Useful Information - Jersey
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 St Helier and many other parts of the island including the airport,
harbour 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
|Abbey National International, St Helier
|Bank of Scotland
|Barclays, St Helier
|Lloyds/TSB*, New Street, St Helier
|Royal Bank of Scotland, Bath Street, St Helier
The island has a frequent bus service and coach tours covering most parts of the island leaving
from the St Helier Weighbridge Bus terminus
information Tel: 721201.
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. There are
several Hire car firms in the island including the big names.
Church of England, Roman Catholic , Baptist, Elim, Methodist, New Frontiers, Quakers, Salvation
Army, United Reform.
Filter in turn; a 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 STOP.
Parking free, but parking clocks are required in designated areas.
Island wide speed limit: 40mph, except some areas including St Helier 20mph.
Seat belts in the front and rear 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.
There is a duty-free shop at the airport and low duty at all
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 Jersey although some residents still speak the local Jersey
patois, particularly in the country parishes.
At the discretion of the proprietor, public bars are open to persons over 18 between the
following hours: Weekdays 09.00 - 23.00, Sunday 11.00 - 23.00. The Licensing Assembly may also permit children
under the age of 18 in public bars up to 21.00 if accompanied by an adult.
The UK National Health Service does not extend to Jersey but there is a reciprocal Health
Convention between the UK Dept of Health and the States of Jersey for immediate necessary medical services for
visitors. Visitors from overseas can obtain medical assistance at the Morning Medical Clinic in Newgate
Street, St. Helier, Tel:616833. A £12 charge is made for the consultation. Island residents receive free hospital
care and Specialist medical cover but have to meet the cost of GP, Optician and physiotherapy services.
Prescription drugs are subject to a set charge. Medical insurance is recommended. Dialysis is available at the
General Hospital Renal unit, Gloucester Street- Tel 622125.
|States of Jersey Ambulance, Service
|De Fayes Chemist, David Place, St Helier
|JJ Turpin, Roseville Street, St Helier
|Reid's Pharmacy, Charing Cross, St Helier
|Roseville Pharmacy, Roseville Street, St Helier
|Spar Pharmacy, Bath Street, St Helier
|St Aubin's Pharmacy, St Brelade
|Village Pharmacy, La Rue d'Eglise, St Peter
|Village Pharmacy, La Rue du Temple, St John
|Drs Bayes, Buist, Curtis, Le Sueur, Smart & Sparrow, St Helier
|Drs Conway & Eichner, First Tower, St Helier
|Drs Ellis, Overton & Young, David Pl., St Helier
|Dr Hamilton, Grosvenor Street, St Helier
|Dr Hugh, Elizabeth Place, St Helier
Newspapers, Radio & TV
UK national newspapers and some foreign papers are available on the Island, together with 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
The Jersey 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. Most island Post Offices are 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 with the
addition of Liberation Day on 9th May.
There are two local radio stations serving Jersey, BBC Radio Jersey on 88.8FM www.bbc.co.uk/radiojersey and Channel 103fm on 103.7FM www.channel103.com
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.channeltv.co.uk and the BBC www.bbc.co.uk/ and Sky Digital www.sky.com . Channel 5 is not available locally.
The time is the same as the rest of the UK.
VAT- free Shopping
The island has no VAT but a sales tax of 3% does apply to many goods which should not affect
your shopping experience too much. Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm. However some shops
close for lunch and Thursday afternoons. Sunday shopping is very restricted and mostly outside of town.
Wheelchairs can be hired from: The Hire Shop Tel: 873699, Guardian Medical Supplies Tel: 32335,
British Red Cross Society Tel: 858176, Travelsmith Tel: 737317 Hireride Tel: 731995.
If you require further information or advice on the import or export of goods,
The Customs & Excise Department