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Falkland Islands Government expands policy for approved visitors

Monday, September 27th 2021 - 09:03 UTC
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 MLA Roger Spink, said the addition of these new categories will enable eligible individuals to go ahead and make plans for visiting the Islands during our 40th anniversary year MLA Roger Spink, said the addition of these new categories will enable eligible individuals to go ahead and make plans for visiting the Islands during our 40th anniversary year

On Wednesday 22 September, ExCo agreed to revise its policy in connection with the categories of visitors allowed entry into the Falkland Islands. This decision was taken as part of the government’s regular review of ongoing pandemic management plans.

  The revised policy will continue to support a controlled approach to change, based on careful assessment of the risks, the successful rollout of the Islands-wide vaccination programme, as well as the need to protect both the community and the operational capacity of the KEMH.

The revised policy now states that in addition to the existing visitor categories, individuals who fall within the following new categories can also apply to the travel to the Falkland Islands:

• Public diplomacy guests who are sponsored by the Falkland Islands Government or the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
• SAMA (South Atlantic Medal Association) veterans and their immediate family members
• Media and film crews with press accreditation granted by the Falkland Islands Government
• Scientists and researchers who are supported by the Falkland Islands Government

These visitors will still be subject to the same quarantine requirements that apply to all other visitors.

These changes come into force from 22 September 2021 and visitor permits will continue to be reviewed by Customs and Immigration to ensure that the policy is being rigorously and consistently applied.

Deputy Chair of the Legislative Assembly, MLA Roger Spink, said: “Since the pandemic began, our visitor policy has been reviewed no less than ten times to ensure that it continues to function as it should. The addition of these new categories will enable eligible individuals to go ahead and make plans for visiting the Islands during our 40th anniversary year. This move also continues our considered approach to carefully loosening our restrictions over time, based on the latest public health guidance, data and intelligence.”

The latest information on visiting the Falkland Islands can be found on our dedicated government website: www.fig.gov.fk/covid-19

 

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  • Islander1

    Fine for the occasional Veteran who has the time- and facilities available to isolate for 5 days on arrival - but unless reviewed in early 2022 and put onto the Uk type entry footing of negative test to fly- and then another negative on day2 - but allowed out anyway on arrival - There will be likley be NO VIPs from UK nor Veterans Visiting for the 40th Anniv. events!

    Maybe more important if FIG gets on with the date for the 3rd vac “top-up” for over 50s and underlying symptoms as in many other Countries now - and the youngsters from 11/12 to 17yrs to reduce spread level risk.

    Sep 27th, 2021 - 12:03 pm +1
  • portman

    only another 10 years to go for the big golden anniversary and the icing on the cake will be the bicentenary in the following year. we can only hope there is no covid 29 on the horizon!

    Sep 30th, 2021 - 10:50 am 0
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