Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Arrivals from Channel Islands will be exempt from UK quarantine rule


People travelling from the Channel Islands to the UK will be exempt from new coronavirus quarantine regulations, it was confirmed today.

However, both Jersey and Guernsey have banned tourists and anyone returning from the UK is asked to isolate for 14 days.

Despite requiring arrivals on the island to self-isolate, Guernsey's chief minister Gavin St Pier said on Twitter: "Pleased travellers from Bailiwick to UK will NOT be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival which is outcome we had sought - any other exemption system would have been disproportionately complicated." 

The islands are exempt form the 14-day quarantine announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday as they form part of the Common Travel Area, a long-standing arrangement between the UK, the Channel Islands and Ireland, that allows British and Irish citizens to move freely between the islands.

Arrivals from France will also be exempt following an agreement reached between Johnson and French President Macron.

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