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.
- 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.
- Vehicle insurance requirements (Green Cards)
- For clarification about the requirements for Green cards, or the procedures you should follow in the event of being involved in an accident whilst driving abroad, you should contact your Insurance company who can provide further information in this regard.
- More information is available by visiting Driving Abroad - States of Guernsey (gov.gg)
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.
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.
- Customs requirements
- 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:
- where you go over your allowances
- that are commercial goods
- that are banned
- 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.
- Further information regarding customs requirements can be found on www.gov.gg/gba or by contacting the Guernsey Border Agency on 01481 221431 or email@example.com.
- Further information regarding arrivals by private vessel or private aircraft can be found here.
- Agri-food products (food, animals and plant material)
- Currently there is no limit on the importation of food providing it is for personal use. However please note some foods may be considered 'high risk plants' and so these may have importation requirements as explained below.
- Animals (pets) can be brought back but they must be imported under the animal import notification scheme.
- 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.
- Further information regarding Animal & Plant Health requirements can be found on https://gov.gg/planthealth or by contacting the Animal & Plant Health Inspector 01481 221161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.