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Requirements for non EU / EEA nationals visiting Jersey

Travel during the coronavirus pandemic

Read the latest guidance for travel to and from Jersey.

Visa requirements

​​​​​Certain nationalities require visas regardless of the purpose of their stay in Jersey. The Jersey visa requirements are the same as the UK visa requirements. You can find out if you need a visa by visiting the UK visas website. Schengen visas are not valid in Jersey.

If you require a visa to enter Jersey, you must apply for it before you travel. To get your visa, you should apply to the British Diplomatic Post in the country where you live.

'Do I need a visa?' on website

Visitor requirements for non EU / EEA nationals

There are certain requirements you need to meet in a number of different categories in order to enter Jersey. The most common categories for entering Jersey are as a:

  • general visitor
  • business visitor
  • visitor for the purpose of marriage or to enter into a civil partnership

Detailed information on the requirements to be met by visitors to the Island can be found in the Jersey Immigration Rules.

Immigration legislation and rules

​Entry as a general visitor

As a visitor you must show that you:

  • are genuinely seeking entry as a general visitor for a limited period, as stated by you, not exceeding 6 months or not exceeding 12 months in the case of a person seeking entry to accompany an academic visitor, provided that the visitor accompanying the academic visitor has an entry clearance
  • intend to leave Jersey at the end of the period of the visit as stated by you
  • do not intend to take employment in Jersey
  • do not intend to produce goods or provide services within Jersey, including the selling of goods or services direct to members of the public
  • save for the Jersey Immigration Rules or permitted study, do not intend to undertake a course of study
  • will maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants adequately out of resources available to you without recourse to public funds or taking employment; or will, with any dependants, be maintained and accommodated adequately by relatives or friends
  • can meet the cost of the return or onward journey
  • are not a child under the age of 18
  • do not intend to do any of the activities precluded by the Jersey Immigration Rules (business visitors, sports visitors, entertainer visitor)
  • do not, during your visit, intend to marry or form a civil partnership, or to give notice of marriage or civil partnership
  • do not intend to receive private medical treatment during your visit
  • are not in transit to a country outside the common travel area
  • if seeking leave to enter as a general visitor to take part in archaeological excavations, provide a letter from the director or organiser of the excavation, stating the length of your visit and, where appropriate, what arrangements have been made for your accommodation and maintenance

Entry as a business visitor

As a business visitor to Jersey, you must live and work abroad and have no intention of transferring your base to Jersey, even for a short period of time. The Jersey Immigration Rules on business visitors gives the requirements for entry to Jersey in this category.

Immigration legislation and rules

Entry as a visitor for the purpose of marriage or to enter into a civil partnership

You will have to meet all of the requirements detailed for entry as a general visitor (see above). However, if you want to visit Jersey to get married or enter into a civil partnership, you will need to show that you:

  • hold a valid visa for entry in this capacity
  • intend to give notice of marriage or civil partnership, or marry or form a civil partnership, in Jersey within the period for which entry is sought
  • can produce satisfactory evidence, if required to do so, of the arrangements for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership, or for your wedding ceremony or civil partnership ceremony to take place, in Jersey during the period for which entry is sought
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