Fly To Guernsey, UK
Guernsey is a group of islands that lie in the English Channel, forming part of the United Kingdom’s Channel Islands. While English is largely spoken across the Islands, a local French dialect is still in use to preserve its heritage.
For visitors, this area has much to offer in the way of classic coastal charm, history, scenery and activities. Surfers, holidaymakers, families, honeymooners and travellers from other parts of the UK come to the area in search of the quintessential beach life – there is far more to see than just the beaches however.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Guernsey do need a Visa to enter the United Kingdom. Give yourself plenty of time to allow for Visas to be processed, and ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned return. You will also need a minimum of 2 blank pages in your passport for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to the UK is situated in London (about six hours away from Guernsey). Address: South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP. Telephone: (+44) 207 451 7299. Website: southafricahouseuk.com.
See and do
Guernsey is comprised of a number of islands rather than being one complete country, which means there’s plenty to explore by boat and by land. Off the coast, there are a number of islands that are worth visiting. Herm is popular with locals, while Guernsey Island is where the capital city of Saint Peter Port is located. Alderney meanwhile has the dubious honour of having the highest number of pubs per head of population in the Islands.
As for attractions within the Islands, there is a good combination of museums (the Folk Museum is especially interesting); an Aquarium; Dolmens (neolithic tombs) such as Déhus Dolmen and many beautiful bays that boast lovely beaches, surfing spots and pretty scenery.
Shopping options are best in the capital of Saint Peter Port, where you will find quite a few centres and stores. A lack of added taxes makes Guernsey popular with shoppers, but not all items are in the affordable range. Items you may find range from standard UK items to locally made curios, jewellery, surf gear, home interior products and plenty more besides.
For the most part, buses are the best (and most available) way to get around on land. Boat cruises and ferries are of course also popular for exploring the islands. You can also walk about easily and safely, or hire a car if you’d rather explore at your own pace.
Guernsey Airport (Forest Parish) – GCI
Food and beverage: Food Village, Caffè Ritazza.
Currency Exchange: BATIF offers a currency exchange services at the Information Desk.
Airport Hotels: The Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant, Le Chene Hotel, La Trelade Hotel.
Car Hire: Economy, Value, Europcar, Hertz, National, Avis.
Airport Hub: Guernsey Airport (code GCI) is not a hub for any specific airline - Aurigny Air Services, Flybe, City Jet, Blue Islands and Air Berlin all offer scheduled and seasonal flights to and from the airport however.