Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Officials restrict travel to the Falkland Islands through at least April 24, to stem the spread of COVID-19. Other measures in place.

This alert affects Falkland Islands

This alert began 01 Apr 2020 16:22 GMT and is scheduled to expire 24 Apr 2020 19:59 GMT.

  • Event: COVID-19 Restrictions
  • Location(s): Islands-wide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 24
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Officials have heavily restricted travel to and between the Falkland Islands. All flights from South America have been canceled until at least April 24, and flights from the United Kingdom are restricted to essential personnel only. There are no other flights to the islands. Twice-weekly Ministry of Defence flights from the islands to the United Kingdom is available to civilian passengers seeking to leave the islands.

The government has additionally imposed a 14-day quarantine period on all arrivals to the islands. It also has limited ferry services between the islands, to freight and essential transport. The measures are part of the Falkland Islands' efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by authorities in the Falkland Islands are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
WHO coronavirus knowledge base: www.who.int

Falkland Islands Government - COVID-19 Updates: fig.gov.fk