Regulated Activity Permits Season Open

Search Generic filters Regulated Activity Permits Season Open  June 7, 2023 The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is delighted to announce that applications for Regulated Activity Permits (RAP) for the 2023/24 season are now open. If you are planning to come to South Georgia, and your activities involve: collection of samples…

Joint Statement On Search For Missing C-130

British Forces South Atlantic Islands wishes to extend its condolences to the family of all those tragically lost on Monday 9th December. The Commander of BFSAI thanks all who contributed to supporting the UK’s search effort for the missing Chilean C-130 aircraft. The search made full use of assets and personnel available including military resources and those of the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands and the Falkland Islands Government.

Heavy Fuel Oil Prohibition Brought Into Force Across The South Sandwich Islands

Heavy Fuel Oil Prohibition brought into force across the South Sandwich Islands following GSGSSI announcements in December 2018. No vessels have been permitted to use Heavy fuel Oil in the area identified in the Heavy Fuel Oil (Prohibition of Carriage and Use) Ordinance 2019 (No 5 of 2019) since last December. This will be extended to cover the whole of our Marine Protected Area (MPA) by 31 December 2020.

Biosecurity Dog Programme Commences

GSGSSI is delighted to announce the start of a new Biosecurity Dog Programme. This long-term programme follows intensive pilot studies and trials using specially trained rodent detection dogs to ‘sniff out’ rodents hiding on vessels or in cargo bound for South Georgia, and therefore to prevent them reaching South Georgia.

Habitats Restored Stamps

The Habitats Restored stamp issue, which celebrates the recovery of the South Georgia environment following the removal of invasive species, is now available to buy online and in post office shops in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Stamp Release: 3D Grytviken

A new stamp issue which gives audiences a new perspective on Grytviken was released on 10th May. Although nothing can stop the advance of time and the ravages of the South Georgia weather, new technologies mean that the whaling stations and some of the stories associated with them can be captured in detail like never before.

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands MPA Enhancements

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to announce a range of additional measures for its Marine Protected Area which will greatly enhance the protection and conservation of the Territory’s rich marine biodiversity. Drawing on the recommendations arising from the recent 5-yearly review of the SGSSI Marine Protected Area, GSGSSI will extend the current MPA legislation across its entire 1.24m km2 Maritime Zone. No-take zones (NTZ), which will be closed to all commercial fishing activity, will be expanded to cover 23% (284,000km2) of the MPA; an area which greatly exceeds the size of the UK.

South Georgia Mapping Stamps

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is delighted to launch a set of stamps celebrating the history of mapping the island. The stamps released today are in the format of three se-tenant pairs each celebrating an important development in the mapping of the Territory.

Her Majesty the Queen – 90th Birthday

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
will today be joining the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries and UK
overseas territories in celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II by lighting a Beacon on South Georgia. GSGSSI wish
Her Majesty a very happy birthday. Read more about this and the “90 Years of Style” stamps and souvenir sheet release

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Official Visit

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has returned from her official visit to the remote sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. During the visit The Princess Royal had the opportunity to see at first hand the unique environment and heritage of South Georgia, discuss the work of the Government and its partners on these and other issues, and mark the centenary of Shackleton’s crossing of the island. Press release