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Falkland Islands - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for the Falkland Islands. Exercise normal security precautions.
Safety and security
Safety and security
The crime rate is very low. Exercise normal precautions and ensure that your personal belongings, passport and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Unexploded landmines from the 1982 conflict with Argentina remain on the Falkland Islands. All mine fields are fenced off with barbed wire and identified with red warning triangles. Do not enter the mine fields and do not damage or remove the fences or signs. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. Seek local advice for more information.
Most roads are paved in Stanley but they are unpaved on the rest of the islands. Therefore, a four-wheel drive vehicle is required to visit the islands.
Taxis are widely available but do not have meters. Taxi fares should be negotiated prior to departure.
While there are no public transportation services, a shuttle bus is available between Stanley and RAF Mount Pleasant Airport. You can easily rent a car or hire a tour guide or driver.
The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines’ compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.
It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the British authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the British High Commission or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a valid Canadian passport to visit the Falkland Islands. The passport must be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket, proof of accommodation (e.g. hotel confirmation number) and proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives for up-to-date information.
You should show proof of insurance that covers air evacuation of up to US$200,000.
Tourist Visa: Not required for stays up to one month
Business Visa: Required
A departure tax must be paid in cash (in FKP, GBP, Euro or US dollars) at the RAF Mount Pleasant Airport.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in South America, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in South America. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher for children, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
In some areas in South America, certain insects carry and spread diseases like American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), chikungunya, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, malaria, onchocerciasis (river blindness), West Nile virus , yellow fever and Zika virus.
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently an outbreak of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a viral disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. Protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly around sunrise and sunset. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in South America, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Medical services are good but there is only one hospital, which is located in Stanley. Immediate cash payment for medical services is expected. Medical evacuation may be required for serious medical conditions.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Canada and United Kingdom are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in United Kingdom to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and British authorities.
Photographing of military installations, including the RAF Mount Pleasant Airport, is prohibited.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
You can drive with your Canadian driver’s licence for up to 12 months.
Traffic drives on the left.
The currency is the Falkland Island pound (FKP). It is at par with the pound sterling (GBP).
Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants in Stanley, but it is easier to pay cash in the countryside. The GBP is accepted as a legal tender throughout the Falkland Islands. There are no automated banking machines (ABM) but the Standard Chartered Bank, which is the only bank in the Falkland Islands, can provide you cash advance if you use Visa or Mastercard.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
The weather conditions are unpredictable and can change rapidly.
Dial 999 for emergency assistance.
There is no resident Canadian government office in the Falkland Islands. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in London, United Kingdom.
London - High Commission of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in London, United Kingdom and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. In the event of a large-scale emergency, every effort will be made to provide assistance. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
See Large-scale emergencies abroad for more information.
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