Customs and immigration
Immediately upon arrival, before any crew member goes ashore, Masters of all vessels arriving in Guernsey must complete the Customs and Immigration declaration given to them by the Marina Attendant staff. Completed forms must be placed in one of the yellow Customs boxes or returned to a duty Customs official afloat. In addition, vessels arriving from any port outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey should display a yellow Q flag instead of the courtesy ensign until the yacht is properly cleared by customs and immigration, after which the Q flag is replaced by the courtesy flag. All persons on board vessels arriving from places other than the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or the other islands of the Bailiwick must be in possession of a valid travel document.
Arrival in St Peter Port
All visiting yachtsmen are met on arrival by a member of the marina staff who will provide assistance and a suitable berth for your vessel. All visiting vessels must clear inwards at the main harbour of St Peter Port, regardless of which marina they moor in. Mooring in the QEII Marina is by prior arrangement only.
Moorings for visiting yachts
A marina attendant in a dory will guide you to your berth or the holding pontoon just outside the entrance, which provides plenty of space for vessels awaiting the tide.
Moorings alongside pontoons are available in the Victoria Marina for boats up to a maximum of 42ft (12.8m) LOA and a maximum draught of 6ft (1.8m). The sill height is 4.2m above chart datum, with access approximately 2.5 hours either side of high water. Entry is controlled by the marina attendants. Control lights are positioned on both pier heads at the entrance to the marina.
Guernsey Marinas now has a walk-ashore facility outside the Victoria Marina which offers non-tidally restricted berths offering our visiting yachtsmen greater flexibility.
Your mooring is designated for your vessel only; prior permission of Guernsey Harbours must be obtained to lay alongside piers, jetties or ships. Please do not leave your vessel unattended for more than 24 hours except by prior arrangement with the marina office. Visiting yachts intending to stay longer than 14 days should also obtain prior permission.
The Marina Staff are there to ensure the safety of all our customers and they will recommend a berth suitable for your boat. Please advise the staff how long you intend to stay when you arrive. We can take payment alongside and accept cash, debit and credit cards (small charge for credit card payments).
Victoria Marina: depth over sill in metres (sill dries 4m 20cm).
Marina mooring charges
Port entry and exit
Commercial vessels are severely constrained whilst manoeuvring within the harbour and and therefore smaller craft are requested to keep well clear. A red light at the pier head, one on the south end of the New Jetty and one on the Inter-island Quay indicate that large vessels are under way and prohibit entry and exit of others except small boats of 15m or less under power, which may proceed keeping well clear. It is also good practice to listen out on the VHF Channel 12 for commercial traffic movement.
Need to know
All vessels arriving in the harbour with animals on board will be subject to controlled mooring.
The landing of animals from vessels arriving in Guernsey directly or indirectly from places other than the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or the other islands of the Bailiwick of Guernsey is strictly prohibited. Any animal on board any such vessel in the harbour in the Bailiwick or at anchor or moored in the territorial waters adjacent thereto must remain securely confined within an enclosed part of the vessel from which it cannot escape. Any such animal found ashore or not confined on the vessel will be detained and may be subject to six months' quarantine or destroyed and the master of the vessel prosecuted.
Further information: UK Government guide to travelling with pets
Speed limits from four to six knots are in force in St Peter Port Harbour. A speed limit of six knots is in force in most of the bays around the coast of Guernsey and in the approaches to Herm and Jethou. There is also a speed limit of six knots off most of the bathing beaches in Herm and at Rosaire anchorage.
Please do not leave tenders on any steps, gangways or pontoons as they may seriously impede other users or emergency access points. In the interest of safety, tenders should not be used in the marinas unnecessarily.
Swimming and diving is not permitted in any part of the harbour, including the marinas.
Holding tanks should not be emptied in the marinas or harbour and where possible please avoid using on-board toilets when moored in the marinas or pool area.
All vessels must hold a minimum third-party insurance indemnity of £2,000,000. Medical insurance is strongly recommended in Guernsey. Charges will apply for ambulance transport.
Showers and laundry
Marina facilities include shower blocks and toilets on both sides of Victoria Marina. The laundry block with coin operated washing machines and tumble dryer is located within the Albert Pier facilities.
Electricity is available on all Victoria Marina pontoons for an additional daily charge. Please see charging booklet for details. Electricity is not available on the walk-ashore pontoons outside the marina.
It is strictly forbidden to refuel in the marinas or anywhere else in the harbour without the permission of the Harbourmaster. Fuel (diesel and petrol) is available from the Boatworks+ berth at the Castle Emplacement (accessible approximately half tide up to half tide down dependent upon draught) and in the QEII Marina. Diesel is available at Abraham's Bosom in St Sampson's Harbour (accessible approximately half tide up to half tide down dependent upon draught). Arrangements should be made direct with a local fuel provider.
- All petrol should be stored in metal containers.
- Place adequate fire-fighting equipment in position to deal with engine and cooking appliance fires.
- The use of barbecues is strictly forbidden in the marinas and in the pool area.
Water is available on all visitors pontoons. Visiting vessels are required to use their own hoses.
Waste bins and recycling points are provided near all marina gangways. DO NOT throw rubbish into the harbour or leave it on the pontoons: as well as being unpleasant, it is also an offence.
This is a free service for visiting yachts; please contact marina staff for log-in details.
Useful telephone numbers
Harbour Office: 00 44 1481 720229 (Monday - Friday, 0900 to 1700)
Marina Office: 00 44 1481 725987 (daily, 0600 to 2200)
Customs and Immigration: 00 44 1481 741400
Guernsey Coastguard: 00 44 1481 720672
Guernsey Port Control: 00 44 1481 720481 (24 hours)
Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance): 999