Travel Advice for Jersey

We have compiled some general travel and safety advice for visitors to our island including how to get around Jersey, with thanks for contributions from the States of Jersey Police, Liberty Bus, Jersey Taxi Drivers Association, Jersey Coastguards, RNLI and Sure Jersey

Crime
Jersey is a very safe and relatively crime-free island but there are always precautions that you can take to minimise the risk of you being a victim.
Vehicle Security – Do not leave anything of value on view such as mobile phones; sat-navs; laptops; handbags; wallets; coins; shopping; vehicle documents, such as registration documents.
Bicycle Security – Ensure that your bike is security marked and registered. Invest in a good bicycle lock. They are relatively inexpensive – D locks or combination locks are best – look for ‘Sold Secure’ approved models or ask at a bicycle shop for a recommendation. Whenever you leave your bicycle unattended, make sure you lock it to something secure. A purpose built bicycle rack is ideal.
If you’re not making a call, make sure that your phone is hidden away. Keep it in a front pocket or inside a bag. Don’t attach it to your belt or around your neck. Thieves are opportunists – so don’t make yourself an easy target.
It is important to note that it is an offence to hold a mobile phone whilst your vehicle is motion and offenders will be liable for prosecution.
Staying Healthy

In order to make the most of your holiday don’t forget sufficient supplies of any medication for the duration of your stay. Chemists and pharmacies are found in Parishes across Jersey, however opening hours will vary. If you have had a recent illness or hospital admission please check with your doctor that you are well enough to travel… and most of all enjoy your holiday!

Getting around Jersey
As with the UK we drive on the left hand side of the road in Jersey
The top speed limit in Jersey is 40mph, but much lower limits are also in place around the Island, particularly in built-up areas. There are many ‘part-time’ 20mph zones around schools, and our green lanes have just a 15mph speed limit. A “Filter in turn” system is unique to the Channel Islands and often an area of confusion for road users in Jersey as it does not comply with the rules of a roundabout. The protocol for filtering in turn means that you just literally take it in turns at one of these junctions. There are only a few such junctions left in Jersey with the most used being on the coast road between St Helier and St Aubin at the junction with Beaumont Hill. We are very courteous here in Jersey and will often note your foreign plates or H car symbol and assist you by gesturing politely when it is your turn. You will also note that the Traffic lights in Jersey will change directly from Red to Green with no Amber in between.
Car & Transport Hire:
There are a number of options for transport hire including car or campervans, scooters and bicycles
Anyone wishing to hire a car in Jersey must meet the following criteria:
(a) you must be over 21 years of age
(b) have had a full driving licence for at least one year
(c) have not received any endorsements or have been disqualified for either dangerous driving or driving over the alcohol limit within the previous five years.
Anyone wishing to drive in Jersey must also have a valid Certificate of Insurance and a valid driving licence
If you have the misfortune to be involved in an accident that results in damage or injury, you must stop and immediately report it to a police officer on 01534 612612 or 999 in an emergency. Don’t move your car until instructed by an officer. If required, you must provide your name and address and the name and address of the owner and the registration mark of the vehicle as well as details of insurance.
Parking in Jersey
There are a number of different restrictions and methods of paying for parking in Jersey which can result in a parking fine if not adhered to. Please follow the link below for information on Parking Discs & Pay cards (and where you can buy them), information on Disabled Parking for Blue Badge holders and other parking payment systems and parking fines
Buses
Liberty Bus offer an excellent service to help you travel around the island with information on planning your trip and how to reach the many attractions on the island showing their location, route and timetables to ensure you can make the most of your visit. Multi-journey passes and travel card deals are especially designed to help you see as much as possible during your stay cost effectively. Liberty Buses also have easy-access ramps and dedicated spaces for all types of wheelchairs and some small varieties of mobility scooter can also be accommodated with a permit to ensure safe travel
There are over 90 public Rank Taxi drivers within the Jersey Taxi Drivers Association (JTDA) and therefore are effectively the largest Taxi fleet operating in Jersey and probably more likely to get you a Taxi within minutes of booking. These public rank taxis may be found at the Airport, Harbour, Weighbridge, Library Place and Snow Hill. You can also rest assured that when you get into a Public Rank Taxi you will be charged a controlled fare as tariffs and charges are set and controlled by the States of Jersey Transport and the Department for Infrastructure (DFI), which also applies to all Public Rank Taxi drivers. The meters are also sealed to make them tamper proof by the Driver Vehicle Standards Department (DVS), unlike private hire cabs that are not controlled and can set their own tariffs and charges, so you could find yourself saving up to 30% or more on the fare charged.
Air travel
There are a number of major airlines that operate a service from the UK to Jersey (JER) including Flybe, EasyJet and British Airways. Further flight information can be found by following this link
The airport is approximately 7.5km (4.5 miles) from the islands capital St Helier and there is both a Taxi and Bus service available  to help you reach your destination. Airport facilities include an ATM dispensing Sterling currency for use in Jersey, duty free shopping and eating / drinking facilities, more info about Facilities
For information regarding customs requirements  Visa and Passport 
Sea travel
Sea travel to Jersey is available through Condor Ferries from the UK at Poole or Portsmouth and from France at St Malo, Carteret and Granville with either Condor Ferries or Manche Iles Express. Trips are also available to the islands of Guernsey, Sark, Herm, Alderney with also RIB trips to the smaller islands of Les Ecrehous and Les Minquiers
Sunbathing 
During the warmer months of the year from Spring through until Autumn there are dangers from over-exposure to the sun resulting in sun-stroke, sunburn and long term risks of skin disease. Suitable sun protection creams should be used and when sunbathing be aware of the added risks of dehydration. Extra care is required for babies and small children.
Swimming and Safety at Sea – Tides
Jersey has the third largest tidal range in the world, with a range of over 12 meters. Along the south-east coast of the island the tide can recede for over a mile and a half. It is essential that anyone spending time on the coast is aware of this and checks the tide times before heading out, as it is easy to become cut-off by the tide. Tide tables and weather forecasts are available online
Here are some tips for those planning on visiting the coast:
• Check weather and tide times
• Always keep an eye on the tide as it can move faster than you expect. Leave plenty of time to make it back to the shore.
• Know your limitations, some areas are best explored with someone who has local knowledge.
• Have a means of calling for help on you, such as a mobile phone or VHF radio.
• Don’t go on your own and tell someone ashore of your plans.
• Be able to explain where you are.
• If you need help, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Rip Currents
Rip currents can occur on any beach where breaking waves are present. They are formed when waves push water up the beach, this water needs to find a way back out to sea and it flows back outwards through deeper channels.
• They can travel at speeds faster than an Olympic swimmer
•  Look for discoloured/choppy water, a debris line and fewer breaking waves
• They can travel up to 200m from shore
 You can avoid rip currents by swimming between red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach. If you do find yourself in a rip current
• Stay calm and float – Raise arm/shout to attract attention
• Swim parallel to shore, not against current as you will become exhausted
•  Once out of the rip current swim back into shore
•  If you see someone in trouble, raise the alarm, dial 999 and ask for Coastguard or tell a Beach Lifeguard.
• Throw something that floats, such as a lifebuoy
• Never enter the water to rescue someone yourself
Beach Lifeguards
If you are heading to the beach it is always recommended to visit a beach patrolled by beach lifeguards.  A number of Jersey’s beaches are patrolled  by beach lifeguards during the summer months.
The RNLI beach lifeguards patrol four beaches in Jersey. St Ouen’s beach  is patrolled from the beginning of May until the end of September. St Brelade’s, Greve de Lecq and Plemont have lifeguards on duty from the middle of May to the end of September.
RNLI lifeguards also patrol St Ouen’s (Le Braye) during the Easter and October half terms, providing a safe place to enter the water for those people making the most of the spring and autumn conditions.
Lifeguards also patrol Havre des Pas Bathing Pool in St Helier during the summer months.
While in the sea, it’s important to remember these safety tips:
• Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
• When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or body board between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards. If red flags are shown, the water is not safe to enter.
• Never swim alone.
• If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
• If you witness or are in an emergency at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue.
The RNLI has a host of safety advice for people taking part in a range of water activities, from kitesurfing and swimming to sailing and diving. For more information on safety
Water sports
Many visitors to Jersey will want to take part in the various Water Sports available around the island. All local concessions offering water sport activities and hire are licensed by Jersey Harbours.

If you are visiting the island and using your own equipment, consider asking a local club or similar for advice about conditions in Jersey.

For more information regarding Safety at Sea

It is also important to note that visitors to the island will be required to pay for any treatment that may be required in the unfortunate event of illness or an injury, this includes travellers from the UK. All visitors are therefore strongly advised to ensure that they have adequate health and medical insurance before travelling to the island.

Cliff-top walks
Popular coastal paths and headland walks present great opportunities for walking and enjoying the scenery. However there is always danger from coastal erosion, falling rocks and from the risks of falling over the cliff edges. The Coastal Path is maintained to reduce these risks but every care should be taken especially in poor visibility. The Coastguard service should be alerted in the event of danger to life – call 999 and ask for Coastguard or Ambulance as required.

Dog friendly advice

If you are planning to bring your dog on holiday to Jersey it is essential that you confirm your holiday accommodation provider’s policy on accepting pets before you leave home. Consider what to do with your dog whilst visiting attractions or eating in restaurants that don’t welcome pets, and how you are going to travel around Jersey. Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle, even for a short while, when its warm or hot outside. The temperature inside your car will double that outside in 6-10 minutes. Dogs will quickly suffer from heat exhaustion and possibly die. If you do see a dog left in a car on a warm day and it appears to be distressed, call the JSPCA on +44 1534 724331 or the Police on +44 1534 612612. They will take the appropriate action and, if necessary, break into the car to release the animal. If you should have to leave a dog in a car for a short time, leave a note stating your time of return. AND RETURN ON TIME! Otherwise an embarrassing rescue operation may be launched by a concerned passer-by.

Dogs, particularly elderly ones, should be exercised in the early morning and late evening to avoid over-exertion in hot weather. All dogs are required by law to wear a collar and tag bearing the name and address of the owner. If you are on holiday, it is a good idea to have a temporary tag with your holiday address on it. If you lose your dog, please contact the local Parish hall as soon as possible. You can exercise your dog on any of the beaches at any time, but between 1st May and 30th September they must be kept on a lead between the hours of 10.30 am & 6pm. Dogs are also allowed in many of the parks, but specific rules may apply. It is also your duty to clean up after your dog and a fine can be imposed if you fail to comply

Search our Dog friendly page for details of Dog friendly places

Mobile phone services
Staying Connected in Jersey
Everyone at Sure hopes you have a wonderful stay in Jersey. Whilst you are here, we know you’ll want to stay connected with your friends and family at home, so we’ve prepared this short guide to help you stay in touch.
Mobile networks
None of the UK mobile operators have networks here, instead there are three local mobile networks. This means that when you visit Jersey, you will need to use one of the island’s own networks and that all of your calls and data will be charged at roaming rates (set by your network provider).
How to connect to a Jersey mobile network
When you arrive in Jersey, your phone will probably search for and connect to one of the island’s networks automatically, however, if after a few minutes, the phone isn’t receiving a signal, then you should try to connect manually.
To do this, you should go to your phone’s settings menu, then select mobile networks, then network operators.
A list of available operators should appear and we strongly suggest you choose Sure!
Data Roaming
Taking your phone abroad? Things are simple when you’re travelling abroad with Sure, with roaming partners all around the world.

Roaming is how we describe calling, texting and using data while you are abroad, including the UK.

Travel Boosters

If you are a Pay Monthly customer, we recommend choosing a booster to reduce the cost of roaming; the £5 Roaming Booster is ideal if you travel occasionally, or if you are a regular traveler and want to use a lot of data, we recommend our £20 Smart Roamer Booster.

Click here for more information.

Using the Internet on your phone
Even if you have turned off data roaming on your phone, you will still be able to connect to the Internet by using your phone’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Most public Wi-Fi networks are free to use but if you log on to one that charges, it will advise you of this and ask for payment details before letting you onto the network.
Buy a prepaid SIM card to avoid roaming charges
One easy way to avoid roaming charges is to buy a Pay as You Go SIM card to use temporarily while you are here.
Sure SIM cards are free of charge; you just need to add a minimum of £5 credit to start using it. This will give you a local Jersey number and will enable you to use 4G and 3G Internet services, and make calls at non-roaming rates. Just insert the card into your phone, replacing the existing card (which you must keep in a safe place), and away you go!
You can find out more about Sure’s Pay As You Go price plans, once you have your SIM card, you can quickly and easily top-up online  All top-ups also include some free minutes and texts (including making calls to the UK) and a free data allocation.
You can buy a Sure prepaid SIM card or a value phone with a SIM card by purchasing a Sure Phone in a Box at the Sure Store in King Street, St Helier. Alternatively, you can buy a low cost ‘phone in a box’ from one of our many retail partners located throughout the island which includes a ready to use phone.

Please recycle

In Jersey we take our recycling very seriously as we hope you do at home. In order to help us keep Jersey a super holiday destination and free from litter and environmental damage, we would ask you to recycle the following items during your stay:

Glass bottles and jars
Newspapers and magazines
Cardboard
Brochures
Metal drinks and food cans
Plastic bottles
Textiles

You will find a comprehensive guide of what and where to recycle by following this link

 

Main image courtesy of Yuris Belovs

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