Information for Visitors
- Policy - Visiting South Georgia – Covid 19 [pdf, 0.2mb]
Visiting South Georgia
- Visiting South Georgia (2023-2024) [pdf, 13mb]
- Information For Yachts Visiting South Georgia [pdf, 0.8mb]
Online Application Forms
- Vessel Application
- Visit Application
- Yacht Application
- Adventurous Activities (Expeditions) Application
Code of Conduct Whilst Ashore
- Code of Conduct Whilst Ashore [pdf, 0.3mb]
Guidelines For The Provision Of Medical Care
- Guidelines For The Provision Of Medical Care In South Georgia and other Antarctic Marine Areas By Seaborne Adventure Tourism Operators [pdf, 1.4mb]
- Biosecurity Handbook [pdf, 1.7mb]
Please note updates to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in section 9 of the 2023-24 Biosecurity Handbook. This guidance describes the tiered response in relation to risk and presence of HPAI, enhanced biosecurity procedures, signs to be vigilant for and the steps that will be put in place for different groups / activities depending on the response level.
- Visitor Biosecurity Self Audit Declaration [pdf, 0.3mb]
- Rodent Monitoring Station Protocol (2021-22) [pdf, 0.7mb]
Visit Permit Holder Landing Declaration
- Visit Permit Holder Landing Declaration [pdf, 0.3Mb]
Permit Holder Briefing & Assessment
- Permit Holder Briefing 2023-24 [pdf, 0.3Mb]
Visiting Grytviken and King Edward Point
Post-Visit Report Form
- Completing your Post Visit Report (2023-2024) [.pdf, 0.7mb]
- Post-Visit Report Form (2023-2024) [.xlsx, 0.1mb]
- Bird Strike Notes [.pdf, 0.6mb]
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.
- Expedition Policy and Application Procedures [pdf, 0.92mb]
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]
- South Georgia – Alternative Shackleton Traverse 2022 [pdf, 1.7 mb]
- 2019 South Georgia By Kayak Irish Ypake Expedition Report [pdf, 4 mb]
- 2019 Sea Kayak South Georgia: Curgenven [pdf, 0.1 mb]
- 2018 Podorange Report [pdf, 14mb]
- 2018 Salvesen Report [pdf, 7mb]
- 2018 SGNZ Expedition Report [pdf, 0.1mb]
- 2018 Thin Ice Report [docx, 0.1mb]
- 2018 John Downer RAP report [docx, 0.1mb]
- 2018 Aurora ASG73 Report [pdf, 0.8mb]
- 2017 Salvesen RAP Report [docx, 0.1mb]