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About Guernsey

Guernsey is one of the beautiful Channel Islands in the English Channel. With a population of 63,000 residents, Guernsey is the second largest island in the English Channel. Guernsey is fast becoming a favoured destination for vacations with its great weather and maritime activities. Well-known tourist attractions of this magical island include Hauteville House, Castle Cornet and Shell Beach.

Cheap flights to Guernsey are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be fascinated by this charming island! Guernsey is home of Guernsey Airport (GCI), which is located on a quick 12-minute drive from the city centre. Guernsey Airport serves a number of airlines, including FlyBe, Aurigny and City Jet. Connecting flights to Guernsey depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Guernsey is 17 hours and 25 minutes.

Why visit Guernsey

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Maritime Activities

Guernsey is a wonderful chance to take in some fresh, sea air. Venture out on a cruise and spot some seals and puffins, or enjoy some kayaking with a guide.

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Charming Cafés

With both English and French influences, Guernsey is a little bit of a food paradise. Le Petit Café and Terrace Garden Café are quaint yet big on flavours.

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Walking Trails

Explore the numerous island trails in and around the island for the best views of Guernsey. Don’t forget to pack in your hiking boots!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country English Channel
Currency Guernsey Pound (GGP) and Pound Sterling (GBP)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.06 GGP
Language English, French
Hub Airport Guernsey Airport (GCI)
Airline Aurigny Air Services
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type C and Type G

Best time to visit Guernsey

Guernsey has its good weather days, and not-so-good weather days, but either way you’re in for a real English Channel experience. The warmest time to visit would be between May and September. During this time the weather is great and there are lots of activities happening such as Battle of the Flowers. You can also fully appreciate the beauty of the 70 bird species at Bird Gardens in Guernsey. Winter falls between November and March, and though it can get a bit cold and wet, the island is ridiculously lush and beautiful that you may just forget about the cold. There are also affordable flights and accommodation to Guernsey available over the colder months, so you’ll be able to save while enjoying the sites of this gem of an island.

Weather & Climate in Guernsey

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -10°C -8°C -5°C 1°C 5°C 10°C 13°C 11°C 6°C 0°C -5°C -10°C
High °C 5°C 7°C 10°C 16°C 22°C 28°C 32°C 31°C 26°C 19°C 10°C 5°C
Rainfall (mm) 8 7 18 41 61 57 43 26 29 20 11 9

Overview

A trip to Guernsey is often described as a welcomed surprise as visitors are always intrigued by how much warmth the island has to offer. Guernsey is part of the English Channel Islands, and is situated between France and England. Though just a geographical location, the island offers up the best of both countries and marries the two in a charming fashion.

The nice thing about Guernsey is that it has a little something for everyone and visitors are always left with options. Historians appreciate the World War stories at Castle Cornet, and book lovers walk away from Victor Hugo’s museum with an amused smile on their faces.

There are plenty of sea activities to partake in with cruises to spot seals and puffins, and kayaking and surfing on the list too.

Visa & Customs

South Africans who wish to travel to Guernsey do need to apply for a visa to do so.

The visa is valid for 6 months and you will need your passport to have the same or more time left on it. It can take up to 10 days to process and it will need to be accompanied with: two passport-sized photographs, proof of accommodation in Guernsey, flight tickets and various other documents.

You can apply for your visa at the British Embassy:

Norton Rose House, 8 Riebeeck Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001 Tel: 021 405 2400

Health & Safety

Travelling and living in Guernsey is very safe, with only one or two things to be aware of. The island is quite small and there is little to no crime, but avoid the drunks after a bad football game, or try not to get into overly religious or political conversations with locals as Guernsey has been said to be a tad bit mono-cultural.

It is always important to have your vaccines up to date when you are travelling. When visiting Guernsey, it is recommended to get a vaccination for hepatitis A if you think you’ll be eating any exotic food. It is also a good idea to get a shot for hepatitis B, and then Rabies if you plan to spend some time doing adventurous activities too.

Cost of Living

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN GUERNSEY
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 186.50
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 54.50
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 30.00
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 19.50
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 99.50
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