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Visa and passport requirements for those coming to Jersey

British and Irish nationals, settled or pre-settled status

You do not require a visa to enter, visit, work, study or settle in Jersey if you're:

  • British
  • Irish
  • hold settled
  • pre-settled status

Settled and pre-settled status

Arrived before 31 December 2020

If you're an EEA or Swiss citizen and you want to remain in Jersey after 31 December 2020 you must receive immigration permission by applying to the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme. You'll be eligible if you arrived before 31 December 2020, applications received after 30 June 2021 will be considered against reasonable grounds.

Once you've been granted settled or pre-settled status you won't need any other form of immigration permission to live and work in Jersey or anywhere else in the Common Travel Area (CTA). The CTA is made up of the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. It also means that your employer does not require a Work Permit to employ you in Jersey.

Settled or pre-settled status granted in Jersey is recognised in the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey. Carrying evidence of settled or pre-settled status may assist you when entering the CTA as you will be able to continue use your national Identity card or passport until 31 December 2025.

If you're an EEA or Swiss national and haven't got settled or pre-settled status you'll need a passport to enter Jersey if arriving from outside the CTA or Ireland from the 1 October 2021.

Arrived after 31 December 2020

If you're not eligible to the settlement scheme and come to Jersey for the first time from outside the CTA after 31 December 2020 you'll need to be granted immigration permission either as a visitor at the border or you'll need a visa to work, study or settle in Jersey.

Non-British and non-Irish nationals and without EU settled or pre-settled status

Visas

Certain nationalities require visas regardless of the purpose of their stay in Jersey. All nationalities require a visa if they wish to work, study or settle in Jersey. The Jersey visa requirements are aligned to the UK visa requirements. Find out if you need a UK visa on the GOV Uk website. Schengen visas are not valid in Jersey.

EEA and Swiss nationals are among a number of nationals who don't require a visa to visit Jersey for up to 6 months.

If you need a visa to enter Jersey, you need to apply for it before you travel, find out if you need a visa on Gov.uk website.

Make sure you have the correct documents

  • You may be refused entry into Jersey if you don't have the required documents or required prior permission

Visitors

Visitors are able to come to Jersey for up to 6 months. In general visitors are unable to work, study, settle or switch into any other immigration category.

Jersey immigration Rules

If you don't need a visa to visit Jersey you'll be granted your immigration permission on arrival into the CTA.

Workers

In general immigration permission in the form of a visa will be required to work in Jersey. Some nationals can come to Jersey to work for less than 6 months without a visa. Employers of all non-British or non-Irish nationals who come and work in Jersey will need a Work Permit and there are 2 main routes:

  • skilled workers
  • temporary workers

Students

Immigration permission in the form of a visa will be required for those who wish to come and study for a period greater than 6 months. Those who don't need a visa to visit Jersey, which includes EEA or Swiss nationals, will not require a visa for study up to a period of 6 months.

Those who wish to come and study will need to be able to maintain themselves and pay for any tuition they receive and meet the requirements of the Jersey Immigration Rules.

Family members coming to settle

Immigration permission in the form of a visa will be needed for any family member who is not British or Irish and wishes to come and settle with those who are already settled in Jersey.

Immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit

Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families

Common travel area document requirements

Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, along with the other Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland and the UK and therefore maintains the same standard of immigration control as the UK.

There're no routine border immigration controls when travelling within the CTA. If you're not British or Irish.

Arrivals from UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey

On arrival in Jersey from the UK, Isle of Man or Guernsey you don't need to carry a passport. However, you're required to carry some form of recognised photographic identification as Jersey Customs and Immigration Officers may need to confirm your identity and nationality and evidence of your immigration permission.

The Jersey Customs and Immigration Service will accept whichever form of photographic identification that is accepted by your airline or ferry company for security purposes.

Arrivals from Ireland

If you're not British or Irish and arriving in Jersey directly from Ireland, you must carry your passport with you as Jersey Customs and Immigration Officers may need to confirm your identity and nationality and evidence of your immigration permission. The same exemptions from the passport requirement as listed below for those arriving from outside the CTA.

If you're British or Irish and arriving in Jersey directly from Ireland, you are required to carry some form of recognised photographic identification as Jersey Customs and Immigration Officers may need to confirm your identity and nationality.

Arrivals from outside the Common Travel Area

If you're an EEA or Swiss national and you arrive in Jersey directly from outside the CTA you'll be able to enter using your national identity card until 1 October 2021.

From 1 October 2021 onwards everyone arriving in Jersey from outside the CTA will require a valid passport. There are exemptions to the passport requirement for EEA and Swiss nationals who are carrying a valid national identity card, if they:

  • have settled or pre-settled status 
  • have made a valid application to the EU Settlement Scheme but have not yet received a decision
  • are an EEA or Swiss national under the age of 19 and part of an organised school group
  • have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  • have a Frontier Worker permit
  • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • are a Swiss Service Provider

Make sure you have the correct documents

  • You may be refused entry into Jersey if you don't have the required documents or required prior permission


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