Channel Islands


IMPORTANT:  The standard documentation a UK flagged pleasure vessel operating outside UK Territorial Waters should carry is detailed on the paperwork page.  The information below has limited applicability please read the countries introduction to ensure that it is appropriate to you.

Evidence of competence

There is no specific requirement for evidence of competence other than that stipulated by the vessel's flag state.

A valid ICC should be acceptable evidence of competence as Resolution 40 has been formally adopted by the United Kingdom.

Entry formalities

The Channel Islands are outside the EU. There are two customs authorities:

Bailiwick of Guernsey (for Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark) requires you to clear customs on arrival - fly your Q flag and complete and return the customs form which will be supplied to you at your port of entry.

States of Jersey do not require yachts to fly the Q flag and fill out the JCE 112 declaration from unless they have arrived from outside the EEA, have non EEA nationals onboard or have any goods to declare (including prohibited or restricted items).


Visitors to the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands should note that the UK Department of Heath no longer has a reciprocal health agreement with the Bailiwick of Guernsey. UK travellers are required to pay for all medical treatment they may need whilst visiting these Channel Islands (the same also applies to visitors from these Channel Islands to the UK).

Consideration should be given to having insurance cover in case treatment is required whilst visiting the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Existing policies should be checked carefully to ensure that the policy covers the areas you are intending to visit.

Please refer to the States of Guernsey website for further advice.

As of 1 April 2011 there is once again a reciprocal health agreement between Jersey and the UK. Details of this agreement are available on the States of Jersey website.

Other guidance

If you return directly to the UK from the Channel Islands, you must report your arrival to UK customs.


Guernsey harbours:

States of Guernsey:

Port of Jersey:

States of Jersey: