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The Bailiwick of Guernsey, or Guernsey for short, is a British crown dependency located in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, France. Formerly known as the Norman Isles, the Bailiwick of Guernsey is composed of the main island, Guernsey, and a group of smaller islands. As a British crown dependency, the territory forms part of the British Isles but not part of the UK; the Bailiwick of Guernsey is essentially independent but relies on the British government for military protection and international representation. The chief of state is the King/Queen of England and the head of government is the chief minister.

The population of Guernsey was estimated to be approximately 66,500 people in 2017. Most of the islands' inhabitants are of British or French descent. Guernsey has a small but prosperous economy. Banking, tourism and retail are important economic sectors.

Due to its location, the islands experience a temperate climate and largely overcast skies; approximately half of the days of the year are overcast. Nevertheless, these islands have fantastic scenery, sandy beaches and stunning cliffs, and with moderate temperatures year-round, outdoor activities such as kayaking, golfing, hiking and cycling can be enjoyed by all. Moreover, the islands’ military history leaves numerous old castles and forts to be discovered. The islands are accessible by air or by ferry and have been a tourist destination since the Victorian era.

Currency CGP: Guernsey Pound
Language English
Capital Saint Peter Port
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Latest Alert March 22, 2021 - COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Guernsey (22 March Update)

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Guernsey. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

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Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Guernsey.

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Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Guernsey.

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Safety and Security in Guernsey

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Personal Safety

Most visits to Guernsey are trouble free; the crime rate is low. Nevertheless, travellers should always remain vigilant, safeguarding valuable items and important documents.

Travellers should exercise caution when driving on the islands as roads are narrow and car traffic can be high.

Be aware that travel disruptions may occur due to weather. Also be cautious when swimming as strong currents may make it dangerous in some areas.

Ensure travel insurance is purchased before departing as medical assistance is limited. In the case of a medical emergency, evacuation may be required.

Same-sex sexual activity and same-sex marriage are legal in Guernsey. Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited.

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