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Guernsey travel restrictions: Can I visit the Channel Islands now?

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Guernsey makes an excellent short break, whether you fancy going in spring, summer or autumn.

So do the rest of the Channel Islands – including Jersey, Alderney and Sark – particularly if you like nature, castles and walks along the coast.

With travel now opening up, is it possible to visit the archipelago – or are there still some travel restrictions in place?

Here’s what you need to know.

Can I travel to Guernsey or are there travel restrictions?

The good news is: if you’re travelling from the UK, it’s pretty easy to visit Guernsey right now.

Currently, the rules state that if you’re arriving from the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Jersey and Isle of Man) and you’ve been there for the past 10 days, you’re good to go.

You won’t need to test or self-isolate on arrival – and this applies to fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, too.

These rules came into affect on Wednesday, October 20.

Travelling from elsewhere in the world, however, likely involves at least one PCR test.

Guernsey has chosen to use the UK’s red list – and if you travel from one of those countries, you’ll need to take PCR tests (at your own cost) on days two and nine of your self-isolation on arrival.

Those countries are:

  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Panama.

If you’re travelling from another country that isn’t on the UK’s red list – you’ll pay for one PCR test (with no self-isolation) if you’re double-vaccinated, but you’ll need to isolate if you’re not vaccinated.

Also: everyone entering Guernsey from outside needs to set up a Travel Tracker account, which you can do here.

Of course, the situation with Covid is constantly evolving – so these rules could change quickly (even while you’re on the road).

So, it’s wise to keep checking Guernsey’s government travel restrictions before thinking about making a trip – and during your stay.

You should also ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers cancellations – as well as extending your stay, in case you happen to test positive and need to isolate while away from home.

Can I travel to Jersey and the other Channel Islands?

To visit Jersey, you can avoid testing and self-isolation from November 2 onwards.

Only if you are either double-jabbed, have recovered from Covid in the last 90 days, or have had a negative PCR test 72 hours before making your way to the island.

Currently, fully vaccinated travellers must test on arrival – while non-vaccinated travellers must test and isolate until their test is negative. if they don’t want to test, self-isolation is required for 10 days.

Keep up to date with Jersey’s latest travel restrictions and requirements on the government’s website.

The islands of Alderney and Sark are both part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, so Guernsey’s rules apply for travel there, too.

See Alderney’s Covid travel site and Sark’s Covid updates for further information.



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