Jersey’s gov has announced that it will introduce a vaccine passport entry system from the end of this month that will allow the island to move much closer to fully opening its borders.
However Jersey will continue to test all arrivals to the island and it has not outlined what evidence it will require to prove your vaccine status.
In a press conference on Monday, it was announced that from May 28, the island will operate a traffic light system and those who have had their two jabs at least two weeks prior to travel will not need to isolate if they are arriving from a ‘green’ or ‘amber’ area, but will still be tested on arrival.
The rules for children with adults who have been vaccinated have yet to be finalised, as have exactly what form the passport will take.
A statement on the Jersey gov’s website says that from Friday, May 28, the following changes will be made:
- Individual national classifications for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Crown Dependencies
- Testing regime for Green arrivals will require two tests – one on Day 0 and one on Day 8. Green arrivals must still isolate until their first negative test result. The testing and isolation requirements for Amber and Red arrivals remain unchanged
- At the earliest opportunity from 28 May, fully vaccinated passengers arriving from a green or amber area in the UK will have reduced testing and isolation requirements. Fully vaccinated arriving passengers will still be required to have a Day 0 PCR test but will not need to isolate.
- Red, Amber and Green classifications for the rest of the world will also restart from 28 May. Jersey will align its RAG classification as closely as possible to the UK Joint Biosecurity Centre traffic light system.
Classifications for the UK will be reset on 28 May and retrospectively applied for 14 days. As such, to be classified as a Green arrival, travellers must have spent the previous 14 nights in Green regions based on the classification coming into effect on 28 May.
Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: ‘Infection rates across the UK have been on a downward trend for the last couple of months, and this change to a national classification for the UK will be a welcome move for many Islanders and travellers visiting Jersey this summer. The new national classification for the UK will replace our current Lower Tier Local Authority (LTLA) regional breakdown. Moving from a LTLA classification to a national classification means most areas of the UK will move to a more lenient classification.
‘Based on the current data, this would mean that England, Wales and Scotland would be classified as Green, and Northern Ireland would be classified as Amber. The classifications will continue to be reviewed and published each week. The decision has been made based on a number of factors, including public health risk, clarity for travellers and Islanders, and the short and long-term economic impact to the Island. The policies will enable strong connectivity with the UK over the summer. Ministers will review the position as we move through the summer months.’
Meanwhile on our island, it still isn’t known whether the Manx gov will be loosening the borders any further before the end of May. This is despite the much improved situation in the UK which has seen case numbers drop below 30 in 100,000 for the past 14 days according to graphs on the UK’s dashboard. According to the gov’s exit framework this is the stage when the island should move to Level 2 border restrictions.
For more info on Jersey’s plans, see the gov’s website here.