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

All passengers who are planning to travel on the South Atlantic Airbridge are required to provide the following documentation:

A valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing you are FULLY vaccinated*. Recognised certificates are:

  • NHS COVID Certificate
  • The KEMH produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Confirmation signed by the Chief Medical Officer, which can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 28000 at least 10 days before your intended date of travel.
  • Valid European Digital COVID Certificate or National Equivalent

Children aged 11 or under are exempt from this requirement.

If you are not fully vaccinated, or it has been less than 14 days since your last dose (or less than 28 days for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine), you will require:

Proof of Negative Pre-Departure Test: A COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure, or an Antigen test, conducted no more than 48 hours before departure is required. The test must be laboratory verified and accompanied with an official test result notification.

If you are based in the UK the UK Government website provides details for finding a test provider

If you are not fully vaccinated, and recently contracted COVID-19 (within the last 90 days) resulting in a positive test, you will require:

COVID-19 Recovery Certificate: A COVID-19 recovery certificate showing you recovered from COVID-19 no more than 90 days and not less than 10 days before your travel is required. These can be obtained by speaking to your GP or the KEMH by calling 28000 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exemptions are on a case-by-case basis and are based on expert clinical opinion.

Passengers who are, or suspect they are, convalescent cases of COVID-19 will also need to share this information with their flight booking agent.

All passengers on the South Atlantic Airbridge aged 6 and above are required to wear a face covering or face mask. Face coverings may be required inside the terminal at Mount Pleasant Airport, this will be detailed on arrival.

On arrival at MPA all passengers will be issued with 2 x self-administered Lateral Flow Tests. These are voluntary tests but are highly recommended as an additional layer of protection while restrictions are eased. Details on use and reporting is contained with the tests.

All passengers arriving into the Falkland Islands, will be able to travel to Stanley in individual vehicles or in pre-booked transport. For example, Penguin Travel.

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