Please fill in the form carefully. This will make both our and your work easier and also speed up the procedure.
Submit application documentation in due time, i.e. depending on scope of activity, at least three to six months prior to the start of your journey to the Antarctic!
The following four examples will help you to select the appropriate questionnaire:
1. You want to do research south of 60° south latitude:
Please complete the "research" questionnaire. If your research involves the use of acoustic measurement equipment, please also complete the associated annex to the application.
If you aim to introduce soil or plants and animals not native to the Antarctic, please complete the annex "Application for a special permit according to Article 18 paragraph 2 AIEP." If you plan to enter an Antarctic Specially Protected Area, please complete the "Application for a special permit according to Article 29 paragraph 2 AIEP for entering, moving within or flying over Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs)". If it is possible that you kill, injure, capture, handle or molest native animals within the scope of your scientific activities, or if you intend to do so, please complete the questionnaire "Application for a permit for exemptions from the prohibitions according to § 17 para. 2 AIEP". This application has also be completed if native plants or invertebrates are to be removed or damaged in such quantities that their local distribution or abundance could be significantly affected. If there is a possibility that your research activity could have a harmful interferences on the Antarctic native flora and fauna within the meaning of Article 17 (1) no. 2 AIEP, an application for an exemption has to be submitted.
Please also see the leaflet about flying over animal colonies: “Operation of aircraft in the vicinity of animal concentrations”.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles or systems during expeditions of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and at AWI infrastructures requires consent by the AWI. Please submit the application for permit to UBA and also the enquiry to the AWI. Further information can be found here. You can attach the enquiry submitted to the AWI as well as the consent to the application for approval to UBA.
2. You are carrying out a touristic cruise in the region south of 60° south latitude:
Please fill in the questionnaire "Cruise", which consists of four parts. Prior to the journey, please complete (1) Part 1, Particulars of planned cruise, (2) Part 2, Basic ship data, and (3) Part 3, Proof of experience or crew in charge. Part 4, Post-visit report, must be completed after conclusion of the journey. Please also note the Instruction Sheet “Requirements for an Initial Environmental Study (IES) regarding touristic cruises in the Antarctic”.
3. You would like to enter the area south of 60° south latitude in a sailboat/yacht:
Please fill in the questionnaire "Yacht cruises", which consists of three parts. Prior to the journey, please complete (1) Part 1, Particulars of planned cruise, (2) Part 2, Proof of experience of crew in charge. Part 3, Post-visit report, must be completed after conclusion of the journey.
4. You want to travel to the Antarctic to compile media (photos, film material, interviews, etc.) which will not be used exclusively for private purposes:
Please fill in the questionnaire for self-organised tourism.
The list below features all of the questionnaires necessary, according to type of planned activity.
Forschungstätigkeit Forschung unter Anwendung akustischer Messverfahren Verbringung von Erde oder in der Antarktis nicht heimischer Tiere oder Pflanzen Betreten, Befahren oder Überfliegen geschützter Gebiete Antrag auf Ausnahmegenehmigung nach § 17 Abs. 2 AUG
Individual travel / media
Use of aircraft
Cargo ships & Icebreaker