Customs, duty free and animals

Private visiting vessels

Visiting vessels to the Island should present themselves to Customs and Immigration Officers at a "Designated Port".

A "Designated Port" by virtue of both Article 12 of the Customs and Excise (Jersey) Law, 1999 and the Immigration (Designated Ports of Entry and Exit)(Jersey) Act 2011 is St Helier and Gorey.

The owner/master of a visiting yacht in the Island and meeting the following criteria:

  • from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • from within the EEA, but with non EEA nationals on board
  • with any goods to declare, including restricted or prohibited goods

must fly the yellow 'Q' flag as soon as the territorial waters of the Bailiwick of Jersey are entered. The 'Q' flag must remain flown until clearance has ben received by a Customs and Immigration Officer.

European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals:

​Austria​Leichtenstein
​Belgium​Lithuania
​Cyprus​Luxembourg
​Czech Republic​Malta
​Denmark​Netherlands
​Estonia​Norway
​Finland​Poland
​France​Portugal
​Germany​Slovakia
​Greece​Slovenia
​Hungary​Spain
​Iceland​Sweden
​Ireland​Switzerland*
​Italy​United Kingdom
​Latvia

*Switzerland is not in the EEA but an international treaty gives Swiss nationals similar rights as EEA nationals within the United Kingdom. 

Duty free

Duty free goods are available to local and visiting craft upon departure from St Helier.

The independent operator ‘Boat Fayre’ provides a door-to-door ordering and delivery service to yachts. For more information or to place an order telephone +44 (0) 7797 859 592.

Information about personal duty free allowances for alcohol, tobacco and other goods when arriving in Jersey (including the alternative allowance) is available on the States of Jersey website.

Duty free allowances

Pets and animals

Travelling with pets by leisure or pleasure craft to Jersey from the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or the Republic of Ireland.

The skipper/master of the vessel must notify Jersey Coastguard (VHF CH82) or St Helier VTS (VHF CH 14) prior to arriving at a Jersey harbour or anchorage. 

Vessels wishing to berth in St Helier will be directed to Elizabeth Marina or to the holding pontoons on number 4 and 5 berths outside St Helier Marina.

There are no restrictions for pets coming directly into Jersey from the Channel Islands, UK or the Isle of Man.  Pets travelling from the Republic of Ireland must be accompanied by a valid pet passport.

Pet passport information on States of Jersey website

 

Boats with animals on board arriving from other territories / countries

Only an approved carrier can bring a pet into Jersey from other territories.

Approved pet carriers on States of Jersey website

The skipper/master of any vessel with a pet onboard intending to anchor off Jersey must notify Jersey Coastguard (VHF CH82) or St Helier VTS (VHF CH14) prior to arrival. 

  • you will not be permitted to bring the pet into Jersey

  • you will not be permitted to use an alongside or drying berth

  • you may anchor off the coast but the pet must not be landed ashore

In an emergency e.g. to seek shelter, Jersey Coastguard or St Helier VTS should be contacted and advised that a pet is onboard.

A secure and isolated berth or mooring will be allocated, but the animal is not permitted to land, unless under licence issued by the Environment Division of the Planning and Environment Ministry of the States of Jersey. 

The berth may be observed by CCTV to ensure compliance.