08 Feb 2022

Jersey’s immigration controls



As of 7 February 2022, Jersey’s Covid travel restrictions were reduced and inbound travellers are now no longer required to complete passenger locator forms before arrival, have any type of testing or be vaccinated.  Since 1 January 2021, travellers from France entering Jersey are subject to different immigration controls.

As members of the Common Travel Area (CTA) Jersey has obligations to align its immigration control to that of the United Kingdom. The CTA works in the same way as the Schengen Area, where there are no internal immigration border controls and there is an equal external immigration border.  The main difference since 1 November 2021, is that EU nationals must have a passport to travel to the UK or Jersey, other than a few exceptions.  However due to Jersey’s close links with France, specifically Normandy and Brittany, Jersey’s Home Affairs Minister has introduced some amendments to the external immigration border control used in the UK, which allows EU nationals to benefit when coming to Jersey.

Unlike the UK immigration controls;

  • The Jersey Customs & Immigration Service operates a system which allows EU children in organised school groups to continue to travel to Jersey using their national Identity cards.
  • A system is in place to allow French private boat owners to come ashore directly onto the Les Ecrehous or Les Minquiers or anywhere on the Island of Jersey on the basis that an online Customs & Immigration declaration is submitted before arrival.  The declaration is an ‘intelligent’ form which grants permission to visit the Bailiwick of Jersey without having to directly interact with a Customs & Immigration Officer.
  • Small business owners from France can continue to come to Jersey as part of the Norman-French market and sell their produce without the need for a visa or a permit.

These systems do not compromise the external border of the CTA but do promote the valued relationship the Island of Jersey has with its nearest French neighbours.

The Jersey Customs & Immigration Service have published the requirements for those visiting the Island below;


Visa and passport requirements for those coming to Jersey (


Private marine vessels customs and immigration requirements (


Guernsey's Bailiff and other island officials