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Falkland Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, also claimed by Argentina. Located off the southern coast of Argentina in the Atlantic Ocean, it consists of 2 main islands and 200 smaller islands. Its climate is generally damp, cool, and very windy.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Minimal risk exists throughout the country. Community sanitation is generally good, and health concerns related to food and beverages are minimal.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.
Negligible risk of violent crime exists throughout the country.
Other Safety Threats
Unexploded ordinance from the 1982 conflict remains on the Falkland Islands and occasionally can be found on any of the major battle fields. These are well mapped and fenced-off. Detailed maps of minefield locations are available locally on request.
Entering one of these minefields is a serious offense, which will result in prosecution.
National incidence data on traffic-related injury or death are not available.
Traffic flows on the left-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Falkland Islands
- United States: The U.S. does not have an embassy or consulate in Falkland Islands.
- Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in Falkland Islands.
- United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Falkland Islands.
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Falkland Islands.
Falkland Islands' Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: Falkland Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.S.
- In Canada: Falkland Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
- In the U.K.: Falkland Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.K.
- In Australia: Falkland Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.