Jersey's borders reopen

People will be able to leave and arrive in to the island from today (3 July). Those coming to Jersey will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's borders have reopened.

People will now be able to travel to and from the island by air or sea. Those arriving will have the option of taking a test to see if they currently have coronavirus, instead of having to quarantine for 14 days.

It comes after Jersey's States Assembly voted by a majority on Wednesday (1 July) to reopen the borders.

People who agree to be tested for Covid-19, will get their results back within 24 to 48 hours, with the aim of reducing that to 12 hours by the end of July. Several politicians have raised their concerns about opening Jersey back up again, but Jersey's Medical Director for Health has recommended the move.

So we've been trialing an approach for the last month, of testing people on arrival, and we haven't found a single positive case. We've calculated that we might get one extra infection to deal with about once every seven weeks.

Dr Susan Turnbull, Jersey's Medical Officer of Health

According to the medical experts, anyone with symptoms would not be allowed to fly or sail to the island anyway. However they are still reiterating the need for physical distancing and maintaining good hygiene, especially for anyone coming to Jersey who may be asymptomatic.