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Channel Islands Free of Foot and Mouth Disease; Jersey and Guernsey Open for Business.

JERSEY and GUERNSEY, Channel Islands, March 28 /PRNewswire/ --

The Channel Islands remain free of Foot and Mouth disease, and there are no restrictions being imposed on the movement of visitors entering or moving within the Islands.

The heads of the Jersey and Guernsey tourist boards report that prospective vacationers planning spring holidays to the Islands can expect to find things "business as usual," with visitor attractions unaffected.

"Everything that visitors come to see is still freely accessible. Beaches, cliff paths, tourist attractions, and country lanes are all open, and we're welcoming tourists," said Chris Brock, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Tourist Board.

Chief Executive of Jersey Tourism Elizabeth Jeffreys explained, "For those considering a vacation, there is no better place suited than our beautiful island. We have 45 miles of some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Europe, 50 miles of Green Lanes, and a wide range of attractions to appeal to every interest." Green Lanes, which are found on Jersey and Guernsey, are specially selected country lanes and coastal paths where cyclists and walkers have priority.

The Channel Islands, which lie 15 miles off the French coast in the English Channel, have more restaurants, museums, and historical sites per square mile than most European cities. Yet they offer mile after mile of pristine beaches for sunbathing, birdwatching, hiking, and fishing and are a golfer's paradise. With the third largest tidal range in the world, they are rich in marine life and migratory shore birds. Eco-tourists from around the world come to see the remarkable Durrell Center for Wildlife Preservation and The Jersey Zoo.

The Channel Islands are taking normal precautions at points of entry to remain free of the disease. All passengers arriving in the Channel Islands, whether by sea or air, are required to walk on a disinfectant mat upon arrival. Visitors are being asked to leave behind foodstuffs, and a ban is in place to prevent movement of dogs out of the island. Locals and visitors alike are asked to refrain from petting farm animals should they come in to contact and to avoid footpaths that cross farmland.

Tourism information is regularly updated on the Islands' Web sites: http://www.jersey.com and http://www.guernseytouristboard.com. For more information, call Channel Islands Tourism Office at (800) 617-3333.
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