Channel Islands: Jersey welcomes tourists with new fast-track coronavirus testing

Jersey, in the Channel Islands between England and France, is welcoming visitors while offering them peace of mind with a new border testing system. The island is known for having stunning beaches and scenic views that are perfect for staycations. The island is also a self-governing dependency of the UK with an interesting history.

The island reopened its borders on July 3, and have since tested a whopping 18,000 arrivals.

Only eight of those have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to Jersey’s government website, there are some rules that apply to everyone travelling to Jersey which includes returning residents.

All passengers aged 11 years or older, no matter how they arrive will be required to follow these requirements.

All arriving passengers are required to complete a pre-departure registration form.

The form asks passengers to declare their recent travel history, any symptoms that they have had and information for contact tracing purposes.

Jersey’s government also wants to know whether visitors intend to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival or under-go a coronavirus test or request exemption from self-isolation because they have been tested negative no more than 72 hours before arriving.

If visitors test positive they will be asked to self-isolate and will not be able to travel.

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Travellers will be asked to self-isolate while they wait for the result which only takes around 24 hours.

Airlines including easyJet and British Airways are flying directly to Jersey from the UK.

easyJet are offering cheap flights from London Gatwick, according to Skyscanner.

Single tickets are available from £46.99.

Return fares are also affordable for £31.99, at the time of writing.

But if flying doesn’t appeal to you, there is another option.

You can always take a ferry there instead which is also direct.

Although Britons are flying abroad now that international travel restrictions have eased, staycations are still seeing a surge in interest.

Visit Jersey has reported a 40 percent monthly increase in traffic and enquiries.

Keith Beecham, Chief Executive of Visit Jersey said: “Protecting everyone on the island is the priority, which is why the Ports of Jersey have worked hard alongside Public Health authorities to develop a visitor process that is both safe for everyone while also optimising the traveller experience.

“Now more than ever, we want to open our doors to visitors so they can enjoy our pristine beaches, uninterrupted coastal paths, unique hospitality and big spirit.”

Travelling from the Channel Islands to the UK does not require passengers to self-isolate for 14 days.

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