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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

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Getting to Jersey

There are limited ways to get to the island and so booking early will help you get the best deal.

You can choose between travelling to Jersey by air or sea. Jersey is close in location to both the UK and France. If you’re bringing your own vehicle with you, there are also certain things you should know.

If you’re travelling to Jersey with your vehicle, you’ll need to travel by ferry. Condor Ferries is the main operator offering sailings to the island from St Malo in France, or Poole or Portsmouth in the UK.

If you’re on foot, when you arrive at Elizabeth terminal, there’s a taxi rank located 50 feet from the main exit. The centre of St Helier and the main bus station is a 5 minute walk.

Liberty bus website

You may wish to hire a car. Europcar has a depot at the terminal. Alternatively you can arrange for other hire car companies to meet you at the terminal. 

Europcar website

You may prefer to fly to Jersey. There are over 40 flights to Jersey each day. These flights are from destinations around Europe, but the majority are from airports in the UK.

You can view a list of airlines that fly to Jersey on the Visit Jersey website

When you arrive at Jersey Airport, there is a public taxi rank just outside the main arrivals terminal. Public taxis are meter controlled and passengers can expect to pay approximately £12 for a taxi to St Helier.

Bringing your vehicle

When you arrive in Jersey, if you intend to live here for more than 12 months, you must register any vehicles you’re bringing with you immediately. There’s no grace period for driving in Jersey with foreign registration plates if your intention is to live here long-term.

You must provide the following at Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) at La Collette when you register your vehicle:

  • a Jersey driving licence (which you need to get from your local Parish Hall)
  • a valid insurance certificate or cover note for your vehicle (fax copies or photocopies are not acceptable) 
  • a Jersey customs import declaration (not required where the person registering is a customs approved trader)
  • a valid registration certificate or export certificate (fax copies or photocopies are not acceptable)

Before you drive off the ferry you’ll need to check with your insurer that you are covered for the period between arrival and re-registering your vehicle. Once your vehicle is registered as a Jersey vehicle, you’ll be required to display a windscreen insurance disc (WID). Your insurance provider will supply you with your disk.

Registering your vehicle in Jersey

Check the driving licence requirements in Jersey

Any person who becomes resident in Jersey and who has a foreign driving licence is required to exchange their foreign licence for a Jersey driving licence.

There are a number of countries that have an exchange of licence agreement with Jersey.

If you hold a driving licence from a country that Jersey doesn’t have an agreement with, you must pass both a theory and practical driving test in Jersey to get a full Jersey driving licence.

Applying for or renewing a driving licence

Bringing your belongings

If you want to bring your household belongings to Jersey, there are various options and import duties you need to be aware of. Find out more about bringing your belongings.

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