Residence & Citizenship


Moving to Guernsey is often a popular choice for individuals looking to relocate, particularly with its close proximity to the UK. Guernsey is close enough to feel a part of the UK, but has all the added benefits of living abroad – the coastlines, beautiful scenery, classic cobbled streets, and there is plenty to do, see, and explore around the island.

It may be a small island, but it has retained its traditional and fascinating charm and continues to grow as a modern and dynamic British island.

Guernsey detail

Moving to Guernsey

British citizens, EEA nationals and Swiss nationals are eligible to move to Guernsey. Nationals of other countries require permission to “leave to remain” in Guernsey but the visa and immigration rules are comparable to the UK and more information can be provided on request.

In addition to Guernsey, the island of Sark falls within the Bailiwick of Guernsey and is only a 50 minute ferry journey ride. It offers a very relaxed lifestyle (there are no cars on this beautiful and tranquil island), as well as a simple and low tax system, whereby personal tax per adult resident, for example, is capped at £9,000.

Please click into the relevant tab(s) below to view the benefits of each island, the financial obligations and other criteria that might apply:

Programmes – Benefits & Criteria


Bailiwick of Guernsey

Island of Sark

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Island of Sark

Simple and very low tax system based on:

  1. Property tax on local property – which is based on the size of the property
  2. Personal tax per resident adult (or having property available) for over 91 days:
    • Based on personal assets or dwelling size
    • Capped at £9,000

There is a property transfer tax on property sales/leases.

Island of Sark

The following individuals do not generally need permission from the Guernsey Border Agency to move to the Bailiwick of Guernsey:

  • British citizens.
  • Other nationals of Member States of the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
  • Other nationals who have permanent settlement (such as indefinite leave to enter or remain in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey or the Isle of Man) within the terms of the Immigration Act 1971.

An individual who does not have an automatic right to live in Guernsey must fall within one of the categories below:

  • Spouse/partner of a British citizen, EEA national or settled person.
  • Investor. A person seeking to enter and then remain in the Bailiwick of Guernsey must provide evidence that they have £1 million of their own money under their control in Guernsey, of which a minimum of £750,000 must be invested in a manner which is “of benefit to the Bailiwick”.
  • Person intending to set themselves up in business. Individuals will be required to provide a business plan as the minimum entry level to show there is a genuine need for the investment and services in Guernsey and provide evidence of £200,000 of their own money under their control.
  • Writer, artist or composer. Individuals must have professionally established themselves outside of Guernsey and do not intend to work except as a writer, artist or composer.

Any other individual wishing to move to the Bailiwick of Guernsey must obtain an entry clearance (visa) prior to his/her arrival. The entry clearance must be applied for through the British Consular representative in the individual’s country of residence. The initial process generally starts with an online application via the British Home Office website.

Island of Sark

There are no specific residence requirements. Tax is payable if an individual resides in Sark or has a property there which is available to him/her for over 91 days per annum.

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Living in Guernsey

Guernsey is independent from the UK and has its own democratically elected Parliament which controls the island’s laws, budgets and levels of taxation.

A number of taxation changes introduced since 2008 have increased the attractiveness of Guernsey as a country for affluent individuals wishing to live there permanently. Guernsey is a tax effective jurisdiction with no capital gains taxes, no inheritance taxes and no wealth taxes. In addition, there is no VAT or goods and service tax. There is also an attractive tax cap for newcomers to the island.

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