Time to holiday in Jersey?

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Jersey, like all the Channel isles is often perceived as not quite the UK but nor is it not quite Europe. It is an overseas destination that isn’t really overseas. It isn’t a staycation but it almost is.

there is more to Jersey than just beaches. Victor Hugo’s House, Hauteville House, St Peter Port. Image © Chris George

If you are British you would understand what I’m saying. From elsewhere you might be wondering what I am on about.

Consequently it has an appeal to people who otherwise would be put off holiday on the continental mainland during the pandemic.

Being in the Common Travel Area means that travel even during the lockdowns in the UK has been possible subject to island restrictions.

That is to the benefit of all islands that make up the Channel Islands this year.

Now Jersey is all set to re-open to let travellers from the UK holiday there after April 26th.

That it is just a 45-minute flight from the south of England helps, Jersey is an attraction yet even from the airports along the M9 belt in Scotland the journey will be no longer than two hours.

A couple of months ago, Jersey reminded us how hours of sunshine it sees compared to the rest of the British Isles. Now it is reminding us that it has a duty to the islanders to protect them from the virus. Therefore it isn’t letting any of us in willy-nilly.

Like the mainland it will have a traffic-light approach to visitors and those entering the Island from green zones will have to isolate until they have a negative result from their arrival test. At the time of writing, the 14 day number of cases per 100,000 population is just 4.6 compared to the British rate which is between six and seven times higher yet still way below many neighbouring countries like France.

Anyone arriving in Jersey from the UK will have to provide their travel history in advance, through the online portal, and undertake PCR tests on arrival and on days 5 and 10 after arriving.

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