This follows the WHO’s decision to declare a pandemic, and takes into consideration the importance of minimising the impact of the virus on our small island community.
From 00.01 Thursday 19 March, anyone travelling into the Bailiwick of Guernsey of which includes Alderney will be required to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of any symptoms or port of origin.
This decision was reached by the Strategic Co-ordinating Group and the recommendation made to the Civil Contingencies Authority, following a review of the latest epidemiological evidence regarding COVID-19 and a wider assessment by a range of agencies and services.
This new measure includes all travel, by any means (including privately owned or chartered vessels) and includes travel between the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, but not within the Bailiwick of Guernsey (between Guernsey, Alderney and Sark).
Anyone in self-isolation having entered the Bailiwick who develops symptoms, however mild, of a cough, fever or shortness of breath must ring the coronavirus helpline on 01481 756938 and 01481 756969.
From 00.01 Saturday 30th May travel restrictions within the Bailiwick are lifted, Guernsey, Sark & Herm residents can now visit Alderney. Self-isolating on return from Alderney to the residents Bailiwick home is not required. When visiting please respect the measures that may be put into place by the carrier and businesses on island to continue to protect the Bailiwick community.
Please visit www.gov.gg/coronavirus to keep up to date with advice from Public Health Services.
UK Visitors to Alderney - correct as of 1st June 2020
Phase 4 of the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s Exit from Lockdown
The exit from the lockdown framework not only focuses on the need to protect the health of the Bailiwick from the virus that causes COVID-19 but also considers balancing this with the economic position of the Islands.
On 30th May 2020 we moved into Phase 4 which enables business activities to take place subject to social distancing and enhanced hygiene requirements. Travel restrictions have also changed covering non-essential travel within the Bailiwick and travel from the UK via Guernsey. This states that anyone (with exception only for authorised Critical Worker Travel) entering the Bailiwick must by law self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This is a legal requirement and failure to comply is a criminal offence. Please refer to the self-isolating guidance. Leaving your home/accommodation during this 14 day period is not permitted for any reason at any time including exercise and grocery shopping etc.
Therefore, if a UK visitor wishes to visit Alderney for a period longer than two weeks and is prepared to self-isolate for 14 days as soon as they arrive on the island, this is possible. There are, however, many conditions that come with this and we ask that you respect all that has been put in place to protect our island community during this difficult time. As you can appreciate, this is our main priority. Self-isolation in registered tourist accommodation must be in agreement with the provider and where the requirements for self-isolation can be met. It should be noted that the monitoring of self-isolators has been increased and not observing self-isolation requirements is an arrestable offence and could lead to a fine of up to £10,000.
UK residents should also be aware of and take into consideration the UK Government’s advice regarding travel to stay in second homes in the UK which is not currently permitted.
Travel to Alderney must be taken with great care. Visitors will have to fly via Guernsey (they will not be permitted to leave Guernsey Airport when in transit) whilst adhering to social distancing where possible. Passengers will also be advised to wear a mask throughout the whole journey. Please note passengers will not be permitted to leave Guernsey Airport to transfer to Alderney via the Little Ferry or any form of sea transport, only an onward flight must be taken. On arrival at Alderney Airport visitors are permitted to either travel by taxi or hire a car to their accommodation, however visitors should continue to wear a mask until they get to their final destination.
As always, visitors need to be very conscious that there is no reciprocal health agreement between Alderney/Guernsey and the UK. Careful consideration whether it is wise to travel during this Pandemic and whether the visitor would be putting themselves at greater risk compared to staying at home needs to be taken.