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, must fly the yellow ‘Q’ flag as soon as the territorial waters of the Bailiwick of Jersey are entered.:

  • 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

The ‘Q’ flag must remain flown until clearance has been received by a Customs and Immigration Officer.

European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals:

​Austria ​Liechtenstein
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

*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 Government 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 Channel 82) or St Helier VTS (VHF Channel 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 traveling from the Republic of Ireland must be accompanied by a valid pet passport.

Pet passport information on Government of Jersey website

Boats with animals on board arriving from other territories / countries

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