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Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands: At a glance

Capital: Stanley

Population: 3,398

Official language: English

Time zone: Falkland Islands Standard Time

Emergency #: 999

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Falkland Islands: Travel Health Information

Falkland Islands is known for its rugged cliff-lined coasts, rich birdlife, and ocean views. Nature lovers can see the penguin colonies on Saunders Island, or take in the National Nature Reserve of Kidney Island. The Falklands are also well known for their history of contested settlement and territorial control.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in the Falkland Islands may differ from your home country. Falkland Islands has a centralized, public healthcare system. While the system is small, it is generally aligned with the British NHS and healthcare services usually meet international standards. There is one hospital which is located in the capital city of Stanley. Wait times might be long due to limited space and healthcare personnel. Healthcare outside of Stanley can be limited.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in the Falkland Islands typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Chile or Argentina may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Falkland Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

There is one major pharmacy in the Falkland Islands, located within the hospital in Stanley.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Falkland Island’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Stanley are paved and generally well maintained. Outside of the city, many roads are unpaved. Frequently changing and unpredictable weather can pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers of a vehicle at all times.



Falkland Islands: At a glance

Capital: Stanley

Population: 3,398

Official language: English

Time zone: Falkland Islands Standard Time

Emergency #: 999

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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