New Security Process for Access to Mount Pleasant Complex
1st November 2019
New Security Process for Access to Mount Pleasant Complex
A new process is coming soon which affects everyone who needs access to MPA and MPC.
This release is to inform you about ZUB pass changes and new access arrangements for flights.
Please note: All existing ZUB passes will become invalid from Friday 31 2020. New passes will be need to be applied for at least two weeks before this date.
If you would like to know more, Commander British Forces, Members of the Legislative Assembly and Officers will be holding a public meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 5 November in the Court & Assembly Chambers, Town Hall. This will be broadcast live. If you have a question during the meeting, please call 27451 between 5.15pm and 5.45pm and your questions will be submitted to the panel.
BRITISH FORCES SOUTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Thursday 31 October 2019
New security process for access to Mount Pleasant Complex
British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) and the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) have agreed a new policy for access to Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC). This includes an Approved Driver Scheme, Terminal Transfer and Terminal Security arrangements at MPC military base. The introduction of these arrangements will enable civilian air passengers to transit through the military base to Mount Pleasant Airport (MPA). These arrangements have been introduced in order to address BFSAI concerns in respect to control of access.
Implementation of this revised procedure will be in effect from 20 November 2019; applications for the new ZUB pass will be accepted from 01 November 2019. All new ZUB passes will need to be obtained by 31 January 2020. After which date all other ZUB passes will become invalid both at MPC and Brize Norton.
Under the new scheme there will be an MPC Main Gate entry lane and a separate lane for terminal access on commercial flight days for flight passenger transport, controlled by FIG.
For South Atlantic air bridge flights MPC Main Gate entry will be the only access point in operation.
Testing of the new application process has been carried out in Stanley and Camp, where feedback was received.
New types of access
There are five types of access that will apply under the revised process:
- Social and leisure pass holder (ZUB)
- ZUB pass holder pre-vetted family/friend/new work permit holder/business colleagues
- MPC Contractor ZUB pass holder
- Non-ZUB pass holder
- Approved Driver.
Social and leisure pass holder (ZUB)
On presentation of a ZUB pass, holders will be permitted to transit unescorted to the terminal at MPA and/or access social and leisure facilities during opening times through either lane.
ZUB Pass holder pre-vetted family/friend/new work permit holder/business colleagues
A non-ZUB pass holder can be escorted by or collected from the Air Terminal by a ZUB pass holder, as long as the passengers have been pre-notified to the MOD. This pre-notification must be sent at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel date. Pre-vetting requests are to be emailed to JSPSU on BFSAI-FLK-JSPSU-SySect@mod.uk JSPSU will acknowledge receipt of the details. This email confirmation, either paper or electronic version, must be carried by the ZUB pass holder and be available for checking.
Notification requirements for each passenger are as follows:
- Name of passenger
- Date of Birth
- Passport Number
- Dates of inbound and outbound flights.
If the arriving passenger is a new work permit holder, the name and address of the employer, as well as the work permit number, will also be required.
MPC Contractor ZUB pass holder
Contractors who are employed directly or indirectly at MPC will be able to access MPC as agreed in the terms of their pass, including access to the terminal plus social and leisure facilities.
Non-ZUB pass holder passengers
Tourists and other business visitors have no right of access to MPC with the exception of direct transit to and from the terminal. Such passengers must remain within the fenced terminal enclave, or proceed directly to the terminal building. It must be noted that no access to any other part of the MPC leisure and social estate is available to non-ZUB pass holders.
An Approved Driver is an individual who is employed as a commercial driver either on a part-time or full-time basis. The Approved Driver may escort Non-ZUB pass holders who have a valid ticket for air travel and an in-date passport into MPC and directly to the terminal enclave. All Approved Drivers are required to hold a Contractor ZUB pass.
All Approved Driver application forms are to be submitted to the Director of Emergency Services & Island Security (DESIS) (email@example.com), these will be reviewed and forwarded to MPC.
ZUB Application Process
The new application will consist of 1 form broken into 2 parts. General application section and Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS) check.
ZUB pass applications can be completed electronically or hard copy. Hard copy forms are available from the MPC Pass Office and the RFIP Police Station, in Stanley, or electronically from the RFIP website.
Electronic ZUB pass applications can be submitted directly to the MPC Pass & Permits Office (BFSAI-JSPSU-Passes@mod.uk). Scanned copies of supporting identification documents will be accepted.
Hard copy applications can be placed in the drop-box at the RFIP Police Station, in Stanley, where they will be transferred to the MPC Pass Office for processing. Supporting identification documents can be scanned or copied at the RFIP Police Station, in Stanley, and deposited with the application form. Please do not submit original documentation.
ZUB passes should be applied for a minimum of 14 days before they are required for use. Time frames for processing may increase if the applicant does not have a valid photograph saved on the system. Applicants will be required to travel to MPC if they do not have a valid photograph on the system.
Existing ZUB passes will remain valid until 31 January 2020. After that date, all visitors to MPC or RAF Brize Norton will require the new ZUB pass in order to access the air terminal or the social and leisure facilities at MPC.
ZUB passes can be collected from the MPC Pass Office, upon production of valid original identification documentation.
A collection point from JSATC Hillside Camp will be set up for a period of 3 months. ZUB passes will only be available for collection from Hillside, if the holder has a valid photograph saved on the system. Specific dates and timings of these collection days will be confirmed at a later stage. These will be promoted through media outlets.
The MPC Pass & Permit office is open:
Monday to Friday 0900 – 1600
If you apply for ZUB passes as a family, one member of the family can collect all the passes on presentation of all family members’ original identification.
Approved Driver Scheme
An Approved Driver is an individual who is employed as a commercial driver, either on a part-time or full-time basis. The Approved Driver may escort non-ZUB pass holder passengers, who have a valid ticket for air travel and an in-date passport into MPC and directly to the terminal enclave.
The Approved Driver scheme will be administered by the P.A to the Director of Emergency Services and Island Security (DESIS). The administrator will maintain a central register of sponsoring companies, receive initial applications and check them before onward submission to MPC.
The following are entitled to apply for Approved Driver Status:
- Travel company employees
- Self-employed transport operators
- Tour guides
- Tour operators
- Other applicants, with a business imperative, will be considered at the discretion of the DESIS.
Application Process – Approved Driver Scheme – Employed
The process consists of two forms. Form 1 is to be completed by the sponsor employer and Form 2 to be completed by the employee (approved driver).
Application Process – Approved Driver Scheme – Self Employed
The individual will be required to complete Form 3, providing supporting evidence of hire and reward insurance or evidence of the business, which requires Approved Driver Status. DESIS will act as the sponsor for self-employed applications.
All application forms are to be submitted to DESIS (firstname.lastname@example.org), these will be reviewed and forwarded to MPC.
An individual who holds an Approved Drivers pass will have a responsibility to comply with the following:
- Hold a valid contractor ZUB Pass.
- Hold a BFSAI Vehicle Pass.
- Ensure that all passengers, being transported in their vehicle, hold a valid ticket for air travel and passport.
- Use the Air Terminal FIG controlled entry lane for access to MPC.
- Drive directly, without deviation, to the Air Terminal once authorised by the main booth operator.
- Ensure that all passengers and luggage disembark from the vehicle.
- The reverse process and transit route must also be adhered to when collecting people from the Air Terminal and departing MPC.
Features of the new application processes
- The new ZUB pass policy will conform to the RAF Brize Norton Control of Entry Policy and ZUB pass holders will be given unescorted access to and from the Air Terminal at Brize Norton.
- A ZUB pass holder will have permission to escort up to 7 people, in one vehicle, onto MPC for social or Air Terminal access.
- Dependent children over the age of 16 will be eligible to have their own ZUB pass.
- Introduction of Approved Driver Scheme enables access to employed and self-employed drivers and tourism.
If you would like to know more, Commander British Forces, Members of the Legislative Assembly and Officers will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday 5 November, 1700 in the Court & Assembly Chambers, Town Hall.
This will be broadcast live. If you have a question during the meeting, please call 27451 between 5.15 and 5.45pm and your questions will be submitted to the panel.
Please note: All existing ZUB passes will become invalid from January 31st, 2020. New passes applications must be submitted at least two weeks before this date.