Covid Policy FAQs
If you are unable to join your voyage due to government restrictions, virus-related medical reasons, or restrictions placed upon us by ship owners, we will re-accommodate you on a future Antarctic voyage within the next twenty-four months.
If we are forced to postpone any voyage for similar COVID-related reasons, we will issue a full credit at 120% of the value of funds received for any voyage to be booked within 24 months. Any credit issued is fully transferable.
If you are on a charter voyage or special interest voyage charter, please refer to your individual terms and conditions sent out during the booking process via your booking agent.
Yes. We will require all passengers to be tested 3 to 7 days prior to joining the group on Day 1 of the itinerary, and submit negative test results no later than 2 days prior to joining the group. In addition, we expect to test all passengers prior to embarkation, and then once more on board several days after embarkation. We may also conduct random testing during the course of your voyage.
Be aware that there may be additional testing requirements imposed by your local government, airline, or regulatory agency prior to leaving your home country, or by Argentina upon your arrival. Please be sure to fully understand and comply with all testing mandates.
We understand that there may be people for whom a COVID-19 vaccine is not medically approved. Currently this includes children under the age of 16. Vaccine technology and eligibility is constantly evolving, and we encourage you to monitor the situation in your country. If you or your children are still unable to access an approved vaccine prior to final payment, please contact us to discuss your options.
Yes. All passengers, staff, and crew will be required to receive the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by your national health authority. Your final dose must be at least two weeks prior to departure. This includes children under the age of 16.
- Book Refundable Air Tickets
We continue to monitor evolving international travel regulations. We will update you as soon as we have more definite information. In the interim, we recommend that you wait until closer to departure to book your flights and any land arrangements. If you do choose to book earlier, we recommend making sure all arrangements are fully refundable.
- Get Vaccinated!
Before you arrive in Argentina, we will require proof of vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by your national health authority. We understand that you may have questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines. For the most up-to-date factual information, we recommend consulting your medical provider. Additionally, both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have extensive vaccine facts and resources.To minimize confusion in consideration of COVID issues, we also recommend that you receive an influenza vaccination (flu vaccine) before you leave.
- Stay Informed
Keep your eye on any government or airline recommendations or mandates that may impact your trip. We will do our best to inform booked guests of any Argentine or major airline mandates that will be in place at time of travel, but monitoring the status of travel in your own country is always recommended.
- Get Tested!
You will need to take a PCR test 3 to 7 days prior to joining the group on Day 1 of the itinerary, and submit your negative test result no later than 2 days prior to joining the group.
Currently masks are required in all shops, restaurants, and other public spaces in Ushuaia. We do not know what the situation will be at time of travel, but we will continue to provide updates as they come.
Yes, we expect to still be able to transfer you from the airport to the hotel, on bigger vehicles with reduced capacity. Passengers may be required to wear masks in the van.
We anticipate that our vaccine requirement, in addition to our pre-screening and testing procedure will eliminate your need to quarantine in Argentina. However, we are closely monitoring government guidelines and will follow any mandates imposed by the Argentine government.
On Board the Ships
While we are confident our SHIELD program is sufficient to keep any virus off the ship, we are also committed to being prepared in the very unlikely event that it does. Our ships will have dedicated isolation cabins and our medical clinic will be stocked with readily available PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), all currently available testing and treatment materials, and adequate oxygen supplies.
COVID-19-positive individuals and anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested and treated as necessary by our Emergency-certified medical staff, and remaining guests will be kept separated until full-ship rapid testing can be done. In every situation we are committed to the health and safety of everyone on board and will follow the recommendations of our medical personnel.
Yes. We expect to be able to allow use of the fitness center, sauna, and pool with strict protocols in place, including advanced reservations, and limited to one family/travel group at a time.
Dining procedures will look a little different this season. All dining will be table service and servers may wear masks. With multiple dining locations on both ships, including outdoor dining when weather permits, there will be plenty of space for appropriately distanced tables.
All cabins and common areas are thoroughly cleaned daily. Tables and chairs are wiped down in between each seating in the presentation lounge and dining room. Handrails in hallways are also wiped down frequently. In addition, there are ample hand-sanitizing stations throughout all decks of the ships, and all guests are required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the dining room.
Yes. 100% of staff and crew on board are required to be fully vaccinated.
For now, the current science says yes. However, this may change over the months prior to scheduled departure, and we are constantly monitoring guidelines. All decisions will be made with the recommendation of our Medical Director.
Yes. Our ships will be fully stocked with Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, in the event that they are needed by any passengers, crew, or staff. For your own comfort, we encourage you to bring an ample supply of the masks that work best for you.
We are looking at all available science with regards to Zodiac policies and will update when we have sufficient information, and following the recommendations of our Medical Director.
Be aware that any research bases we may be allowed to enter will likely require masks to be worn while inside. If you’re already wearing a neck gaiter or other type of scarf to stave off the chill, then you’re all set!
Masks may be required for the first few days on board until all passengers have received a third negative COVID-19 test administered by our staff. Passengers will not be required to wear a mask while dining or on the outdoor decks. This may change as guidelines and regulations dictate.
Yes, we anticipate being able to accommodate single shares. Our vaccine requirement, in addition to our pre-screening and testing procedures prior to boarding the ship will greatly limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission between shares.
Seaventure has an upgraded ventilation system that brings fresh, pre-heated air from the outdoors into all cabins and public spaces. It is designed so that each cabin has its own individual air flow and there is NO air circulated between cabins. All filters within the system will be changed every 10-14 days with HEPA level filtration.
We expect to be operating at some level of reduced capacity to allow for more spacing throughout the ships, although we do not yet know what that level will be. We are closely monitoring the appropriate regulatory agencies for their guidelines.