Advance Notice Permits

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When can I apply for an Advance Notice Permit?
You may apply for an Advance Notice Permit at 7 a.m. up to 60 days before the date you would like to enter the Park. Applications received before 7 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time will be marked as "early" and will not receive priority.

How do I apply?
Please complete a permit application and send it to the Visitor Information Station. Permits are accepted by Email, USPS Mail, Fax, Phone, and In-person.

What are the 3 date options?
Please keep in mind that you cannot apply for a permit more than 60 days in advance, none of your 3 date options should be further out than 60 days. If your first date requests are full the 2nd and 3rd requests will be considered.

After I send in my application what should I expect?
If you sent in your application at 0800, 60 days from the date you want to enter, you will receive a reply once staff has processed your application, usually before noon. All applications are stacked in the order of priority by time and as they are confirmed or denied you will be notified. We reply to all applications we recieve, if you do not hear from us please give us a call at 907-697-2627.

I was issued a permit, what do I do next?
If you are issued a permit to enter Glacier Bay, please read over your confirmation letter carefully. It has some very important information as you plan your trip here.

You will need to recontact the Visitor Information Station within 48 hours to confirm that you will be using your permit. If you will be traveling and are unable to contact us within 48 hours, please contact us before leaving your last port of call. If you have not confirmed your permit and don’t arrive by 10 a.m. on the first day of your permit; your permit will be canceled. Please remember to call KWM20 Bartlett Cove when you enter the Bay.

What if my application is denied?
First of all and most important, don’t give up hope… you can apply for other dates, try to be flexible as you can. If you are still having trouble getting an Advance Notice Permit you may apply for a Short Notice Permit. The peak of the permit season typically occurs between June 20th and July 20th. During this period permits may be difficult to get.

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Last updated: February 2, 2023

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Gustavus, AK 99826


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