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 Falkland Islands - Formalities

Clearance

Stanley is the only Port of Entry for yachts. Advise the Authorities of the yacht's ETA on VHF channel 16. Fly the "Q" flag.

If there are no cruise ship tenders using it, go alongside at the Public Jetty. Alternatively berth at FIPASS (the commercial dock), which is very dirty, so if you have delicate decks don't go there.

If cruise ship tenders are using the Public Jetty pontoons you won't be allowed there until the ship leaves (which is usually about 17:00). It may also be possible to dock alongside the Falkland Islands Company (FIC) jetty - call "Fleetwing" on VHF channel 16 or 9.

Alternatively anchor off and speak to "Stanley Customs" on VHF 12 or 16 to arrange where and when to do the paperwork.

If at any point you need assistance, the Stanley Harbour Authority is on VHF Channel 16 or 10 (call sign: "Stanley Port Control"). VHF 16 is monitored 24/7, but during office hours (0800-1630, 7 days a week) it is possible to call on HF at 4066.1 kHz.

One Government Official deals with both Immigration and Customs clearance.

Estimated Time of Arrival Notification

Unless an emergency, arriving yachts must notify the Harbour Authorities and the Customs and Immigration Service 24 hours prior to arriving to the "Reporting Line." The Reporting Line is a line between Volunteer Point and Cape Pembroke, which forms the outer boundary of Berkeley Sound and Port William.

The Harbour Authorities can be contacted by phone (+500 27266) or email (fishops@fisheries.gov.fk) and Customs/Immigration at (+500 27340) or email (admin@customs.gov.fk).

Any time vessels arrive to or depart from the Reporting Line, contact the Harbour Authority at VHF 16 or 10.

On departure, yachts must leave from Stanley.

Updated annually, the Falkland Islands Ports & Harbour information document has complete arrival instructions for yachts. It is a downloadable pdf document.

Yachts Planning to Visit Antarctica

Any yachts leaving the Falklands (or any other British Territory) for Antarctica with at least one British national on board, are able to apply for a permit from the U.K. Foreign Office. This can also be done even if the yacht is not U.K. flagged.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have produced Antarctic Yachting Guidelines (2016), see HighLatitudes.com, which has useful information and data about sailing in Antarctica.

There are forms tailored to expeditions by smaller yachts. The permit forms required are now found at GOV.UK website.

Cruising between Argentina and the Falklands

The procedure which currently works and enables yachts to pass from the Falklands to Argentina and back again, without difficulty, is to apply for a "Permiso" from Argentina 7-10 days in advance of setting off towards the islands.

This permit is needed by ships and all sailing vessels using Argentine waters en-route to the Falklands, South Georgia or the South Sandwich Islands - all UK controlled. This is being aggressively policed and large fines are made for those making unscheduled stops, even in an emergency.

For example, two private yachts in the last 2 months of 2010 were fined $6000 US for visiting the Falklands without Argentine permission. In both cases force Majeure was claimed (engine problems/weather) however this was not considered an issue when being assessed for the fines.

For information on how to apply for a "permiso" read noonsite report: Heading to the Malvinas/Falklands - Applying for "Permiso"

The latest condition being applied by Argentina, is the requirement that, even if not calling at the Falklands, the skipper of yachts sailing to of from an Argentinian port via the Atlantic, must complete a form Anexo 2 where the skipper makes a sworn statement in the presence of an Argentine consul or a coastguard officer, not to visit the Falkland Islands. If this form is not completed nor permission obtained to visit the islands, it is assumed they have done so and a fine imposed.

Last updated June 2017.

Immigration

All visitors must have a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

Visa are required by all except nationals of the EU, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan , Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, and Uruguay for vistis of up to 30 days.

If visas are required, they must be obtained before arrival.

Yachts and crews from visa-free countries may stay up to 30 days. Extensions are possible, but do not wait until the last minute to obtain the extension.

Proof of departure by yacht required if crew arriving via airport. This typically can be accomplished with a letter from the skipper/owner of the yacht declaring intended departure date.

Last updated June 2017.

Customs & Immigration
Byron House, 3 H Jones Rd. Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Tel:(+500) 27340 Fax:(+500) 27342 ,VHF Channel 12, 16
Opening hours: 08.00 - 12.00 & 13.15 - 16.30, Monday to Friday
No clearance will be granted between midnight and 06:00 other than in exceptional circumstances.

Customs

Firearms (as well as ammunition or explosives) must be declared to authorities and an import license must be obtained from the Falkland Islands Police Authority, but the weapons may be kept on board.

All products of animal origin (e.g. meats, dairy products, eggs, unprocessed feathers, leather, wool and bone), plant and plant material (e.g. fruits, flowers, cuttings, bulbs, barks, seeds) are either restricted or prohibited imports.

Last updated June 2017.

Customs & Immigration
Byron House, 3 H Jones Rd. Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Tel:(+500) 27340 Fax:(+500) 27342 ,VHF Channel 12, 16
Opening hours: 08.00 - 12.00 & 13.15 - 16.30, Monday to Friday
No clearance will be granted between midnight and 06:00 other than in exceptional circumstances.

Health

The general standard of healthcare in the Falkland Islands is good. The only hospital is located in Stanley and offers very modern facilities with medical, dental and nursing staff. There is no resident qualified optician. More complex treatments might require medical evacuation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping your routine vaccines up to date.

Fees

There is a £68 harbour fee.

Customs services charges are waived in respect of private pleasure yachts not exceeding 50 registered tons. Private pleasure vessels greater than 50 registered tons, the fee is £53.60.

Restrictions

Minefields
These are left from the 1982 war with Argentina, but are clearly marked and fenced off giving protection from wandering into danger from the land. However they tend not to be fenced or well-marked if approached from seaward, so care should be taken and a map purchased should you intend to anchor and land.

These are mainly areas around Stanley, Port Howard, Fox Bay and Fitzroy. A map of the mined areas can be obtained from the Army office in Stanley.

Mount Pleasant Airport is a military site and photography is not permitted.

Local Customs

The war in 1982 is still a hot-button issue for both the British and Argentinans. It is a topic best avoided.

Pets

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) applies in the Falkland Islands and pets require a passport, to be microchipped and to have a current Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate.

An import license must be obtained from the FI Agricultural Authority to bring pets onto the island.

The FI Veterinary Department can be contacted at (+500) 27366 or email at spointing@doa.gov.fk

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