Southbound Travel:  UK - Falkland Islands

Travel to the Falkland Islands is currently restricted due to Covid-19; visitors are limited to the following groups:

  • Business visitors required for essential maintenance on equipment, which cannot continue to be operated without the maintenance i.e. KEMH visiting engineers
  • Business visitors for the purpose of delivering projects within The Islands Plan
  • Crew from vessels associated with the Falkland Islands and SGSSI for the purpose of exchange and/or repatriation
  • Crew from vessels with no connection to the Falkland Islands for the purpose of exchange and/or repatriation where onward travel arrangements are confirmed and in place
  • Family members
  • Friends of residents if sponsored by an Island resident who is present in the Falkland Islands
  • Individuals already present in the Falkland Islands when LATAM flights were suspended
  • Media and film crews with press accreditation granted by the Falkland Islands Government
  • Other business visitors
  • Public diplomacy guests who are sponsored by the Falkland Islands Government or the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • SAMA (South Atlantic Medal Association) veterans and their immediate family members
  • Scientific and other maritime observers associated with the Falkland Islands and SGSSI for exchange and/or repatriation purposes
  • Scientists and researchers who are supported by the Falkland Islands Government

Visitors who meet the requirements detailed above will need to be approved through the CD19 application process before a flight can be booked.

Note: CD19 applications are not required from passengers who have Falkland Islands Status, those who have Permanent Residence Permits or those who hold Work Permits.

CD19 forms are available to download from this page.

Completed CD19 forms are to be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-Flight Testing

All travellers to the Falkland Islands aged two years and over need to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 no more than five days before arrival in Senegal and the Falkland Islands.

This is a requirement of the Republic of Senegal and the Falkland Islands Government and it applies to those travelling to the Falkland Islands.  

You can also read our ‘frequently asked questions’ concerning pre-flight testing requirements before travelling southbound, which are provided below.

All travellers to the Falkland Islands need to do the following before their flight:

  • complete an IDC5 form – this is to be returned to the flight booking office and can be found in as a downloadable document at the foot of this page
  • arrange adequate quarantine accommodation – for more information on how quarantine arrangements work, please visit https://www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19/quarantine
  • arrange transportation to their quarantine accommodation – people must either travel in government-designated transport or, if using a private vehicle, must either travel alone or only with another person or persons who are also required to quarantine for the same period
  • complete a travel declaration form which states why you are travelling abroad, you must complete this form if you are travelling outside the UK from England – this is a UK government requirement and details are available on their website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel – you should print a copy of the completed form or save it to a mobile phone or other device, as entering a port of departure without a completed form is a criminal offence, for which you could be fined

Please note: due to the health and safety requirements placed on government-designated transport providers, there is limited seating capacity and Penguin Travel has a maximum capacity of 40 passengers. Requesting a seat via Penguin Travel only a few days before the flight is due to arrive in the Falkland Islands is therefore not advisable, as this is too short notice for people to make alternative travel arrangements if Penguin Travel is fully booked.

‘Test to release’ option available for all passengers entering the Falkland Islands by air

While in quarantine, individuals will receive at least one welfare call and will be asked to participate in our surveillance swabbing programme. This involves being swabbed for coronavirus on two separate occasions to make sure that people are free of infection before they leave quarantine.

Currently the Falkland Islands Government has a mandatory 10 days of quarantine, however, there is a “test to release” option under which you may be able to complete quarantine early, on day 5 or day 8 of your quarantine period, depending on your vaccination status. 

In order to opt for the 5-day “test to release” you must provide proof you have completed the full course of a vaccination approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) at least two weeks before your arrival in the Falkland Islands.  These are currently: Oxford-AstraZeneca (two doses), Pfizer (two doses), Moderna (two doses), Janssen (single dose) or treatment with Ronapreve vaccines.

If you were fully vaccinated with an MHRA approved vaccine more than two weeks before arrival, you can opt for “5-day test to release” and leave quarantine on day 5 of quarantine (if you test negative twice).  On the first swab visit the clinician will review your vaccine evidence so please have this ready. The clinician must be satisfied with all vaccination documentation provided, whether that be the NHS app, a vaccination card, a vaccination letter or a doctor’s note, otherwise you will only be eligible for the “8 day test to release” option.

If you are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated, you can opt for “8 day test to release” and leave quarantine on day 8 (if you test negative twice).  If you are quarantining with children who you travelled with (who are not vaccinated), you may only opt for “8 day test to release”.  If you are quarantining with other arrivals into the Islands that are only partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all, even if you are fully vaccinated yourself, you may only opt for “8 day test to release”.

You will be offered a test within 48 hours of arrival, and again on either day 5 or day 8 (depending on your vaccination status and that of anyone who travelled with you and is quarantining with you). If both tests are negative you will be informed that you may leave quarantine; you must wait for the KEMH to contact you on day 5 or 8 (as appropriate) before leaving quarantine. 

If you or anyone you are sharing quarantine accommodation with test positive on either occasion you must remain in quarantine for the full 10 days. In this case you will be offered an additional swab on day 9 (prior to the end of the quarantine period on day 10) and you may be asked to continue to self-isolate after the end of the quarantine period, especially if you develop symptoms of coronavirus.

If you do not want to be tested while in quarantine you must remain in quarantine for the full 10 days as must everyone who is in quarantine with you.

Anyone quarantining in Camp, will be provided with enough Lateral Flow Tests for self-testing on days 2 and 5 or days 2 and 8. Additional tests will be included to cover anyone that will be isolating with you and to cover the possibility of 10 day quarantine.  Those opting in for the “5 day test to release” in Camp, must provide the hospital with scanned/photographic proof of vaccination, whether that be the NHS app, a vaccination card, a vaccination letter or a doctor’s note, otherwise the individual will only be eligible for the “8 day test to release” option. Please email this proof to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If a person is quarantining in Stanley, staff from the hospital will visit them at their quarantine accommodation to carry out testing with a Lateral Flow Test within two days of their arrival and then again on day 5 or 8.   

KEMH will let people know as soon as practicably possible when they can leave quarantine, however, it is advised that they do not make any arrangements on day 5 or 8 (depending on which “test to release” option they have chosen) in case they have to cancel them.

Convalescent cases are where someone has had an active Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days and has fully recovered. Convalescent cases are not a public health risk. However, each person who is a convalescent case must provide proof of their previous Covid-19 infection in order to book their seat on the Airbridge. They must also have a medical assessment, performed in the UK, that is carried out to the satisfaction of KEMH, and which takes into account the timings of their disease and symptom history. Any exemptions are made on a case by case basis, are based on expert clinical opinion and are subject to monitoring on arrival.  

To book a medical assessment you will need to register with the NHS as a temporary resident, you should also be prepared to pay for your medical assessment as it is not a core NHS service and therefore does not come under the ‘free at the point of access’ principle. For more information on registering with the GP as a temporary resident, visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/nhs-services-and-treatments/how-do-i-register-as-a-temporary-resident-with-a-gp/

If you believe that you might test positive as a result of being a convalescent case, you must also contact your booking agent (if booking through the UK contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and also the KEMH medical team, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is not changing

  • Passengers are still required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to flying out of the United Kingdom. This test must be undertaken no more than five days before arrival into the Falkland Islands when travelling via the South Atlantic Airbridge
  • People who do not participate in the ‘test to release’ option will still be required to quarantine for the full quarantine period, which is now 10 days, as will those quarantining with them
  • People who test positive will still be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days, or longer, in line with the government’s self-isolation policy – your case will be considered by a Medical Officer
  • People in quarantine must still not share their living accommodation or any facilities with anyone who is not in quarantine with them

On arriving in the Islands, people must still travel to their quarantine accommodation in government-designated transport or, if using a private vehicle, must travel alone or only with other people will then go into quarantine themselves

Southbound FAQs

Since 1 March 2021, all passengers arriving southbound (from the UK to the Falkland Islands) on the South Atlantic Airbridge, have been required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test that is dated no more than five days before their arrival in Senegal. You can find more information on the UK government website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/senegal/entry-requirements

This is a UK Strategic Command requirement in order for Dakar to be used as a weather or technical diversion for the South Atlantic Airbridge, as the Republic of Senegal requires that anyone travelling into the country is to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result dated no more than five days earlier.

From 8 August 2021, the Falkland Islands Government have made it a requirement for all passengers arriving southbound (from the UK to the Falkland Islands) on the South Atlantic Airbridge, to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test. Passengers are also still required to complete a period of quarantine on arrival, more information can be found on our ‘Quarantine’ page: https://www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19/quarantine

Evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will enable passengers to deplane should a weather diversion or technical issue require an extended period of time on the ground in Dakar.

Because there have been very few occasions in recent years when weather conditions or technical issues on the northbound flight have required a diversion option to be in place and for passengers to leave the plane partway through their journey. However, the southbound flight has seen this situation arise on more than one occasion in recent months.

There is no requirement to self-isolate after completing the test. The testing regime is designed to provide a level of reassurance prior to departing the UK. Any individuals who experience Covid-19 symptoms prior to travelling – and even in light of a negative test – are requested not to travel.

If your test result is inconclusive or positive then you will be unable to travel. In this event, a full refund will be issued and you will be rebooked on to an alternative flight.

Passengers must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result to board a flight and should not arrive at Brize Norton without this. Passengers who test positive for Covid-19 will not be authorised to travel unless a negative test result is produced. For this reason, passengers are advised not to relinquish their accommodation until they have evidence of a negative test result.

Unfortunately in this situation, passengers will still be unable to fly and will be required to rebook until such time as they are able to produce proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result.

FIGO has produced a spreadsheet which includes a list of over 450 companies who can provide this test, please refer to this document:

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The information gathered by FIGO has information on over 450 test providers, including those based in Oxford, Southampton and London. If your preferred test centre does not have capacity close to your time of departure, it is recommended that you use an alternative provider or change your flight to ensure you can meet the five-day pre-departure deadline for testing.

For entry into the Falkland Islands and Senegal the requirement is for a PCR Covid-19 test to be undertaken, not a lateral flow device test.

If your PCR test result is positive and you have had an active Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days and have fully recovered, then you could be considered a ‘convalescent case’

Convalescent cases are not a public health risk. However, each person who is a convalescent case must provide proof of their previous Covid-19 infection in order to book their seat on the Airbridge. They must also have a medical assessment, performed in the UK, that is carried out to the satisfaction of KEMH, and which takes into account the timings of their disease and symptom history. Any exemptions are made on a case by case basis, are based on expert clinical opinion and are subject to monitoring on arrival.

To book a medical assessment you will need to register with the NHS as a temporary resident, you should also be prepared to pay for your medical assessment as it is not a core NHS service and therefore does not come under the ‘free at the point of access’ principle. For more information on registering with the GP as a temporary resident, visit:
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/nhs-services-and-treatments/how-do-i-register-as-a-temporary-resident-with-a-gp/

If you believe that you might test positive as a result of being a convalescent case, you must also contact your booking agent (if booking through the UK contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and also the KEMH medical team, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yes, this applies to every passenger travelling south on the airbridge to the Falkland Islands.

No, quarantine is currently a legal requirement in the Falkland Islands and you will still be required to complete the mandatory quarantine period, more information can be found on our ‘Quarantine’ page: https://www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19/quarantine

If booking via FIGO, they will endeavour to secure you the earliest available civilian seat on the plane. In respect of missing work and the repercussions of this – financial or otherwise – it is the responsibility of your employer to provide advice on the next steps if your travel is delayed.

The following people will be able to claim their money back for testing costs:

  • FIG-funded students returning to the Falkland Islands from the UK
  • Returning medical patients and their escorts

FIG will also pay for FIG employee testing in the following scenarios:

  • Passenger is a new employee (this also includes any family they are travelling with)
  • Employees travelling to/from the UK for compassionate reasons
  • Employees travelling to/from the UK for FIG-sponsored work
  • Employees travelling to/from the UK for mandatory training
  • Airbridge escorts travelling to/from the UK with deportees

The entry restrictions into Senegal are in place until further notice.

All passengers on the South Atlantic Airbridge aged 6 and above are required to wear a face covering. On arrival into the terminal building at Mount Pleasant Complex, they will be asked to change into a fresh mask.

No, it should be provided to check-in staff on arrival at Brize Norton.

If your travel plans are disrupted so that you end up needing to take three PCR tests then you can claim back the cost of the third test. This policy is currently being agreed and will be back-dated to 1 September 2021. You will need to provide evidence of having taken and paid for the three (or more) tests and also evidence of your flight bookings for the same period. More information will be provided on how to claim costs back once the policy is finalised.

This policy is subject to continuous review and any changes will be communicated publicly and also published on this website.

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