Guernsey to drop all travel restrictions next week

Border restrictions for all travellers arriving in the islands of Guernsey will be dropped from February 17.

Travellers from all countries, regardless of their vaccination status, will not be required to test for Covid-19 or isolate on arrival.

Also being dropped will be the requirement to complete a Travel Tracker for those travelling to the islands.

If someone has Covid-19, there will be no legal obligation to self-isolate, although people are urged to continue to act responsibly and stay at home if unwell.

The BBC reported that Guernsey will become the first place in the British Isles to drop all Covid restrictions.

Guernsey’s Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) decided that it was no longer “proportionate or necessary” to continue with the rules “largely because of the high vaccine uptake amongst the community resulting in very few hospitalisations due to the virus”.

Its statement added: “Furthermore, there is now strong evidence, following the recent Omicron wave, that critical services across the Bailiwick can be maintained, despite having to work through challenges.”

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, CCA chair, said: “Now is the right time to move the Bailiwick out of an emergency and begin managing Covid-19 without the use of regulations.

“We must develop a culture where it is considered unacceptable for someone to be out and about willingly and knowingly spreading their germs if they are unwell.”

Restrictions on travellers entering Jersey were relaxed on Monday (February 7).

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