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Private marine vessels

Private Vessels

These are any vessels in use where no person or entity is being rewarded to carry the persons or goods onboard.

Private marine vessels traveling to the European Union

On their first arrival in France from Jersey, vessels are required to clear Customs and Immigration at a designated port of arrival. The requirement will be to notify the port authority at that designated port of their arrival. The port authority will notify the relevant border officials.

If, in exceptional circumstances, a vessel's first port of arrival is not a designated port, that port authority must be notified to allow entry.

British nationals arriving in France should expect to have their passports stamped on arrival in France and departure from France.

The designated ports (Points de Passage Frontalier or PPF) relevant to the Channel Islands are Brest, Carteret, Cherbourg, Granville, Roscoff, St Brieuc and St Malo.

For more information contact the relevant French port authority.

The EU have published guidance on a list of border crossings in the Official Journal of the EU (refer to page 21 on this notice).

Private marine vessels arriving in Jersey

Visiting mariners may only disembark in Jersey at the ports of St Helier and Gorey.

If any of the following apply, a yellow 'Q' flag must be flown on arrival and declaration form JCE112 completed: 

  • the vessel has arrived from outside the Common Travel Area with persons on board who are not British or Irish.  These persons must remain in the marina area until given Immigration clearance by the Jersey Customs & Immigration Service.
  • or the vessel has arrived from anywhere outside the Bailiwick of Jersey and there are goods to declare over the duty-free allowances or if carrying prohibited and restricted items

The Common Travel Area includes the United Kingdom, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

Read further information about duty free allowances.

More information about Jersey Harbours is on the Ports of Jersey website.

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