Channel Islands airline, Blue Islands are offering repatriation flights to Guernsey, before strict self isolation rules come into place on Thursday.

There will be two flights from Southampton to Guernsey and two flights from Jersey to Guernsey on Wednesday (19th March).

This is to ensure islanders who need to get home can do so.

It's after the States brought in new measures which will see people travelling to Guernsey from anywhere in the world having to self-isolate for 14 days, from Thursday.

In a statement, the airline said it was 'working closely with the States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey to maintain the essential levels of service that our Channel Island communities require as we work through these challenging times.'

As the impact of the Covid-19 evolves, and we jointly manage essential travel, we are committed to maintaining our crucial lifeline routes from Guernsey and Jersey to the extent we ensure islanders can travel to access vital medical care and those requiring repatriation are accommodated. We stand by the States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey’s policies to control the spread of Covid-19, the health of our islands is the responsibility of the whole community.> We urge all islanders, travelling or otherwise to take all proactive steps as detailed in the government guidelines. In particular regarding self-isolating where required and following good hygiene practices including regularly washing hands.

Blue Islands spokesperson
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Condor Ferries will put on a similar service to bring Islanders home from St Malo.

It is following the announcement that French borders will close due to the coronavirus outbreak.