Travelling to the US

Returning home from the Arctic

Before you travel

Before boarding a flight to the United States, there may be some specific testing requirements. What these are will depend on which country you are departing from. Please review the Centers for Disease Control’s full guidelines on pre-travel PCR testing.

When you arrive

When you arrive in the US you should:

  1. Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel (find a testing location near you)
  2. Self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms
  3. If you do develop symptoms then isolate and get tested
  4. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel
  5. If you test positive isolate to protect others (learn what to do)

Please review the Centers for Disease Control’s full guidelines on returning home after international travel.

Self-testing kits

During the Antarctic season, some Swoop customers mentioned the possibility of using 'self-testing kits' for return to the USA. If you decide to take these tests, please check their validity with your airline before travel, and make sure you fully understand how they work. Do be aware that you might have to be connected to the internet for long stretches of time in order to process the results and it is likely that you will need to take the test during a scheduled video call with the test provider. This may be a challenge for those returning from remote locations.

As such, we recommend that you do not solely rely on these kits for your testing requirements and that you build in contingency to your itinerary for their use. Swoop cannot be held responsible for any third-party endorsement, nor the use or acceptance for travel of any self-testing kits. Always check with your airline and the CDC, before travel, for their latest recommendations for testing.

Returning home from the Arctic

Travelling to the UK

Entry requirements to the UK vary depending on if you are entering England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. See the specific British Government guidance for details. Travellers should always double-check their situation against the official government guidance and enquire with their airline and/or consular representation.


By means of an example, we have provided the current requirements for England below.

As of 11th February 2022, if you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England:

  • You will not need to take a Covid-19 test before you travel
  • You will not need to quarantine when you arrive
  • You will not need to take a Covid-19 test after your arrival
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Travelling to the EU

Entry requirements to the European Union vary between member nations. Please review the EU’s country-specific guidance.

Returning home from the Arctic

Travelling to all other countries

For all other countries, please check your government’s official guidance.

Returning home from the Arctic

PCR testing before you leave the Arctic

It is possible that your home country (or onward destination) may require you to test prior to travelling from the Arctic.

We are collating information regarding potential costs and where testing sites will be located. Once we have this information, we will share them in this guide.

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