Foreign travel advice

British Antarctic Territory


The British Antarctic Territory is a British Overseas Territory administered from London. There is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation in the British Antarctic Territory.

You may need a permit issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office if you’re organising a trip to Antarctica, including the British Antarctic Territory. See Permits.

Consider travelling with a company affiliated to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, whose members sign up to codes of practice on operational and environmental safety (eg kayaking, snorkelling and glacier walking).

Tour operators have their own guidelines for certain types of adventure activities. These can vary between operator and may be different to those applicable in the UK, or unique to Antarctica. If in any doubt about safety, you should check with your tour operator.

The British Antarctic Territory is inaccessible during the winter (March-October). During the rest of the year there will be times when landings may be difficult due to weather conditions. See Local Travel.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance, specifying Antarctica, before you travel.