You are able to reside in Guernsey if the following applies to you:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) – that is EU nationals plus nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
  • You are a Swiss national
  • You have the Right of Abode in the UK through marriage or any other means
  • You are a Commonwealth citizen who would be entitled to Right of Abode in the UK

Nationals of countries not listed above require permission to enter and/or stay in Guernsey. This is known as “leave to enter” or “leave to remain” and is granted to those who qualify under the Immigration Rules. An option for immigration to Guernsey with an investor’s visa also exists.

Those who do not fall under the main five categories listed above would need to seek advice from the
Guernsey Border Agency

Tel:  +44 1481 741410

Whatever your nationality or circumstances, certain restrictions still apply if you are not a Qualified Resident in Guernsey. These restrictions essentially affect the category of property that incoming residents may occupy. Guernsey has a local housing market and an open housing market, details of which can be found here.

For those who are given a permit to occupy Local Market property, these permits also restrict the number of years that an individual may live on the island in Local Market accommodation.


For independent and confidential advice on how you are able to live in Guernsey, please do not hesitate to contact me.