Customs & Immigration

FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

PRESS STATEMENT

18 February 2021

New Covid-19 testing requirements on travelling south to the Falkland Islands

From 1 March 2021, passengers travelling south from the UK to the Falkland Islands on the South Atlantic Airbridge, will be required to provide evidence of a negative PCR Covid-19 test, that is dated no more than five days prior to travel.

This is a UK Strategic Command requirement, in order to be able to use Dakar as a weather or technical diversion, as the Republic of Senegal requires that everyone travelling into the country over two years of age, must now have evidence of a negative PCR Covid-19 test.

This means that travellers on the inbound airbridge currently scheduled to depart the UK on 28 February 2021 will require evidence of a negative PCR Covid-19 test in order to board the flight. Passengers should provide their test result to check-in staff on arrival at Brize Norton.

Passengers who test positive or receive an inclusive test result for Covid-19 will not be authorised to travel and for this reason it is advised that they do not relinquish their UK accommodation until they have evidence of a negative test result. In this event, a full refund will be issued and passengers will be rebooked on to an alternative, available civilian flight.

The Falkland Islands Government has put together a series of ‘questions and answers’ which explain the new requirement and provides information on UK options for booking tests, as well as additional guidance on how the new requirement. You can find these questions and answers by visiting https://www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19/travel/southbound

Passengers travelling southbound will still be required to undertake 14 days of quarantine in suitable accommodation on arrival, as this is still a legal requirement in the Falkland Islands.

Passengers travelling northbound will still be required to follow the UK government testing requirements for entering England, which include a 10-day quarantine period and the need to book and pay for a ‘travel and test’ package in order to undertake two Covid-19 tests during that quarantine period. Further information is available from the UK government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

Visitor Permits Falkland Islands

There is a restriction currently in place for visitors to the Falkland Islands and visitor permits will only be issued to essential visitors approved by the Falkland Islands Government Principal Immigration Officer. All persons arriving in the Falkland Islands will be required to quarantine for 14 days unless they have remained at sea for at least this period of time, have no signs of ill-health and the vessel they arrive on has completed the required Maritime Health Declaration prior to arrival. 

Restrictions on the issuing of visitor permits will remain in place until 31 March 2021 when they will be reviewed. The current requirement to quarantine will remain in force during this time, however this will continue to be reviewed every 42 days in line with the requirements of the Infectious Diseases Control (Coronavirus, Quarantine) Regulations 2020. 

Essential Visitors: The below categories of visitors can be considered essential in nature, an application to the Principal Immigration Officer will be required.

Permission from the Principal Immigration Officer is required.

Business Visitors required for essential maintenance on equipment which cannot continue to be operated without maintenance e.g. engineers visiting KEMH.

Crew from vessel associated with the Falkland Islands and the Government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands for the purpose of exchange and/or repatriation.

Scientific and other maritime observers associated with the Falkland Islands and SGSSI for exchange and/or repatriation purposes.

Individuals already present in the Falklands Islands when LATAM flights were suspended.

Members of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and associated organisations.

Family members.

Business visitors for the purpose of delivering projects within the Islands Plan.

Other business visitors.

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.