Useful Information - Guernsey
Alcohol & Tobacco Allowance to UK or Europe
Cigarettes 200 or Cigarillos 100 or Cigars 50 or Tobacco 250g
Table Wine 2 litres
Spirits(+ 22% vol.) 1 litre or Fortified sparkling wine 2 litres
or additional still Table wine 2 litres
Perfume 60cc/ml and Toilet Water 250 cc/ml
Other Goods £145
Persons under 17 are not entitled to tobacco or alcohol
The Channel Islands are Rabies-free and so only animals originating from the British Isles may
be landed (the only exception is where an import licence is held. In all other cases a 6-month quarantine is
required. The penalty for smuggling animals into Guernsey from foreign countries is severe.
There are cash dispensers in Town, The Bridge at St Sampson, the Airport (HSBC only) Safeways in
the Rohais, St Martin's parish centre and certain garages.
Cheques supported by a cheque card are accepted by most establishments and all major credit
cards and traveller cheques may also be used.
UK and CI notes and coins are in circulation, but CI notes should be exchanged for Sterling
prior to returning to the UK. CI money is on a par with Sterling
|Barclays, High Street
|HSBC, High Street
|Lloyds/TSB*, Smith Street
|NatWest*, High Street
|Royal Bank of Scotland
The island has a frequent bus service and coach tours covering most parts of the island run
Filter in turn; yellow criss-cross junction which means that all traffic entering has
priority and you must enter in turn with others
Yellow lines on the side mean no stopping or parking. Yellow lines at junctions mean
Parking is free but parking clocks are required in designated areas. Parking clocks can be
purchased from most garages or from Police HQ in Hospital Lane, St Peter Port. Disabled drivers may park in
any designated parking area for up to two hours, provided they display a permit (orange badge) from a participating
European country and they display a parking clock.
Island wide speed limit: 35mph (56kph), except some areas including St Peter Port which are
There are strict regulations about driving on beaches during the summer without a permit. Free
car parks are provided at most beach headlands.
Seat belts in the front are compulsory.
The possession or importation of heroin, morphine, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines,
barbiturates, LSD and MD (M) A (Ecstasy) are totally banned in all the Channel Islands and are punished with severe
fines and in many cases, custodial sentences.
Guernsey has a duty-free shop at the airport and low duty at all other shops.
Electrical sockets same as in the UK. Voltage 240 volts AC.
The island's public records office is known as the Greffe and is situated in the Royal Court
Building, near the top of Smith Street. Here you will find details of births, deaths and marriages . It is also the
equivalent of the Land Registrar where all property ownership is recorded
Importation of Goods
The following restrictions apply:
If brought in from a country of the EC
Goods to an unlimited value, with the exception of beer and cider to a maximum of 50 litres per
person (or a combination of beer and cider).
If brought in from a country outside of the E.C
Goods to a value of £136.
If you bring in something worth more than the limited value of £136, you will have to pay duty
on the full value, not just on the value above £136.
If travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards an item
worth more than the limited value. You will have to pay duty on the full value of the item.
English is the language spoken in Guernsey although some residents still speak the local
Guille-Alles Library, Market Street, St Peter Port
This excellent public library in the heart of town has a vast number of books
and audio tapes for loan and use is free provided you join as a member. It is also an extremely useful resource
for researching the history of the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guille-Allès Library
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Priaulx Library, Candie Road
The Library is a popular place for finding out about Guernsey history and
particularly geneology as it has thousands of old records, many of which are now on fiche. It attracts visitors
from all over the world with Guernsey family connection, but particularly from Australia, New Zealand, Canada
and the USA where so may Guernsey families have emigrated to in the past three hundred years. Situated close to
the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery.
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Perry’s Ref: T H5. Tel: 721988
Mondays to Saturdays 10.00am to 11.45pm. On Sundays, bars which hold a family permit can open
between 12.00 noon and 3.30pm and 6.00pm to 12.45 am with the purchase of a meal.
The UK National Health Service does not extend to Guernsey and the reciprocal Health Convention
between the UK Dept of Health and the States of Guernsey for immediate necessary medical services for visitors has
been cancelled by the UK government. Visitors therefore need to meet costs incurred and seek reimbursement through
travel insurance. Island residents receive free hospital care and Specialist medical cover but have to meet the
cost of GP, Optician and physiotherapy services. The cost of an ambulance must also be privately met. Prescription
drugs are subject to a set charge.
Useful medical numbers
|St John's Ambulance, Rohais, St Peter Port
|Boots, High Street, St Peter Port
|Grange Pharmacy, St Peter Port
|Market Pharmacy, St Peter Port
|Pollet Pharmacy, St Peter Port
|St Martin's Pharmacy
|Stonelakes Pharmacy, St Sampsons
|Cobo Health Centre, Castel
|L'Aumone Surgery, Castel
|Longfrie Surgery, St Peter
|Medical Specialist Group, St Martin
|Pier Steps Surgery, St Peter Port
|Queen's Road Medical Centre, St Peter Port
|Rohais Medical Centre
|St Martin's Health Centre
|St Sampson's Medical Centre
|Princess Elizabeth Hospital, St Martin
Newspapers, Radio & TV
UK national newspapers and some foreign papers are available on the Island, together with
the Guernsey Press, Guernsey Globe and the Jersey Evening Post. Channel TV is the local ITV provider and
ITV's Channel 4 (but not Channel 5) and BBC 1 & 2 are also available. BBC local radio and the commercial
station Island FM are also transmitted from the island
Passports are not required for citizens of Britain and the Irish Republic. Citizens of the
European Community, Austria, Switzerland, Monaco and Liechtenstein require passports or national identity cards.
Nationals of other western European countries and North America need valid passports , but visas are not required.
Passport are issued by the Guernsey Immigration Office at the White Rock terminal building.
The Guernsey Post Office issues its own stamps for mail issued from the island. It also
has an active philatelic business with frequent first day issue covers.
Public holidays are the same as the UK with the exception of May 9th Liberation day which is a
holiday in Guernsey.
There are two local radio stations serving the Bailiwick, BBC Radio Guernsey on 93.2FM
www.bbc.co.uk/radioguernsey and Island FM on 104.7FM www.islandfm.guernsey.net
Most religions are catered for including Church of England, Roman Catholic , Baptist, Elim,
Methodist, New Frontiers, Quakers, Salvation Army, United Reform and Buddhists. For more information on
the Buddhists, click here . For more information on
other Churches, click here
A licence is required for the importation of any of the following:
Animals and birds
Caravans and dormobiles
Endangered species whether alive or dead
also such things as fur, ivory, and reptile leather
(or goods made from them)
Firearms, explosives and ammunition, including fireworks and gas cannisters
Certain plants, trees, shrubs, potatoes, fruit and vegetables
Certain radio transmitters, such as CB radios
Uncooked meats and poultry
The Channel Islands are served by Channel Televison www.channelonline.tv and the BBC www.bbc.co.uk/ and Sky Digital www.sky.com . Channel 5 is not available locally except through Sky but will be available
after the digital switchover in November 2010.
The time is the same as the rest of the UK.
VAT- free Shopping
The island has no VAT and so enjoy the shopping experience. Shops are generally open Monday to
Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm. However some shops close for lunch and Thursday afternoons. The
fish/vegetable/fruit/flower market is closed Thursday afternoons. Sunday shopping is very restricted and mostly
outside of town. Alcohol can not be purchased on a Sunday except in bars - see licensing hours.
If you require further information or advice on the import or export of
goods, please contact:
The Customs & Excise Department
PO Box 417
St. Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 3WJ
Tel; +44 (0)1481 726911
Other Useful Numbers