The Falkland islands : Travel Information before you go!
An 18 hr flight with a connection in Montevideo. From the United Kingdom (Brize Norton, Oxfordshire) two military aircrafts organise flights every Monday and Thursday.
Mount Pleasant airport is 35 miles from Stanley. The fare is £ 13 by bus and £ 50 by taxi.
In terms of entertainment, the Falkland Islands are similar to a Breton island in winter, not many people. Thus, nothing to say in this area!
English. The majority of the population understands Spanish.
Required travel documents for
A valid passport is required for European citizens. Upon arrival, a stay of four months in the territory will be granted upon presentation of a return ticket. It is asked that tourists have an address on the island upon arrival and to carry enough money for their trip in the country.
The majority of the population is Anglican.
The Falkland Islands Pound, which is set against the Pound Sterling, is the official currency. Travellers cheques are widely accepted, although the same cannot be said for credit cards, which are rarely accepted.
Bring Pounds Sterling in cash and travellers cheques as these are easy to exchange (especially in the Standart Chartered Bank, Ross Road in Stanley).
Banks open from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
It is also worth remembering before you leave for home that Falkland Pounds cannot be exchanged anywhere other than on the islands.
The major roads are Stanley-San Carlos (70 miles), Stanley Goose Green (64 miles) and Stanley-Mount Pleasant
(25 miles). For all other roads, you need a 4 x 4 vehicle. Always obtain farmers' authorisations before crossing their lands. Watch out - there are mined areas you shouldn't cross for any reason (get maps from the tourism authority). There are car rentals in Stanley (4x4 vehicles), but you need an international driver's licence.
Out of Stanley and Goose Green, planes are the main means of transport. There is an airline (FIGAS) that shuttles between the islands and farms. Always book in advance at the airline office on the eve of the next day's flight (Telephone: 22 041) or directly from the airport (Telephone: 27 219). Flight cancellations due to bad weather are very common. They are announced on the local radio. Maximum luggage weight is 31 pounds.
No particular vaccine is required. The only thing you could catch in the Falkland Islands is a cold ! An advice: do not forget to bring sweaters, hats and scarves in your suitcase.
Voltage is 220. Electrical outlets are the same.
Taxes and tips
To call the Falkland Islands from the UK, dial 00 + 500 (archipelado's code) + number you are calling.
To call the UK from the Falkland Islands, dial 00 + 44 followed by the number you are calling without the initial 0.