Passports are not required for citizens of Britain and the Irish Republic, however, photographic ID is required for travel to Alderney (e.g. driver’s licence or passport). However, if you plan to visit France during your stay in Alderney, you will need your passport. Visitors from EU countries need valid passports or national identity cards. If in doubt over acceptable forms of ID, please contact your carrier direct.
Nationals of other Western European countries and North America require valid passports, but not visas.
For further details on immigration, please contact the Guernsey Border Agency Office on +44 (0) 1481 741420 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALTHCARE AND TREATMENT
There is currently no reciprocal health care agreement between the UK Department of Health and the Channel Islands. All visitors to Alderney are strongly advised to take out full travel insurance which is valid in the Channel Islands, for the duration of their visit, to cover the cost of any medical treatment they may require and repatriation costs.
Medical insurance is strongly recommended.
Healthcare in Alderney is provided by the Health and Social Services Department and is outside the UK National Health Service. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in the Bailiwick of Guernsey (Guernsey, Alderney, Sark & Herm).
Policies should be checked to ensure that cover is provided for travel to the Channel Islands, and for stays in the kind of accommodation you have chosen, including staying with friends and family.
For further information, please contact the Health and Social Services Departments on +44 (0) 1481 72524 or visit the website.
The Island Medical Centre, Le Val
t: 01481 822077
DOCTOR ON CALL 24 HOURS
Alderney Dental Surgey, Les Venelles
t: 01481 823131
Boardman’s Pharmacy & Perfumery, Victoria Street
t: 01481 822126
Travel Insurance is strongly advised to cover you for any unforeseen expenses incurred in case of delays, diversions or cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.
VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX)
There is no VAT in Alderney. The island also has its own duty-free facilities where visitors (except travellers within the Bailiwick of Guernsey) can purchase tobacco and spirits at exceptionally low prices prior to departure, from the Aviator Café (airport) or Mainbrayce (harbour).
Certain mobile networks require a roaming facility plus international dialling code. Please check with your provider.
Sterling is the currency of Alderney, which as part of the Baliwick of Guernsey has its own notes and coins - your pound in the UK is worth the same when you spend in Alderney. UK and Jersey currency can also be used within the Islands, but Channel Island sterling is not accepted in the UK. Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the Island. Some businesses will accept euros, although change will generally be given in sterling. ATM machines are available in Victoria Street in St. Anne.
Public holidays are the same as England except for August Bank Holiday which in Alderney is on the first Monday of August when the island celebrates 'Cavalcade Day' and ‘Homecoming Day’ (Saturday 15 December) is also a public holiday which celebrates the islanders’ return on 15 December 1945 after WWII.
The code for Alderney is 01481 from the UK and +44 1481 internationally. Mobile networks require a roaming facility plus international dialling codes. Please note roaming charges will apply if you use your UK mobile phone in Alderney. Please check with your provider if in doubt.
TRAVELLING WITH YOUR PET
Alderney is rabies-free and some hotels, guest houses and self-catering establishments on the island welcome pets. Aurigny Air Services will accept dogs on their inter-island and UK flights to Alderney. However, please note only dogs (**) originating from the British Isles or legally imported into the UK may be landed in Alderney once they have been cleared by Alderney’s Customs Authorities.
Under the Pet Travel Scheme, cats and dogs may also be imported from St. Malo, via Guernsey or Jersey, with Condor Ferries. Otherwise a 6-month quarantine applies. For details and conditions please contact the respective airline or ferry company prior to making any travel arrangements.
(**) Please note: Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosa or any other type of dog which appears to have been bred for fighting may not be imported.
For details, conditions and exceptions regarding the Pet Travel Scheme and any queries relating to the importation of animals, please click here