The Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) are a remarkable destination rich in history, natural beauty, wildlife and culture. Situated just 584 miles from Elephant Island in Antarctica, the Falklands are an archipelago consisting of two main islands (East and West Falkland) and more than 740 smaller islands ranging from surf-dashed rocks to 40,000-acre farms.
Minimal development and infrastructure means that visitors can experience the abundant wildlife that draws specialists from all over the globe. There are more than 750,000 penguins across five breeding species, and the Falklands are the ultimate place to see them.
The islands are also home to vast colonies of sea birds, including the world’s largest population of black-browed albatross.
Can British travellers visit the Falkland Islands?
British nationals do not need a visa to visit the Falkland Islands, but they must self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival. On returning to the UK, they must also show evidence of a negative PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days.
Passenger flights remain suspended until further notice. Global restrictions on air travel also mean that the South Atlantic Airbridge is currently unable to land in Cape Verde and is now refuelling at Dakar. In addition, use of the airbridge is restricted to essential travel only.
What plans are in place to reopen to international tourism?
The restrictions on the issuing of visitor permits and the requirement to self-isolate on arrival remain in place, but are being reviewed each month.
How can British travellers reach the Falkland Islands?
Latam’s flight connections from Brazil to the Falkland Islands remain suspended.
The Ministry of Defence in the UK also operates twice-weekly flights from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, directly to the Falklands, with a refuelling stop in Cape Verde (now refuelling at Dakar). These are available for essential travel only.
Flights leave the UK on Sundays and Wednesdays. Return flights depart the Falklands on Tuesdays and Fridays. Civilian passengers can book seats on these flights via the Falkland Islands government office in London. For more information, click here.
All visitors to the Falkland Islands are legally required to carry out a 14-day quarantine period, in suitable accommodation, on arrival. For more information, please visit our Falkland Islands government guidance here.
What safety measures can travellers expect when they visit the Falkland Islands?
Visitors should practise social distancing when out and remember to wash their hands thoroughly after returning home.
As part of the UK government’s guidance, passengers travelling on the South Atlantic Airbridge will be required to wear a face covering at the air terminal and on board (provided they are aged six or over), and may be prevented from boarding if they cannot show one at check-in.
Most attractions, some accommodation and some venues are 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 further notice.
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Last updated January 20, 2021
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