During the transition period (until 31 December 2020), travel to and from the Bailiwick of Guernsey will continue as it did before. This is the case for travel to/from the UK, to/from the EU and to/from other destinations.
- Before 31 January 2020, passports issued in Guernsey referenced the European Union (and had burgundy covers). After 31 January 2020, passports issued in Guernsey will have a similar design to new passports issued in the UK (with blue covers) and will be different from passports issued to EU citizens.
- Passports issued before 31 January 2020 are still valid for travel during the transition period (until 31 January 2020) and afterwards. However, please note the point below about having six months validity on your passport.
- You will not need a passport (though you will still need a form of photographic identification) to travel between the Channel Islands and the UK throughout the transition period and afterwards. Rules for travel to EU countries are likely to change after the transition period (from 31 December 2020). . The new rules (after the transition period) will apply to people holding passports issued by the UK, its Overseas Territories and Gibraltar, as well as the Bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
- After 31 January 2020, the expiry date on your passport must be at least six months after the date you arrive in the country you are visiting. This applies to adult and child passports. If you renewed your passport before it expired, extra months might have been added to your new passport's expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years might not count towards the six months that must be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.
- The new rules will apply for travel to and between countries in the Schengen area. You can find a list of the 26 Schengen countries here.
- If your passport or your child's passport would not meet the new rules on the day you plan to arrive in or travel between any of these countries, you should renew the passport before you travel. You should apply to renew your passport or your child's passport at least eight weeks before you plan to travel to make sure you have it in time for your trip. Please don't delay - we don't want you to have to change your travel plans.
- You can still use our fast-track passport application service if you need a passport quickly. The premium service takes up to eight working days and costs £142 for an adult and £122 for a child.
- If you are an EU citizen and would like information about passports to travel to the Bailiwick of Guernsey , please visit the following page on the UK Government's website: Guidance for visiting the UK.
- There is a Passport Validity Checker on the UK Government's website to help you check that your passport is valid for travel in Europe. If you are still worried that your passport might not be valid for travel in Europe you can email Guernsey's Passport Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01481 741410 for advice.
Travel to EU countries not in the Schengen area
- Travel to and from the Republic of Ireland will continue as it was before 31 January 2020 because it forms part of the Common Travel Area (CTA). All parties to the CTA (UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies) confirmed their intention to maintain those arrangements after 31 January 2020.
- Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are not in the Schengen area. You can check the entry requirements for these countries on the UK Government's website.
Travel to countries outside the EU
- The rules for British passport holders travelling to countries outside the EU will not change regardless of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. You can check the rules for each country you want to visit on the UK Government's website.
Travel by air
- Flying between Guernsey and the UK
- During the transition period (until 31 December 2020) flights between Guernsey and the UK continue to operate as they did before 31 January 2020. We expect that they will continue to operate in the same way after the transition period. We don't expect there to be any significant issues for passengers holding 'Schengen' compliant British passports, including those issued in Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.
- Flying between Guernsey and Europe
- During the transition period (until 31 December 2020) flights between Guernsey and Europe continue to operate as they did before 31 January 2020. We expect that they will continue to operate in the same way after the transition period. We don't expect there to be any significant issues for passengers holding 'Schengen' compliant British passports, including those issued in Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man for travel into the EU Member States. . Please check online before you travel for the latest travel information (generally and for scheduled services from your airline)
- Flying outside of Europe
- During the transition period (until 31 December 2020) flights to countries outside of Europe continue to operate as they did before 31 January 2020. We expect that they will continue to operate in the same way after the transition period. Please check the immigration rules for the country that you will be visiting.
Travel by sea
- During the transition period (until 31 December 2020), all travel by sea to and from the Bailiwick will continue to operate as it did before 31 January 2020.
Driving in the EU
- In December 2018, the States of Guernsey agreed to seek extension of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, 1968. The purpose of the Convention is to facilitate flows of international road traffic and to increase road safety through the adoption of uniform traffic rules, across the European Union and globally. This will help Guernsey drivers and vehicles looking to travel within the EU. Following extension, the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure has continued to work towards the implementation of the Convention in a proportionate manner. As a result, there are additional insurance requirements (Green Card) for Guernsey vehicles and drivers using EU road networks. Please contact your insurance providers well in advance of your planned trip to Europe, if you intend to drive a vehicle.
- Using your Guernsey-registered vehicle in the EU
- The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure is working towards ensuring that Guernsey-registered vehicles meet the relevant safety standards. The compliance requirements are being introduced in a phased approach. This includes evidencing the vehicle has undergone an approved period test inspection ('PTI') (commonly referred to as MoT) and the introduction of the requirement for the fitting and wearing of seatbelts in the rear of vehicles.
- More information is available by visiting https://gov.gg/drivingabroad
Driving licences and International Driving Permits
- Using your Guernsey driving licence in the EU
- The Committee for theEnvironment & Infrastructure is working towards ensuring that Guernsey-issued driving licences are compliant with EU regulations and standards. Islanders intending to drive in certain countries need to apply for an International Driving Permit.
- International Driving Permit
- An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translation of your driving entitlement that guarantees the ability to drive abroad if carried together with a domestic-issued driving licence. An IDP is required for driving in Liechtenstein, , Iceland, Norway and all EU countries. In some cases you may need more than one IDP if travelling through multiple countries.
- You can get an IDP from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office at Bulwer Avenue. The application form can be downloaded at www.gov.gg/drivingabroad. For each application you will be required to produce: A completed and signed application form, a passport-sized photo (two if requesting two IDPs), and payment of £13 per IDP.
Pet Travel Scheme
- Cats, dogs and ferrets
- During the transition period (until 31 December 2020), pet travel will continue to operate as it did before 31 January 2020.
- We recommend that you contact your vet for travel advice at least four months before your planned travel date to check what you need to do.
- Pet cats, dogs, and ferrets will still need to enter the EU by a Travellers' Point of Entry - which includes the main ports of arrival from the Bailiwick to France. The rules for pets returning to Guernsey or the UK from the EU have not changed.
- For more information, please read guidance from Defra (the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) that also applies for Guernsey.
- During the transition period (until 31 December 2020), travel for horses will continue to operate as it did before 31 January 2020.
- Endangered species
- The trade in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) goods is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.
- There will be no changes to the rules for the movement of endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ("CITES"). Please click here for more information if you would like to import or export a product which is referred to as a 'CITES good'.