23rd August 2021 – Latest Guernsey Harbours information

Locally Registered Vessels Returning from Outside of the Bailiwick

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Visiting Leisure Vessels

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We have just completed our 2021 trip to England and experienced the “new normal” post 1st July 2021. Below are our findings.

Guernsey to England

Important

When going to U.K. there are new regulations you have to follow and a Form C1331 you have to submit to advise the Border Force of your trip. These are Brexit regulations and not Covid regulations and do apply to boats visiting the UK from the Channel Islands.

The requirements are as follows: www.gov.uk/government/publicat…

  • Complete form C1331
  • Fly the Q flag (yellow) when you arrive within 12nm of the UK coast
  • Phone the National Yachtline on 0300 123 2012 when you arrive. They will tell you what to do.
  • Put the C1331 form (part 2) in the yellow Border Agency box or find a post office and post it to the Border agency.

When you arrive in the UK, you will need to follow the UK’s self-isolation rules. If you arrive in the UK from the Common Travel Area (‘CTA’) (UK, Republic of Ireland, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man) you do not currently need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK. 

You will have to follow the COVID-19 rules which apply to the part of the UK that you are visiting.

The UK’s COVID-19 border measures can change at short notice so it is recommended that you check the latest UK information before travel (bearing in mind the place of your arrival into and departure from the UK)

These are useful links and worth printing
www.gov.uk/government/publicat…
www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/b…
www.gov.uk/government/organisa…

Our experience

For us, this all went smoothly. We called the National Yachtline on arrival and selected option 2 which was for boats (1 is for planes). The person was helpful and went through some questions. He then looked up some Covid questions and said we needed to ensure we take a Covid test in the next 2 days. I explained we were from the Common Travel area and he said, “Ah yes, you do not need to take a test, please take down your yellow flag and you are free to leave the boat”.

We found a post office (there was no yellow box) and bought an envelope and an English stamp. You may wish to bring an envelope and address it prior to departure (ideally with a stamp on it).

While in the UK, always have a face mask in your pocket. Visiting the facilities, marina office, shops and restaurants all require a face mask. Most places are open but for all visitor attractions, you must book in advance. You may find it useful to download the NHS app. We did not have to enter any personal information, but it did allow us to scan a QR code at every place we visited. This is much more convenient than staff having to take down your details if you have not scanned the QR code using the app.

England to Guernsey

Guernsey’s rules changed on 1st July 2021 for people who have had their 2nd vaccine at least 14 days before the date of arrival.

For people who do not meet the above criteria, please ensure you comply with Guernsey’s very strict rules.

Bailiwick of Guernsey residents returning to Guernseywww.harbours.gg/CHttpHandler.a…

Visitors to the Islandwww.harbours.gg/CHttpHandler.a…

See the following site for the latest map covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel…

Our experience

We arrived in Guernsey. You need to call VHF Channel 12 on arrival which is Guernsey VTS. We tried Port Control on VHF 20 and they asked us to call VHF 12.

We were met by a marina dory and directed to the Swan pontoons. The central passage to the Swan pontoons now seems to be opened up. All very helpful and efficient.

At shortly before 16:00 hours, we put on our face masks and proceeded to the testing tent on the Crown Pier with our completed Travel Tracker in hand and they checked through our details and we were free to go and return to our permanent mooring as we were Blue Channel.

Please ensure you have added your Vaccination Certificate to the Travel Tracker prior to completing the details of your arrival into Guernsey. Please also note you will require your Social Security number in order to complete the details. This is your GY number.