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Emergency brake rules lifted for fully vaccinated travellers

Emergency brake rules lifted for fully vaccinated travellers

Thursday 10 June 2021

Emergency brake rules lifted for fully vaccinated travellers


Emergency brake region and red zone rules will no longer apply to passengers arriving in Jersey from the UK who are fully vaccinated against covid from next week.

The change, which will come into force at 00:01 next Tuesday (15 June), was one of two major covid travel relaxations for the UK confirmed by Government this afternoon.

All parts of the UK previously classified as ‘amber’ will also be treated as green from now on, leaving only green and emergency brake (red) regions.

Green, amber and red travel classifications will continue to apply for international travel, however, with Jersey following the UK’s system with the exceptions of countries with which the island has direct connectivity.

The Government has also confirmed that emergency brakes will be applied to 28 more parts of the UK from Sunday 13 June (full list below).

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Pictured: 'Vaccine passports' are now being sent out to islanders who have had both doses of the covid vaccine.

This is in addition to the existing 26 emergency brake regions, which will remain in place for a further two weeks. It means that, from Sunday, there will be a total of 54 ‘red’ regions. 

Anyone arriving in Jersey from these areas who is not fully vaccinated in the Common Travel Area (CTA) will have to take a PCR test on arrival, and then again on days 5 and 10 of their isolation - they can only leave isolation once they receive a negative result from the day 10 test. 

However, from Tuesday, those who have had both covid jabs in the CTA will no longer be affected by this rule, and will instead be considered ‘green’. This means a test on day 0 with only a few hours' isolation until their result, and another on day 8.

The Government said a further easing of travel rules would be considered by STAC and the Ministers once they had a better understanding of the more transmissible Delta variant, which was first identified in India.

Officials said they were working on expanding today’s relaxations to areas with which the island has frequent and direct connectivity like France and Madeira, and were seeking to establish “bilateral arrangements”. 

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Pictured: Today's travel relaxations may soon be extended to nearby jurisdictions like France, officials hope.

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said today that 91% of new cases in the UK are the Delta variant. It was reported earlier this week that only 2% of hospital patients in the UK with the Delta variant were fully vaccinated. 

The number of covid cases recorded in Jersey now stands at 22 – with several cases linked to private parties and hospitality venues – and 342 people are in isolation as direct contacts. Five were recorded in the past 24 hours - three through contact tracing, one identified as they were seeking healthcare, and one through inbound travel.

The final stage of Jersey’s covid reopening plan - including lifting limits on guests at private house and garden parties, and the return of nightclubbing and stand-up drinking - was delayed yesterday as a result to allow contact tracers time to catch up with the effects of the community spread. However, it was decided that masks would no longer be a requirement in most locations from Monday.

Economic Development Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham said consideration of the demographic of recent covid cases, vaccination levels, and the need to maintain connectivity had factored into today’s decision on travel.

“While there has been a slight uptick in known active cases in Jersey, we know that the people who are testing positive are, in general, younger and therefore less likely to become seriously ill with the virus. The vaccine is working to protect the more vulnerable,” he said.

“Vaccination coverage is good in both Jersey and the rest of the Common Travel Area, and we will continue to allocate Emergency Brake status to areas of the UK that have particularly high or rising numbers of Delta Covid cases.   

“…Bearing in mind the efficient testing and contact-tracing processes in operation here, we believe these changes are proportionate and will maintain connectivity while also protecting islanders.” 

According to statistics released today, nearly six in 10 islanders are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, 84% of islanders over 30 have had at least one dose.

From Sunday 13 June, islanders aged between 18 and 24 years old will be able to book the first dose of the covid vaccine, with appointments starting from the next day.

Local students returning from university who have not already received their first dose will be able to get their vaccine in Jersey. They will also be eligible to get their second dose in the island, but should call the helpline to book an appointment if their first dose was administered outside of Jersey. 

What rules will apply to me as a traveller?

The Government has provided the below infographic to explain. CLICK to enlarge it...

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What are the latest emergency brake regions? 

The following regions will turn 'red' from Sunday at midnight:

  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool
  • Bradford
  • Camden
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Hackney
  • Islington
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Lambeth
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds 
  • Liverpool
  • Luton
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Reading
  • Sefton
  • Southwark
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
  • Tameside
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Trafford
  • Wandsworth
  • Warrington
  • West Lancashire
  • Wirral
  • Wokingham
  • Wyre

What is the criteria for an emergency brake region?

  • 14-day case rate greater than 200 per 100,000 in the population  
  • 14-day case rate greater than 120 (Red threshold) and weekly rate of increase greater than 50% 
  • 14-day case rate greater than 75 and weekly rate of increase greater than 100% 
  • Public Health intelligence provided by Public Health England regarding the presence of variants of concern.  

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Posted by Sheila Young on
Surely we are taking a big risk allowing people in from Red category areas. Todays uk news stated the following: The Public Health England data, which covers the period from February 1 to June 7, showed that the hospital patients had recently received at least one vaccine jab.

The figures could now raise questions about the effectiveness of jabs against the variant, as patients still became sick enough to require hospital treatment even after having one or two doses.

The only people allowed in from Red areas should be Jersey residents returning home and their isolation should be strictly monitored. No one would want to travel here on holiday or business with the 10 day isolation period.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Madness ~ Farnham is obviously trying to do too much, and making a pigs ear of it.
UK Government rules say ~ People in Emergency Brake regions, and there are now over 50 of them, should minimise travel in and out of affected areas.
Therefore they should NOT be allowed in to Jersey.
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