Regional approach to Covid travel status to be introduced for the UK, France and Ireland

A REGIONAL approach to Covid travel classifications for some countries – including the UK – will be introduced by the government early next week, it has been announced.

Dr Ivan Muscat (29089403)
Dr Ivan Muscat (29089403)

However, it is unclear how this form of categorisation would be implemented, and whether passengers would be classified based on their address or the airport they travelled from. The regional approach will apply to France, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Jersey’s Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr Ivan Muscat has previously advised Islanders to ‘bear in mind the risk that pertains to the region they are going to’ when discussing the possibility of introducing regional risk zones. He also said that it would be a difficult method to put in place, given that it would be ‘less straightforward’ to draw distinctions between some regions in comparison with others.

The news comes amid concerns that Islanders could face a 14-day quarantine when travelling to France with the country’s government considering making UK visitors isolate for two weeks.

The government has also announced that Liechtenstein and the British Virgin Islands will move from green to amber Covid-risk status, while Andorra, Belize, Gibraltar and Malta will move from amber to red. These changes come into force on Friday.

Passengers arriving from an amber country are required to have PCR tests on day zero and day five, and isolate until they receive a negative result from their second test. Passengers arriving from a red country are required to be tested on arrival and must isolate for 14 days.

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