There are a number of procedures that must be completed prior to your departure for Antarctica. These include environmental, legal and permiting requirements.
We have also provided some handy hints and background information to ease your preparation for your visit. These hints range from how to call home, what to wear inside the base, what to take in your hand carry bag, what specialist clothing we will provide, and what to do if you have additional cargo including large items or equipment that you need on the Ice.
Please ensure that you have read and understood each section in Travel to Antarctica and have completed all required forms by the due dates. If after reading each section thoroughly you have some questions please contact us.
Antarctica is the world’s last great wilderness and provides a pristine area for research into the Antarctic and the global environment. Visitors to Antarctica need to comply with international agreements as well as domestic legislation to help protect the Antarctic environment. Events supported by Antarctica New Zealand need to be aware of these legal requirements, and the procedures that Antarctica New Zealand has put in place help to implement them.
The Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994 (the Act) requires anyone proposing to carry out any activity in Antarctica to prepare an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and apply for appropriate permits to cover their proposed activities. Scientific activities are usually (but not always) completed at the level of a Preliminary Environmental Evaluation (PEE).
The Preliminary Environmental Evaluation (PEE) must be submitted for the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ consideration. If the Minister determines that your proposed activity is likely to have less than a minor or transitory impact on the Antarctic environment, the Minister will notify you that the activity may be carried out. To make this determination the Minister relies on advice from Antarctica New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
When the Minister has made the determination you will be sent a Notification/Permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Principal Investigators are responsible for obtaining all supplementary materials that the event is required to possess and abide by as indicated by the Notification/Permit. Such materials include Management Plans for Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs)/Antarctic Specially Managed Areas (ASMA), the Antarctica New Zealand Biosecurity Policy, the Antarctica New Zealand Access to Arrival Heights Procedure, and the Antarctica New Zealand Code of Conduct. This material is available for download below.
First Aid requirements
Medical Resources in Antarctica
Guidelines for doctors
Antarctica New Zealand Biosecurity Policy (pdf, 325kb)
ASMA Manual (pdf, 5MB)
Environmental Code of Conduct (pdf, 507kb)
NZ Legislation information (pdf, 145kb)
Medical Guidelines (pdf, 16kb)
Medical assessments policy for Antarctic personnel (pdf, 142kb)
Tips for Travellers to Scott Base (pdf, 179kb)