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Isolation to be cut to 7 days for some off-island travel

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GROUP A, B and C countries are being re-introduced, varying the self-isolation requirements for travellers entering the Bailiwick from Monday 17 August.

This change moves the Bailiwick from a re-defined Phase 5a of the exit from lockdown to a new Phase 5b.

Anyone travelling from a Group A country within the previous 14 days must enter compulsory self-isolation for 14 days.

Anyone travelling from a Group B country can self-isolate for 14 days or elect to self-isolate for seven days and then take a test for SARS-CoV-2, with release from quarantine if they have a negative result.

If the second option is chosen, they must have a 'passive follow up' which means they must report any symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and return to self-isolation, not visit a hospital unless for emergency care, discuss with the relevant healthcare service if they need an appointment during the period of passive follow up and must not visit a care or residential home without prior arrangement with the care home manager.

Anyone travelling from a Group C country is not required to undertake any self-isolation or testing, as these countries only relate to those with agreed air bridges with the Bailiwick [currently, only the Isle of Man].

The countries in all groups are subject to change at short-notice.

Group A, B and C countries as listed by the States of Guernsey. The group the country you have arrived in Guernsey from depends on the self-isolation requirement. (28547226)

Alderney will not be taking part in Phase 5b but have indicated that they will review their decision at the beginning of September.

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Passengers returning to Alderney in the meantime will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Sark will be taking part in Phase 5b and details of the requirements regarding travel to Sark will be released in due course.

Work is continuing on developing Phase 5c and building the resources needed which would enable travellers to enter with very limited or no self-isolation. No timeline or target date has been agreed for a move to Phase 5c.

Phase 6 of the exit from lockdown framework would be a return to completely unrestricted travel, like before Covid-19.

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Chairman of the Civil Contingencies Authority Deputy Gavin St Pier said the decision had been made after consideration of advice from the director of Public Health and an analysis of the data from the trial of the testing on day 7 programme which was carried out in July.

'We know that people need to travel to see their loved ones and to take children to university etc,' he said.

'Reducing the self-isolation requirement to 7 days (on receipt of a negative result) with passive follow up, will hopefully make these trips more manageable for islanders.

'However, we still cannot be complacent as we can see from the situation regarding Covid-19 for our near neighbours and beyond.'

No decisions to reduce the requirement for self-isolation are without risk, but Deputy St Pier said the introduction of group A, B and C countries will mitigate these risks.

The full list of Group A, B and C countries is available at https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/phase5b and will be updated regularly.

As of 5 August 2020

  • Group A countries: Any country not specifically referenced in Group B or C, and Brittany/St Malo, some regions of the UK may be classed as Group A (these are to be determined)
  • Group B countries: Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England (some regions Group A), Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France (excl. Brittany/St Malo), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Wales, Canada, New Zealand, Falkland Islands.
  • Group C countries: Isle of Man
Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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