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Antarctica Travel Information

Time Zone: Whichever ship you are on usually sticks to Argentine time (GMT-3)

Currency: This varies from ship to ship but US$ is mostly used. Sometimes Euros are accepted.

Electricity: Dependent on ship and you will be provided this information before departure.

Entry Requirements: Cruises usually start in Argentina. Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter Argentina but must pay in advance of travel a fee of US$75 for a single entry into the country or US$150 for multiple entries over 5 years. US citizens do not require a visa but must pay in advance of travel an entry fee of US$160 which is valid for multiple entries over 10 years. If you reach Antarctica via Chile then Canadian citizens do not require a visa for Chile. US citizens do not require a visa for Chile but upon arrival must pay US$160 fee. Passports are required to have adequate unused pages, at least 2 pages are recommended. Passports are also required to have at least 90 days validity following the end date of your trip. It is recommended to have at least 6 months validity left on your passport at all times.

When to visit Antarctica: The season runs November-March. The beginning of the season tends to be when there is more ice around and it starts to break up. It is also courting season for many animals. Wildlife activity increases through the season as temperatures rise. Whale sightings are most frequent in February and penguin chicks start to fledge then too.

Weather: Antarctica is obviously a cold destination and weather can change very quickly. One minute it can be calm and sunny, the next it’s a full winter storm! You will be provided with details on what clothing to pack.

Main Attractions: Wildlife and landscape are the main draws to Antarctica and as it is such a special destination it leaves a lasting impression on all visitors. For wildlife enthusiasts the optimal time to visit is February and for photographers November or beginning of December is ideal to capture those magical photos of ice.