Foreign travel advice

Pitcairn Island

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.


The following advice for Pitcairn Island remains in place:

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to Pitcairn Island.

Travel to Pitcairn Island is subject to entry restrictions

  • Pitcairn Island has closed its borders. No vessels apart from the Islands supply vessel are permitted to land.

  • Only returning residents and those who will be temporarily resident on Pitcairn Island for reasons of work are permitted to travel on the supply vessel during its 14 day journey between New Zealand and Pitcairn. All these individuals must follow Pitcairn Island’s coronavirus protocols, which include pre-departure testing.

  • Pitcairn Island is free of coronavirus, and has been for the duration of the global pandemic.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Return travel to the UK is subject to self-isolation requirements

If you’re returning to the UK, you will need to:

  • provide your journey and contact details

  • self-isolate for 14 days

Check the guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Pitcairn Island , find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Pitcairn Island is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation on the island and the local authorities deal with all requests for consular assistance. In the event of any problems, contact the island’s Administrator Consular assistance is extremely limited and medical facilities are also limited.

If you wish to stay on Pitcairn for more than 14 days, you must contact the immigration officer on Pitcairn Island: before making any plans to travel. See Entry Requirements

There is no access to the island by air. Details of the shipping service to Pitcairn can be found on the Pitcairn Islands Tourism website. Transfer between the ship and the island is by longboat and can be difficult in poor weather. There are no hotels but self-catering and homestay accommodation with local families is available.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Pitcairn Island, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Medical facilities are limited. See Health.