Customs Info For Returning UK Visitors
The States of Guernsey are not part of the EU and so the UK Government severly restricts what is allowable to be imported from here into the UK before taxes have to be paid.
Here's the official website's info regarding MAX allowances - take special note of the "or" parts:
200 cigarettes or
100 cigarillos or
50 cigars or
250 grams of tobacco
over 22% by volun:ie (spirits/strong liqueurs) 1 litre
under 22% volume (inc fortified and sparkling
wine and other liqueurs) 2 litres
Still table wine 4 litres
plus four extra litres of still table vvine if no spirits,
liqueurs, fonified or sparkling wines
Beer or cider (or a combination) 50 litres
a) If brought in from a place within the customs territory of the European Community, and provided all duties have been paid, goods to an unlimited value.
b) If brought in from a place outside the customs territory of the European Community by a person
- travelling on a commercial air or sea service, goods to a value of £390
- travelling by private aircraft or private vessel, goods to a value of £270
If you bring something worth more than the monetary limit, you will have to pay duty on the full value, not just on the value above the limit.
If you are travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards an item worth more than the limit. You will have to pay duty on the full value of the item.
People under the age of 17 cannot have the tobacco or alcohol allowance."
Do expect UK Customs and Excise to have occasional purges!!
No NHS Services For UK Visitors!
Whist the States of Guersney are a "British Crown Dependency" they seem to have fallen out with the UK regarding reciprocal medical treatment and so UK visitors are strongly advised to have up-to-date travel insurance which includes medical cover.
Here's the official info from the Bailiff's office:
"Healthcare in Guernsey is provided by the Health and Social Services Department and private general practitioners and is outside the UK National Health Service.
Primary care doctors, dentists and other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, are in private practice and all patients are required to pay for treatment provided within primary care. This can be at a surgery, at your temporary residence or at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital including Accident & Emergency.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey’s reciprocal agreement with the British Government for UK residents ended on 31st March 2009. In practical terms this means that UK residents travelling to the Bailiwick will in addition to the above be charged for secondary care medical treatment ie treatment provided within a hospital. There will be a limited number of exemptions to charges for certain contagious diseases and compulsory psychiatric treatment.
There are also charges for the ambulance service and repatriation, to where you are ordinarily resident, if required.
Medical insurance is strongly recommended. 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 Department on +44 (0) 1481 725241 (ext 4544 or 4711).
Countries which have an agreement are: Australia, Austria, Barbados, Iceland, Portugal, Jersey, New Zealand, and Sweden.
However visitors from these countries will be charged for the same aspects of treatment as a local resident and this includes treatment by a GP in the Accident and Emergency Department."
You have been warned!!
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