Visitor permits are required for restricted access in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. All access to the Territory is regulated by the Commissioner of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The islands and South Georgia have a combined population of only 30 people. None of these individuals are native-born, and no one is given the status of apermanent resident. Most people who visit South Georgia will leave on a ship from either Ushuaia in Argentina or Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Either trip requires a 3 day voyage across the southern Atlantic Ocean to reach the island.
Are the South Sandwich Islands in Antarctica?
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are located in the remote Southern Ocean. The islands are the final resting place of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.
Can I visit South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands?
The islands are very remote and isolated. South Georgia can be visited on certain cruises. It appeals to people with an interest in animals.
How do I get to South Sandwich Islands?
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are only accessible by sea. Most people visit by cruise ship or yacht. A visit permit is required for all visits. The owners or operators of vessels submit applications for visit permits.
Who owns the South Sandwich Islands?
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands became British overseas territory in 1985. The governor of the Falkland Islands is also a commissioner. The exclusive fishing zone was extended from 12 to 200 nautical miles in
Is South Georgia habitable?
South Georgia has no permanent human population. Government officers and their families are at 2 research stations in the summer.
Is there a North Sandwich island?
There is a large group of active volcanic islets in the South Atlantic Ocean, north of the Weddell Sea and to the southeast of the island of South Georgia called the Sandwich Islands.