Useful Information - Alderney
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 allowances
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 Alderney from foreign countries is severe.
There are two cash dispensers on the island at HSBC and Lloyds/TSB in Victoria Street.
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
|HSBC Victoria Street
|Lloyds/TSB*, Victoria Street
|NatWest*, Victoria Street
|Portman Channel Islands Ltd, Ollivier Street
|Post Office Savings Bank*, Victoria Street
The island is one of the cheapest places in Europe to hire a car. You will be surprised how reasonable the daily
and weekly rates are together with fuel at around half the cost of that in the UK.
Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, Methodist Church, Salvation Army. Quakers.
For more information, click here.
Left-hand traffic; no traffic jams.
Parking disk for restricted parking areas in St. Anne's.
Island wide speed limit: 35mph.
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,
Alderney offers its own duty-free facilities, where visitors can purchase alcohol and cigarettes at
exceptionally low prices, prior to departure from different retail outlets on the Island.
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 Alderney.
The UK National Health Service does not extend to Alderney but there is a reciprocal Health Convention between
the UK Dept of Health and the States of Alderney for immediate necessary medical services for visitors. Island
residents receive free hospital care 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.
|The Island Medical Centre, Sundial House, Les Roquettes
|Dental Practice, Venelles du Milieu
|Medical Practice, Ollivier Court
|Mignot Memorial Hospital, Crabby
Newspapers, Radio & TV
UK national newspapers and some foreign papers are available on the Island, together with the Alderney Journal,
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 received on 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.
Alderney's Post Office is a sub-office of the Guernsey Post Office and has its own stamps which is used on
postage mailed from the island. The Post Office is open Mon to Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm and Sat 8.30 am to 12.00pm.
Banks offices and many shops close on Public Holidays. These are the same as in the UK except for an additional
one in the first week of August which coincides with Alderney's carnival week.
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 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 on Wednesday afternoons. During the height of the summer season,
some shops also open on Sundays.
If you require further information or advice on the import or export of goods, please
The Customs & Excise Department
PO Box 417
St. Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 3WJ
Tel; +44 (0)1481 726911
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