COVID-19: Further restrictions on travel in and out of Jersey

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ANYONE wishing to fly in or out of Jersey on the remaining single daily commercial flight can now only do so if they have a valid reason, the government has said.

An aircraft operated by Blue Islands – the only operator currently carrying out a scheduled daily flight from Jersey. (27836996)

EasyJet and British Airways have now both suspended their Jersey operations and Blue Islands has reduced its schedule to a once-a-day return flight to Southampton. Passenger ferry services are also currently suspended until the end of April.

And now, the only people who will be allowed to use the remaining Blue Islands service will be those travelling for medical treatment, those travelling on urgent compassionate grounds and those travelling to reach a permanent place of residence – either in or via the UK or Jersey.

Essential workers travelling for professional purposes are also permitted to use the flights. A full list of who is classed as an essential worker is available on the government website. The government has said the restrictions will be in force until further notice.

Meanwhile, a special direct repatriation flight from Jersey to Warsaw is due to operate this weekend, on 4 April. The one-time service is being operated by LOT Polish Airlines at a cost of just under £115 [600 Polish złoty].

The government says it is working with the Polish government to provide financial support for anyone unable to afford the flight.

External Relations Minister Ian Gorst, said: 'The Government of Jersey is happy to support fellow governments in their global repatriation attempts.

'In this case we are particularly pleased to support our Polish community to be wherever they feel most at home during this crisis, whether that be Poland or Jersey.'

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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