Places in Antarctica

Antarctica Visa and Passport Requirements

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Since no country owns Antarctica, no visa is required. However, the countries that signed the Antarctic Treaty's Protocol on Environment Protection require that visitors from those countries (including the USA, Canada, EU and Australia) need permission. This is nearly always through tour operators.

Entry restrictions

Nationals from the UK, USA, Canada, EU and Australia wishing to visit Antarctica require special authorisation. In general, those travelling to Antarctica with a tour operator (which holds proper permits or authorisations from the operator's respective Antarctic Treaty Party) do not require anything other than a valid passport.

Embassies and tourist offices

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators in the USA
Telephone: (401) 272 2152. Website: http://www.iaato.org
British Antarctic Survey in the UK
Telephone: (01223) 221 400. Website: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk
Edited by Jane Duru
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