Do I need a passport to travel to the Channel Islands?

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Do I need a passport and ID to travel to the Channel Islands?

Although British Citizens do not need a passport to travel to the Channel Islands, (unless you are planning to pop over to France for a day) it is recommended you bring some form of photographic ID. The UK, the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey (Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark), the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man are deemed as being in the Common Travel Area (CTA) and as such are free from immigration controls. However, for sea and air travel you may be required to show documents to verify your identity such as a:

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  • Passport
  • Full new style photographic driving licence
  • Citizen Card
  • Armed forces ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Photographic disabled badge
  • Firearms certificate

Driving and those from outside the EU

If your photographic ID is from outside the EU you will not need a separate visa as you will already have permission to be in the UK but it is advisable to carry a letter from the home office validating your residential status. Citizen Cards are available at larger Post Office branches or download the forms here.

Don’t forget, if you are bringing your car on the ferry or if you plan to hire a car whilst on holiday you will need a valid insurance certificate covering the Channel Islands as well as your full photographic new style driving licence!