Guernsey: Doing business & staying in touch

Doing business in Guernsey

Businesspeople are generally expected to dress smartly, with a suit and tie for men. Appointments should be made and business cards are customary. Business is conducted primarily in English although French can also be spoken if all parties are fluent.

Office hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1700.


Finance, tourism and light industry are the main components of Guernsey's economy. With laws favouring light tax and low death duties, the island is a well-developed offshore financial centre with about two dozen banks operating on the island, providing services such as fiduciary, insurance, fund and trust management.

Flowers and tomatoes, once the main horticultural exports, are in decline. Tourism is still important and providing stable employment for the people of Guernsey.


£2.8 billion (2016).

Main exports

Cut flowers, ferns, tomatoes, sweet peppers and other vegetables.

Main imports

Coal, petrol, oil, machinery and equipment.

Main trading partners

UK, France.

Keeping in Touch in Guernsey


Landline phones are commonplace and most hotels will have phone facilities for guest use. Public telephone boxes can be found on Guernsey although their number is dwindling. They are painted blue, rather than the red found on the UK mainland.

Mobile phone

Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies and phone coverage is good overall. Those visiting from the UK should be aware that data roaming charges may apply in Guernsey, depending on what tariff you are on.


Public access is available at internet cafés and in libraries. Most hotels offer Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas, although some may charge.


Guernsey Post is the postal service for the island. Only Guernsey stamps will be accepted on outgoing mail. Post is delivered during the week but not on weekends. In St Peter Port the main post office is situated on Smith Street. Post boxes are painted blue.

Post office hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1700; Sat 0830-1200.


British media are free and able to report on all subjects. The variety of publications reflects the full spectrum of political opinion. The local newspapers is The Guernsey Press and Star. All the main British newspapers are available in Guernsey on the day of publication.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.