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.
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