How to travel to Guernsey

17th March 2022

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Author: Locate Guernsey

To the French author Victor Hugo, the Channel Islands are like, “…bits of France that fell into the sea and were picked up by England”.

Described by many as a hidden gem in the British Isles, Guernsey is less than an hour away from the UK. Nestled in the bay of St Malo, we are independent, self-governing and the closest global finance centre to London. In fact, we are so close that you can spend your working day in one of the world’s key financial centres and then be home in time to enjoy a sunset on the beach in Guernsey!

With a flight time from as little as 45 minutes, or just 3 hours by ferry from the UK, getting to Guernsey has never been easier and there is no need for a long-haul journey to feel like you’re a world away.

As of 17th February 2022, the Bailiwick of Guernsey became the first place in the British Isles to remove all COVID-19 restrictions, meaning you are now able to visit Guernsey free of all border restrictions.  Furthermore, there is no requirement to complete a Travel Tracker for those travelling into the Islands and this  applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

How to get to Guernsey

Visitors can choose from two modes of transport to reach our island – plane or boat directly from the UK, France and our neighbouring Channel Islands.

By Air:

Flying to Guernsey is quick and easy from multiple airports across the UK.

Aurigny – London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Exeter, Birmingham, Alderney, Bristol, East Midlands, Grenoble, Leeds Bradford, Norwich, Southampton, Jersey (weekdays only) and Dublin launching yesterday, (16th March 2022).

Blue Islands – Jersey, Manchester, Southampton, Dublin, Newcastle*, Glasgow* and Edinburgh*. (*Second leg flown by codeshare partner Loganair).

Loganair – Newcastle*, Glasgow* and Edinburgh*. (*First leg flown by codeshare partner Blue Islands).

British Airways – Direct flights to London City on Mondays and Fridays, June to September & Edinburgh throughout the Summer months on Saturdays.

Private Aircraft:

We are embedded in the Channel Islands Control Zone, so a flight plan and a call to Jersey Control or Approach ten minutes before the boundary is required.  Jersey will clear you into the zone, then hand you to Guernsey Approach, who will integrate your arrival with our commercial traffic.

For flight planning, please visit the Channel Island Airspace VRF Flight Planning Guide and visit here for more information on what’s required.

By Sea:

St Peter Port harbour is one of the prettiest in Europe and the Island’s capital provides the perfect backdrop when arriving by sea. As a foot passenger, or if travelling with your car, motorcycle or bicycle, your ferry will deliver you straight into the heart of the Island’s capital.

Condor Ferries – A fast ferry service operates between Guernsey and Jersey, Poole and St Malo. There is also a traditional ferry between Guernsey and Portsmouth.

Private Vessels:

Planning on sailing to Guernsey under your own steam? Visiting craft will be met on arrival by a member of the marina’s staff who will issue you with mooring directions. Customs and Immigration forms, given on arrival by port control staff, must be completed before coming ashore.  If you intend to stay longer than 14 days, you must have prior permission from the Harbour Authority.

You can find more information on Guernsey’s harbour facilities, ferry movements and more on their website.

Photographic Identification:

If you are arriving into the Channel Islands direct from the UK or Republic of Ireland, you do not need a passport but all visitors do require some form of photographic identification. Irrespective of your nationality if you are arriving from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland you must have a valid passport. If you are in doubt over acceptable forms of ID, please contact your carrier direct.

So hop on a quick flight or catch a ferry and bring your car, bikes and even the dogs!

If you would like more information about creating a better life for you and your family in Guernsey, please contact us!

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