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Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas)

 

This information was updated on 17th September 2020

Current Situation

Falkland Islands Government (FIG) have confirmed that they have agreed a further suspension with LATAM for the flight operation from Brazil until at least 20 October 2020, and the situation will be reviewed nearer the end of that period.

The Punta Arenas/Santiago route will remain suspended until at least 2 January 2021, and the situation will be reviewed near that date.

Global restrictions on air travel mean that the South Atlantic Airbridge is currently unable to land in Cape Verde and now refuelling at Dakar. In addition, use of the Airbridge is now restricted to essential travel only. The restrictions on the issuing of visitor permits will likely remain in place until at least 31 December 2020, but the restrictions will still be subject to monthly review. That the current requirement to quarantine for 14 days will likely remain in force until at least 31 December 2020, however this will continue to be reviewed every 42 days in line with the requirements of the Infectious Diseases Control (Coronavirus, Quarantine) Regulations 2020.

People who require UK visas for travel from the Falklands (Las Malvinas) will therefore need to submit applications online HERE and contact the Customs & Immigration Service for biometric appointments in the normal way. UK Visa waiver requests will only be considered in emergencies such as travel for compassionate reasons.

UK Visa application centres in the rest of the world are also re-opening. People who need visas to transit UK to travel to the Falklands (Las Malvinas) must first check whether they can make an application in their country or to a centre nearby before making any request for the requirements to be waived.

Full instructions on how to apply for UK visas from the Falklands (Las Malvinas) can be found on the website at The Customs & Immigration Service staff are not authorised UK Immigration advisors. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that the correct process is followed.

Due to the coronavirus situation, most attractions, some accommodation, and venues are now temporarily closed, and all activities and events are cancelled. Falkland Islands Government Air Service and Ferry service (Workboat Services Ltd) are only operating a freight and essential travel service until future notice.

For more information and press releases from the Falkland Islands Government.

Plans to reopen to international tourism

The restrictions on the issuing of visitor permits will likely remain in place until at least 31 December 2020, but the restrictions will still be subject to monthly review.

That the current requirement to quarantine for 14 days will likely remain in force until at least 31 December 2020, however this will continue to be reviewed every 42 days in line with the requirements of the Infectious Diseases Control (Coronavirus, Quarantine) Regulations 2020.

Flights from the UK

The Ministry of Defence, UK, operates twice weekly flights from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, directly to the Falklands (Las Malvinas) with a refueling stop in Cape Verde and now refuelling at Dakar. Flights leave the UK on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Return flights depart the Falklands (Las Malvinas) on Tuesdays and Fridays. Civilian passengers can book seats on these flights via the Falkland Islands Government Office in London.

Plans for reopening other entry points

All visitors to the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) are legally required to carry out a 14 day quarantine period, in suitable accommodation, on arrival in the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas). For more information please visit our Falkland Islands Government guidance.

What Covid 19-related safety measures can travellers expect?

You should practise social distancing when out and remember always to wash your hands thoroughly after returning home. This will protect you much more than wearing a facemask.

As part of the UK Government’s guidance, passengers traveling on the South Atlantic Airbridge will be required to wear a face covering.

All passengers aged 6 years or above should be in possession of a face covering when they report to the Air Terminal and must wear the face covering whilst on the aircraft.

You will be asked to prove you have a face covering at check-in and may be prevented from accessing the South Atlantic Airbridge, if you do not have a face covering

Contact details

Please contact Falkland Islands Tourist Board:

Rachael Crowie, Marketing Officer

info@falklandislands.com

(P) +500 22215
(F) +500 27020

www.falklandislands.com

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