Driving Licences and International Driving Permits
Information on using your Guernsey driving licence in the EU and requirements in relation to International Driving Permits following the end of the transition period is available here.
More information, including applications forms for International Driving Permits, is available here.
Customs duty - changes to the Bailiwick of Guernsey's personal allowances from 1st January 2021
As of the 1st January 2021 passengers travelling into the Bailiwick of Guernsey from a place outside the Bailiwick will be relieved from the payment of any duty of customs or excise on the descriptions and in the quantities shown below.
Allowances from the UK, Jersey and Isle of Man will remain unchanged. Excise duty will continue to be charged on any tobacco and alcoholic drinks that are imported in excess of these allowances. Goods, other tobacco and alcoholic drinks, brought in from the UK, Jersey or Isle of Man, and provided all customs duties have been paid, will not be subject to any customs duty upon importation.
The significant change from 1st January 2021 is that all goods imported from the European Union will become liable to customs duty. Passengers who bring in goods in excess of the tobacco, alcoholic drinks or other goods allowances may have to pay customs duties in addition to any applicable excise duties.
The rates of customs duties applicable will be determined by the UK Global Tariff which will apply to all goods imported into the Bailiwick from anywhere other than the UK, Jersey or Isle of Man.
RELIEF FROM IMPORT DUTY
In certain circumstances goods can be imported with full or partial relief from import duties.
over 22% by volume (spirits/strong liqueurs) - 1 litre
under 22% volume (including fortified and sparkling wine, and other liqueurs) - 2 litres
still table wine - 4 litres
plus 4 extra litres of still table wine if no spirits, liqueurs, fortified or sparkling wines
beer or cider (or a combination) - 50 litres
GOODS OTHER THAN TOBACCO AND ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
If brought in from the UK, Jersey or Isle of Man, and provided all duties have been paid, goods to an unlimited value.
If brought in from a place outside the UK, Jersey or Isle of Man by a person:
travelling on a commercial air or sea service - goods to a value of £390
travelling by private aircraft or private vessel - goods to a value of £270
If you bring in something worth more than the limits, you will have to pay duty on the full value, not just on the value above £390 or £270.
If you are travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards one item worth more that the limit. You will have to pay duty on the full value of the item.
ELIGIBILITY FOR PERSONAL ALLOWANCES
Personal allowances are only afforded to passengers where articles are brought into the Bailiwick as accompanied baggage, and their import is of a non-commercial character. Imports are regarded as being of a non-commercial character if they take place occasionally and they consist exclusively of goods for the personal or family use of the travellers, or of goods intended as presents. Goods not meeting this criteria are liable to the full excise and customs duties, i.e. no allowance is given.
Education - studying in the EU
If you are already studying in the EU by 31 December 2020 you will be able to continue studying and will be able to broadly live as you do now.
If you intend to undertake a full course at a higher education provider in the EU from 1st January 2021, information on matters that you may need to take into consideration is available here.
If you have further questions you should contact the relevant higher education provider.
Education - Erasmus
Information on applying for Erasmus+ is available here. For further information you should contact your higher education providers.
Education - school visits
Information on considerations that need to be taken when organising school visits to the EU after 1st January 2021 is available here.
National guidance for arranging overseas visits is available here.
During the pandemic schools should not organise residential visits but other visits can take place. Visits abroad should not happen. Further information and advice on the implications for educational visits during the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic is available here.
Bringing goods to the Bailiwick from the EU
Passengers looking to travel once COVID-related border restrictions are eased are asked to take note of the new customs requirements when importing goods from the EU as well as which agri-food products (food, animals and plant material) can be brought between France (and the rest of the EU) and the Bailiwick.
Since 1st January 2021 there have been some significant changes in the way goods are treated by Customs when they arrive from the EU. Passengers arriving from an EU country into the Bailiwick now need to be aware that certain goods must be declared to Customs on arrival and import and/or excise duty may be liable. When arriving into the Bailiwick you must tell customs about ('declare') any goods:
that are restricted and you do not have an authority (e.g. import licence) to import the goods
In addition to the alcohol and tobacco allowances, if you now bring in goods worth more than £390 on a commercial air or sea service or £270 by private aircraft or private vessel, from any country other than the UK, Jersey or Isle of Man, you must declare these items to Customs and you may have to pay import duty on the full value of the item.
As part of the new invasive non-native species (INNS) policy, a list of species has been compiled which are not permitted to be imported into Guernsey. In conjunction with this policy, the general import licence has also been updated. Anybody looking to import an animal should familiarise themselves with these documents which can be found here. More information about this INNS policy can be found here.
'High risk' plants and plant material from the EU must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate which is issued by the originating country. You must notify the Animal & Plant Health Inspector (01481 221161) prior to importation. These items will be subject to documentary and identity checks on arrival in Guernsey. The complete list of 'high risk plants' and plant material can be found here but passengers are notably reminded that all plants and plant material for planting, as well as potatoes, and some seeds and logs must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
Who will this apply to?
This information will apply to passengers looking to use the ferry once it recommences as well as those travelling directly to Guernsey from the EU via aircraft when these routes recommence in future.
Officers are working with the travel operators to remind passengers of these rules prior to their trip but signs and bins will also be provided at the ports so that plants and plant material that fall within these definitions that are not accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate can be voluntarily disposed of. If designated plants / plant material are not accompanied by the relevant certificate and are not voluntarily disposed of then they will be subject to seizure and destruction and must be declared to Customs at the time of arrival into the Bailiwick.
The types and volumes of agri-food products that can be imported to Guernsey from the EU are subject to change but media updates and information on the States of Guernsey website will be provided so that passengers are pre-warned and prepared.
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