Foreign travel advice

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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.

Local laws and customs

Local laws

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory. The Territory has its own laws and is administered by a Commissioner, based in Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands maintains a continuous presence at King Edward Point on South Georgia.

Same sex marriage has been legal in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands since 2014. Further information can be found on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands government website.


There are a number of biosecurity measures in place to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Islands from invasive species. You should follow the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands’ biosecurity protocols while on the Islands. Failure to do so could result in prosecution.

Prohibited areas

On South Georgia access is prohibited to all historic buildings at the former whaling stations of Prince Olav Harbour, Leith Harbour, Stromness and Husvik. This is due to the buildings being in a dangerous state of disrepair or because of the asbestos content. Wind-blown debris including asbestos dust presents a significant health risk at all times. You are prohibited from entering or approaching within 200 metres of the former whaling stations, unless directed otherwise by the Commissioner’s Office or the Government Officer at King Edward Point.