Chapter 2: Relocating to Jersey
You do not need permission from the Jersey Border Agency to live or set up a business on the island if:
- You are a British citizen
- You are a national of a member state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland
- You are a national with permanent settlement in the UK, Bailiwick of Jersey, or the Isle of Man
- You have gained a Right of Abode UK
If these circumstances do not apply to you, you require a work permit and visa to live in Jersey. This is known as ‘leave to enter’ or ‘leave to remain’, and is granted to those who qualify under immigration rules.
These immigration rules state that you must obtain entry clearance with a visa before arrival to the island. You can apply for entry clearance online through the British Consular representative in your country of residence. You should seek advice from Jersey’s Immigration Department before doing so.
It is also possible to live in Jersey under the Control of Housing and Work Law 2013. Under this law, you may be granted as an essential employee and a licensed resident. These permits are granted by employers when they have not successfully recruited on the island.
Getting to Jersey is simple. If travelling by air, there are many regular daily flights from the UK and Europe all year round, and takes just 40 minutes from Gatwick. Many airlines provide services to Jersey – including easyJet, Flybe, British Airways, and Jet2.
If travelling by sea, there are regular ferry services to and from Portsmouth, Poole, Jersey, and France. Trips from the UK to Jersey take just 4 hours and ship directly to St Helier, the island’s capital. There are many ferry services to choose from, including Condor Ferries.
If arriving from the UK, you do not need a passport but will need photo ID. If travelling from outside the UK, you will need a passport or travel document.