Jersey is the perfect island escape
This small island is the perfect holiday destination for you to take a break while still feeling like you are travelling somewhere familiar.
Jersey is the perfect island escape – somewhere a little bit different and ever so slightly exotic, yet close enough to the UK mainland for you to fit plenty into your island break. Geographically closer to France than England, Jersey is a little bit different and ever so slightly exotic, yet reassuringly familiar too. It’s British pounds and French place names, cream teas and croissants, Breton-style seafood and natural beauty with the breath-taking coastline. Discover more about Jersey here in our destination guide.
7 Reasons to Escape to Jersey this Summer
Want to get away this summer, but not travel too far? Look no further than Jersey. Here are 7 reasons to visit Jersey
1 – Jersey is within the UK Common Travel Area. Fly there in under an hour or catch a short ferry and feel the sand between your toes
2 – Pack your swimmers and head to the sunniest place in the British Isles, where the sea is never more than 10 mins away
3 – Feel like you’re truly on holiday with Jersey’s Brit(ish) blend of French and English charm, with views of the French coast just 14 miles away.
4 – Find your freedom in 48 miles of beautiful coastline where country lanes open to cliff top views and find secluded bays where you’ll have the beach all to yourself.
5 – Fuel your appetite for adventure with sea-swimming, rock climbing, hiking, surfing, coasteering and cycle routes to feel alive again.
6 – Foodies: Feed your soul with the continental flavours of Jersey’s Big Four; Lobsters, Oysters, Jersey Royals and Jersey Dairy.
7 – Trace Jersey’s unique heritage from the Ice Age to stories of occupation and liberation in WW2 .
Make a splash in Jersey this summer
For a small island, Jersey packs a punch when it comes to activities you can do off the coast, boasting unique experiences you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the UK. It’s hard to think of anything more exciting than crashing through the waves out at sea, leaving the rugged shoreline behind you. On a trip with Jersey Seafaris, you can do just that as you explore the coast, offshore reefs and islands in the waters around Jersey.
One trip visits Les Écréhous, an archipelago off Jersey’s shores, where wildlife-viewing opportunities abound. It’s also possible to spot bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals on some Seafaris!
If you are looking to add some adventure to your trip, a kayaking tour is the best way to see Jersey’s coastline up close. Whether heading out with a local guide or exploring at your own leisure, you will discover hidden coves and beautiful beaches dotted around the island. For those who may want to take things slowly, stand-up paddleboarding is a relaxing alternative.
One of Jersey’s most impressive attractions, Seymour Tower, is located a mile from shore but at low tide, and with a qualified guide, visitors can walk across the seabed to view the tower up close. Known locally as the ‘moonwalk’ due to its rock formations, this seabed walk is a unique way to see the island’s marine life in its rock pools and world-renowned oyster farms.
Jersey is now open to tourists, so as soon as you’re ready, the Little Island with a Big Spirit is waiting for you.
Visitors from the UK and Crown Dependencies will be able to travel again. The Visit Safe Charter ensures there’s no need to be concerned about visiting – strict safety measures are in place across the island, with mandatory Covid-19 testing on arrival.
Embrace your own beach, head off the beaten track, and welcome in summer from the sunniest spot in the British Isles. For those seeking relaxation, enjoy uncrowded outdoor and wellness activities. Or for the more adventurous, there’s everything from coasteering into a protected cove or taking a leisurely cycle, exploring caves in a kayak or practising yoga in an 800-year-old castle.
You’ll be surrounded by good food in Jersey, where fresh seafood is caught daily and Jersey Royals are never far from your fork.
Can British travellers visit Jersey?
Jersey’s borders reopened to visitors from the UK and Crown Dependencies on April 26, but there may be additional requirements depending on which region travellers are coming from.
The island falls within the Common Travel Area, so visitors do not need to complete the UK government’s Travel Declaration Form for travel to the island, but will need to follow Jersey’s safer travel guidelines.
Jersey’s government has reinstated a Safer Travel Policy, categorising countries and regions into three groups: green, amber and red. View the most up-to-date status of countries and regions here.
The requirements are as follows:
All passengers aged 11 and over can choose to take part in the testing programme. Testing is free of charge.
If you do not take part in the testing programme, you must isolate for 14 days.
The period of isolation required depends on your vaccination status.
|Vaccination status||Testing and isolation|
|Fully vaccinated (completed full course of vaccination plus 2 weeks)||Test on arrival (Day 0) and no isolation|
|Not fully vaccinated||Test on arrival (Day 0) and isolate until negative test result|
Those taking a Covid-19 test on the day of arrival can expect results within 12 hours. More detailed information on the testing and isolation requirements can be found here Testing and isolation requirements
Further guidance on Jersey’s Covid-19 safety measures can be found on the recently updated Visit Safe page.
Before you travel to Jersey, you must:
Ensure you have medical travel insurance in place.
Complete a pre-departure registration form.
Agree to a PCR test upon arrival or self-quarantine for 14 days.
Ensure you are aware which of the three categories your region falls into, as each has their own testing and isolation requirements (see above). To view the most up-to-date list of countries and regions and their statuses, click here.
Agree to be contacted by our contact tracing team for the duration of your stay.
Adhere to all public health guidance.
Check with your transport provider to understand if they have any additional pre-departure requirements. Some carriers may require a negative test result prior to departure.
To see the safety precautions in place at Jersey Airport and Jersey Harbour, please watch the featured video below.
What Covid-19 safety measures are currently in place in Jersey?
Jersey is not in lockdown. The vast majority of hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes are open and welcoming visitors.
Visitors have to wear masks on flights and ferries to Jersey, in airport and harbour buildings and on public transport. Click here to find out more about how to travel to Jersey. Visitors will also have to wear masks when inside shops and restaurants until sitting at a table. Current Government of Jersey
advice states everyone should wear a mask in public places and in crowded spaces where social distancing is difficult. Regular hand washing and social distancing is advisable.
The key public health messages are:
Safer at a distance
Safer in smaller groups
Safer when you can be contacted
Travel advice and public health information are constantly reviewed and updated. For the latest travel information, see the Visit Safe page or view detailed health information on the Government of Jersey website.
“Find your balance here – it’s why we’re known as the little island with a big spirit”
A taste of the “continent” with the familiarity of home – that’s Jersey
Stay-cation with a difference – Having been to Jersey many times for our stay-cation, We would highly recommend Jersey for your next holiday / stay-cation. For inspiration why not take a peek at our Channel Islands Brochure ~ Discover Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and other islands around the UK. Click here to view brochure