Travellers to island will need permit or face £10,000 fine

TRAVELLERS will need permits approved before being allowed to enter the island or face fines of up to £10,000.

Those arriving from off-island must be tested on Day 1 and Day 13 or isolate for 21 days.
Those arriving from off-island must be tested on Day 1 and Day 13 or isolate for 21 days.

They will have to fill out a form in advance and if their journey meets the criteria they will receive the document within 48 to 72 hours.

Legislation has been enacted, meaning entering the Bailiwick without an Essential Travel Permit from Thursday is unlawful and may be prosecuted.

The Civil Contingencies Authority has also decided to toughen up the testing regime for those coming to the island, so people will have to take a test on arrival and day 13 to be let out of isolation after two weeks – if there is no day one test people will have to quarantine for three weeks.

Those travelling as critical workers are treated as essential so do not need the new permit, but they must apply for permission to travel through the existing critical worker process.

‘Our aim here is to prevent people travelling unnecessarily, and that way reduce the number of passenger movements, which in turn reduces the risk to our community,’ said States chief executive Paul Whitfield.

‘This is our first priority. Covid-19 is having a huge impact on the jurisdictions around us and we have to treat the risk with the utmost seriousness.

‘That means unless your journey is truly essential, do not travel. We’re keeping this process as simple as possible, and we know there will be some people who feel they fall into a grey area and aren’t clear if their journey is essential. We would advise these people to make an application.

‘Our officers will be applying a common sense approach to this. But it won’t be a soft approach, we will be strict in ensuring any journey that clearly isn’t essential is declined.

‘We know that will leave some people unhappy and we sympathise but this is a decision the CCA have made to protect the community at a critical point in the world’s response to the pandemic.’

The application form is on the States website.

The States has also revised the list of what is considered essential travel after its announcement on Friday:

for a compassionate purpose (including but not limited to supporting a dependent relative),

  1. to receive medical treatment,

  2. to accompany a child or vulnerable person into or out of the Bailiwick,

  3. to undertake essential business activity which cannot be carried out remotely,

  4. to meet legal obligations such as attending court proceedings,

  5. to attend or return from school, university or other further education,

  6. for anyone ordinarily Bailiwick residents, to return home if they travelled off-island before the 12th January,

  7. moving to the Bailiwick where a property has been purchased and the process of moving is already underway

  8. to take up employment where the position has already been secured with a local employer or where the work is essential.

Yesterday the number of positive active cases in the island rose to 10.

The new case was an inbound traveller who tested negative on arrival, but got symptoms while self-isolating.

There is no evidence of community seeding, the States has said.

No one is in hospital with Covid.

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