ports of Jersey summer timetable here.
For more information on flights to and from Jersey airport, click here.
To see the safety precautions in place at Jersey Airport and Jersey Harbour, please watch this video.
What Covid-19 safety measures are currently in place in Jersey?
Jersey is not in lockdown. The vast majority of hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes are open and welcoming visitors.
Visitors have to wear masks on flights and ferries to Jersey, in airport and harbour buildings and on public transport. Click here to find out more about how to travel to Jersey. Visitors will also have to wear masks when inside shops and restaurants until sitting at a table. Current Government of Jersey advice states everyone should wear a mask in public places and in crowded spaces where social distancing is difficult. Regular hand washing and social distancing is advisable.
The key public health messages are:
- Safer hygiene
- Safer at a distance
- Safer in smaller groups
- Safer outside
- Safer when you can be contacted
Travel advice and public health information are constantly reviewed and updated. For the latest travel information, see the Visit Safe page or view detailed health information on the Government of Jersey website.
Visit Jersey webinar
To watch Travel Weekly’s webinar with Visit Jersey, click here.
Visit Jersey is also inviting members of the travel industry to a masterclass on May 26 at 11am. For more information and to sign up, click here.
PICTURES: Andy Le Gresley Photography, Max Burnett
Last updated June 11, 2021.
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