South Georgia (& the South Sandwich Islands) are only accessible by sea. There is no visitor accommodation ashore on South Georgia, therefore most people visit by cruise ship or yacht. When booking a visit, you should check what your ship’s South Georgia itinerary is, as this will vary. Vessel operators are normally all members of IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) and as such are permitted greater access to landing sites. Details of all IAATO members and vessel operators (including charter yachts) are detailed on the IAATO website.
All visits require a Visit Permit. Visit permit applications must be submitted by vessel owners (or operators), for both commercial and private vessels. Individual passengers on a visiting vessel do not need to submit a visit application; visit permits are issued for each specific vessel visit and the permit covers all visitors on board.
Visitors planning to participate in expeditions (any activity involving camping ashore overnight) should note that these are managed separately and you should refer to the Expeditions section.
Visitors should familiarise themselves with the Visitor Policy & Risk Awareness page before planning a trip to South Georgia.