Foreign travel advice

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Summary

If you are arriving in the UK from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands on or after 4am on 18 January you will need to self-isolate on your arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

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

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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.

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation. The Office of the Commissioner of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands based in Stanley, Falkland Islands deals with all requests for consular assistance.

You must apply in advance of your visit for permission to land on the Islands. Your travel organiser will normally do this on your behalf. See Entry Requirements

Consider travelling with a company affiliated to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, whose members sign up to a code of practice on operational and environmental safety and whose vessels often have access to more of the Islands.

There are risks posed by the harsh climatic conditions in this isolated sub-Antarctic Territory. See Local travel

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

There are no medical or search and rescue facilities. You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.