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British Antarctic Territory

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Still current at: 06 May 2011
Updated: 15 March 2011

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Travel Summary (removal of reference to Japan earthquake/tsunami). The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in British Antarctic Territory.


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Travel advice for this country

Travel Summary

  • The British Antarctic Territory is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation in the British Antarctic Territory and it is administered from London. See  Contact Details
  • You may require a permit issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you are organising a trip to Antarctica, including the British Antarctic Territory. You are also encouraged to travel with a company affiliated to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). See Guidance for visitors to Antarctica .
  • The British Antarctic Territory is inaccessible during the winter (March-October) and during the rest of the year there will be times when, because of the prevailing weather conditions landings may be difficult. See Safety and Security - Local Travel  
  • There is a low threat from terrorism . But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
  • You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General - Insurance  

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