Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
The Channel Islands enjoy a temperate climate year round, the warmest on British soil!
The mild temperatures and regular rainfall have favoured the development of superb flowers, which come into bloom early here, as of spring. On Guernsey, the Spring Floral Festival Week, in April, celebrates this flowering. It is during this season that it is possible to observe the seabirds that gather on the rocks here.
The show continues in summer, in particular in Jersey, with the Battle of Flowers: a procession of flower-decked floats, musicians, dancers and fireworks take over St Helier. Summer is also ideal if you want to enjoy the beaches – even if the water remains cool – and walk along the coast. Keep your anorak to hand, as the weather can be changeable.
Formalities and useful addresses
Tourist entry requirements are the same as for the UK. For nationals of a European Union country: a valid national ID card (less than ten years old) or passport.
For U.S. and Canadian citizens: valid passport; no visa required for stays under 90 days.
For Canadian citizens: valid passport; no visa required for stays under 6 months.
Jersey Tourism – Liberation Place - St Helier - Jersey - JE1 1BB – [TEL] 01534 48 800
VisitGuernsey – PO Box 23 - St Peter Port - Guernsey - GY1 3AN – [TEL] 01481 723 552
Sark Visitor Centre – The Avenue - GY90SS - Sark – [TEL] 01481 832 345 Alderney Tourist Information Centre – 34 Victoria Street - Alderney - GYP 3TA – [TEL] 01481 823 2737
Money and budget
In Jersey and Guernsey banks are open Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm, and some also Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm.
Health and safety
Bank holidays are the same as in the UK:
Good Friday and Easter Monday
May Day (first Monday in May) and Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May)
Summer Bank Holiday (last Monday in August)
Christmas Day and Boxing Day
in Jersey and Guernesey:
9 May – Liberation Day
15 December – Homecoming Day
First Monday in August (replacing the last Monday in May).
The Channel Islands are accessible from the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula or the north of Brittany (St Malo).
Manche Îles Express – www.manche-ilesexpress.com – Departures from Carteret, Diélette and Granville
It can be worthwhile having a car on Jersey (over 560km of roads) and Guernsey. On Sark and Herm cars are not allowed.