(Closed) Antarctica HELP!!!

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Would they actually let you bring this out through New Zealand?  Their rules about what goes in and out (agriculturally, etc) are pretty strict.  There are tons of people in the Denver area who work antarctic support services services, so maybe you could post the Denver Craig’s list or something, but I do wonder if you would be allowed to transport something that could contain micro-organisms.  Here is the link that describes the many, many things you may not bring into or take out of New Zealand:

http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/personal-travel-belongings-and-mail/bringing-things-into-nz/other-things

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Actually here are the restrictions specifically on water:

6.1 The following water is permitted without restriction:

  • Commercially bottled water for human consumption.
  • Containers of water for religious or health purposes may be imported provided that the water is inspected and found to be clear and free from visible contamination.
  • Water in flasks filled from town water supplies, accompanying passengers into the country, provided that the water is inspected and found to be clear and free from visible contamination.
  • Drinking water remaining on ships and aircraft.
  • Distilled water.

So even your little vial would potentially have to be inspected, and the inspectors would have to accept that it was "for religeous… purposes."  Which they might buy, but might not.  Sounds like someone would essentially have to smuggle this little bottle of water out for you.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Because they are an island, they are really strict – and even more than Hawaii or England, from what I’ve heard.  I had a friend who worked at the South Pole, and she talks about having to walk through pans of disinfectant in the airport in New Zealand to sanitize your shoes before you’re allowed in the country, because they could have dirt in the treads that contains foreign microbes.  Also they took away almost all the food she had in her backpack, and this was packaged stuff, like beef jerky and dried fruit.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

When I left NZ they did a VERY thurough job of inspecting my stuff, and they took some really tiny shells I had hidden and sprayed down my boots in a chemical that made my skin burn for a few months after….

But I have found that if you are up front and explain, they are very amicable. I would be very direct and tell them it is holy water.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The website goes on to say: 

People failing to declare quarantine risk goods can be fined up to $100,000 and/or face up to five years in prison. People failing to declare risk goods can receive an instant fine of $200.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Doesn’t Antarctica have a coast along the Atlantic Ocean?  How about some Atlantic Ocean water….much easier to get to and totally legal.  🙂 

I realize it’s not what you were going for, but then again the water does tend to move about in the ocean.  So, just a thought.  Hope your wedding is great….pilots are always cute.  🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Actually true – good thinking maryalison!  There are those big currents that sweep the water around in huge cycles from north to south.  I’m sure there’s a technical name for that, but I’m not an oceanographer.

Mdarrah, I’m sure this is no help, but I can send you some water from either the Columbia River or Puget Sound.  Not so special probably, but it’s the water I have available, if either would help.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

Here’s some iceberg water as a backup choice. That site also has other waters from places closer to Antarctica.

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