PCR Tests Dropped for Jabbed International Travellers

International travellers, who are fully vaccinated, will no longer have to have a PCR test when arriving on the island.

The change comes into force at 12.01am on Tuesday. The unvaccinated will still be required to isolate when arriving on the island.

Instead, arrivals will have to take an LFT test within 12 hours and avoid public indoor spaces until the test is taken and the result submitted online.

The change follows the new regs in England where Boris Johnson has removed the need to isolate when arriving in the country. However, this has not yet been followed in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Any travellers who return a positive LFT after arrival are required to submit the results online and must immediately isolate for 10 days. They will receive an email from 111 confirming the result and isolation period. The isolation period can be shortened if two negative LFT results are submitted, at least 24 hours apart.  

The pathway for unvaccinated travellers who have been outside the CTA remains unchanged. Anyone who has already booked and paid for a returning traveller PCR test on or after 11 January will be contacted directly.

Vaccine Dashboard

Meanwhile, with the majority of tests on the Island now being done by LFT with online self-reporting, the COVID-19 dashboard is also being simplified. This week it will return to a one-page snapshot of the island’s current Covid-19 situation, showing new daily cases, total active cases and hospital admissions.  

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