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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

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

North Brittany and the Channel Islands: Cherbourg to Ouessant and the Channel Islands
By John Lawson
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; August 2008
ISBN-13:9781846230691

The Channel Islands
By Nick Heath
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson - 2nd edition 2006
ISBN 085288 790 6:

Cruising Association Handbook
By Cruising Association
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; 8th Revised edition edition (Sep 1996)
ISBN-13: 978-0950374284

The Channel Islands
By The RCC Pilotage Foundation
Publisher Imray - Edition: 2nd (2006)
ISBN 9780852887905
This 2nd edition of the RCC's Pilotage Foundation pilot of the Channel Islands has been completely reworked. New annotated photographs and brand new charts support the rewritten text that describes in detail transits through and between the islands and accessing harbours. In this new edition full use is made of waypoints made to support descriptions of transit. Now in full colour The Channel Islands is designed to be used in conjunction with Imray Channel Islands chart pack 2500.

Shell Channel Pilot
By Tom Cunliffe
Publisher Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson (7th Edition)
ISBN 9781846234460

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.

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