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Common Travel Area: Guernsey & Jersey are within the Common Travel Area and outside of any UK Government ban on international travel.

In accordance with the latest advice from the States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey if you are flying to Guernsey or Jersey, please read the following pre-departure information. 

Jersey:

From 26 April
Regions are categorised into Green, Amber and Red bands which will determine testing and isolation requirements when arriving in Jersey:

  • Green* - Day 0 + Day 5 & Day 10 PCR test (if still in Jersey): Self-isolation until Day 0 negative test result - expected within an average of 12 hours
  • Amber - Day 0, Day 5 + Day 10 PCR test (if still in Jersey): Self-isolation until Day 5 negative test result
  • Red - Day 0, Day 5 & Day 10 PCR test: Self-isolation until Day 10 negative test result

Click here for the latest regional classifications

Pre-departure negative Covid test
*For arrivals from Green regions, it is possible to replace the need for a Day 0 test on arrival in Jersey and the need to isolate with evidence of a negative pre-departure PCR Covid test, this will need to be pre-approved prior to arrival in Jersey, more information is available here.

Before 26 April
Anyone arriving in Jersey prior to 26 April will require Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10 PCR tests and will be required to isolate until in receipt of a negative Day 10 test.

All arrivals
Everyone travelling to Jersey is required to complete an online registration form within 48 hours before departure, which will include a declaration of your travel history for the 14 days prior to arrival in Jersey.

JERSEY PRE-REGISTRATION FORM

General advice for travelling to Jersey can be found here.


Guernsey:

From 1 July
Guernsey's borders will re-open without regional classification.

From 30 April
Regions will be classified as Categories 1, 2, 3 or 4 which will determine testing and isolation requirements when arriving in Guernsey:

  • Category 1: Air bridge only, no isolation or testing requirements
  • Category 2: Day 1 + Day 7 PCR test, (if still in Guernsey) Self-isolation until Day 0 negative test result
  • Category 3: Day 1, Day 7 PCR test, Self-isolation until Day 7 negative test result
  • Category 4: Day 1, Day 13 PCR test, Self-isolation until Day 14 

Click here for the latest regional classifications

Before 30 April
Anyone arriving in Guernsey prior to 30 April will be required to take Day 0, Day 13 PCR tests and self-isolate for 14 Days. 

All arrivals
Everyone travelling to Guernsey is required to complete a travel tracker prior to arrival in Guernsey:

GUERNSEY TRAVEL TRACKER

General advice for travel to Guernsey can be found here, alternatively, please call the States of Guernsey Covid non-clinical helpline on 01481 717118.


If you have any questions you can call the Blue Islands Customer Care team on:
01234 589 200 (Mon-Fri: 09.00-16.00) or customercare@blueislands.com 

Border policies subject to change - for the very latest information please follow links to relevant websites for the States of Guernsey and Government of Jersey 

Our great value flights are now available to book until March 2022.

For added peace of mind, our free changes offer has been extended for travel until 5 March 2022 when you book by 8 April 2021 (terms apply).

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Enhanced wellbeing - fly with confidence

The continued safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority which is why we have implemented enhanced wellbeing measures which includes all customers aged 11 and above wearing face masks.

There is an exemption to the requirement for a face covering for customers with medical grounds, such as respiratory difficulties. If you meet the exemption requirements, you may be asked to present supporting government documentation

This is one element of a series of enhanced wellbeing measures we have implemented which include:

  • Microbe Shield surface protection in the cabin
  • Aircraft touch point sanitation procedures
  • Cabin air is continuously replenished with fresh air every 5 - 7 minutes, the cabin may be slightly cooler than normal, therefore you may wish to have a jumper to hand
  • Seat allocation to maximise the distance between passengers in the cabin where possible.
  • Reduced contact points, with the exception of safety cards, all seat-back literature has been removed and there is no inflight service

We look forward to welcoming you on board.

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Lloyd Collins

Lloyd Collins

Meet the Team - Lloyd Collins Head of Inflight Services

In the first of a new series of behind the scenes features, we asked Blue Islands’ Head of Inflight Services Lloyd Collins to spill the beans on what his role in the pan-Channel Island based airline entails.

Lloyd has worked with Blue Islands since January 2015 as head of inflight services, when he returned to Jersey after an aviation career which started in 1996 with the airline which went onto become Flybe – Jersey European Airways.

Tell us a bit about your background?

Just before I was born, my parents moved from Jersey to a small town on the border of England and Wales called Chepstow, near Bristol, which is where I spent my first few years. I moved back to Jersey in 1995 when I was 17.

I’ve worked in aviation for near two decades, and loved every second of it. My CV lists no fewer than 11 airlines, and through hard work, determination and a passion for what I do, I’ve worked across a wide variety of inflight and operational disciplines. Plus, working in aviation means I have had the amazing opportunity to get to live all over the world, and during my career so far I’ve been based in London, Paris, Manchester, Jeddah, Lagos and now I’m back to my aviation genesis – Jersey.

I joined Blue Islands after a spell at British Airways, but have also worked for Thomas Cook, BMI, Titan Airways, British World Airlines and Air Atlanta Icelandic. I’m able to bring all that experience to this role and make our passengers’ time with us as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

What’s does a typical day involve?

Seeing as this is the first behind the scenes feature, I think I can get away with dropping the cliché “no two days are the same!” [Ed: it won’t be happening again]. I have what is probably one of the most diverse roles in the company. One day I can be interviewing prospective Cabin Crew Members, the next I can be training those new recruits in our in-house classroom or assessing them inflight, then the next day I’m working on our duty free and on board menu options. Other times I can be found updating the Cabin Crew PA announcements, either with legislative tweaks or adding news of our latest charity initiative, or reviewing cabin safety procedures and policies in accordance with latest regulatory authority guidance. Also part of my role is performing cabin inspections to ensure they meet the presentation standards our passengers expect. I’m also heavily involved with the commercial aspects of the Inflight Services Department and matching commercial needs with operational ones is often a balancing act. It’s a very ‘hands on’ role, which I absolutely love – but that also means I regularly have to be ready to literally turn my hand to anything!

How does working here differ from other airlines?

I’m a real people person, so one of the true joys of working for an airline the size of Blue Islands is I get to know each and every Cabin Crew member personally – which is the opposite from some of the larger carriers I have worked for. The team ethic and can-do culture here is second to none, and we strive each and every day to get people where they need to be, making their experience with us the best it can be. I also fly regularly as an operating Cabin Crew Member, and over the past few years, I’ve got to know a number of our regular passengers very well. I think it’s reassuring for our regular customers to see the familiar faces of either myself or our other members of the team on board. It’s great when passengers board and greet you by name – and it’s nice that we’re able to remember their usual Duty Free requests, or drink and snack preferences during the flight. Remembering who likes what tipple is only a small part of our role on board, but it is a nice way of recognising our regular travellers and making them feel “at home” whenever they are on board with us.

What’s your favourite place we fly to on the Blue Islands network?

London City! Without a doubt. It’s a jewel in the crown of the capital, and approaching it is a totally unique experience – with its amazing views of London’s iconic landmarks. Most people are often transfixed with seeing the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, the Shard, Docklands and 02 from a new perspective and I never tire of it. Plus when you land, in only a few minutes you can be on board the DLR and speeding into the city.

What would you recommend to a visitor to Jersey?

Quite simply, the island is stunning. Anyone visiting has got to head to the beaches, no matter what time of year they visit. In the summer, they can grab an ice cream and stroll along with their feet in the sea, and in the winter head out to the rugged north-coast cliffs. The salty fresh air and sound of waves lapping – or in the winter, crashing – up against the shore does everyone the world of good, it certainly helps me to relax.

Then there’s the food! Everyone must try the fresh, locally caught seafood lunch with a chilled glass of wine. Check into one of the many spa hotels, indulge in the treatments offered, before heading into St Helier for a pre-dinner cocktail before deciding where to enjoy dinner. It is a wonderful place to visit, and an even more fabulous place to live.

Finally, what’s the most memorable period of your career in the skies to date?

Well, there are so many memorable events and occasions that spring instantly to mind, but I’m unsure of how appropriate it would be to publish them!

On a serious note, I’d say that during my time in Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah, operating ‘Hajj’ flights has to undoubtedly be one of the most memorable highlights of my career.

‘Hajj’ is the fifth pillar of Islam, and according to their faith, every able bodied Muslim must make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime, should they have the material means to do so. Hajj is an exceptionally busy time for specialist charter airlines, who rebase their entire fleet in that part of the world during the Hajj period each year, to transport literally millions of Muslim pilgrims to and from Mecca. My first Hajj was operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic on behalf of the then airline, Air Afrique. Me and my crew of 18, away from home and together for almost six months, took our Boeing 747 Jumbo backwards and forwards between Jeddah and some of the most obscure and remote parts of the African continent – getting to experience destinations that would never, ever appear on the tourist map. Our passengers included members of indigenous African tribes – whole villages would save up for an entire lifetime to be able to send just one or two people on the Hajj. This was one of the most humbling, thought provoking and amazing experiences I think I’ve ever had. You’ve heard the expression ‘it really is a different world’ and I think in describing this part of my flying life – the expression is absolutely accurate!

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