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 Channel Islands - General Info

Time Zone

UTC, summer time UTC +1 from March to October.

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

Pound sterling (£) of 100 pence.

The Channel Islands also have their own notes also in circulation.

Whilst the Channel Islands are outside of the VAT area, there is a GST ("Goods and Services Tax"), which is currently (June 2017) at 5%. This also applies to items purchased elsewhere (i.e., online) and couriered in to the Channel Islands. It is possible to get a GST refund if leaving on a regularly scheduled flight through an airport: keep good documentation and receipts of purchases.

Communications

International dialing code for Channel Islands is +44.

Mobile phones work throughout the country; the network operators use GSM 1800 networks, which may not be compatible with some dual-band US cell phones.

Internet cafes are available in major towns and cities, train stations and airports.

Diplomatic Missions

Channel Islands Foreign Embassies

United States Embassy, London: +44 (0)20 7499 9000.
Canadian High Commission, London: +44 (0)20 7258 6600.
Australian High Commission, London: +44 (0)20 7379 4334.
South African High Commission, London: +44 (0)20 7451 7299.
Irish Embassy, London: +44 (0)20 7235 2171.
New Zealand High Commission, London: +44 (0)20 7930 8422.

Emergencies

Emergency number 999

Channel Islands Air Search

French Search and Rescue (SAR) is coordinated by CROSS centres. 24/7 watch on VHF Channel 16.

The French lifeboat service is the Société National de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM).

Jersey Customs & Immigration Service
Tel:+44 (0)1534 448000Freephone 0800 735 5555 Fax:+44(0)1534 448034
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Report drug smuggling - its free and confidential Maritime House La Route du Port Elizabeth St Helier Jersey JE1 1JD

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula & North Brittany
By RCCPF/Peter Carnegie
Published by Imray (Revised 1st edition 2018)
ISBN: 9781846239434
A detailed pilot for the Channel Islands now includes the north coast of Brittany and Cherbourg Peninsula. St Vaast-La Hougue to Ouessant and the Channel Islands. Coverage includes the Plateau des Roches Douvres as well as detailed sections on the navigable rivers.
See Noonsite Review.

Normandy and The Channel Islands Pilot - Calais to St Malo
By Mark Brackenbury
Publisher Adlard Coles Nautical (Revised 8th Edition - April 1995)
ISBN-10 0713641940
ISBN-13 078 0713641943

The Cruising Almanac 2018
Published by The Cruising Association
Updates downloadable from www.theca.org.uk/almanac/corrections
Covers North West Europe from Shetland and southern Norway to Gibraltar and West Ireland to the Baltic. Fully revised. Available as Imray Nautical Apps for iPad users.

Shell Channel Pilot
By Tom Cunliffe
Published by Imray (8th Edition 2017)
ISBN: 9781846237003
The Shell Channel Pilot remains the ultimate authority on cruising both sides of the English Channel. Ever since the 1930s, when Adlard Coles published the original version.

Update History

October 2017: Amended to not 5% GST only applies to Jersey.
May 2017: Formalities updated (GST now applied). Fishing regulations updated.
July 2016: Formalities checked. Links updated.
June 2015: Formalities checked.
May 2015: Publications reviewed
June 2013: Formalities checked.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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