Coronavirus Covid-19 Update

Since the 19 March 2020, anyone travelling into the Bailiwick of Guernsey of which includes Alderney is required to self-isolate, this is a legal requirement. Modalities of self-isolation varies with the country or region the traveller is coming from and can change rapidly. For the most up-to-date information, please visit gov.gg.

Currently we are unable to freely welcome visitors from outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, for those that can't currently visit we assure you that our island community will be ready and waiting to welcome you with open arms once we are all able to return to a healthy and safe state of normality.

We are however pleased that our local lockdown has lifted and we are welcoming our friends from other islands within the Bailiwick to visit us - Guernsey, Sark & Herm residents we can't wait to see you!  

Correct as of 22nd January 2021 (Phase 5c of the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s Exit from Lockdown

Bailiwick of Guernsey visitors to Alderney: there are no travel restrictions for Guernsey, Sark & Herm residents who can 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.  

Visitors to Alderney from UK, Jersey, EU and the rest of the world:

Only essential travel into the Bailiwick can take place. Essential travel means:

  • for a compassionate purpose (including but not limited to supporting a dependent relative),
  • to receive medical treatment,
  • to undertake essential business that cannot be transacted remotely,
  • to attend school, university or other further education,
  • for permanent Bailiwick residents, to return home if they are currently off-Island, or
  • to travel for the purposes of critical work, as an approved critical worker (in line with the existing critical worker application process).

Essential travel does not include travel:

  • to visit friends and family based in the Bailiwick, or
  • to work in the Bailiwick if that work is not critical work and approved through the critical worker application process.

There are still self-isolation requirements in place for those arriving into the Bailiwick through the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (General Provision) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (No. 10) Regulations, 2020.

Phase 5c of the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s exit from lockdown has seen the introduction of testing on arrival and the classification of Group 1, 2, 3 and 4 countries and regions for England :

  • Visitors coming from a Group 1 country is free from travel restrictions - there are currently no country or region in this category.
  • Travellers arriving from a Group 2 country/region, provided they take a test on arrival, are only required to self-isolate until they receive an initial negative result. Once that negative result is confirmed, travellers will then be subject to ‘enhanced passive follow-up’ until a test on Day 7. On receipt of a further negative test, travellers will then move into the 'passive follow-up' stage. 
  • Travellers arriving from a Group 3 country/region, provided they take a test on arrival and on day 7, are required to self-isolate until they receive a  negative result for the Day 7 test. Once that negative result is confirmed, travellers will then be subject to 'enhanced passive follow-up' until the 14th day after their arrival in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. 
  • Anyone travelling from a Group 4 country/region will be able to take a test on arrival and are required to self-isolate until they have recieved a negative result from a Day 13 test. If the Day 13 test is declined then travellers will have to self-isolate for 21 days.

Please note that currently all arrivals into the Bailiwick are classified as ‘Category 4’.

During the period of isolation, leaving your home/accommodation is not permitted for any reason at any time including exercise and grocery shopping etc. Visitors are very welcome on Alderney as long as they are fully aware of the self-isolation requirements and they respect them. All these measures have 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 a monitoring of self-isolators is taking place and not observing self-isolation requirements is an arrestable offence that could lead to a fine of up to £10,000.

The notions of 'Enhance passive follow-up' and 'Passive follow up' are explained here.

Phase 5c will come into effect on Wednesday 28 October. Everyone arriving into the Bailiwick from Wednesday 28 October, including private vessels and aircraft, will need to register their journey on the Travel Tracker. Critical workers, business tunnel travellers and those who have had a medical or compassionate permit approved will also have to register their journey on the Travel Tracker. Find out more information about the Travel Tracker, and to create your account, please click here.

UK residents should also be aware of and take into consideration the UK Government’s advice regarding travel. 

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 go directly to their isolation place and continue to wear a mask until they get there. 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.

For further information please refer to gov.gg for guidance or contact us on tourism@alderney.gov.gg

Please visit www.gov.gg/coronavirus to keep up to date with advice from Public Health Services.

Page updated on 22.01.21