Where are the Channel Islands?

The Channel Islands sit in the English Channel in the Bay of St. Malo, between mainland UK and France. Although part of the British Isles, they actually sit much closer to Europe than to the UK. This afford the Islands the luxury of a very pleasant climate, typically with longer daylight hours and warmer weather.

How do I get there?

Just a short one-hour flight from most UK airports, flying to Jersey and Guernsey couldn’t be simpler. The Islands are extremely well-served from the UK, with regular, reliable departures with scheduled flights. Our offers include departures from all of these airports and take advantage of our attractive rates packaged with car hire or transfers which more often than not are less expensive than driving to a Channel port and loading your vehicle onto a catamaran or ferry. If you can’t find the airport that suits you, give us a call and we’ll find it for you.

What happens once I arrive?

Getting around on Jersey and Guernsey is a dream, with an excellent local bus network which is fast, regular, clean and cheap. Buses are available at the airports for Island-wide destinations, and no hotel is ever far from a convenient stop. Alternatively, you can pre-arrange transfers for collection at the airport, and drop-off at the airport at the end of your trip. Car hire is also readily available and is an excellent way to see the Island at your leisure. The quiet roads and meandering routes make for some beautiful drives, along which you can stop en-route for lunch and walks and enjoy the views as you please. Cars can be collected at the airport, or delivered to your hotel for the full duration of your stay or simply for a day or two.

What language is spoken throughout the Channel Islands?

English is spoken on the Channel Islands. Jersey has its own native language, Jerriais – an old Norman language. Although you may not hear it spoken, it’s part of the island’s heritage. Similarly, Guernsey’s native language is Guernésiais, with its roots in Latin.

What currency is used in the Channel Islands?

Pound Sterling, just the same as the UK. You will not need to change money, and while the Channel Islands have their own mints and produce their own notes and coins, these are pounds and pence, and can be used once home. All major debit and credit cards are accepted and there are ATM machines across the islands.

Is there a time difference between the Channel Islands and the UK?

No, it’s the same as the UK. The Channel Islands follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and changes to British Summer Time at the same time as the UK.

Do I need a passport to visit the Channel Islands?

Passports are not required for travel between the UK and the Channel Islands. The airlines will require photographic identification, and this can be a driving licence, bus pass, work pass, or any photo ID which has been officially issued.

What financial protection is in place once my holiday is confirmed?

You are covered by our ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence no. 10008) which protects you and your party in the event of insolvency (please see ATOL certificate). Your ATOL certificate will be issued upon booking, and you should take a copy with you when you travel.

Do I need travel insurance?

It is strongly recommended that you have a policy to protect you in the event of any disruption to your break. This is not covered by your ATOL protection, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have something in place. Jersey and the UK have a reciprocal health agreement (RHA). Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.je/Health/Travelling/Pages/VisitingJersey.aspx For details on healthcare on Guernsey, please visit: https://gov.gg/article/152735/travelandhealth

Where can I find more information while I’m there?

Visitor centres are centrally situated in the heart of St. Helier in Jersey and St. Peter Port in Guernsey and have a wealth of information at your disposal.

What do I do when I get to the airport?

Easyjet

Online-check-in opens 4 weeks prior to departure. Visit easyjet.com to check-in to your flight using your ‘K’ reference number. (This also allows you add hold baggage or book seats if you’d like too.)

Once you check-in online, your boarding passes are available for you to either print or download so that they can be displayed on your mobile at the airport. Both formats are acceptable at the airport as the important thing is the barcode which is required to be scanned to proceed through security.

If you have booked hold bags separately, take these to the Easyjet Bag Drop before heading through security. Make sure each member of the party has valid photo ID to present before boarding.

Blue Islands

Approach the Blue Islands check-in desk at the airport on the day of departure in order to check-in and receive your boarding passes. There is no online access for Blue Islands bookings, so please simply approach the desk at the airport with your photo ID for each member of the party. Once the check-in agent sees these they will locate your booking and issue boarding passes. At this stage, proceed through security.

Blue Islands includes hold luggage of 1 x 23k item per passenger at no extra charge, so check-in any hold luggage at point of check-in.

Aurigny

Approach the Aurigny check-in desk at the airport on the day of departure in order to check-in and receive your boarding passes. There is no online access for Blue Islands bookings, so please simply approach the desk at the airport with your photo ID for each member of the party. Once the check-in agent sees these they will locate your booking and issue boarding passes. At this stage, proceed through security.

Aurigny includes hold luggage of 1 x 20k item per passenger at no extra charge, so check-in any hold luggage at point of check-in.

I need assistance at the airport – how do I arrange this?

We will take care of this for you. Please let us know the details of your requirements as early as possible by emailing us on travel@channelescapes.com and we will ensure that everything is in place in advance of your travel and everything goes smoothly. (do contact us beforehand. If you wait until you are at the airport it is not always possible for the airline to put things into action without any notice.)

What arrangements are in place for healthcare if required?

It is strongly recommended that you have insurance cover for your break to the Channel Islands.

For UK visitors to Jersey, some medical care is covered by the Reciprocal Health Agreement (RHA) with the UK. More information can be found here https://www.jersey.com/plan-your-break/before-you-visit/healthcare/

For UK visitors to Guernsey, there is no reciprocal health agreement and any healthcare must be paid for. More information can be found here https://gov.gg/healthcareforvisitors/travellers

Call Us: +44(0) 203 955 5050 or email: travel@channelescapes.com