Passengers landing in Jersey after visiting one of 11 countries placed on a new red list will have to go into quarantine for two weeks – even if they test negative for covid-19.
The government yesterday unveiled a traffic light system, placing areas of travel into three different categories based on risk assessments.
Anyone who has recently visited a country in the ‘green’ group will be tested upon arrival but will not be required to self-isolate while they await their test result. They will only have to go into quarantine if they test positive for the virus.
People arriving in Jersey after visiting a country in the medium-risk ‘amber’ group will only be able to leave quarantine if they receive two negative test results – one upon arrival, and one five days later.
Inbound passengers must disclose all countries that they visited in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Jersey.— Government of Jersey (@GovJersey) July 8, 2020
Depending on country, some passengers may now be required to self-isolate for up to 14 days on their arrival in Jersey, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result pic.twitter.com/gn4uDTPReS
However, those travelling from red-listed nations will be forced to quarantine for 14 days. Even if they return a negative test after being swabbed on arrival, they must continue to self-isolate.
The low-risk group includes the UK, Crown Dependencies, Poland and Madeira, but does not include mainland Portugal, which is in the amber group.
The 11 countries on the red list are the USA, Armenia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Kazakhstan, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Sweden.
Inbound passengers must disclose all the countries that they have visited in the 14 days before they arrive.
The lists will be regularly updated so anyone travelling to the island is advised to check online in advance.
A spokesperson said: “The health and wellbeing of islanders is our top priority and all arriving passengers must either undergo a test or self-isolate.
“Some countries have higher rates of covid than others and so some passengers will be required to self-isolate regardless of their test result.
“These countries will be kept under regular review.”
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