Jersey prepares for hundreds of students to return home for Christmas

University students Credit: PA

Jersey students studying overseas are being asked how they plan to travel back to the island and isolate over Christmas.

It is hoped that the answers students give as part of a questionnaire will help the government prepare for their return. The Education Department says out of the estimated 1,700 islanders studying overseas at least 700 plan to return for the festive period.

The survey will be sent directly to the 1,200 students on the Student Finance database.

So we've sent out a survey in roder to really understand what the travel plans are for students and once we have that information, so it will close on Friday, once we have that information, that will enable us to be able to put on extra flights if needed.

Deputy Jeremy Maçon, Minister for Children and Housing

The Government of Jersey says:

  • All returning students must self-isolate.

  • The number of days and tests they will need to take will depend on the area they have travelled from.

  • If they are unable to isolate away from household members, the whole household must isolate.

  • For those students unable to self-isolate in the family home or other alternative accommodation the Government is arranging accommodation to be provided in a self-contained unit with living space, kitchen and bathroom facilities for the 10 / 14 day self-isolation period.