Living and Working in Jersey: Relocating

So you’re ready to start a new chapter in Jersey but what’s next?

Relocating can be difficult, especially if you’re moving to an entirely new place, but with our guide you’ll be better prepared for the big move.

Relocating to Jersey

You do not need permission from the Jersey Border Agency to live on the island or set up a business on the island if: 

  • You’re a British citizen
  • You’re a national of a member state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • You’re a national with permanent settlement in the UK, Bailiwick of Jersey or the Isle of Man
  • You have gained a Right of Abode UK


If these circumstances do not apply to you, however, you require a work permit and a visa to Live in Jersey. 

This is known as ‘leave to enter’ or ‘leave to remain’ and is provided to those who qualify under immigration rules. 

The island’s immigration rules state that you must obtain entry clearance with a visa before you arrive at the island. You can apply for entry clearance online through the British Consular representative in your country of residence. It’s generally recommended to seek advice from Jersey’s Immigration Department before you do so. 

It’s also possible to live in Jersey under the Control of Housing and Work Law 2013. Under this law, you may be granted as an essential employee and a licensed resident. These permits are granted by employers when they have not successfully recruited from the island.

Next: Making Jersey Home

Discover everything you need to know about making the island home.

How to Get to Jersey

Getting to Jersey is relatively simple. If you’re travelling by air, there are a number of regular flights from the UK and Europe. The trip takes just 40 minutes from Gatwick. 

A number of airlines provide services to Jersey including easyJet, Flybe, British Airways and Jet2. 

If you’re travelling by sea, there are regular ferry services from Portsmouth, Poole and France. Trips from the UK take about 4 hours and arrive at the island’s capital, St Helier. There are various ferry services to choose from including Condor Ferries.

If you’re travelling from the UK, you will not require a passport but you will need a form of photo identification.

If you’re travelling from outside of the UK, you’ll need a passport or applicable travel document.

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