Antarctica Travel Tips, Visas & Health
Travel Tips for Globetrotters
At Goway we take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our “Globetrotters” while they're travelling with us. Our Travel Tips for Globetrotters, complied by the editors of Globetrotting Magazine, is a list of over 60 tips designed to further enhance your experience, and help ensure your own safety while abroad.
What to Pack
When travelling to Antarctica there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. It’s not a good idea to economize when it comes to clothing; being improperly dressed can impact your enjoyment of being at the bottom of the earth.
The best clothing is a layered system with an outer layer that is waterproof. The air between the layers provides additional insulation. We suggest you start with a base layer of thermal underwear and a pair of thermal socks rated for below freezing. Next, a pair of comfortable jeans, khakis or fleece pants, and a light shirt followed by a fleece. Over this, you will need waterproof pants and a jacket. For safety reasons, to participate in landings you must wear waterproof pants. Lightweight PVC fabrics and disposable rain gear will not endure more than one landing and will seriously impact your ability to enjoy the voyage. A roomy, water-resistant parka with a hood in a bright color is best; if it is not insulated, simply wear an extra layer underneath.
Because most landings involve stepping into the water, a pair of mid-calf waterproof boots are essential. We provide a pair of rubber boots for you to use during the voyage, so you don’t have to bring them. They are great for getting in and out of Zodiacs and are plenty warm with a good pair of thermal socks.
Again, we suggest dressing in layers for your comfort and safety. Your base layer of thermal underclothes with a pair of jeans or khakis, and a lightweight shirt and fleece are ideal. Sturdy walking shoes or sneakers with a good grip sole for the slippery deck are all you need. Don’t bother with your high heels, flip-flops, or wing tips!
Note: A detailed clothing checklist will be provided at the time of booking.
A passport is the only reliable and universally accepted identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to your country. You are strongly advised to always carry a valid passport when travelling to any foreign destination. Crossing international borders can be complicated and sometimes requires many different kinds of documents. Being prepared is the key to easing your way through this process, so make sure you know what documents you need, where to get them, and which ones will make your crossing quick and easy.
- Carry a passport for all trips outside your country.
- Be sure that your passport is still valid.
- Check that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your date of entry.
- Scan a copy of your passport and email it to yourself or carry it to a separate location
- Leave a copy with a trusted friend or relative who is not travelling with you.
- Keep your passport safe while travelling.
- Do not leave it unattended in your luggage, vehicle, hotel or elsewhere.
- Carry it in your money belt, inside your coat pocket or purse, or lock it in your hotel safe.
For more information about passports, applications or renewals please visit the links below. For all other nationalities please check your local government websites.
|Government of Canada||US State Department||Government of Australia|
|Government of New Zealand||Government of UK|
CIBT Visa Service
Need a visa? At Goway, we are making it easier for you to get the travel documents needed for your trip. Goway has partnered with CIBT Visa Service, and its subsidiary VisaCentral, the largest and most well-established travel visa company in the world to assist you in obtaining your required documents for international travel.
It’s the fast and easy way to obtain a travel visa and Goway travelers receive significant discounts on CIBT service fees.
Note: While technically no visa is required for Antarctica, access to Antarctica is via Chile or Argentina and as such these countries' visa requirements must be adhered to.
See below for more CIBT Visa information.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 900 million international journeys are undertaken every year. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Global travel on this scale exposes many people to a range of health risks. International travellers should always be extra concerned about their health and safety, as every region and country around the world has its own risks, customs and level of health care. However, whatever your age or destination, properly preparing before you leave, and staying in good health while travelling, can help you have a happy and enjoyable trip.
At Goway we do our best to provide our clients with the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. Some essential information on travel health risks and preventive measures is provided in the website links below. Finally, it is important that you get advice from your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic before travelling. Keep you and your loved ones healthy during your travels.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Travel Health Network and Centre
Public Health Agency of Canada
Government of Canada – Travel Health and Safety
Government of Australia – Smart Traveller
Country Travel Advice and Advisories
No matter where in the world you intend to travel it is always important to have the most up-to-date travel information. At Goway we do our best to provide our clients with the latest destination information when planning their trips. As well, most governments provide travel advice and advisory websites for their citizens. On the websites below you will find official information and advice from the Governments of Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom on situations that may affect your safety and well-being abroad, as well as other important travel issues such as security, local laws and culture, entry and exit requirements and health.
Government of Canada - Country Travel Advice and Advisories
US State Department - Bureau of Consular Affairs
Government of Australia – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Government of New Zealand - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Government of United Kingdom - Foreign Travel Advice
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Antarctica.
Learn about the history of Antarctica and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Antarctica's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Continent Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Antarctica for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Antarctica cruises today!
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