Last updated: 17 Feb 2021

Falkland Islands

About

The Falkland Islands are home to a plethora of marine life, from five different species of penguins to whales and sea birds that hover around Stanley Harbour.

Migratory species, such as penguins, arrive to breed in September and depart late March/early April. Take a tour around Stanley Harbour in an inflatable craft. A number of lodges have motor boats for taking guests to view wildlife and places of interest.

The fishing season runs from September to the end of April, but September to October and mid March to mid April are best for sea trout. Falklands mullet is available throughout the period. The best locations in West Falkland are Warrah and Little Chartres, while in East Falkland, San Carlos and Murrel are good. Port Howard and Hill Cove also allow fishing.

Go horse riding, available in Port Howard. There is also the opportunity to learn about the traditional horse equipment used in the Falkland Islands.
Capital:  Stanley (PSY)
Currency:  Falkland Islands Pound (FKP). Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euro may also be accepted. 
Language:  English. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 500
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -3 (5 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Apr 2, 21; Jun 14; Oct 4; Dec 8, 25-30

Side of the Road:  Left
Best time to go:  November – February is peak season. The shoulders seasons September – October and March – April offer good weather and better rates. 
Best for:  Historical Sites, Ecotourism
Plugs:  240 volts AC, 50Hz. British plugs with three square pins are used.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. 
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Falkland Islands tends to be more conservative than Britain. Do not interfere with or disturb the wildlife and natural environment.
Travel Tips / Warnings:  Anywhere outside of Stanley is referred to as the Camp (from "campo" meaning countryside). There are no ATM’s in Falkland Islands, and currency exchange can only be done in Stanley (not at the Airport). Credit cards are accepted. Toiletries may not be provided by your accommodation, and although they can be bought in Stanley, it is best to bring with you.  There is a high fire risk – take care when smoking not to leave cigarette butts.
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into the Falkland Islands without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g tobacco
• 1L of alcoholic beverage over 22% volume or 2L up to 22% volume
• 2L of sparkling or still table wine
• 10L of beer or cider.
Tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 16 years or over. Alcohol allowances apply to travellers aged 18 years or over.
Prohibited Imports: Drugs, pornography and counterfeit goods. Import licences are required from Department of Agriculture for plants, fresh meat, fresh poultry and fresh dairy produce. An import licence is required from the Falkland Islands' Policy Authority for firearms and ammunition. Restricted imports include fruit, used fishing equipment, used agricultural or gardening clothing, used camping equipment and soiled footwear or clothing. Some items require a licence, while others may require treatment with disinfectant. The import of endangered species (eg whale bone, ivory and coral) is only allowed with a special permit

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Restrictions on travel are in place. 

Refer: www.falklandislands.com/covid19

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa, but do require a visitors permit (issued on arrival)

General requirements for entry: 

• Valid international passport
• Adequate travel insurance
• Evidence of onward/return travel
• Pre-booked accommodation
• Sufficient funds

For further information or clarification contact the Customs and Immigration Department directly:
Address: 3 H Jones Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands FIQQ 1ZZ
Email: admin@customs.gov.fk
Web: www.falklands.gov.fk
Phone: +500 27340
Fax: +500 27342

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio