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Visas - Antarctica

No documentation or visas are required to visit Antarctica, but if your cruise stops off at other countries en route, visas and documentation may be required for them.

Visas - Arctic Regions

Alaska (USA)  Many countries now operate under a visa waiver program (meaning a visa isn’t required) however you still need to obtain an authorisation which confirms that you have been approved to travel. This authorisation must be obtained in advance of travel. Many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can travel to the USA without a visa for a 90 day stay, if they meet certain requirements. Travellers from all Visa Waiver Program countries must present a machine-readable passport (which meets US requirements) at the port of entry to enter without a visa, otherwise a US visa is required. Also please note, all travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  
Australia: No – ESTA required / Belgium: No – ESTA required / Canada: No – not required / Germany: No – ESTA required / Ireland: No – ESTA required / Netherlands: No – ESTA required / New Zealand: No – ESTA required / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: No – ESTA required / UK: No – ESTA required
Canada –   Australia: Not required  / Belgium: Not required / Germany: Not required / Ireland: Not required / Netherlands: Not required / New Zealand: Not required / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Not required / United Kingdom: Not required
Finland –  EU citizens do not need a visa, they can stay an unlimited time as Finland is also part of the EU and EEA. You will not need a visa if you’re from any other country (e.g. Canada, USA, Australia) BUT you will be able to stay only a maximum of 90 days as a traveler without a visa for Finland.
Iceland – European Union citizen – No / USA- No / Canadian – No / Australian – No / Japanese – No
Greenland (Denmark)   European Union citizen – No / USA- No / Canadian – No / Australian – No / Japanese – No
Iceland –   Australia: No – Not required / Belgium: No – Not required / Canada: No – Not required  / Germany: No – Not required / Ireland: No – Not required / Netherlands: No – Not required / New Zealand: No – Not required / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: No – Not required / UK: No – Not required / USA: No – Not required
Norway  Norway takes part in the Schengen co-operation and hence nationals from countries within the Schengen area do not have to show their passport when entering Norway. Svalbard is not at part of the Schengen area. European Union citizen – No / USA- No / Canadian – No / Australian – No / Japanese – No
Russia –  Australia: Yes – in advance / Belgium: Yes – in advance / Canada: Yes – in advance / Germany: Yes – in advance / Ireland: Yes – in advance / Netherlands: Yes – in advance / New Zealand: Yes – in advance / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Yes – in advance / United Kingdom: Yes – in advance / USA: Yes – in advance
Sweden –   European Union citizen – No / USA- No / Canadian – No / Australian – No / Japanese – No

Health

Time at open sea varies depending on which voyage you choose, but most will include some sea crossings which can be rough. If you are concerned about seasickness we recommend a visit your doctor or pharmacist for the most effective medication. The majority of each voyage is spent in more sheltered water, exploring bays and shorelines, and so a couple of days of rough sea may be necessary to reach your destination.

All passengers must in good health since most voyages take place in remote areas – some without access to the medical facilities you may be used to. Most shore landings involve using Zodiac inflatable boats, climbing in and out of which requires a certain amount of agility. If you’re unsure about whether a trip is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.