With the exception of those arriving by cruise ship who will not be spending a night on land, all visitors to the Falklands must show that they have a return ticket, accommodation and sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the islands. A major credit card will be accepted as proof of funds. A departure tax of £22 is charged when leaving the territory from Mount Pleasant airport.
A visa is required except in the following cases:
Visitors arriving onboard a cruise ship and do not spend a night in the Islands.
Visitors who hold a passport from the European Union, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, San Marino, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, Uruguay or Vatican City.
Visitors who have a passport or international travel document issued by the Red Cross or United Nations.
By Cruise Ship
Large cruise ships stop at Stanley's port throughout the summer. These boats may also stop at some of the outlying islands. While cruise ships can dock at Stanley, be prepared to come ashore on a zodiac, also called a rigid inflatable boat RIB, when landing on most other islands. It is also typical for expedition ships en route to Antarctica, to include a stop at the Falkland Islands in their itinerary.
Companies offering cruises to Antarctica include:
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris offers various itineraries that include the Falkland Islands. Depending on the itinerary, they offer 1-3 days on the Falklands during their Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands Extended Expedition and their South Georgia and Falkland Islands In-depth Expedition. They stress maximum time ashore and Zodiac cruising with an experienced staff of Antarctic veterans.
Most international flights arrive at the Mount Pleasant MPN airport, which is also a military base. The only international carriers to use this airport are LanChile on a weekly flight from Santiago de Chile via Punta Arenas CL, Rio Gallegos AR monthly and the UK Royal Air Force who carry commercial passengers direct from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom on the South Atlantic Airbridge. Flights from the UK last eighteen hours including a stop on Ascension Island en route. The RAF contracts two flights per week which are subject to military priorities. There is also an airport in Stanley PSY but it has a smaller runway and is used primarily for flights within the Falklands.
Nationals of Belarus, China, Egypt, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, and Vietnam are not allowed to use the South Atlantic Airbridge from 5 March, 2015, the Uruguayan news agency MercoPress reported on the same day, citing the UK Ministry of Defense.
The ministry did not indicate a reason for the restrictions on those nationalities, but said that it "places the greatest importance on the security of its people, facilities and operations” and that the policy would remain under review.
The Mount Pleasant airport is 35 miles 56km from Stanley. Falkland Island Tours & Travel ☎ +500 21775, firstname.lastname@example.org operates a shuttle bus that meets all flights and that can take visitors to and from the capital for £17.00 per person one-way. Taxis also take passengers to and from the airport - these must be pre-booked.