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Find out everything you need to know about visiting Jersey.

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Coming to visit? Whether it’s a perfect island break just for the two of you or an adventure for all the family, here’s where you’ll find information to help plan your trip, from useful details to know before you come to practical tips for when you get here.

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Before you visit

Jersey’s unique blend of English and European influences gives the island a natural charm, but there are plenty of things you’ll find familiar here.

First things first, where exactly is Jersey?

Located some 100 miles (160 kms) south of mainland Britain, Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles. In fact, it's much closer to France, lying just 14 miles (22 kms) from its coast.

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Language

We speak English - with a faint Jersey accent and as you explore you’ll see road signs in French, relics of our Norman past. Jersey has its own native language, Jerriais - an old Norman language with a sprinkling of Norse. Although you may not hear it spoken, it’s part of the island’s heritage - look closely and you’ll see traces of it around the island from map locations (Greve means beach) to street names.

Currency

Our currency is sterling, but the island has its own money, the Jersey pound. It’s one of the last few places you’ll see a pound note, and while the notes may look different, the value is the same. You’ll usually be given Jersey money as change when you’re shopping, but English money can be freely used and all major debit and credit cards are accepted. There are ATM machines in St Helier and across the island.

Island time

It’s the same as the UK. Jersey follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and changes to British Summer Time along with the mainland.

Jersey's weather

  • Today

  • Forecast valid 6 am to 6 pm
  • Current

    15.5°C

  • Min 12°C - Max 17°C
  • UV Index: 2
  • Cloudy at first, but some sunny intervals, lengthening this afternoon. Becoming cloudy this evening with rain after midnight.
  • F4

    Southerly moderate F4 to fresh F5, occasionally strong F6 from mid afternoon.

  • Friday

  • Forecast valid 6 am to 6 pm
  • Min 11°C - Max 16°C
  • UV Index: 2
  • Cloudy with periods of rain, becoming bright and dry by late morning. Sunny periods and the chance of a shower in the afternoon.
  • F5

    Southerly fresh F5 to strong F6, veering west moderate F4 to fresh F5, backing southwest in the afternoon.

  • Saturday

  • Forecast valid 6 am to 6 pm
  • Min 12°C - Max 15°C
  • UV Index: 2
  • F5

    SW F5

  • Sunday

  • Forecast valid 6 am to 6 pm
  • Min 10°C - Max 16°C
  • UV Index: 2
  • F6

    SW F6

  • Monday

  • Forecast valid 6 am to 6 pm
  • Min 10°C - Max 15°C
  • UV Index: 2
  • F5

    WSW F5

  • Tuesday

  • Forecast valid 6 am to 6 pm
  • Min 8°C - Max 14°C
  • UV Index: 2
  • F5

    WSW F5

As the most southerly of the Channel Islands, Jersey’s climate is relatively mild - our weather is similar to the south coast of Britain but often slightly warmer and sunnier. The hottest days are normally found in July and August, with average temperatures around 18-20°C.

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Electricity

The island uses UK plug sockets (3-pin) and 240 voltage. European and US visitors will need adaptors which can be bought in St Helier.

Passports / Visas

Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, therefore you do not need to complete the UK Government Travel Declaration Form for travel. There are no formal immigration controls when travelling within the Common Travel Area. If you are arriving in Jersey from the UK, Isle of Man or Guernsey you must carry some form of photographic identification. If you are not British or Irish and coming to Jersey directly from Ireland you must have a passport with you. Customs and immigration officers may ask to see your photo ID and evidence of your UK immigration permissions. Always check with your airline and ferry company before travelling to confirm the identification you’ll need to carry.

Arriving from outside the Common Travel Area.

Everyone arriving in Jersey directly from outside the Common Travel Area will require a valid passport, other than a few exemptions. If you are just visiting Jersey on holiday you don’t need a visa if you’re an EU or EAA national.

For more information about whether you’ll need your passport or a visa, read the advice for visitors from the Government of Jersey.

All arrivals

All passengers arriving in Jersey are required to complete a Travel Form within the 48 hours prior to their arrival in Jersey, which can be located here.

Mobiles

The main UK mobile networks don’t extend to Jersey and usually class phoning in Jersey as an international call. Check with your service provider for current charges. To call a Jersey telephone number, use the Jersey dialling code - 01534 from the UK and from any other country you must use +44 1534

Working in Jersey

Planning to live and work in Jersey? If you’re a British citizen or a national of a Member State of the European Economic Area, you don’t need a work permit. If you have relevant skills, you’re welcome to look for a job in Jersey. You can find out more information about living and working in Jersey here.

Caravan and motorhome permits

Visitors wishing to travel to Jersey with a caravan or motorhome will require a permit. Contact your campsite directly or visit gov.je for further information.

Due to current legislation it is not possible to use a caravan or motorhome as overnight accommodation except on a registered campsite. Please ensure that a reservation is made at a campsite prior to travelling to Jersey.

Dog friendly holidays in Jersey

Jersey is a dog friendly place to come on holiday. Find out about how to travel and places you can stay with your four-legged friend in Jersey.

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Eat & Drink

Field to fork

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Stay

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Whilst you're here

Need to work out the best time to go shopping? Or where to find wifi? Here’s a roundup of basic information that will help while you’re here.

The Jersey Flag 

You’ll know you’ve arrived in Jersey when you see the Jersey Flag flying, it has a red diagonal cross on a white background, with three gold leopards (or lions) on a red crest surmounted by a gold crown in the top triangle.

Opening times

Shops in St Helier are open normally from 9 am until 5.30 pm from Monday to Saturday with some shops staying open later on Thursdays. Most shops are closed on Sundays. St Helier’s Victorian Central Market and the Fish Market close at 2 pm on Thursday afternoon, but are open from 7.30 am until 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday.

Post Office

Sending a postcard home? The main post office is in Broad Street, St Helier with smaller post offices around the island. You’ll need a Jersey postage stamp on all mail posted in the island.

Goods & Services Tax

Jersey’s 5% goods and services tax (GST) is charged on most sales. Visitors travelling by air may be able to claim GST back on single purchases of selected goods of more than £300 (refund forms are stamped at Jersey airport as you leave). Not all local retailers are part of the GST visitor refund scheme so if you want to claim back GST, check with the store before you buy.

Tourist Information Centre

Jersey’s Tourist Information Centre is where you’ll find free maps, brochures and ideas of how to make the most of your island time. The team of local travel experts are ready to help you with information and suggestions on what to see, where to stay and restaurants to try. 

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Wifi

Get online while you’re here - free wifi is available at a number of destinations across Jersey from travel hubs like Liberation Station, Jersey Airport, Jersey Harbour, Elizabeth Marina as well as in many cafés and hotels.

Accessibility

Jersey makes every effort to cater for disabled visitors, from accessible buses and taxis to accommodation specifically aimed at catering for disabled visitors at La Maison des Landes. Initiatives like Wetwheels, a powerboat adapted for disabled users and Beachability, a charity that hires wheelchairs specially designed for beach use, enable visitors to enjoy the island in all its beauty. Shopmobility scooters are available at St Helier’s Sand Street car park, and the island has a wide variety of disabled parking spaces and zones for Blue Badge holders. 

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In emergencies

Medical treatment

While you are visiting Jersey we want you to enjoy your stay, and although we hope that you will not need any medical attention during your holiday, we would like you to have peace of mind and reassurance that you know what is covered by our health care service, and ensure that you have the appropriate level of travel insurance to cover you.

We’ve summarised how our health system differs from the UK and links to find out more should you have any specific questions. We always strongly recommend travelling to the island with appropriate travel insurance.

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Emergency services

In the event of an emergency, dial 999 or 112 for ambulance services, Fire & Rescue or for the coastguard.

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