Foreign travel advice

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Summary

COVID-19 entry restrictions for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

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.