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Useful Tourist Information about Guernsey

Before your Guernsey holiday make sure you read our Useful Information guide below:

What is the Capital of Guernsey?
St Peter Port is the Capital of Guernsey. To find out more about St Peter Port, see our St Peter Port page.

What size is Guernsey?
Guernsey is just 12 miles long with an area of 24.3 sq miles. Despite this small size, there is plenty to do in Guernsey. See our tourist attraction page for a guide on what to see and do, and our Guernsey hotels and Guernsey Self Catering pages to find where to stay.

What is the population of Guernsey?
In 2008 Guernsey was home to a population of around 65,726 people.

What currency is used in Guernsey?
Guernsey accepts British currency and it is widely used on the island, amongst other currency. For more information on currency in Guernsey, see our currency in Guernsey section.

What languages are spoken in Guernsey?
The official language of Guernsey is English, but other languages are spoken. See our languages in Guernsey page for more information.

Do I need a passport to travel to Guernsey?
The passport laws are the same as in the UK - British and Irish citizens do not need a passport to move between the Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. You will however need some form of photographic identification, e.g. a driver's license. If you are arriving in the island from outside the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland you must have a valid passport or travel document. European Union nationals may use their national identity cards.

Guernsey Time Zone
Guernsey follows the same time as the UK - Greenwich Mean Time in the winter and British Summer Time in the summer months.

Weather in Guernsey
Guernsey is the sunniest place in the UK and in August and September temperatures average 26ºC. See our weather in Guernsey page for more detailed information.

Travelling to Guernsey
You can get to Guernsey by flying or by boat/ferry/catamaran. Flying from London to Guernsey takes about one hour.

Airports in Guernsey
Guernsey has one airport 'Guernsey Airport' in the parish Forest:

Guernsey Airport
La Villiaze

For more information on flights, see our Flights to Guernsey page.

How do I get around Guernsey?
There are plenty of ways to get around Guernsey. These include walking, cycling, bus or car. As Guernsey is small it means that tourist attractions are near to each other so getting about the island is quick and easy. For more information on travelling around Guernsey see our Getting Around page.

Guernsey Telephone Dialing Code
The International Country code for Guernsey is: +44 1481
The city code for Guernsey is: 01481

Mobile networks require a roaming facility plus international dialling codes. 'Pay as you go' phones only operate in Guernsey where there is an agreement with the network provider.

Electricity is supplied throughout the islands at 240 volts (50 hertz) You will need an adaptor if you are travelling from Continental Europe or further afield.

Bank Holidays in Guernsey 2013

Bank holidays in Guernsey are the same as in the UK with the addition of: 9 May Liberation Day (commemorating the arrival of the British Forces at the end of WWII)

Bank Holidays in Guernsey 2013

Tuesday, 1st January 2013 - New Year's Day
Friday, 29th March 2013 - Good Friday
Monday, 1st April 2013 - Easter Monday
Monday, 6th May 2013 - Early May Bank Holiday
Thursday, 9th May 2013 - Guernsey Liberation Day
Monday, 27th May 2013 - Spring Bank Holiday
Monday, 26th August 2013 - Summer Bank Holiday
Wednesday, 25th December 2013 - Christmas Day
Thursday, 26th December 2013 - Boxing Day

Bank Holidays in Guernsey 2014

Wednesday, 1st January 2014 - New Year's Day
Friday, 18th April 2014 - Good Friday
Monday, 21st April 2014 - Easter Monday
Monday, 5th May 2014 - Early May Bank Holiday
Friday, 9th May 2014 - Guernsey Liberation Day
Monday, 26th May 2014 - Spring Bank Holiday
Monday, 25th August 2014 - Summer Bank Holiday
Thursday, 25th December 2014 - Christmas Day
Friday, 26th December 2014 - Boxing Day

Do I need any vaccinations?
No. Guernsey can be treated as if it were the mainland UK.

Health Care in Guernsey
UK residents visiting the Channel Islands must ensure they have adequate travel insurance. The recommendation comes from the Department of Health as the healthcare arrangements for UK visitors to the Islands have recently changed.

The previous agreement, which allowed UK travellers to get a limited number of medical treatments in the Channel Islands free of charge, ended on March 31 2009. Anyone travelling to the Islands, which include Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, will be required to pay for medical treatment should they become ill or injured there after this date.

Visitors should therefore take out adequate insurance before they travel.

Duty Free in Guernsey
The following goods may be imported into Guernsey by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 350g of tobacco
  • 2l of still table wine
  • 1l of alcoholic beverages under 22% or 2l of sparkling or fortified wine
  • Other goods to a value of £145

Guernsey Tourist Board
PO Box 23
St Peter Port
Channel Islands

Tel: (01481) 723 552.