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Moving your family and all your worldly possessions to a new home can be stressful, this page covers useful information for moving to Jersey. This information is also available in our Useful Information for Moving to Jersey fact sheet. Still have a query? Give us a call on +44(0)1534 440604 or email locatejersey@gov.je.

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Currency and Time Zone

Currency: In Jersey we use the Jersey Pound (£) which is equal to the British Pound (GBP). All United Kingdom sterling currencies are legal tender in the Island.

Time Zone: GMT

 

Moving your household goods

When you move to Jersey, you should declare to the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service (JCIS) any household goods you have brought with you.

For some items you will have to pay 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)*, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)* or import duty on those goods.

In some cases you can apply for relief on GST on personal belongings and VED on your vehicle. There is no relief on commercial items. Relief on personal property is only for a person who is moving home or moving personal property from a second home. Examples of personal property are:

  • household effects;
  • bikes;
  • caravans;
  • pets;
  • musical instruments; etc.

There is no tax relief for the following:

  • tobacco; or
  • tobacco products;
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • commercial means of transport; and
  • articles for use in a trade or profession**

**except for portable instruments of the applied or liberal arts.

Some items need a permit before the can be imported. For example personal collections of antique or ornamental firearms. You may only own a firearm if you have a firearm certificate issued by the Constable of the Parish in which you live.

* All rates may be subject to review and may change on an annual basis. Information accurate as at January 1 2019.

 

applying for gst relief on personal property

You can apply for relief on GST for imported belongings if:

  • you have owned the goods for more than 6 months and they were in your possession at your former home; or
  • the goods are moving from a secondary property outside Jersey to a principal home in Jersey.

 

Moving goods from your secondary property:

The goods must have been in your possession at the second property for at least 6 months before the date you import them to Jersey.

If it is found that to avoid GST, goods have been stored at this property for the 6 month period before being moved to Jersey, no relief will be granted, unless:

  • the goods are for the same use at your new home in Jersey; or
  • your normal place of residence has been, for a continuous period of at least 12 months, outside of Jersey; or
  • if your principal place of residence is in Jersey, but you own a second property outside of Jersey.

 

Selling imported goods after moving to Jersey:

If within 12 months of receiving GST relief on any imported goods you then either:

  • lend;
  • hire;
  • sell;
  • give as security; or
  • give away.

You must inform the JCIS. You will also be liable to pay GST on the value of those goods at disposal.

 

Importing goods and claiming GST relief before moving to Jersey permanently:

You must apply for GST relief before or when you arrive in Jersey.

You can arrange to import your goods and make use of the any granted GST relief before you move. But you must move to Jersey within 6 months of the GST payment and importation of the goods. 

If you meet certain criteria, you will not be charged GST on your personal belongings, including any means of transport.

 

Bringing your car to jersey

 

Make sure you have the right insurance

You will need to get new car insurance for Jersey.

You will need a cover note for the time between the car arriving and when it is registered in Jersey, and has a Jersey registration plate.

In Jersey you must show that your car is insured by displaying a Windscreen Insurance Display. This will be provided by your insurer.

 

Paying Customs, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Vehicle Emissions Duties (VED) on an imported vehicle*

If you move to Jersey permanently, and bring your vehicle, you may be liable for customs duty, VED and/or GST.

If you have owned the vehicle for more than 6 months before moving to Jersey, you can apply for tax relief. You must make an application before or at the time you start living in Jersey.

As with personal goods, you can also apply for secondary residence relief. This is applicable when you are moving a car from a secondary residence outside of Jersey to the Island. You should make this application before or at the time the vehicle is imported.

Go to Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) to find out if the vehicle will incur any taxes. Please take with you:

  • photo ID (driving licence or passport)
  • registration document (usually V5C which must include the manufacturers CO2 emissions data for cars, and cubic capacity (CC) for vans)
  • invoice for vehicle or a recent valuation
  • ferry ticket for bringing the vehicle to Jersey

Contact details for JCIS can be found at the bottom of this page.

* All rates may be subject to review and may change on an annual basis. Information accurate as at January 1 2019.

 

Cost of importing vehicles (liable taxes)

 

1. Customs duty and GST*

Vehicles imported from the EU and Non EU countries will incur different charges.

If you import the vehicle from the EU, it will be liable to GST at 5% on its value at import. This includes all freight charges and insurance costs.

If you import the vehicle from outside the EU, you will have to pay GST at 5% and customs duty. Customs duty is charged according to the type of goods and where they are imported from.

You will be liable for any relevant taxes, if within 12 months of receiving duty or GST relief on the imported vehicle you either:

  • sell
  • hire; or
  • transfer ownership of the vehicle.

 

2. Vehicle emissions duty (VED)*

VED is an imports (excise) duty on vehicles.

VED is paid when a vehicle is first registered on the Island. This includes vehicles already imported to Jersey that haven't yet been registered with Jersey plates (J Plates).

The duty charged is based on the manufacturers' CO2 emissions data. CO2 emissions data is only available for cars produced post March 2001. For vehicles manufactured before this date, the cubic capacity (cc) is used.

* All rates may be subject to review and may change on an annual basis. Information accurate as at January 1 2019.

 

Registering your vehicle in Jersey

If you intend to live, or have been living in Jersey for more than 12 months you must register any vehicles you import immediately.

There is no period of grace for driving in Jersey on foreign registration plates. Jersey residents cannot drive a foreign registered vehicle in the Island. You will need to change over your number plate and you must also be able to prove that you own the vehicle.

If you plan on living in Jersey for more than 12 months and your vehicle is registered in another country, you need to:

  • Provide the following information to Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) when you register your vehicle:
    • a Jersey driving licence (obtainable from your Parish Hall)
    • a valid registration certificate or export certificate (copies are not acceptable)
    • Jersey customs import declaration
    • a valid insurance certificate or cover note for your vehicle (fax copies or photocopies are not acceptable)
  • book your vehicle in for an inspection and pay the inspection fee of (£36)*
  • provide a certificate of type approval for vehicles under 25 years old
  • provide an invoice or bill of sale for the vehicle
  • pay any Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED)*
  • pay any Goods and Services Tax (GST)*

* All rates may be subject to review and may change on an annual basis. Information accurate as at January 1 2019.

 

 

Vehicle specifications

Your vehicle must meet certain specifications and it may need an inspection before it's registered. If your vehicle is 25+ years old, special exemption provisions apply.

Your vehicle must comply with Jersey legislation. Banned items include:

  • headlights not manufactured or designed for driving on the left hand side of the road;
  • mirrors without safety markings;
  • anchorages and seatbelts without safety markings;
  • speedometers that are not marked in both mph and kph;
  • red direction indicators;
  • lamps without the required angles of visibility;
  • wheels and tyres that project beyond the wheel arches;
  • front side windows and windscreens tinted beyond the legal limit; and
  • bull bars.

It is worth noting, once registered in Jersey cars are currently not subject to Road tax or MOTs.

 

changing your driving licence

If you become resident in Jersey and hold a foreign driving licence you must exchange it for a Jersey one. This includes UK licence holders. You should do this as soon as possible after arriving on Jersey.

Application forms for a driving licence are available from your Parish Hall.

You must not drive a vehicle of any class or description on a road unless you hold a valid licence for that vehicle.

A driving licence is issued for one or more categories of vehicle and is valid for ten years. More information is available from your Parish Hall and on gov.je.

If you hold a full valid driving licence from a country listed in the table below, you can exchange it for a Jersey licence. Please note, not all categories of licence are exchangeable, and you cannot exchange a provisional licence.

Table: Accepted driving licenses in Jersey from countries with an exchange agreement.

The countries listed in the table below do not have exchange agreements with Jersey, but these licences will be accepted for exchange.

Table: Accepted driving licenses in Jersey for exchange.

If you hold a driving licence from a country that has not been listed, you must pass a theory and practical driving test in Jersey. You will then be granted a full Jersey driving licence.

 

Bringing your pet to Jersey

Moving with your pet from the UK, IOM or Other CIs

If you are relocating to Jersey from the UK, Isle of Man or another Channel Island then you will not need a pet passport for your pet. The exception to this is if you are bringing in a pet from the UK which originated from abroad. This includes the Republic of Ireland. The pet must have landed legally in the UK before travelling to Jersey.

Pets that do not meet the entry requirements for the UK may be seized on arrival in Jersey. It is law that all dogs are microchipped in the UK before they are eight weeks old or sold.

It is illegal to import certain breeds and types of dogs (deemed Dangerous Dogs) to Jersey. These breeds and types are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa (or Tosa)
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Any type of dog which appears to have been bred for fighting

 

Moving with your pet from outside of the UK, IOM, or Other CIs

The process to import a pet from outside of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands can take several weeks or even months. You should contact the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Government of Jersey as soon as you can. Contact details are at the end of this page.

 

Dog Licences

By law, every dog in Jersey over 6 months old must be licensed, except for guide dogs used solely by a blind or deaf person.

You must buy a licence for each dog you keep, it is an offence to not do so. The licence fee is £5 per dog and lasts for 1 year. The licence must be renewed by 31 January each year. A £10 fee may be charged for late licence applications. A licence cannot be issued to a person under the age of 16 years. The licence is specific to a dog and cannot be transferred to another dog.

Owners are responsible for their dogs, in particular:

  • Every dog in a public place or highway must wear a collar which details the owner’s name, address and telephone number;
  • It is illegal to allow your dog to worry livestock;
  • During the months of 1 May to 30 September, dogs must be kept on a lead when on a beach between 10.30am and 6pm;
  • It is an offence not to clear up after your dog, a fine of £1,000 will be issued; and
  • Dogs should not be a nuisance to others.

You are required to inform your parish should:

  • Your address changes;
  • Your rehome or sell your dog;
  • Your dog die; or
  • You lose your dog.

Licence applications can be collected from your local parish hall or downloaded from the My Parish Online website. Completed applications should be returned to the Connétable of the parish in which you reside with the £5 (per dog) licence fee. Payments can be made by cheque payable to the ‘Parish of ….…’  /OR/ by card/BACS payments.

The following information is requested within the application form:

  • Applicants name & address;  
  • Contact details - phone & email;  
  • Name of the dog;
  • Dog breed;
  • Dog gender;
  • Dog's year of birth/age;
  • Colour of dog; and
  • Microchip ID (/or/ other identifying feature which may assist identification).

 

Bringing horses when you move to Jersey

 

Importing a horse from the UK and Ireland

You will need a valid horse passport, unless the horse is returning to Jersey less than 30 days after export.

To import a horse from Ireland, you will need a valid horse passport.

 

Importing a horse from an EU Member State (other than the UK or Republic of Ireland)

You will need a valid health certificate and valid horse passport.

From France only, for eligible horses, a valid DOCOM may replace a valid health certificate.

 

Importing a horse from outside the EU

For non-EU Countries you will need to contact the Department of the Environment.

While the department will try to help, it is the exporter’s responsibility to meet the requirements of the importing country.

 

Cost of importing a horse

If you import a horse for long-term personal use you are liable to pay GST. Contact Customs & Immigration for relevant forms and fees

 

Horse Passports

You do not need a horse passport if your horse (donkey or pony) remains in Jersey permanently.

You need a passport if you intend to export or import your horse to or from either:

  • the UK;
  • the Republic of Ireland; or
  • Europe.

Horse passports cannot be issued in Jersey. You should contact the relevant authority in your area (for the UK this is gov.uk). 

You should only have one valid passport per horse. Should your horse have two passports, you can decide which one to keep.

If your passport was issued by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), you must contact the British Equestrian Federation to check it meets current requirements for import to Jersey.

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

 

USEFUL CONTACTS

 

Driver & Vehicle Standards

T: +44(0)1534 448600

E: dvsinfo@gov.je

La Route De Veulle, La Collette, St Helier, JE1 3UE

 

Chief Veterinary Officer

T: +44(0)1534 441600

E: rva@gov.je

Howard Davis Farm, La Route de la Trinité, Trinity, JE3 5JP

 

Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (Freight clearance, duties, GST/VED)

Revenue & Goods Control (payment of GST on imports)

T: +44(0)1534 448000

E: rgc@gov.je

Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier, JE4 8PE

 

Do you still have a query on the practicalities of moving to Jersey? Give us a call today on +44(0)1534 440604 or email locatejersey@gov.je  This information is also available in our Useful Information for Moving to Jersey fact sheet.

“We were astonished by the speed and simplicity with which we were able to source our lovely home and move to the Island. In fact, from first thinking about moving to the Channel Islands to purchasing our house, took less than four months from start to finish (including obtaining our housing consent from the States of Jersey within just two weeks)!”

Andrew & Fiona Tyrer


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