- Today, Jersey’s borders reopen to the UK and the other Crown Dependencies
- Test positivity rates are currently less than 0.1%, with unique fast track border testing system, returning results within 12 hours
- 48% surge in traffic to Visit Jersey website as UK staycation seekers look for nearby destinations offering sand, sea and sun
Saint Helier, Jersey, Monday 26 April: Jersey, the largest Channel Island, has re-opened its borders to welcome staycation seekers once again; offering an ideal destination closer to home.
UK holidaymakers can now explore the nine by five mile island offering natural land and seascapes, heritage, local produce and hospitality with over 30 beaches and nearly 12 miles of coastlines.
Since the Government of Jersey announced the border re-opening, the Visit Jersey website has seen a 48% uplift in UK traffic.
Both travel partners and on-island partners expect a surge in British travelers heading to the island this summer. Condor Ferries has already seen an 22% increase in website traffic in April from people looking to book a ferry to the island. Accommodation on the island has also seen a spike in interest, with a 400% week on week uplift in enquiries for Seymour Hotels since the border announcement on Friday 19 March.
Amanda Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Visit Jersey, said: “As part of the British Isles, we are excited to welcome back visitors and much-loved island friends. Jersey offers space to enjoy our pristine beaches and unique island for all it has to offer across miles of uninterrupted coastline. We know British holidaymakers have been longing for a well-deserved getaway and we can’t wait to offer something different after a difficult year of restrictions. By re-introducing our Safer Travel Guidance, visitors can feel safe while making the most of their staycation break.”
As part of the Common Travel Area, Jersey is not included in the UK international travel ban list and visitors do not need to complete the UK Government Travel Declaration form ahead of travelling to the island. The Government of Jersey has re-introduced the Safer Travel Guidance which includes its red, amber and green regional classifications for the UK and the other Crown Dependencies. The classifications will dictate the amount of time a visitor will need to isolate.
All arriving visitors will need to have a PCR test prior to arrival or will be required to complete a pre-departure registration form and will be tested on arrival. Visitors will need to declare every country and region visited in the 14 days prior to travelling to Jersey which will determine they’re classification on arrival and whether they will be required to self-isolate. With Jersey’s unique fast track border testing system, visitors will receive their result within 12 hours, allowing them to make the most of their time on the island.
For further information on Jersey’s travel policy, please visit: https://www.gov.je/Health/Coronavirus/Travel/Pages/CoronavirusTravelAdvice.aspx
Top 10 local attractions for a Jersey staycation:
- Oyster Box - Enjoy panoramic sea views to complement the delicious menu of fresh local seafood, meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.
- Jersey National Park - Rich in history and with its varied and diverse landscape, Jersey National Park offers unspoilt beaches, delicious restaurants and active activities.
- Jersey War Tunnels - Discover the true story of life in Jersey during the German Occupation in WW2.
- St. Brelade’s Bay - Named as the #3 best-rated beach in the UK in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards in 2019, St. Brelade’s is an island favourite, perfect for those seeking a day on the water.
- Bioluminescence on the beach - Enjoy an evening moonlight coastal walk and discover a rare natural phenomenon as the tide falls.
- RIB Trips to Jersey’s Archipelago - Home to one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, explore Jersey’s archipelago, on a RIB trip and discover a submerged coastal landscape of reefs and islands, revealed at low tide.
- La Corbière Lighthouse - Walk across the causeway past rock pools and sandy beaches to discover the dramatic spot where sand meets sea.
- Mont Orgueil Castle - Discover secret rooms and hidden treasures before enjoying the view of Gorey Harbour, and on a clear day the coastline of France.
- Number 10 Bar & Restaurant - Indulge in a spectacular dining experience of European cuisines using seasonal, local produce.
- Coasteering - Thrill seekers can get a natural high with Jersey’s original coasteering company; Jersey Adventures in two hours of swimming, climbing, caving and discovering secret bays