International Association of Antarctica Operators (IAATO)

IAATO is a member organisation, founded in 1991, to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. IAATO currently has 116 members, and they work together to develop, adopt and implement operational standards that mitigate potential environmental impacts.


Numerous guidelines have been adopted over the last 20 years that have proven to be successful methods in avoiding such impacts. These include but are not limited to: site specific guidelines, site selection criteria, passenger to staff ratios, limiting numbers of passengers ashore, boot washing guidelines and the prevention of the transmission of alien organisms, wilderness etiquette, garbage policy, ship scheduling and vessel communication procedures, emergency medical evacuation procedures, emergency contingency plans, reporting procedures, marine wildlife watching guidelines, station visitation policies and more.

For more information

The IAATO website includes information on the Antarctic Treaty and current guidelines for visiting Antarctica and its sites, as well as the latest statistics and news on current tourism to the Antarctic.

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