Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives on the Island of South Georgia?

There is no permanent human population on South Georgia. There are 2 Government Officers and spouses, up to 25 British Antarctic Survey personnel at 2 research stations and up to 4 Museum staff in the summer months.

How do I get to the Island of South Georgia?

South Georgia is only accessible by sea and visitors come by cruise ship – further information here.


I am visiting South Georgia, do I need to apply for a visa?

There are currently no visa requirements. If in doubt, check with your cruise operator.


What will the temperature be when I visit?

January temperatures ranged from 0°C to +19°C at Grytviken. Your operator will advise on the clothing you’ll need.

Weather forecast here.


Can I get married on South Georgia?

Yes you can get married on South Georgia. Further information here

Can I have a South Georgia penpal or chat with someone on the island?

No. There are no South Georgia permanent residents.

You could try The South Georgia Association who are a group of people interested in South Georgia.


I wish to work on South Georgia, what are the current job vacancies?

Any GSGSSI vacancies are posted here. There is no point in contacting us regarding any other employment opportunities.

You could also try the British Antarctic Survey here


I wish to move to South Georgia and live there.

No, this is not possible. There are no South Georgia residents.


Where can I purchase SG coins and stamps?

Try contacting Pobjoy here and the Philatelic Bureau: The Post Office, Stanley, Falkland Islands here.

Can you send me photographs/sand/rocks/brochures/postcards etc?

Sorry, we do not provide this service.


Where can I purchase South Georgia gifts and souvenirs?

Try the South Georgia Heritage Trust online shop here.

Can I obtain a permit to capture an animal?

No, GSGSSI does not grant permits for the capture and export of animals (or eggs).


Where can I find out information about SG graves?

Try visiting the South Georgia’s Cemeteries website developed by Pat Lurcock here.


I wish to start a business on SG, or incorporate my company.

This is not possible.


Where can I view a detailed South Georgia map?

Try accessing the South Georgia Geographic Information System here.