Jersey

Jersey

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The Bailiwick of Jersey, or Jersey for short, is a British crown dependency located in the English Channel only 22km northwest of France. Formerly known as the Norman Isles, the Bailiwick of Jersey is composed of the main island of Jersey and a group of smaller, uninhabited islands. As a British crown dependency, the territory forms part of the British Isles but not part of the UK; the Bailiwick of Jersey 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 Jersey was estimated to be approximately 98,840 people in 2017. Jersey has a small but prosperous economy and is a popular offshore financial center. Banking, tourism and farming are important economic sectors. Jersey cows, originating on the island and known internationally, are the foundation of the island’s dairy industry, an important economic contributor.

Due to its location, the island experiences a temperate climate and largely overcast skies. With fantastic scenery, rolling hills, sandy beaches, a National Park and moderate temperatures year-round, outdoor activities such as kayaking, golfing, hiking and cycling can be enjoyed by all on Jersey Island. The island is accessible by air or by ferry and has been a long time tourist destination for visitors from the UK.

Currency GBP, JEP: Pound sterling, Jersey pound
Language English
Capital Saint Helier
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert April 08, 2021 - COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Jersey (08 April Update)

Diseases To Be Aware Of

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

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats, but has not been reported in domestic or wild animals in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

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

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of infection with hepatitis B, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

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

None required.

Safety and Security in Jersey

Emergency Numbers

999
112

Personal Safety

Most visits to Jersey are trouble free as the island is very safe and 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 island 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.

Traveller wanting to bring their caravan or motor home to Jersey must obtain a permit.

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

LGBTI rights in Jersey have improved significantly in the past decades. Same-sex sexual activity and same-sex marriage are legal in Jersey and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited.

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