Jersey-variant British passport

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The Jersey-variant British passport is a type of British passport issued in the British Crown dependency of Jersey by the Passport Office in St Helier.

Jersey-variant British passport
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The front cover of a pre-2020 Jersey-variant British biometric passport.
The biodata page of the Jersey-variant British biometric passport
Issued byUnited KingdomJersey Lieutenant Governor of Jersey,
on behalf of
United Kingdom Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
(on the advice of the
United Kingdom Lord Chancellor being also British Secretary of State for Justice),
at the request of the
Jersey States of Jersey
EligibilityBritish citizenship

Jersey-variant British passports are full British passports and are simply an alternative design used by the Jersey passport authorities to distinguish passports issued by the island. As such, they can theoretically be issued to any British citizens, however in practice are only issued to British citizens connected to Jersey.[1]


The Passport Office of the Jersey Government only issues British passports to British citizens living in the Channel Islands, the United Kingdom or the Isle of Man who have a connection to Jersey—e.g. were born, or live in Jersey or are a child born outside Jersey to parents born in Jersey.[2]

Applicants cannot be physically abroad at the time of application.[3]

Passport statementEdit


Jersey-variant British passports before 2020 may have an observation included to the following effect:

The holder is not entitled to benefit from European Community Provisions relating to employment or establishment

British citizens who had only a connection to Jersey were European Union citizens (an EU citizen being defined by the Treaty of Maastricht as a person holding the nationality of a Member State) but did not have EU Freedom of Movement Rights.

However, if British citizens connected to Jersey also had a connection to the United Kingdom (e.g. they have lived in the UK for five years, were born in the UK, or have parents or grandparents born in the UK), their passports did not include such an endorsement and they were fully eligible to benefit from European Union Freedom of Movement rights.[4] This observation ceased to be used from 1 January 2021.[5]


1872 Jersey-variant British passport

The design generally follows that of other British passports, however, like many other British territories and dependencies with separate passport offices, replace the text United Kingdom with other text.

Current issue British passports are navy blue, as are Jersey-variant passports.[5][6][7]

The blue passport sports the Royal coat of arms emblazoned in the centre of the front cover. "BRITISH PASSPORT" is inscribed above the coat of arms and "BAILIWICK OF JERSEY" inscribed below. The biometric passport symbol   appears at the bottom of the front cover. The rear cover of blue passports are also embossed with the floral emblems of England (Tudor rose), Northern Ireland (Shamrock), Scotland (Scotch thistle) and Wales (daffodil).[8]

Jersey passports contain on their inside cover the following words in English only:

Her Britannic Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Jersey (Channel Islands) and its dependencies requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford such assistance and protection as may be necessary.

Prior to 1988, all Jersey-variant British passports were navy blue. Between 1988 and 2020, they were burgundy and endoned with the words "EUROPEAN UNION BRITISH ISLANDS". British Islands refers to the collective territory of the United Kingdom and Crown dependencies.



  1. ^ "Jersey Citizens Advice - Passports ( 2.7.1. )". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  2. ^ "Jersey Citizens Advice - Passports ( 2.7.1. )". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  3. ^ Jersey, States of. "Jersey variant British passports". Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  4. ^ "What is Islander status?". States of Guernsey. 2013. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b Renew your passport -, 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ "New passports return to blue design". 15 June 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  7. ^ "Changes to the design of British passports". Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  8. ^ "Blue British passports to return in March". BBC News. 2020-02-22. Retrieved 2020-02-22.

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