Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Required by transit countries.
May be required by transit countries.
None for Antarctica. May be required by transit countries.
Passports and Visas: A U.S. passport is required for travel through the country or countries that you transit through en route to and from Antarctica. Please refer to the separate Country Specific Information pages for those countries.
Expeditions to Antarctica:
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of crime may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to your locaton. See the Embassies and Consulates Section above for contact information.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
For further information:
Antarctica has no public hospitals, pharmacies, or doctor’s offices. Although cruise ships have the capacity to deal with minor ailments, medical emergencies often require evacuation to a country with modern medical facilities.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties: Some Treaty Parties, including those that claim territory in Antarctica, may seek to apply their laws to persons in Antarctica.
The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antartic Treaty designates Antarctica as a natural reserve.
There is no direct air service from the United States to Antarctica. Flights to and over Antarctica are operated from a number of countries to include Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Argentina, and others. If you are traveling to Antarctica, please check our Country-Specific Information page for the country from which you are departing to get more on aviation safety standards in that country. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.