Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

Consult the State Department website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in Guernsey or the U.K.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport is valid at the date of their entering the country and during the length of their entire visit. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the United Kingdom and Guernsey more than 6 months.

US Embassy/Consulate

None (British crown dependency); +(44)(20) 7499-9000; US Embassy London, 33 Nine Elms Lane, London, SW11 7US, United Kingdom

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

112, 999


See WHO recommendations


Temperate with mild winters and cool summers; about 50% of days are overcast

Currency (Code)

Guernsey pounds (GBP)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): G

Plug Type G

Major Languages

English, French, Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts

Major Religions

Protestant (Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist), Roman Catholic

Time Difference

UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Potable Water


International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Little Chapel; Castle Cornet; Hauteville House; Fort Grey & Shipwreck Museum; Dehas Dolmen; German Occupation Museum; Sausmarez Manor

Major Sports

Soccer, cycling, tennis, squash, cricket

Cultural Practices

In some British and Channel Islander's households, people remove their shoes before entering their home. It is polite to ask your host's preference.

Tipping Guidelines

A service charge is not normally added to the bill, unless it is a large party; therefore, it is acceptable to leave 10% of the total. Taxi drivers do not expect tips. It is acceptable to tip hotel staff a small amount if they provide excellent service. Leave the extra change at a bar or nightclub.


Hand-knit sweaters, copper decorative items, hand-embroidered items; duty-free fashion, jewelry, alcohol, and tobacco

Traditional Cuisine

Bean jar — a one-pot dish typically made with pig’s trotter, haricot beans, butter beans, bay leaves, onions, and carrots; the dish is baked for 6-8 hours and typically served with crusty bread and Guernsey butter

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2022