Regulated Activity Permit Applications For 2022/23 Now Open

(6th June 2022)

Updated Regulated Activity Permit application forms for the 2022/23 season are now available via the GSGSSI website (www.gov.gs/visitors/regulated-activity-permit/). The online application portal should be used by anyone wishing to visit South Georgia to conduct science or media activities. We are anticipating a high volume of applications in the coming austral summer so anyone planning a project is advised to begin the application process as soon as possible.

New for the 2022/23 season, we have developed a South Georgia specific guide for those wishing to operate drones/UAVs in the Territory. It is recognised that drones offer huge potential to collect valuable data and imagery quickly, in a way that can be unobtrusive for wildlife and the environment. As such they form an increasingly important part of many science and media projects.

The new guide for drone operations includes information needed when planning a project in the Territory including: pilot training and safety factors, weather conditions on the island, interactions with wildlife, details of operating from or around vessels, and flights over buildings including the abandoned whaling stations. In parallel with the guide there are a set of Standing Conditions which all operators must follow to ensure all drone operations in the Territory are safe and have a minimal impact on the environment. The guide and Standing Conditions have been developed in conjunction with experts in the field and ensure that South Georgia remains at the forefront of safe and environmentally sensitive drone use.