Visitor Documents

Information for Visitors


 

Information for Visitors to South Georgia

 

Guidelines For The Provision Of Medical Care

 

Visitor Application Forms

 

Biosecurity

 

Visit Permit Holder Landing Declaration

 

Visiting Grytviken and King Edward Point

 

Post-Visit Report Form

 

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Expeditions: Policy and Application


 

The Government SGSSI has defined an expedition as "any person or group of people whose approved activities include overnight camping (night(s) ashore) on South Georgia, regardless of the aims of the expedition. These might include filming, mountaineering, skiing, science, longer trekking, sea kayaking, or other activities.

Expedition applications will be subject to an assessment process that draws advice from a panel of expert advisors (for which an administrative fee is charged). The advisory panel are guided by the planning factors and expedition guidelines in the downloaded information.

 

Visitor Site Review


 

As part of our 2016-2020 strategy, the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) committed to working with stakeholders to develop our visitor management policy to better take account of the impact and benefits of tourism and integrate visitor management into our thinking for a new system of terrestrial protected areas. We aim to ensure that visitors can access and enjoy South Georgia whilst still ensuring that the highest standards of environmental protection and safety are upheld.

The first stage of this process is to establish baseline information on how visitors (including science, media, BAS, Government and tourists) use terrestrial areas on South Georgia by gathering data on the current spatial extent of operations.  Input from expedition staff will be crucial to the success of this process.

We recognise that although for some sites there are specific visitor management plans, for others there is more open access and the potential for a higher degree of free roaming and so different operators may use the landscape differently. So we can capture this information, we have prepared a booklet which contains a map for each landing site. Please  mark/shade the area that you use at each location as part of your ordinary landings.

We are also interested in what you consider to be the attractions of each site (wildlife, scenery etc.), where these are located within the site and how the environmental situation on the day of landing (e.g. fur seals, position of rivers) affects how you use a site on any particular occasion.  Please also mark on the maps if there are areas within sites that you think are particularly sensitive and would benefit from additional monitoring efforts.

Assistance with this process is greatly appreciated and we would encourage you to take this opportunity to engage in this survey, which will really help develop management plans that facilitate access to South Georgia whilst protecting its unique environment.

Please return completed maps to ‘GSGSSI, Government House, Ross Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands, FIQQ 1ZZ'

Download: Visitor Site Use Survey [pdf, 6.4mb]

 

 

Expeditions Reports


 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

2008

  • Beyond Endurance Expedition Shackleton Traverse And Attempted Ascent Of Mount Nicholls

 

2007

 

2006

 

2004/05

Site Visitor Management Plans (SVMP)


 

The Site Visitor Management Plans (SVMP) have been prepared for the most popular approved visitor landing sites and a number of overland walks.  These detail open access areas, closed areas and routes for overland walks.  Visitor management information is detailed as well as additional information such as hazards and areas which are particularly sensitive to disturbance.  

It is a condition of visit permits that these must be complied with and visit permit holders must ensure that all visitors and staff under their charge adhere to these plans.  SVMP are reviewed annually and visit permit holders must ensure that they have the most recent versions of the plans before they depart for South Georgia.

 

 
gpx files to download

Regulated Activities


 

For further information, please view the Regulated Activity Permit page.

Getting Married on South Georgia


 

South Georgia is a very special location for a marriage to be celebrated. It is possible to have a civil marriage or a religious marriage service on South Georgia but there are some formalities that must be completed and you will need to plan ahead to not only comply with the legal time frame but also to allow enough time to make the practical arrangements for a marriage on what is a remote territory. We recommend that you contact the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands at least 3 months before the date that you want to get married.