Coronavirus Covid-19 Update

We are delighted that Bailiwick of Guernsey, of which Alderney is part of, is easing the travel restrictions and we are able to welcome visitors again.

Although it is a lot easier to travel to Alderney that it has been over the past 18 months, some restrictions and requirements are still in place. Please make sure you are aware of them while planning your trip.

Current Travel Requirements

Page last updated on 18/08/2021

Everyone arriving into the Bailiwick must create a Travel Tracker account, entering your travel information before you arrive. You will not be able to enter that information more than 2 calendar days / 48 hours before your arrival. For more information please go to: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/traveltracker.

The flowchart below explains what travellers will need to do on arrival in different scenarios:

16 August Flowchart V2

CTA - The Common Travel Area - United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.

EU – European Union - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

EFTA - European Free Trade Association -  Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

BOT - British overseas territories - Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Travel outside of the Common Travel Area (CTA)

Any fully vaccinated adult who had their vaccination administered in the Common Travel Area (Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, UK or Republic of Ireland), EU, EFTA or BOT, will be classified as Category 2 if they have travelled anywhere outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 14 days – as long as they have not spent any time in a country on the UK’s ‘red list’. Category 2 arrivals take a PCR test on arrival, isolate until a negative result and then have a second PCR test on day 7.  Category 2 arrivals must comply with ‘passive follow-up rules’ until 14 days after their arrival in the Bailiwick.

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have had both doses of vaccination but 14 days have not passed since your second dose, then country and region categories will apply as normal. More info on categories can be found at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries.

Travel within the Common Travel Area (CTA)

Anyone fully vaccinated in the Common travel Area (CTA), European Union (EU), European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Member States and British Overseas Territories (BOT) will be a Blue Channel Traveller* if they arrive in the Bailiwick of Guernsey having not spent time outside the CTA in the prior 14 days.

*Blue channel traveller – this is someone who has been fully vaccinated within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and whose 14-day travel history only involves the CTA. There will not be any self-isolation, requirements for these individuals. They must however purchase a pack of five LFTs (Lateral Flow Test) via Travel Tracker for each inbound journey into the Bailiwick of Guernsey if they are an adult (18+). Additionally, if a traveller has been fully vaccinated within the European Union (EU), European Free Trade Association Member States (EFTA) or British Overseas Territories (BOT) and has been in the CTA for 14 days or more prior to arriving into the Bailiwick, then they may take on blue channel traveller status.

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have had both doses of vaccination but 14 days have not passed since your second dose, then country and region categories will apply as normal. More info on categories can be found at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries.

Before Travelling to Alderney

Any person arriving in the Bailiwick from anywhere in the world (including, for the avoidance of doubt, Jersey and the United Kingdom) will be required to provide specified information and satisfactory proof of their identity to any customs officer, police officer or other authorised person who requests the information. This information is required in order to enable the Medical Officer of Health to contact that person without delay during their self-isolation period.

Travellers are required to provide this information using the Travel Tracker. This applies to all travellers. More information can be found here: traveltracker.gov.gg. In order to be eligible for the Blue arrival channel into the Bailiwick of Guernsey (no isolation), an arriving individual will be required to provide official proof of vaccination issued by the relevant public health authority within the Common Travel Area, once they have fully completed a full COVID-19 vaccine course plus 14 days since completion. Other forms of evidence such as vaccination appointment cards and GP letters will not be accepted at this time, however, this will be kept under review. Further details about COVID Status Certificates can be found here: COVID Status Certificates (Vaccine Passports) | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Travel rules for under-18s

The following rules will apply from 16 August 2021 for children/young people travelling with fully vaccinated adults. Children/young people take on the vaccination status of the parent/adult they are travelling with, including the isolation requirements on arrival.

Children 11 years and under travelling with fully vaccinated adults:

  • Children aged 11 years and under would not need to be tested, but will still need to undergo the same self-isolation period as the accompanying adults.

Children and young people aged 12 to 17 travelling with fully vaccinated adults:

  • Children and young people are not required to purchase or use Lateral Flow Tests(LFTs)
     
  • Travel only within the CTA in prior 14 days
     
    • Self-taken swab on Day of Arrival
       
    • Isolation until the result of the Day of Arrival test - please note that the fully vaccinated adults are not required to isolate if they do not wish to
       
    • Day 7 test through scheduling
       
    • Passive follow-up between result of Day of Arrival test and result of Day 7 test
       
  • Travelling from anywhere outside of the CTA
     
    • If they have visited a country on the UK Red List in prior 14 days:
      Will be classed as Category 4 - They must follow testing and isolation requirements as per the country and region categories as normal.
       
    • No UK Red List travel history in prior 14 days:
      Will be classed as Category 2 - They must follow testing and isolation requirements as per the country and region categories as normal.

      As a reminder, anyone following Category 2 travel requirements will need to take a PCR test on arrival (Day 1) into the Bailiwick, isolate until they receive a negative result and then have a second PCR test on Day 7. Tests must be arranged and paid for when completing a journey on Travel Tracker. Category 2 arrivals must also comply with ‘passive follow-up rules’ until 14 days after their arrival into the Bailiwick.

      For the avoidance of doubt, while travellers are not obliged to take any test, any person who:

      declines to take a test on arrival, and/or
       
    • any other test required to reduce his or her period of self-isolation, must self-isolate for a period of 21 days, regardless of the countries or regions which he or she has spent time in during the 14-day period immediately before his or her arrival in the Bailiwick.
    • Full details regarding self-isolation, household bubbles, special arrangements for children and to read more about what is meant by ‘passive follow-up’ go to: https://covid19.gov.gg/support/protect
       
    • Please note that anyone leaving the Bailiwick before Day 7 will be asked to take a pre-departure test. Please ensure that you complete your departure date in the Travel Tracker.

For children who are travelling with adults who are not fully vaccinated (or where at least one of the adults in the travelling group is not fully vaccinated), the rules for the child will depend entirely on which category country or region they have travelled from.

Unaccompanied minors travelling to the Bailiwick are very few, but they or their parents/guardians should contact Public Health to discuss the specific circumstances of their journey: publichealth@gov.gg or call 01481 707311. Unaccompanied minors arriving in the Bailiwick must self-isolate in accordance with their travel history.

All children/young people who travel into the Bailiwick and wish to enter an educational setting within 14 days of their arrival will need to follow the education guidance found at Education guidance | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

More frequently asked questions can be found at: covid19.gov.gg/faqs/july

Sailing to Alderney:

All vessels planning to visit Alderney are required to read the following page: http://www.alderney.gov.gg/article/172528/Harbour. For further information, please contact the Alderney Harbour Office: harbour@alderney.gov.gg.

For further information about self-isolation, passive/enhance follow-up, testing and other important information:

Please refer to https://covid19.gov.gg/ for guidance or contact us on tourism@alderney.gov.gg.