COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD : SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS

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Travel Information South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands


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Find more information below, such as general information, currency, safety and more.

General Information

  • FLAG
  • CAPITAL King Edward Point 
  • GOVERNMENT overseas territory of United Kingdom 
  • CURRENCY Pound sterling (GBP) 
  • POPULATION no indigenous inhabitants; two staffed research stations 
  • TOTAL AREA 3,903 sq km 
  • LANGUAGES English
  • DECIMAL SYSTEM
  • TIME ZONE
  • LOCATION 

Most popular cities in South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

There are no cities on the Island.

Sockets & Plugs in South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.

Money

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Currency

United States dollar (symbol: $), with code USD.

Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. The dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollars and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. Notes larger as 20 dollars are not everywhere accepted.

ATM’S

Common

Automatic teller machines are pretty common in Ecuador, and you can usually find them in both large and small cities. You don’t need a chip and PIN card to use an ATM: your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

You are expected to tip

Tipping is expected in Ecuador since the staff depends on tips to supplement their (often minimum) wages. Receipts you get usually include a service charge.

Communication

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Internet

Internet speed in Ecuador is an average of 4.4 Mbps.

WiFi coverage is pretty low, so it is not that easy to find one.

Mobile phone

You can buy a SIM card for around $21.28, which usually includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecom companies: Movistar, CNT or Claro.

Mobile phones

The system uses GSM mobile network GSM 850.

Roaming

Remember that if you don’t want to buy SIM card in Ecuador upon arrival, try to make sure to check the roaming charges with your own telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return back home.

Dial code

+593

To call Ecuador, dial +, then 593 (the country code for Ecuador), then the area code (without the initial 0) and finally the local number.

Crime

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Moderate crime rate

The country has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pick-pocketing. Be particularly aware at airports, railway stations and crowded public places. Do not leave your valuables unattended.

Pickpocketing/theft

It’s recommended to follow common security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying careful in crowds.

Transport

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Road rules

You should drive on the right side of the road. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless mentioned otherwise, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on expressways, 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on undivided highways and 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on motorways.

Driving license

An IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required as well as your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave your home country.

Rent a car

In order to rent a car:

  • your age must be over 25
  • you must have a full license for at least a 1 year
  • have a credit card (Usually Visa & MasterCard are the best)

Alcohol, drugs & prostitution

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Alcohol

Legal

The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.

Prostitution

Legal

Prostitution is legal, and brothels are also legal.

Drugs

Cannabis is illegal but decriminalized

Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), marijuana is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if they catch you. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service.

Other

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Emergency numbers

  • Police 9

 

Vaccinations

Vaccinations listed are recommended

The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your own protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. If you are traveling from certain countries, some vaccinations (like eg Yellow Fever) can become obligatory.

  • Typhoid fever
  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A

These vaccinations apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments in Ecuador.

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B

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SOURCE & MORE INFORMATION: thebasetrip.com

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