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Not to be confused with New Jersey, a state in the USA.

Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands. It's a self-governing Dependency of the British Crown, but not part of the United Kingdom. It lies 14 miles west of the Cherbourg peninsula of France in the Bay of St Malo, rather than in the Channel proper.

With a resident population of just under 100,000, Jersey extends some ten miles east-west and six miles north-south. The main town, with a third of the population, is St Helier on the southeast coast. This is the capital and ferry port, guarded by Elizabeth Castle on a tidal island, and has many visitor attractions and facilities. A broad bay sweeps west to St Aubin which is separated by the Portelet headland from St Brélade on another bay with sandy beaches. Most visitors stay in this part of the island, two miles south of the airport. The rest of Jersey is gently rolling country, a quiltwork of small fields with small, straggling villages named for their parish church: St Peter (location of the airport), St Ouen, St Mary, Grouville, Trinity, St John and St Martin. Three others that have become absorbed into St Helier are St Saviour, St Lawrence and St Clement.

Understand[edit]

Europe-Jersey.svg
Capital Saint Helier
Currency Jersey pound (JEP)
pound sterling (GBP)
Population 105.5 thousand (2017)
Country code +44
Time zone UTC±00:00 to UTC+01:00
Emergencies 112
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The Bailiwick of Jersey is the name of the political entity, though Jersey itself is the only inhabited island. (By contrast the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a cluster of islands, of which Guernsey itself is the biggest.) However Jersey has outlying islets that are being eroded and were once much bigger. There are many legends of Lyonnesse and lands lost under the sea that hereabouts may have some basis in fact (with other examples around Guernsey, and in the Isles of Scilly across the Channel.)

  • Les Minquiers ("the Minkies") nine miles south of Jersey at low tide actually have a larger surface area than Jersey itself. At high tide only a few islets remain, the largest being Maîtresse, all of 50 yards long. It has ten dilapidated cottages and no residents, though fisherman, sailors and others land in summer. Les Minquiers are the most southerly point of the British Isles. A group of Wehrmacht soldiers here were among the last to surrender at the end of World War II, three weeks after Germany capitulated. Everyone had forgotten about them.
  • Les Écréhous are a group of islands and rocks six miles north-east of Jersey. Only three keep their heads above water at high tide, the largest Maîtr'Île being 300 yards long. There are fishermen's huts but the islands are uninhabited and have no fresh water.

The Channel Islands' odd status arose because in 1066 William Duke of Normandy gained the crown of England, so he and his descendants ruled many parts of France as well as ruling England. A series of wars, and peace treaties followed by more wars, wrested control of French territory away from England to the growing kingdom of France, until all that remained were these islands. And so they remain today. The Bailiwick of Jersey, like that of Guernsey, is therefore a "Crown Dependency". They are not subject to the UK parliament or legislation or - crucially - taxation in any way, but they cede control of defence and most international affairs to the UK.

In practice, that defence meant the British using the Channel Islands to exert their sea power, preferably to the detriment of the French. One 17th C governor, Sir George Carteret, did the King a few favours and was rewarded with lands in America which he named New Jersey. The islands were fortified against invasion during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars but there was little fighting here. And when France was overrun during the Second World War, the British left the islands to German occupation rather than fight a doomed rearguard action. The Germans likewise fortified and tunnelled against a counter-attack that never came. So Jersey has many bastions and bunkers that were never bombarded and are thus in good condition, and interesting places to visit.

Post-war Jersey returned to its staple occupation, agriculture: the Jersey cow remained highly productive, but was no longer a standard component of dowries. Tourism grew on a small scale and never became a mass-market. The big growth factor was Jersey's low tax, which made it an attractive domicile for international companies and for the very wealthy. (Stress very wealthy - a mere £ / $ millionaire doesn't cut it here.) A quarter of the workforce are engaged in the legal & financial sector, and the mild climate suits prosperous but ageing bones.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Jersey's own airline Blue Islands is now part of Flybe. They have direct flights to Jersey from London City LCY, Manchester, Southampton, Doncaster Robin Hood, Birmingham and Bristol; seasonally to Cardiff, Exeter, Newquay, Inverness, Düsseldorf and Zurich. There are several flights each day to Guernsey and a day trip is possible. They also have connecting flights from several other cities.

Easyjet fly to Jersey from Belfast International, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Southend, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Jersey also has direct flights from London Gatwick LGW (British Airways), Leeds Bradford (Jet2), Dublin (Aer Lingus) and Munich (Lufthansa), and the Guernsey-based airline Aurigny has flights between the islands.

This means that air connections from France are surprisingly poor, eg nothing direct from Paris, you have to double back via Southampton. But in this part of the world lots of people have access to private light aircraft or would charter a flight.

1 Jersey Airport (JER IATA) is in the parish of St Peter; it's small but modern. Liberty Bus 15 runs to St Aubin and St Helier every 15 mins, adult fare £2.20.

By boat[edit]

Condor Ferries sail to Jersey from Poole (4 hrs 30 min) and Portsmouth (10 hours) in England, St Malo (90 min) in France and from Guernsey (1 hour). All these ferries are year-round and take vehicles, with daily sailings in summer, but the fast-cat from Poole is more likely to be cancelled in bad weather. Day-trips are possible to & from Guernsey and St Malo.

Manche Iles sail to Jersey from Granville (90 min), Barneville-Carteret (1 hour) and Diélette in Normandy. These are for foot-passengers only and are scheduled for day trips from Normandy, with one outward sailing in the morning and one return late afternoon. They likewise have day-trips from Jersey to Sark, and between Jersey and Guernsey either way.

Most ferries land at 2 Port Elizabeth in St Helier, but some of the Manche Iles ferries sail to Gorey on the east coast. You can sail your own boat to one of several marinas, see Jersey Ports for facilities, rules, tariffs and helpful info.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

All public buses are operated by LibertyBus and fan out from St Helier, Liberation bus station next to the harbour. Some routes you might use are:

Bus 1 east via Grouville to Gorey every 15 min, and Bus 2 on a similar route then continuing to St Catherine.
Bus 3 north to the Zoo every 30 min, also Bus 13 to the Zoo via Gorey and Bus 23 via St Martin.
Bus 14 west along the bay to St Aubin and St Brelade every 30 min.
Bus 15 via St Aubin to the airport every 15 min.
Bus 21 east to La Hougue Bie every 2 hours.
Bus 28 west to the war tunnels every 30-60 mins, with some continuing to La Mare Wine Estate.

These are geared to tourist outings and run M-F in summer between about 09:00 and 16:00. Winter timetables are not yet posted. The maximum adult single fare is £2.30, but if you wanted to go (say) from St Aubin to Mont Orgeuil in Gorey, you'd have to take two buses. Fare concessions are available for some younger or older people, but UK Concessionary Passes are not valid in Jersey.

By road[edit]

Drive on the left, same as in UK and Ireland. Roads are in good condition but often narrow and twisty. The speed limit throughout Jersey is 40 miles / 64 km per hour.

If you intend to bring your own vehicle, check your insurance, as UK motor policies don't cover the Channel Islands. It's usually better to rent: Hertz, Avis and Europcar are based at the airport, while Zebra Cars and Sovereign are downtown in St Helier. They'll usually require you to be aged 21 or over, and to hold a valid driving licence with no endorsements for dangerous or drunken driving in the last 5 years.

Taxi ranks are at the airport, outside the arrivals hall at the port, and here and there in the main streets of St Helier. Tariffs vary by distance, time of day and amount of luggage.

Jersey Bike Hire is based in St Brelade; April-Oct it's open daily.

Talk[edit]

English! Jersey was heavily anglicised in the 19th & 20th centuries so English is now universal. You may see French signage, but it's only spoken by visitors. The native regional language of Jèrriais is still spoken by a minority, but you will not need it to communicate with locals. Jersey has drawn a lot of workers from Madeira, who speak Portuguese.

See[edit]

Consider buying a combi ticket for the main attractions, which costs £34 and is valid for 7 days. In St Helier it covers Elizabeth Castle, the Maritime Museum and Jersey Museum; elsewhere it covers La Hougue Bie, Mont Orgueil and Hamptonne Country Life Museum. It doesn't include the War Tunnels.

St Helier[edit]

  • 1 Elizabeth Castle, St Aubin's Bay. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:30. Castle on tidal island, built from the 16th century when the stronghold at Mont Orgueil became vulnerable to improving cannon power. It was built over a confiscated abbey, and saw action during the English Civil Wars, and the Seven Years War with France. A barracks was also built, but the site made them sitting ducks so the garrison was moved to Jersey main island. At low tide you walk to the castle across a causeway, at high tide you take the "ferry", which is a pair of amphibious vehicles. The kiosk for ferry tickets is on the slipway directly opposite the Grand Jersey Hotel - don't follow signs for "Port Elizabeth Ferry Terminal" which is for the big ferries to the mainland. Adult £12 + £3 ferry; combi £34 includes ferry. Elizabeth Castle (Q2500961) on Wikidata Elizabeth Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Maritime Museum, New North Quay, St Helier JE2 3ND, +44 1534 811043. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:00, Nov-Mar only Su 10:00-16:00. Great hands-on exposition of Jersey's colourful maritime history, which involved lots of pirates, privateers and other salty rapscallions. Includes the Occupation Tapestry Gallery commemorating wartime events. Adult £10.25, child (6-16) £6.65, combi £34.
  • 3 Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, The Weighbridge, St Helier JE2 3NG, +44 1534 633300. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:00, Nov-Mar daily 10:00-16:00. Interesting displays of Jersey life, from Ice Age hairy mammoths, farming and wildlife, Victoriana, the actress Lily Langtree (1853-1929), and the Nazi occupation. Plus small art gallery. Adult £10.25, child (6-16) £6.65, combi £34.
  • The Waterfront is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. The harbour is gated, but you can look in through the fence.
  • 4 Government House in Saint Saviour is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. You can only visit if you're invited to an official event there.

St Brélade / St Aubin[edit]

  • St Aubin is a pleasant fishing village at the west end of the bay. The parish hall was a busy railway station until the line closed in 1936.
  • 5 Fort Saint Aubin stands on a tidal islet; it was built from the 16th century and periodically reinforced, including during the wartime occupation. It's reached by a causeway at low tide and is free to enter.
  • Le Portelet is the headland separating St Aubin's bay from St Brélade's bay to the west. It's dotted with bastions and lookouts: the eastern part along Chemin de Noirmont has a couple of German positions and ends at "Tour de Vinde," a daymark for navigators. On the western headland is Ouaisne Tower (again, primarily a daymark) and the Common, best area for strolling and dog-walking. Between is a small beach.
  • 6 Portelet Tower or Janvrin's Tomb, on the tidal L'Île au Guerdain just off Portelet beach, is a stubby affair built in 1808 that never grew up into a Martello tower. The nickname is from poor Philippe Janvrin, who in 1721 died of plague on his way home to Jersey; the authorities wouldn't let his body come ashore and had him buried here. A later John Janvrin from Jersey became a leading figure in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and gave his name to Janvrin Island there.
  • St Brélade, inland and ribbon-developing towards the airport, is the only settlement beyond St Helier that could be called a town. St Brélade's parish church was first recorded in 1035 AD and is therefore older. For some reason it was built near the coast a little way from town: the local legend invokes a species of leprechaun-realtors, obviously busy little folk since many mainland churches have a similar legend.
  • 7 The Fishermen's Chapel next to the parish church is a rare example of a monastic chapel that survived the destructive zeal of the Reformation. It may have been built in the 14th C and has remarkable frescoes. It was probably a chantry chapel, where monks recited prayers for the dead, so its name of Chapelle-ès-Pêcheurs (ie for fishermen) would originally have been Pécheurs (ie for sinners).
  • 8 La Corbière is the headland at the southwest tip of Jersey. The name means a gathering of crows, though the gulls have seen them off. You can walk here either along the track of the old railway (see "Do"), or along a clifftop path past a modern prison, wartime bunker, and desalination plant. The gaunt concrete wartime Radio Tower is now self-catering accommodation. The Strongpoint is a wartime bunker and artillery position, erratically open as a museum, and there's a memorial to a successful rescue from a shipwreck in 1995. At low tide you can continue across the causeway to the lighthouse.
  • 9 Reg's Fairy Garden is one man's creation, inland off Route des Genets, St Brélade.

Elsewhere[edit]

  • 10 La Hougue Bie, Grouville JE3 9HQ. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:00. Neolithic passage grave, in use circa 3500 BC - the passage is 18.6 m long. A medieval chapel has been built on top, and recently a replica of a Neolithic longhouse. Adult £9.55, child (6-16) £6.15, combi £34.
  • 11 Durrell Wildlife Park (Jersey Zoo), Les Augrès Manor, La Profonde Rue, Trinity JE3 5BP. Daily Apr-Oct 09:30-1800, Nov-Mar 09:30-17:00. Zoo and conservation park; you can day-trip, or stay in the glamping pods for a safari camp experience. Gets rave reviews. Adult £16.50, child (6-16) £12. Jersey Zoo (Q4345284) on Wikidata Durrell Wildlife Park on Wikipedia
  • 12 Eric Young Orchid Foundation, La Rue du Moulin de Ponterrin, Victoria Village JE3 5HH, +44 1534 861963. W-Sa 10:00-16:00. Beautiful display of orchids. Small area so an hour here will be plenty. Adult £6.
  • 13 Mont Orgueil (Gorey Castle, lé Vièr Châté). Apr-Oct daily 10:00-18:00, Nov Dec F-M 10:00-16:00. Impressive castle built from 1204; it had little military value once gunpowder and artillery meant it could be bombarded from the nearby hill, so Elizabeth Castle became the main bastion. However it remained in use as a prison and barracks until the 19th C. It fell into disrepair but re-opened as a museum in 2006. Adult £13, child £8.35, combi £34. Mont Orgueil (Q1313383) on Wikidata Mont Orgueil on Wikipedia
  • 14 Jersey War Tunnels (Hohlgangsanlage 8), Les Charrieres Malorey, St Lawrence JE3 1FU (Bus 8a from St Helier), +44 1534 860808. Mar-Oct daily 10:00-18:00, early Nov to 15:00. A network of tunnels built during the German occupation by forced labour, to enable the occupiers to withstand Allied bombardment. In 1943 they were converted into a hospital for the anticipated casualties, with 500 beds and an operating theatre. They were never used for either purpose, as there was no fighting here and the occupying forces surrendered along with Germany. Adult £15.
  • 15 Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence JE3 1HS. April-Sept daily 10:00-17:00. Demonstrating country crafts, with farm animals. Adult £9.25, combi £34.
  • 16 Channel Islands Military Museum is in a wartime bunker on the west coast. It's open daily 10:00-17:00.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Jersey Opera House, 3 Gloucester St, St Helier JE2 3QR, +44 1534 511 115 (Box Office). Theatre and opera house with regular programme. Saturdays in July & Aug there are backstage walking tours, £22. Jersey Opera House (Q15229519) on Wikidata Jersey Opera House on Wikipedia
  • Jersey Bowl (next to the airport). M Tu Th F 12:00-23:30, W Sa Su 10:00-00:30. Jersey's only bowling lanes, open all year. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, pool tables, and car parking. one game £5, two £7, three £9.
  • 2 aMaizin!, La Hougue Farm, St Peter JE3 7AX. Apr-Sept daily 10:00-17:30, Oct Feb Tu-Su 10:00-17:30. Children's adventure park. Entry fee includes park activities, aMaizin Maze (July-Sept) and the aMaizin Barnyard. Tractor rides, go-karts, water pistol range, crazy golf course, animal encounters etc. You should allow most of a day to use all the facilities, and bring and a towel and change of clothes for the water activities. £11.50.
  • Walk the Jersey Railway which plied between St Helier and St Aubin from 1870, later extending to the quarries at La Moye. It was busy with passengers and freight well into the 20th C when road transport undercut it. In 1936 a fire at the St Helier depot destroyed the station and most of the rolling stock, and that was effectively the end of it, though the line briefly re-opened in wartime for military construction freight. At the St Helier end it's now simply a walkway and cycleway along the promenade. In St Aubin the former station is now the village hall.

Events[edit]

  • Jersey Boat Show is held in May in St Helier, with displays of sailing and power boats. Dates for 2020 will be announced during Sept 2019.
  • Jersey Battle of Flowers is a street carnival held in St Helier on the second Thurs & Fri in August. The next is expected to be 13-14 Aug 2020 but tbc in Nov 2019.
  • Weekender is a rock festival held at the The Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity in late August. The next is expected to be 29-31 Aug 2020 but tbc.
  • A Triathlon is held in September in St Helier: swim, bike and run. The next event is 28-29 Sept 2019.

Buy[edit]

Exchange rates for British pounds

As of 31 July 2019:

  • US$1 ≈ £0.76
  • €1 ≈ £0.89

Exchange rates fluctuate. Current rates for these and other currencies are available from [1]

Money: The Jersey pound is on parity with British £ sterling. Notes from Guernsey, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man are also accepted in Jersey. But Jersey pounds are not accepted in the UK, so change them for UK pounds before leaving the islands, although they can be paid in over the counter at British banks. Cash machines may offer a choice of which currency is dispensed - Local or Sterling.

Eat[edit]

Occasional themed "food weeks" celebrate the different cuisines of Jersey. Tennerfest in October is a promotion where you can sample top-rated restaurants for a fixed price; the next is 1 Oct - 11 Nov 2019.

St Helier[edit]

  • Midtown places include Quayside Bistro, Bohemia Bar, Cafe Spice, Abilio's, Bella Italia, Mano's and Park House Thai.
  • East of the harbour are Drifters, Moita's, Roseville and Thai Dicq.
  • 1 Cafe JAC, Phillips Street, St Helier (Underneath Jersey Arts Centre), +44 1534 879482. M-F 07:00-23:00. Serves a wide range of food ranging from cafe to restaurant style. Teas, Coffees and drinks are also available all day long. Takeaway service available by phone or online.
  • 2 Halkett Pub & Eating House, Halkett Place, St Helier JE2 4WG, +44 1534 732769. Su-Th 11:00-23:00, F Sa 11:00-01:00. Decent enough drinks & bar food.
  • Splurge at Tassili in the Grand Jersey Hotel on the Esplanade, serving dinner Tu-Sa 19:00-21:30.

St Brélade / St Aubin[edit]

  • Seafish Cafe, Le Boulevard, Saint Aubin JE3 8AB, +44 1534 859230. Tu-Th & Su 17:00-21:00, F Sa 12:00-14:00 & 17:00-21:00. Good fish restaurant overlooking harbour.
  • Jambo, Route de la Baie, St Brelades JE3 8EF, +44 1534 745801. Daily 12:00-13:45 & 18:00-23:00. Good sit-down Chinese restaurant, don't be put off by tatty exterior.
  • The Tree House (formerly Landmark Inn), La Marquanderie Hill, St Brelade JE3 8EP, +44 1534 741177. Daily 11:00-23:00. British restaurant, good food and drink.
  • Beau Bistro is within Golden Sands Hotel on St Brelades Bay.
  • Portelet Inn, Route de Noirmont, Portelet Bay JE3 8AJ, +44 1534 741899. Daily 11:00-23:00. Good food in 16th C inn, watch your head on that low ceiling.
  • Old Smuggler's Inn, La Mont Du Quaisne, St Brelades, +44 1534 741510. M-F 12:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00, Sa Su 12:00-21:00. Rustic pub with good food near the beach.
  • Pizza Express have a branch at 59 Halket Place St Helier and another at Route de la Baie St Brelades.
  • Salty Dog Bar and Bistro, Le Boulevard, St Aubin JE3 8AB, +44 1534 742760. Tu-Su 12:30-14:15 & 18:00-21:30, M 18:00-21:30. Bar and bistro specialising in seafood, plenty other menu choices.
  • Noya Shapla, La Neuve Rue, St Aubin JE3 8AA, +44 1534 746495. Daily 12:00-14:00 & 17:30-23:30. Good Indian food, speed & quality of service variable.
  • The Brasserie and The Grill are in Hotel l'Horizon, see "Sleep".

Elsewhere[edit]

  • There are cafes in the airport, and in St Peter's Garden Centre.
  • The Tipsy, Route de Beaumont, St Peter's JE3 7BQ, +44 1534 500111. Daily 12:00-23:00. Refurbished under new owners in 2019, good restaurant and bar.
  • Victoria in the Valley, La Vallée de Saint-Pierre, Jersey JE3 7EG, +44 1534 485498. Tu-Sa 12:00-14:00 & 18:00-20:30, Su 12:00-16:30. Traditional British fare, but well prepared.
  • 3 Great Wall Chinese Takeaway, Princes Tower Rd, Five Oaks JE2 7WP, +44 1534 280049. Daily 17:00-22:00. Good standard of food.
  • 4 Trinity Arms, Rue des Picots, Trinity JE3 5JX, +44 1543 864691. Daily 11:00-23:00. Refurbished in mid-2019, now a pleasant slick place for pub grub.
  • 5 The Royal, St Martin's JE3 6HW (next to St Martin's Church (bus 3, 3A)), +44 1534 856289. Daily 10:00-23:00. Does respectable pub grub at a reasonable price.

Drink[edit]

St Helier[edit]

  • There's a whole slew of pubs near the waterfront: The Square, The Office, and The Bar & Canteen in the Waterfront Centre. Inland are The Cock & Bottle, Halkett Pub (see Eat), St James, The Adelphi, Chimes and The Shipwright.
  • Blue Note Bar (Bellinis), Broad St, St Helier JE2 3RR, +44 1534 733793. M-Sa 10:00-23:00, Su 12:00-23:00. Traditional pub downstairs, live music upstairs.

St Brélade / St Aubin[edit]

  • Midbay Cafe, Route de la Baie, St Brelade's Bay JE3 8EF. Convenient stop for refreshments, eat indoors or out.
  • Poplars Tearoom, La Moye, St Brelade JE3 8LN (Bus 12 or 22). Mar-Sept W-M 10:00-17:00. Snacks and light meals in pleasant surroundings.
  • St Aubin's Wine Bar, Rue Du Croquet, St Aubin JE3 8BZ. Daily 12:00-23:00. A Randall's pub with TV live sports.
  • The Tenby, St Aubin JE3 8AA. Daily 11:00-23:00. Randalls pub with good meals and drink.

Sleep[edit]

St Helier[edit]

St Brélade / St Aubin[edit]

  • Harbour View, Le Boulevard, St Aubins harbour JE3 8AB, +44 1534 741585, . Clean and comfy guest house, the harbour view is only from the front rooms - back rooms just look onto concrete. B&B double £130.
  • Atlantic Hotel, Mont de la Pulente JE3 8HE, +44 1534 744101. Luxurious relaxing place with ocean views. B&B double £250.
  • Old Court House, Le Boulevard, St Aubin JE3 8AB, +44 1534 746433. Small hotel with pleasant rooms centred on old pub. B&B double £150.
  • Golden Sands Hotel, Route de la Baiae, St Brelade JE3 8EF, +44 1534 741241. Beach hotel in great location. B&B double £220.
  • Hotel La Place, Route du Coin, St Aubin JE3 8BT, +44 1534 744261. Friendly well-run 3-star, also has self-catering cottages. B&B double £200.
  • Somerville Hotel, Mont Du Boulevard, St Aubin JE3 8A, +44 1534 741226. Charming 4-star hotel, on hill above town. B&B double £150.
  • Hotel l'Horizon, Route de la Baie, St Brelade's Bay JE3 8EF, +44 1534 743101. Great well-run hotel on the beachfront. B&B double £170.
  • The Panorama, La Rue du Croquet, St Aubin JE3 8BZ, +44 1534 742429. Grand 5-star hotel overlooking the bay. B&B double £180.
  • Biarritz Hotel, Le Mont Sohier, St Brelade's Bay JE3 8EA, +44 1534 742239. 3-star in gardens overlooking the bay, good rooms and service. B&B double £130.

Elsewhere[edit]

Learn[edit]

Jersey does not have any universities, although Highlands College offers a very limited selection of university-level degrees.

Work[edit]

Employment in Jersey is subject to strict regulations. The basic principle, enshrined in the 1973 Regulation of Undertakings Act, is that anyone offering employment is required to have a licence to employ those who are not qualified to live on Jersey under the various Housing Acts. Those who come to the Island have to be resident for five years before they are regarded as qualified to apply for unlicensed vacancies.

The way that this has been interpreted has varied over the years: for many years it was relatively easy for businesses to get licences, but now it is far more difficult.

This does not mean that there are no available vacancies, but it means that the Jersey job market is rather unusual. Those who have specialised essential skills (particularly in medicine) will find vacancies, and some of the offshore finance companies have block licences which they will use to bring in specialist or senior staff. At the bottom end of the market there are still some seasonal vacancies for waiters and bar staff (although the States, Jersey's government, are increasingly pushing the tourism industry to use local staff). In between there is very little.

The five year rule also applies to anyone who wishes to set up a business outside the finance sector, unless they can prove that the business does not duplicate an existing business.

Stay safe[edit]

Jersey law derives from Norman customary law, now supplemented by English law and local statute. United Kingdom law does not automatically apply in Jersey, unless adopted by the parliament, the States of Jersey. Most things are the same as in English law, with the exception of some laws about marriage and divorce. Attitudes towards homosexuality tend to be very similar to those you would find in Great Britain.

Stay healthy[edit]

There is a hospital in St Helier which will be able to deal with most regular injuries. For specialist treatment, it is often necessary for patients to be taken to Great Britain.

Going to the doctor's in Jersey will cost you money, normally around £40 a time. This can vary considerably, as it is up to the doctor's surgery to set the price.

A bilateral healthcare agreement between the UK and Jersey exists, but this does not cover dental treatment and prescribed medicines. Proof of UK residence is needed.

Respect[edit]

Some people from Jersey refer to themselves as British (which is quasi-accurate). Some people refer to themselves as Normanic, or some even French! People from Jersey are not English (in the same way the Welsh are the Welsh, the Scottish are the Scottish and the Irish are the Irish). The correct/official ways of describing persons from Jersey are 'Jerseymen' and 'Jerseywomen'. Calling them anything else may offend unless you are on good terms.

As a general rule, people from Jersey are very pro-Europe (despite not being a part of the 'European Union') and would describe themselves as being more a part of Europe than Great Britain is, on the basis of geography and French culture.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Guernsey
  • Sark - a small island near Jersey with a ferry service during the summer months.
  • Saint-Malo - day trips from Jersey to Saint-Malo are possible by ferry.
  • Portsmouth


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