Travel and Medical Information

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Travel Documents

All participants must have a current passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the expedition.

Participants must also ensure they have the necessary visas to participate on the expedition. Visas and travel documents are the responsibility of the participant. For the Arctic expeditions, if you are not Canadian, you may need a visa to visit Canada and/or Greenland and/or another international destination. Please refer to the specific itinerary for the expedition for more information. For the Antarctic expeditions, we fly through the United States and several countries in South America, which may require visas as well. We encourage participants to confirm with the appropriate Embassy or consular missions and ensure that you are familiar with your own entry and exit requirements. If you are unsure, you can get in touch with us and we will provide some guidance.


Personal travel medical insurance (including Emergency Medical Evacuation) is mandatory for all participants. The minimum coverage required is $100,000 CAD for medical emergencies and $50,000 CAD for medical evacuation, which must include “air ambulance”. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that these minimums are met. Basic travel insurance (including coverage for cancellation and lost luggage, etc.) is optional.

Travel insurance can be purchased by any provider as long as it meets our minimum requirements. We recommend Ingle Insurance who have packages built for Students on Ice participants.


Participants must be capable of moderate physical activity, such as hiking. During days at sea, the possibility of rough sea conditions may lead to seasickness. Although we conduct our expeditions during the summer season, daily temperatures may be below freezing, and participants will be expected to participate in all daily excursions. These excursions, such as Zodiac boat cruises and shore landings, generally range from two to three hours in length. An expedition physician is part of every SOI expedition staff team. General medical forms will be provided as part of the formal registration process once applicants are accepted.

Liability Release

A standard liability release form will be provided as part of the formal registration process once applicants are accepted. We will also provide medical and media release forms. These forms must be signed by both the student participant and a parent/guardian (in the event a student is under 18 years of age).

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