Southbound Travel: UK - Falkland Islands
Travel to the Falkland Islands is currently restricted due to Covid-19 and visitors are limited to the following groups:
- Business visitors required for essential maintenance on equipment, which cannot continue to be operated without the maintenance i.e. KEMH visiting engineers
- Crew from vessels associated with the Falkland Islands and SGSSI for the purpose of exchange and/or repatriation
- Scientific and other maritime observers associated with the Falkland Islands and SGSSI for exchange and/or repatriation purposes
- Individuals already present in the Falkland Islands when LATAM flights were suspended
- Family members
- Business visitors for the purpose of delivering projects within the Islands Plan
- Other business visitors
- Crew from vessels with no connection to the Falkland Islands for the purpose of exchange and/or repatriation where onward travel arrangements are confirmed and in place.
Visitors who meet the requirements detailed above will need to be approved through the CD19 application process before a flight can be booked.
Note: CD19 applications are not required from passengers who have Falkland Islands Status, those who have Permanent Residence Permits or those who hold Work Permits.
CD19 forms are available to download from this page.
From 1 March 2021, all travellers to the Falkland Islands aged two years and over will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 no more than five days before arrival in Senegal.
This is a requirement of the Republic of Senegal and it applies to those travelling to the Falkland Islands as the airbridge stops in Dakar on route to the Falkland Islands.
You can also read our ‘frequently asked questions’ concerning the pre-flight testing requirements before travelling southbound which are provided below.
All travellers to the Falkland Islands need to do the following before their flight:
- complete an IDC5 form – this is to be returned to the flight booking office and can be found in as a downloadable document at the foot of this page
- arrange adequate quarantine accommodation – for more information on how quarantine arrangements work, please visit https://www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19/quarantine
- arrange transportation to their quarantine accommodation – people must either travel in government-designated transport or, if using a private vehicle, must either travel alone or only with another person or persons who are also required to quarantine for the same period
- complete a travel declaration form which states why you are travelling abroad, you must complete this form if you are travelling outside the UK from England – this is a UK government requirement and details are available on their website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel - you should print a copy of the completed form or save it to a mobile phone or other device, as entering a port of departure without a completed form is a criminal offence, for which you could be fined
Please note: Due to the health and safety requirements placed on government-designated transport providers, there is limited seating capacity and Penguin Travel has a maximum capacity of 40 passengers. Requesting a seat via Penguin Travel only a few days before the flight is due to arrive in the Falkland Islands is therefore not advisable, as this is too short notice for people to make alternative travel arrangements if Penguin Travel is fully booked.
‘Test to release’ option now available for all passengers entering the Falkland Islands by air on or after 3 June 2021
On Tuesday 25 May 2021 ExCo approved the introduction of a new ‘test to release’ option for passengers entering the Falkland Islands by air. This option, which is not mandatory, requires individuals to be swabbed for Covid-19 on or before day 2 and on day 8 after their arrival in the Islands. If both tests are negative, they will be able to leave quarantine if all passengers on the same flight also tested negative on or before day 2 and anyone else they are in quarantine with tests negative on day 8. If a person’s day 2 test is positive, then both they and the other passengers from the same flight must stay in quarantine for 14 days. If a person’s day 8 test is positive, both they and anyone else sharing the same quarantine accommodation must complete the full quarantine period and may be asked to self-isolate for a further period, ‘Test to release’ will be available for passengers arriving on or after 3 June 2021.
What is not changing
- Passengers still require proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 no more than five days before arrival in Senegal when travelling via the South Atlantic Airbridge
- People who do not participate in the ‘test to release’ option will still be required to quarantine for 14 days
- People who test positive will still be required to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days in line with the government’s self-isolation policy
- People in quarantine must still not share their living accommodation or any facilities with anyone who is not in quarantine with them
- On arriving in the Islands, people must still travel to their quarantine accommodation in government-designated transport or, if using a private vehicle, must travel alone or only with other people will then go into quarantine themselves
- There is no change to the quarantine arrangements for anyone arriving by sea
From 1 March 2021, all passengers arriving southbound (from the UK to the Falkland Islands) on the South Atlantic Airbridge, will be required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test that is dated no more than five days before their arrival in Senegal.
The latest UK Government advice is available online:
This is a UK Strategic Command requirement in order for Dakar to be used as a weather or technical diversion for the South Atlantic Airbridge, as the Republic of Senegal requires that anyone travelling into the country is to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result dated no more than five days earlier.
Evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will enable passengers to deplane should a weather diversion or technical issue require an extended period of time on the ground in Dakar.
Because there have been very few occasions in recent years when weather conditions or technical issues on the northbound flight have required a diversion option to be in place and for passengers to leave the plane partway through their journey. However, the southbound flight has seen this situation arise on more than one occasion in recent months.
This is the specific requirement of the Republic of Senegal. PCR test results must be dated to within 5 days of arriving in Senegal, and must be issued and authorised by the originating country or a recognised health organisation.
There is no requirement to self-isolate after completing the test. The testing regime directed by the Republic of Senegal is designed to provide a level of reassurance prior to departing the UK. Any individuals who experience Covid-19 symptoms prior to travelling – and even in light of a negative test – are requested not to travel.
If your test result is inconclusive or positive then you will be unable to travel. In this event, a full refund will be issued and you will be rebooked on to an alternative flight.
Passengers must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result to board a flight and should not arrive at Brize Norton without this. Passengers who test positive for Covid-19 will not be authorised to travel unless a negative test result is produced. For this reason, passengers are advised not to relinquish their accommodation until they have evidence of a negative test result.
Unfortunately in this situation, passengers will still be unable to fly and will be required to rebook until such time as they are able to produce proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result.
The information gathered by FIGO has information on over 450 test providers, including those based in Oxford, Southampton and London. If your preferred test centre does not have capacity close to your time of departure, it is recommended that you use an alternative provider or change your flight to ensure you can meet the five-day pre-departure deadline for testing.
The Republic of Senegal requirement is for a PCR Covid-19 test to be undertaken, not a lateral flow device test.
In line with the Republic of Senegal requirements, only passengers with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, that fits the required criteria, will be permitted to board and to travel. If in the future this requirement alters then we will update our guidance in line with the new changes.
Yes, this applies to every passenger travelling south on the airbridge to the Falkland Islands.
This is not an FIG policy, but a requirement of the Republic of Senegal.
This a Republic of Senegal policy and the latest IATA Travel Centre advice is available here:
No, quarantine is currently a legal requirement in the Falkland Islands and you will still be required to under 14 days of quarantine in suitable accommodation. Please see FIG’s website for the latest information on quarantine requirements: https://fig.gov.fk/covid-19/quarantine
If booking via FIGO, they will endeavour to secure you the earliest available civilian seat on the plane. In respect of missing work and the repercussions of this – financial or otherwise – it is the responsibility of your employer to provide advice on the next steps if your travel is delayed.
The following people will be able to claim their money back for testing costs:
- Residents returning after 1 March 2021, who were unaware of this new requirement before they travelled north to the UK
- FIG-funded students returning to the Falkland Islands from the UK
- Returning medical patients and their escorts
FIG will also pay for FIG employee testing in the following scenarios:
- Passenger is a new employee (this also includes any family they are travelling with)
- Employees travelling to/from the UK for compassionate reasons
- Employees travelling to/from the UK for FIG-sponsored work
- Employees travelling to/from the UK for mandatory training
- Airbridge escorts travelling to/from the UK with deportees
- FIG contractors where the contract was signed before this requirement was known
The entry restrictions into Senegal are in place until further notice.
Yes, as you will be travelling through Senegal on 1 March 2021.
No, face masks and gloves are still to be worn in the air terminal lounge and on the aircraft.
No, it should be provided to check-in staff on arrival at Brize Norton.