Passports

Your passport should be valid for the duration of your trip and for 6 months following your entry, depending on your country of residency.

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Visas to enter Argentina and Chile

While no visa is required to actually visit Antarctica, almost all Antarctic trips depart from either Argentina or Chile for which you do need to check whether a visa is required.

Argentina

Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Argentina. Some of these citizens, however, may be required to pay a reciprocity fee. Please visit our reciprocity fees section for more information.

If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, you may need to apply for a visa. Please see the Argentinian embassy website for full details of visa-exempt countries

Chile

Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Chile. Some of these citizens, however, may be required to pay a reciprocity fee. Please visit our reciprocity fees section for more information. 

If you are not required to apply for a visa, you will instead be issued with a tourist card, or 'Tarjeta de Turismo' on arrival into Chile, which will last for 90 days. This is an A5 sized white piece of paper - you must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave. 

If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, you may need to apply for a visa.

Need support for your visa application?

Swoop is happy to provide any documentation you may require for your visa. We ask for £25 GBP per visa to cover the administration costs involved, please ask a member of the team for more details.

Visa Requirements for Argentina

The following nationalities do not need a visa for stays for less than 3 months:

  • US 
  • UK 
  • Australian 
  • Canadian 

All other nationalities need to check with their local embassy whether they need a visa.

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Visa Requirements for Chile

The following nationalities do not need a visa for stays for less than 3 months:

  • US 
  • UK 
  • Australian 
  • Canadian 

All other nationalities need to check with their local embassy whether they need a visa.

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Note for travelling families

In an effort to prevent international child abduction, Chile has put in place strict requirements for the entry/exit of minors under the age of 18. Even when the minor is travelling with both parents, the parents will be required to show evidence of their relationship to the child when departing the country. Please carry an original, certified or authenticated birth certificate.

Moreover, if the child is travelling only with one of the parents or with none of them, a legal authorization to take the child abroad will be required too. This permit, must be signed by the parent(s) that is not travelling. 

Important information for Japanese residents

Travellers from Japan (both Japanese citizens and foreign residents) are required to notify the Japanese Ministry of the Environment before your trip to Antarctica. Please see instructions on sending this notification here

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Reciprocity Fees

Certain nationalities, while they don’t need a visa, are required to pay a ‘Reciprocity Fee’. The amount payable depends on your nationality. The Chilean fee can be paid on arrival at the airport, whereas the Argentinian fee must be paid in advance.

  • What are the fees for US Citizens?

    Chile

    US citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    US citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for Canadian Citizens?

    Chile

    Since 2014 Canadian citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    Canadian citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for Australian Citizens?

    Chile

    $117 USD reciprocity fee is to be paid on arrival to Chile (at the airport) in either US dollars cash or by credit card. The payment is not required when entering the country by land or vehicle.

    Argentina

    Australian citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for UK Citizens?

    Chile

    UK citizens are not required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    UK citizens are not required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for Mexican Citizens?

    Chile

    $23 USD reciprocity fee is to be paid on arrival to Chile (at the airport) in either US dollars cash or by credit card. The payment is not required when entering the country by land or vehicle.

    Argentina

    No reciprocity fee required.

  • Are there fees for citizens of all other countries?

    Chile

    Please refer to your respective country’s consulate for requirements.

    Argentina

    Please refer to your respective country’s consulate for requirements.