Southbound Travel:  Falkland Islands - UK

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.

Pre-Flight Testing

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

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. 

Southbound FAQs

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:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/senegal/entry-requirements

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.

FIGO has produced a spreadsheet which includes a list of over 450 companies who can provide this test, please refer to this document:

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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.

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
  • 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.

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.

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