Jersey is the largest of the British Channel Islands, located in the English Channel, between south-east England and the coast of northern France. It is a popular tourist destination spot for visitors from the UK mainland, as well as visitors from other parts of the world. As an American visitor though, do you need a passport to travel to Jersey?
EU Passport Holders
EU passport holders from the UK and fellow EU member nations do not need to carry a passport as proof of ID when planning a trip to Jersey. A valid photographic form of ID is sufficient, such as a Citizen’s Card or a photocard driving licence. However, due to tight security measures in place at UK airports, each and every passenger would do well to consider carrying their passport with them while visiting Jersey.
Americans who have been lawfully admitted into the UK do not need to apply for a separate visa to visit Jersey. For example, if you are residing in the UK on a Settlement Visa you will be granted multiple entries without having to apply for an additional visa to visit Jersey or any of the other Channel Islands.
However, if you have a pending immigration case, you should make sure you have proof of residency that you can provide when asked before you travel to Jersey. A letter from the Home Office will help establish your status and ensure you are not held up when you arrive in Jersey. If you require additional support, contact your travel agency in advance before you make any bookings to help avoid any delays at the airport. Your travel agent can advise you on whether it would be best to wait until your immigration case has been settled before planning a visit to Jersey.
Carry a Valid US Passport
US citizens who are planning a holiday to the UK mainland before they visit Jersey will need to carry a valid passport, which will be checked at the first port of entry once they disembark from the aircraft.
However, even though there are no immigration controls between the UK and Jersey, you should still present your passport upon arrival if you are planning a weekend trip over to Jersey during your European holiday.
US citizens who are planning to visit Jersey, Channel Islands, should ensure their passport is current and up to date. Although a valid form of photographic ID is often sufficient for onward internal travel once they have cleared UK customs and immigration on the mainland, it is best to use your passport if you plan to travel on to Jersey from there.
Source: States of Jersey Travel and Transport.