Covid-19 tests for returning Alderney residents will be carried out by hospital staff and WILL be free of charge, the States has confirmed.
Alderney will be joining the rest of the Bailiwick in Phase 5b of release from lockdown from Thursday September 3rd.
Isolation requirements reduce to seven days for residents returning from a Group B country if they take a Covid-19 test on day seven and results come back negative.
For non residents tests will be carried out by the Island Medical Centre and will cost £130.
To be eligible to take part in the seven-day test option under Phase 5b, a person must not have spent any time in the seven days immediately before their arrival in the Bailiwick in a place that is included in the Group A category at the time of arrival. The countries included within each category can be found here.
If a person has spent any of the previous seven days, or any part of a day, in a place that is at the time of their arrival in the Bailiwick specified as a Category A country/region, they will not be eligible to take a test on day seven.
Visitors arriving in Guernsey with a commercial airline or ferry operator for onward travel to Alderney will be provided with a form to complete before they land. In that form they will be asked to list the countries they have visited in the seven days before travel to the Bailiwick. This form, along with a form of ID, must be presented to a Guernsey Border Agency representative. After providing the relevant information to the Guernsey Border Agency, passengers will be able to commence their onward travel directly to the location where they will be self-isolating in Alderney.
Any persons arriving in the Bailiwick from anywhere in the world, including Jersey and the United Kingdom, but not the Isle of Man, will be required to provide specified information and satisfactory proof of their identity to any customs officer, police officer or other authorised person who requests the information. This information is required in order to enable the Medical Officer of Health to contact that person without delay during the 14-day period of self-isolation.
On arrival in Alderney passengers are required to travel directly from the airport or harbour to their designated self-isolating address and remain there for seven days. On day seven they will be eligible for a test, which if negative will release them into a further seven-day period of passive follow up. The restrictions on travel and the rules regarding self-isolation and during the period of passive follow up will be the same as in Guernsey and can be found on the www.gov.gg website.
The Covid-19 tests will be conducted by Health & Social Care (HSC) staff who will contact the travellers direct to arrange the test.
All tests conducted by HSC staff will be free.
Visitors are reminded of the limited qualified staff available on Alderney and in the unlikely event that there are no HSC staff available on the day of testing, an alternative time and date will be set. In these circumstances, visitors will have the option of a private test undertaken by staff at the Island Medical Centre which will charge £130 for this service. Please contact the Island Medical Centre for further details (01481 822077).
It is expected that all test results will be available 24-48 hours after testing (weather depending). All visitors have the option of foregoing the test and completing 14 days of self- isolation as at present