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Located at Southern-most edge of the world, Antarctica is filled with towering glaciers and arctic wildlife. Known as the coldest continent on Earth, Antarctica is not for the faint-hearted. It’s frigid climate and icy terrain are a challenge for even the most experienced of travelers.
Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventurer looking for an escape, this arctic wonderland is perfect for all travelers!
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Antarctica. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Antarctica: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
Traveling to Antarctica does increase the risk of influenza, measles and mumps. Other vaccines should be considered based on what countries you are traveling to on your way to Antarctica.
Severe low temperatures and high winds are the primary health hazards of visiting Antarctica. Be sure to pack all the essential items necessary to maintain your health while traveling to this continent.
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To enter into Antarctica, a valid passport is required. It is also required for travel through the country or countries that you transit through en route to and from Antarctica.
The U.S. Department of State urges travelers participating in an expedition to or throughout Antarctica to follow the guidelines set forth by the Arctic Treaty.
Make sure you book passage on an Arctic Treaty-approved vessel. If you are organizing a private expedition, you are required to notify the Department of State at least three months before traveling to Antarctica.
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Antarctica’s climate is anything but typical. Travel to this region requires extensive research and preparation due to the year-round cold and dry climate.
The average high temperature is around -50 degrees. Lows can dip into the -60’s.
December brings the warmest temperatures of the year. Highs are in the -20’s. July is on record as the coldest month of the year, with average highs near negative 80.
Catabian winds can cause violent snowstorms that can last for extensive periods of time. Antarctica also experiences polar-summer and polar winter which feature periods of continual daylight and darkness.
The biggest safety concern for travelers to Antarctica, is the weather. Harsh climate conditions pose a threat to traveler’s health if they are not prepared.
Due to the small population and lack of consistent residents, Antarctica does not have an established government. There is virtually no crime. The continent generally hosts adventurous tourists and researchers. The continent is governed by the Antarctic Treaty.
Traveling to Antarctica is an adventure in itself. The unique continent boasts some of the most beautiful and diverse views in the world. Travelers from every edge of the globe have visited the arctic tundra to experience the adventure of a lifetime.
The world-famous Polar Plunge is one of the most iconic experiences offered in Antarctica. Brave travelers can hop aboard a scenic boat ride to Deception Island, located south of Argentina. From there, visitors will have the chance to explore the island for up to an hour. Once the hour is up, visitors wishing to to take a dip in the cold, arctic waters, will face their moment of truth. The quick swim is at the end of each trip, so that adventurists can quickly board their vessels and warm up!
There is no standing U.S. Embassy on the continent. Consular services would need to be conducted at one of the nearby countries with consular facilities.
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