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Jersey's Borders Reopen

Jersey's borders are open again to the UK and Crown Dependencies.

The red, amber, green traffic light system is back in operation, with the length of isolation dependent on the area you've come from.

Green:  50 cases per 100,000 people - Inbound passengers must isolate until they receive a negative test result from their test on arrival. 

Amber: 50-120 coronavirus cases per 100,000 - Inbound passengers must isolate until they receive a second negative test result taken on day 5.

Red: 120+ coronavirus cases per 100,000 people - Inbound passengers must isolate until they receive a third negative test result taken on day 10.

Robert MacKenzie, managing director of the CI Travel Group, says this is a great opportunity for the island:

"The situation with regards travelling to Europe from the UK is still very uncertain.  So now people know they can come to Jersey.  They don't have to pay for tests.  They don't have to isolate for very long if they are coming from a green region.  The island is open for business.  It is obviously great news for visitors from the UK and we are hoping it will result in a boost in demand this summer.

"Airlines have been cutting back on their capacity in May and June.  What we need to see is that capacity stabilise or even go back up again because otherwise there may not be a sufficient number of seats on flights available for people to get here this summer."

Mr MacKenzie says he is keen for the government to introduce Covid status certificates that would allow isolation-free travel to people who have been vaccinated, regardless of the status of where they are travelling from. 

The island's reopening has won it plenty of national media attention:

The traffic light system for international travel is due to be reintroduced on 17 May.

There are five flights due into Jersey today (26 April)

Condor is due to resume its fast ferry sailings on 21 May.


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