South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Welcome to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

At 864 miles from its closest neighbor, South Georgia Islands and the South Sandwich Islands are the epitome of remote. While it’s one of the least visited places on Earth, for those who venture here, it’s a life-changing destination. Follow in the footsteps of epic explorers as you marvel at the natural beauty of the mountains and beaches and meet a fair share of king penguins and fur seals.

The only way here is via expedition ship, which will also serve as your accommodations, so you’ll need to make (very) advanced plans. Why stop here? As the gateway to Antarctica, South Georgia serves as icy inspiration for an in-depth journey to the White Continent.

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Unique Facts

  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. The islands were first sighted by Captain Cook in 1775.
  • No permanent inhabitants live in South Georgia. There is a small scientific staff and two museum staff who live there at certain points of the year.
  • Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried at Grytviken on South Georgia Island.
  • South Georgia Island is home to the world’s most important penguin and seabird breeding area, including King and Gentoo penguins.
  • Only about 5,000 visitors make it to the island each year, all by boat (but no large cruise ships).

Language

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands’ official language is English.

When To Go

The best time to go to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is November to March.

Airports

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Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

Visit must be approved in advance with the Commissioner.

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. Some travelers should receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types C and F. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: British Pound

Getting Around

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US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy London
33 Nine Elms Lane
London, SW11 7US
United Kingdom
Telephone: +(44)(20) 7499-9000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(44)(20) 7499-9000
Fax: +(44) (20) 7891-3845
SCSLondon@state.gov

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

General Emergency: 999

Safety and Security

The crime rate is low on South Georgia Island and the South Sandwich Islands.

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