Southbound Travel:  UK - Falkland Islands

From 4 May there will no longer be a legal requirement to:

  • Enter a period of quarantine upon arrival in the Falkland Islands
  • Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test as a condition of entry to the Falkland Islands – however this may still be a requirement as a condition of carriage for people entering the Islands either by air or sea
  • Travel from Mount Pleasant Airport (MPA) in designated transport, provided travellers continue to meet the necessary security requirements to enter or exit Mount Pleasant Complex.

On arrival to Mount Pleasant Airport passengers will go through all the normal passport processes and luggage collection. Before departing all passengers will be given a letter from the Chief Medical Officer and two LFD tests. We are encouraging all arrivals to swab themselves on day two and day five but this is not mandatory. 

Southbound FAQs

Since 1 March 2021, all passengers arriving southbound (from the UK to the Falkland Islands) on the South Atlantic Airbridge, have been required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test that is dated no more than five days before their arrival in Senegal. You can find more information on the UK government website:


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 prior to arrival.

PCR tests taken for arrival into Senegal are approved evidence for arrival into the Falkland Islands. Passengers are also still required to complete a period of quarantine on arrival, more information can be found on our ‘Quarantine’ page: https://www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19/quarantine

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.

There is no requirement to self-isolate after completing the test. The testing regime 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.

For entry into the Falkland Islands and Senegal the requirement is for a PCR Covid-19 test to be undertaken, not a lateral flow device test.

If your PCR test result is positive and you have had an active Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days and have fully recovered, then you could be considered a ‘convalescent case’.

Convalescent cases are not a public health risk. However, each person who is a convalescent case must provide evidence of their positive result in the form of a copy of your notification message to UK government, although others might be acceptable on a case by case basis – please contact the hospital for more information.

To travel you will still need to be either 10 days post-infection in symptomatic cases, with at least four days free of symptom, or 14 days post-infection in cases where the person did not experience any symptoms at all – whichever is the longer.

If you believe that you might test positive as a result of being a convalescent case, you must also contact your booking agent (if booking through the UK contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and also the KEMH medical team, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 complete the mandatory quarantine period, more information can be found on our ‘Quarantine’ page: https://www.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:

  • 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

The entry restrictions into Senegal are in place until further notice.

All passengers on the South Atlantic Airbridge aged 6 and above are required to wear a face covering. On arrival into the terminal building at Mount Pleasant Complex, they will be asked to change into a fresh mask.

No, it should be provided to check-in staff on arrival at Brize Norton.

If, since 1 September 2021, your travel plans were disrupted to the extent that you end up needing to take three PCR tests before travelling, then you can claim back the cost of the third or more tests. Please note that claims will only be approved if you were travelling southbound and, as a result of delays to the Airbridge, you were required to pay for three or more PCR tests. FIG will pay for the third test onwards, there will be no reimbursement for the first two PCR tests purchased and taken by any individual. To apply for reimbursement, applicants need to complete the ‘PCR Test Claim Form’ (available to download on this page) and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Applicants are also required to attach a copy of all receipts for PCR tests purchased and taken.

 

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This policy is subject to continuous review and any changes will be communicated publicly and also published on this website.

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