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Entry to the Falkland Islands is controlled by the Customs and Immigration Department located in Stanley, Falkland Islands.

In general, cruise ship visitors do not require a visa to enter the Falklands or to participate in shore excursions. However, visitors arriving by air or intending to spend time in the Falklands before or after a cruise may need a visa.

A number of countries have reciprocal arrangements with the Falkland Islands, and their citizens do not need to arrange a Visitor's visa. A Visitor's permit is issued on arrival in the Falklands. This permit can be valid for up to four weeks initially; applications to extend the permit must be submitted directly to Customs and Immigration in Stanley. Also, any individual whose passport or international travel document is issued by the Red Cross or United Nations does not need to pre-arrange a Visitor's visa to enter the Falkland Islands.

Citizens of countries not listed under the Visa-exempt countries below will need to obtain a Visitor's visa prior to arrival in the Falklands. Visitor's visas must be obtained from the nearest British Embassy or Consulate in your own country. To find the nearest British Embassy or Consulate, click here or visit Visitors who require a Visitor's Visa and currently reside in the United Kingdom should contact the Falkland Islands Customs and Immigration Department directly for advice in the first instance (see below).

Visa-exempt countries

Citizens of the following countries do not require a pre-arranged Visitor's visa to enter the Falkland Islands.

a Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria k Korea
b Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil l Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
c Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic m Malta
d Denmark n Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway
e Estonia p Paraguay, Poland, Portugal
f Finland, France r Romania
g Germany, Greece s San Marino, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
h Hong Kong, Hungary t Taiwan
i Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy u United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
j Japan v Vatican City

For further information or clarification contact the Customs and Immigration Department directly:
Address: 3 H Jones Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands FIQQ 1ZZ
Phone: +500 27340
Fax: +500 27342