New MPA Pass System
18th November 2019
BRITISH FORCES SOUTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
Thursday 31 October 2019
New security process for access to Mount Pleasant Complex
Question 1. Why are vehicle day passes no longer available?
Answer: The standard process is to apply for a MPC Vehicle Pass for any vehicles that you own. The process is simple in that a single form is required to be completed and submitted to the MPC Passes and Permits Office together with a valid in-date Vehicle Registration Document, Insurance Certificate and Vehicle Tax Disc. Only people who have a permanent pass will be allowed to apply for a vehicle pass and, in order to comply with MOD policy, the pass will only last for as long as the document that has the shortest expiry date. Vehicle Day Passes will be able to be issued for a vehicle that is already registered on the MOD pass system as long as the pass is still in-date. Passes required for vehicles in exceptional circumstances will always be considered.
Question 2. Could I still get a day pass if I just want to go bowling for an afternoon?
Answer: Day passes will still be issued for people who want to use the social facilities at MPC and who can produce valid photographic ID and who are being escorted by a ZUB Pass holder. A ZUB Pass holder can escort up to 7 people onto MPC as long as they are all in one vehicle.
Question 3. How do I access MPA if I do not have a ZUB pass, and nobody to escort me?
Answer: If you wish to access MPC in order to use the Air Terminal then you will have 2 options available to you. If you know of a ZUB Pass holding family member or friend then they can apply on your behalf to use the Pre-Vetted Family/Friend process. This will allow them to escort you onto the Unit in their vehicle in order to access the Air Terminal security enclave only. If you do not know anyone who can assist you then your other option is to use one of the pre-approved companies who will be able to transport you to/from MPC using the Approved Driver Scheme. Unfortunately, you will not be able to access MPC in order to use the social facilities if you do not have a ZUB pass holder to escort you.
Question 4. Will the new ZUB pass application cost anything?
Answer: The new Social ZUB Pass application process will not cost you anything. You can even apply using an electronic form or hard copy forms that you can collect and drop-off at the Stanley Police Station and, with prior notification, collect your Social ZUB Pass at the time you want to arrive at MPC to use the Air Terminal or social facilities. This will save you having to make 2 trips to MPC, unless a new photograph is required.
Question 5. How long will the new ZUB pass be valid for?
Answer: The new Social ZUB Pass will last for one year. However, the renewal process for the first and second year will be as simple as completing a renewal form, containing a declaration, and a new pass valid for one year will be produced. At the end of 3 years you will have to complete a new Social ZUB Pass Application Form and provide an update to all of your initial details.
Questions 6. Why is it necessary to make the change over to the new ZUB pass?
Answer: The MOD policy for entry into military establishments requires a minimum standard for unescorted access, which has not currently been adhered to at MPC. The new process will enable Social ZUB Pass holders to access RAF Brize Norton as unescorted visitors and enable you to avoid the waiting and transport process for escorted visitors. It will also enable you to escort up to 7 other people in the same vehicle as you onto MPC and any children that you may have who are under 16 years old, in order to use the Air Terminal or social facilities.
Question 7. Will the new ZUB pass be accepted at RAF Brize Norton?
Answer: Yes. The new Social ZUB Pass will enable you to access RAF Brize Norton as unescorted visitors in order to use the Air Terminal.
Question 8. Why is a ZUB pass required for travel to South America and not RAF Brize Norton?
Answer: A Social ZUB Pass will allow you to be able to access MPC in order to use the Air Terminal for any flight. If you do not have a ZUB Pass and want to access MPC for the Air Terminal then you will have to be escorted by a family member or friend who has a ZUB Pass and can apply on your behalf to use the Pre-Vetted Family/Friend process or book approved transport from one of the companies or individuals who will be able to transport you to/from MPC using the Approved Driver Scheme. A ZUB Pass will enable you to have unescorted access as a visitor at RAF Brize Norton, whereas you will have to be escorted from the Air Terminal to the Main Gate by approved transport if you do not have a ZUB Pass.
Question 9. How do I get to my flight if I want to travel independently from Camp and have no one with a ZUB pass to drive me?
Answer: You will have to contact one of the approved transport companies or individuals who operate the Approved Driver Scheme and arrange to be collected from the Bus Stop on the Stanley/Darwin Road outside of MPC.
Question 10. Is there a minimum age for applying for a ZUB pass?
Answer: Anyone who is 16 years of age or older is required to have a ZUB Pass if they wish to have unescorted access in order to use the Air Terminal and social facilities at MPC.
Question 11. What is the difference between an Approved Driver and a Social ZUB pass holder?
Answer: An Approved Driver is an individual who has been sponsored and completed an application process through the Director of Emergency Service and Island Security (DESIS) to be able to drive an approved vehicle onto MPC in order to access the Air Terminal security enclave with non-ZUB pass passengers. The driver will need a valid ZUB Contractor Pass to be able to undertake this role.
Question 12. I occasionally drive tourists/ visitors to and from the airport. Do I have to get an Approved Driver permit? What are my other options?
Answer: If you are operating as a tour guide, taxi driver or in hospitality and tourism and require access to the Air Terminal security enclave to collect/drop-off passengers, then you will need to apply for the Approved Driver Scheme through the DESIS.
Question 13. How do I get a ZUB pass if I am not currently based in the Falkland Islands but am away for medical/education reasons?
Answer: You can apply for a Social ZUB Pass if you are out of the country by requesting from the MPC Passes and Permits Office either a hard copy application form to be sent to you or an electronic copy emailed to you. You can either email the application back when completed with scanned copies of your ID documents or photocopy the original ID documents and send them back in the post with a completed application form.
Question 14. How do I collect a new employee arriving in the Islands, do I need to be an Approved Driver?
Answer: If you are collecting a new employee(s) they will be subject to pre-vetting through the pre-vetting friends and family scheme and you do not need to be an Approved Driver.
Question 15. What type of pass do I need to collect professional colleagues from the air terminal?
Answer: All visitors entering or exiting MPA will be subject to pre-vetting, prior to their arrival. You will not be required to be an Approved Driver. However, you may still apply for this pass.
Question 16. Why am I now required to make a Criminal Record Declaration?
Answer: This is a requirement in order for you to gain access to the air terminal at RAF Brize Norton as an unescorted visitor.