Standing on the gentle slopes of this peaceful birdwatcher’s haven, it’s hard to believe that just a few decades ago the Falkland Islands were the site of war. These days, the focus is on the archipelago’s incredible wildlife. Crags dotted with seabirds, beaches covered with penguins, sprawling nature reserves edging on outpost towns, whales and seals competing for space off-shore – the Falklands are a nature lover’s paradise. Days of wildlife-spotting are finished with a drink down the local pub.
Citizens of countries not listed below need to organise a visitor’s visa prior to arrival from the nearest British Embassy or Consulate. Those listed below will be issued a four-week visitor’s permit on arrival.
Visa-exempt countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City
Cruise passengers do not need a visa, regardless of nationality, unless planning to spend additional time in the Falkland Islands before or after the cruise. All those planning to stay on the islands must show that they have a return ticket, accommodation and sufficient funds to cover their expenses.
Tipping is not expected in the Falkland Islands. However, you may choose to leave a small tip if you feel particularly pleased with the service. In these cases, about 5% of the bill should do, or simply rounding up your fare.
Some businesses in Stanley (the capital) offer internet access on a pay-as-you-go basis and there are an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots around the town. Accommodation will likely offer access.
International roaming is available for a number of UK telephone networks. The local mobile network offers packages for short-term visitors. There are traditional British red phone boxes that accept either local pre-paid cards or coins. Outside of Stanley mobile coverage extends only to some parts of East Falkland and there are no public phone boxes.
The Falklands have Western-style flushable toilets.
Tap water is safe to drink in Falkland Islands. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you.
Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops, hotels and restaurants in Stanley. Cash is generally the easiest payment option outside Stanley. British notes and coins are accepted. Many places accept US dollars and Euros.
There are no ATMs anywhere in the Falklands.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in the Falkland Islands go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/falkland-islands/public-holidays