Foreign travel advice

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Entry requirements

Visa requirements

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has restricted access and visitor permits are required. The Commissioner of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, based in Stanley, Falkland Islands regulates all access to the Territory. Visas aren’t required, but you must apply to the Commissioner for permission to land on the Islands before you travel regardless of your nationality or mode of transport. If you’re travelling on a cruise ship or yacht the vessel operator will normally submit your visit application and handle the administration of your visit on your behalf.

Masters of vessels and visit permit holders must report to the Government Officer at King Edward Point on arrival in South Georgia.

Passport validity

You must hold a valid passport to enter South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.

Visitor fee

For visitors staying up to 72 hours there is a basic fee of £125.

For visitors staying longer than 72 hours, there is an additional charge of £20 per day (or part thereof), to a maximum fee of £205. This higher rate covers a visit of up to 1 calendar month (eg 20 November to 19 December). Beyond 1 calendar month the visitor fee structure is applied again, as if for a new visit.