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Crown Dependencies: Immigration

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what UK legislation governs immigration from European Union nations to the United Kingdom via the Channel Islands; and if he will make a statement. (171207)

Entry to the Channel Islands is governed by UK immigration legislation extended to the Islands. The Border and Immigration Agency does not operate a border control on passengers arriving from the Channel Islands as this falls within the arrangements set out for the common travel area. The objective of the common travel area (the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland) is that all the territories should be treated as a single unit for the purpose of travel within the area. Passengers arriving in the United Kingdom from the Channel Islands are, therefore, not normally subject to examination by an immigration officer. Passengers arriving from countries outside the common travel area, including other European Union states, are required to show their passports or identity cards, where appropriate, on each arrival.