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Visa and passport requirements for those coming to Jersey from 1 January 2021

British and Irish nationals and those with settled or pre-settled status

If you're British, Irish or hold settled or pre-settled status you do not require a visa to enter, visit, work, study or settle in Jersey.

Settled and Pre-settled status

If you're an EU 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 arrive before 31 December 2020, applications must be in before 30 June 2021.

Once you have been granted settled or pre-settled status you will not require 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.

If you have been granted settled or pre-settled status you will be able to continue to enter Jersey from outside the CTA using your national Identity card or passport until 31 December 2025. If you are an EU national and haven't got settled or pre settled status you will be required to have a passport to enter Jersey if arriving from outside the CTA from the 1 October 2021.

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 will need to have immigration permission.

Non-British and Irish nationals and those without 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 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 are an EU, EEA or Swiss national you do not require a visa to visit Jersey for up to 6 months.

If you require a visa to enter Jersey, you must apply for it before you travel. To get your visa, you should apply online via the Gov.uk website

'Do I need a visa?' on Gov.uk website

Visitors

Visitors will be able to come to Jersey for up to 6 months. Visitors will be unable to seek employment or switch into any other immigration category.

If you do not require a visa to visit Jersey you will be granted your immigration permission on arrival into the Common Travel Area.

Workers

Immigration permission in the form of a visa will be required for those who wish to come and work in Jersey. Employers of those who need visas to come and work in Jersey will need a Work Permit and there will be 2 main routes;

  • skilled workers
  • temporary workers

More information on the requirements to be met

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 do not need a visa to visit Jersey, which includes EU 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.

Common travel area

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 are no formal immigration controls when travelling within the CTA. You don't need to carry your passport or identity card for immigration purposes, however customs and immigration officers may ask to see your photo ID and evidence of your immigration permissions.

Check with your airline or ferry company to see which form of photo ID they'll accept for security purposes.

If you are an EU national and you arrive in Jersey directly from outside the CTA you will be able to enter using your national identity card until 1 October 2021.  After this date, unless you hold settled or pre-settled status, you will need to hold a valid passport.

All other nationals arriving in Jersey directly from outside the CTA will require a valid passport.

Immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit

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

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