Latest COVID-19 travel requirements

Latest COVID-19 travel requirements

Travel requirements and the collation of documents has always been the unpleasant bureaucratic side of taking a diving holiday. This has become even more true in the age of a global pandemic. Rules are complicated, ever-changing, and often counterintuitive. To try and help you navigate your requirements as you plan your trip, we have collated all the information in one place for all our destinations.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that we provide the following advice as advice and a starting point only. In the current climate, information and requirements are changing constantly, often with little or no notice at all to us. We try to keep on top of this and provide the most up to date information we can, though this will not always be possible.
All guests are responsible for ensuring that they meet the current advisories and entry/exit requirements for their chosen destination.  This is also the case for the return home to their country of origin following the cruise. 

The Bahamas

Operating from 13 March 2022. Open with restrictions. Last update: 2 April 2022

All travellers must apply for and purchase a Bahamas Travel Health Visa (between 40 and 70 USD including insurance) before departing for The Bahamas. Information on application can be found here.

Latest travel updates from the Bahamas Tourism Official Website: COVID-19 Travel Updates

Testing requirements: Vaccinated travellers
  • International travellers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than three (3) days prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result and it must be uploaded to your BTHV.
  • All fully vaccinated travellers wishing to travel inter-island within The Bahamas, including Bahamian citizens and residents, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than three (3) days prior to the date of travel from Eleuthera, or Inagua to any other island.
  • Those travelling from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), to other islands are not required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to the date of travel.
  • Vaccines accepted are Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Covaxin, AstraZeneca (Covishield & Vaxzevria), Sinopharm, and Sinovax.  A combination of vaccines is also accepted.

 
Testing requirements: Unvaccinated travellers
  • Travellers entering The Bahamas, and those travelling inter-island within The Bahamas from Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than three (3) days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
  • Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.
  • Any person presenting test results older than 3 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

IMPORTANT: All travellers must undergo a second Rapid Antigen Test on day 5 or on their return to port (whichever is sooner).

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country entry requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. Testing facilities are available but may vary depending on your itinerary.

Your Cruise Director will discuss testing requirements with you on board. Rest assured that we will ensure you get the testing you need to return home. Be aware that if you require a RT-PCR Test to return home, you may need to spend 24 hours in Freeport following disembarkation to allow enough time for test results to be received.

Galapagos

Operating now. Open with restrictions. Last update: 16 February 2022

All travellers entering Ecuador by air must present a Traveller`s Health Declaration, which can be completed here.

Latest travel updates from the Official Website of Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism: Travel Safe in Ecuador

Entry requirements: Ecuador
  • Any traveller over 3 years of age must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code OR COVID-19 vaccination card with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, OR a negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Ecuador. Passengers under 3 years of age will not present these requirements.
  • In addition, any person who enters mainland Ecuador by international air must present the Digital Traveller’s Health Declaration when boarding the plane, which is available here. If the platform is not available, you must present a physical form. Travellers who fill out the digital form are no longer required to submit the form at the point of entry to the Ministry of Health.
 
Entry requirements: Galapagos 
  • All travellers entering Galapagos, over 3 years of age, must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code OR COVID-19 vaccination card with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, OR a negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to boarding to the Galapagos province. Passengers under 3 years of age will not present these requirements.
  • Additionally, any domestic or foreign tourists entering Galapagos must present, the transit control card, issued by the Governing Council of the Galapagos Special Regime.

IMPORTANT NOTE

  1. The only test authorized for entering Ecuador and Galapagos is a qualitative RT-PCR test.
  1. Any passenger who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and after one month remains positive in a RT-PCR test, must present a medical certificate issued in the country of origin which guarantee the passenger is no longer in a contagious phase.
For guests who are travelling within Ecuador prior to their domestic Galapagos flight, or whose PCR test will have expired before boarding their domestic flight, we are able to organise testing in both Quito and Guayaquil. Please contact your Master Liveaboards reservation consultant, or your dive travel agent, for assistance and pricing.

Be aware

  • there are extremely rigorous checks undertaken before flying from either Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal. An airline representative will meet guests outside the terminal building to check COVID Test Certificates. The certificate alone is not sufficient, they also need to see the email showing either the attachment, or a link to the lab results website. This information is then sent elsewhere, before permission to enter the airport is given. The process to enter the terminal can take around 30 minutes. Several more checks of your COVID Test Certificate are likely. All luggage is ozone treated at the entry points to the airport. Upon arrival in the Galapagos, luggage is further sprayed with a liquid disinfectant, and passengers required to stand in a disinfectant tray.

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country entry requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. We have secured testing facilities depending on your requirements
    • Antigen Test  (3 Hour result time) 80 USD per person
    • RT-PCR (14 to 24 Hours) 160 USD per person
Testing is carried out on arrival in either Quito or Guayaquil. Due to the waiting time on results, please discuss your requirements either with your agent or with your Master Liveaboards reservations consultant prior to confirming your return flight. 

Indonesia

Operating from 10 June 2022. Open with restrictions. Last update: 6 April 2022

At the present time, travellers can only enter Indonesia via Batam (BTH), Denpasar-Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Lombok (LOP) (only under the travel bubble scheme), Manado (MDC), Surabaya (SUB), or Tanjungpinang (TNJ). Entry requirements may vary by airport and are constantly developing. We advise all guests to contact their local embassy for the latest entry requirements to ensure they are up to date. 

Entry requirements

  • Travellers over the age of 18 must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure. The certificate must be in English and the local language of the country where passengers were vaccinated.
  • Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCS test taken, at most, 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test certificate must be in English.
  • Travellers must have proof of:

    • A confirmed booking of accommodation, and
    • an e-visit tourist visa with a visa number ending with LN. Visitors who can obtain a visa on arrival are exempt from this requirement (you can check if you are eligible on the IATA website), and
    • a medical insurance with minimal coverage of USD 25K for COVID treatment
  • Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCT test on arrival (at their own cost)
  • Travellers must complete an “electronic health awareness card” (e-HAC) and this needs to be presented upon arrival. The card can be obtain before departure through the “Pedulilindungi” mobile app

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country entry requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. We will secure testing options prior to restarting operations and will update here when available.
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Palau

Operating from 13 June 2022. Open with restrictions. Last update: 25 May 2022

Latest travel updates are available at the Palau National Government website or by contacting the Ministry of Health on mohrop@palauhealth.org

Entry requirements

  • Travellers must submit proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination with final dose administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to departure to the Republic. Vaccine received must be authorized for emergency use or approved by either the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), or the Medigen vaccine authorized by the Republic of China – Taiwan’s health authorities.
  • All Travellers must also provide proof of either:

    • A negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test (any type of PCR test, including NAAT, RTPCR, qPCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, molecular test, isothermal amplification, ddPCR, or CRISPR), and such test must be taken within three (3) days prior to departure from the point of origin to the Republic; or

    • A negative result of a COVID-19 antigen test (WHO or US FDA authorized or approved test), and such test must be taken within one (1) day prior to departure from the point of origin to the Republic; or

    • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 which includes proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official stating that traveller has recovered from COVID-19 and is cleared to travel.

Self-monitoring for four (4) days

  • Travellers shall monitor their health and wear masks as appropriate (indoors with 50 or more people). If travellers experience symptoms, they must isolate and get tested. MHHS (Ministry of Health & Human Services) will be notified in the event that a guest tests positive.
  • All guests must undergo morning and evening temperature checks onboard and results will be submitted to MHHS along with the results of the COVID test taken onboard on day 4.
  • All travellers shall be COVID tested on the fourth (4th) day following their arrival to the Republic (this can be done aboard Palau Siren). Tests can be purchased onboard (currently $25.50 USD per person) or can be the guests’ own. Tests must be WHO or FDA authorised/approved. As noted above, test results will be submitted to MHHS. Guests testing positive will be isolated and prohibited from interacting with others.

Exit requirements:

  • Travellers must be tested 24 hours prior to departure, or airline regulations, at a cost of $30.50 USD person. this includes a printout of the result. This canb e organised onboard.
  • We recommend that you check your home country entry requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. We will secure testing options prior to restarting operations and will update here when available.
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Philippines

Operating from 23 March 2022. Last update: 17 May 2022

The Philippines is open to vaccinated travellers from ‘non-visa required countries‘ as long as they can prove full vaccination. Latest updates can be found on the Philippines Department of Tourism website.

All travellers must register for a one health pass (OHP) at onehealthpass.com.ph 72 hours prior to departure. You will need to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Confirmed bookings from hotels or accommodation establishments that are accredited by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT)
  • Return flight tickets to your port of origin or next destination, which should be not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the Philippines
  • Negative result of RT-PCR Test taken within 48 hours prior to departure OR a negative laboratory based Antigen Test taken within 24 hours prior to departure. Only children who are three (3) years old and below are exempted from this requirement.
 
Once registered for an OHP, travellers must also complete an electronic health declaration form (eHDC – via the OHP portal) NO MORE THAN 24 hours prior to departure.
 
IMPORTANT – Travellers flying domestically within Philippines may also be required to register for the ‘S-PASS‘ travel coordination Permit depending on where they are travelling to or from. Please refer to the S-Pass website for further details: https://s-pass.ph/
Entry requirements

  • Vaccinated travellers must be citizens of one of the countries on the ‘non-visa required countries‘ list and have registered for a One Health Pass (see above) and:
    • submit proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination with final dose administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to departure to the Philippines. The vaccine received must be included in any of the following; Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or the emergency use listing of the World Health Organization (WHO).
    • present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure OR a negative laboratory based Antigen Test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in continuous travel to the Philippines (excluding lay-overs); provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.
    • obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputed insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.
Tubbataha /  Puerto Princesa
  • Vaccinated travellers must have registered for a One Health Pass (see above) and must provide:
    • valid ID.
    • proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination with final dose administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to departure to the Philippines. The vaccine received must be included in any of the following; Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or the emergency use listing of the World Health Organization (WHO).
    • Booking confirmation from DOT-accredited accommodation
  • Unvaccinated travellers must provide:
    • valid ID
    • negative RT-PCR Test Results (specimen taken 48 hours before check-in) from any DOH-accredited laboratories
    • Booking confirmation from DOT-accredited accommodation

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country entry requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. We will secure testing options prior to restarting operations and will update here when available.

Thailand

Operating now. Open with restrictions. Last update: 3 May 2022

Thailand has 3 options to enter Thailand, depending on your vaccination and/or test status. All travellers wishing to enter Thailand must register via the Thailand Pass registration website.  

Travellers whose Thailand Pass has already been issued can enter Thailand with the issued QR Code and do not need to register for new Thailand Pass. However, travellers who have been approved to enter Thailand under the previous Alternative Quarantine (AQ) scheme but wish to enter Thailand under exemption from quarantine must re-apply on Thailand Pass.

Note: As there are variables in play and things can change fast with little warning in Thailand, please check the latest requirements on the Thailand Pass registration website . There is a very detailed and useful page on the Thai Department of Consular Affairs website. We suggest you read these prior to confirming your booking or applying for your Thailand Pass QR code.

Entry requirements: Option 1 – Vaccinated Travellers
  •  International travellers must register for the Thailand pass prior to travel. You will need to upload a copy of your passport, your certificate of vaccination, and proof of insurance for medical treatment in Thailand of at least 10,000 USD (for non-Thais only).
 
Entry requirements: Option 2 – Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Travellers (who can obtain a PCR test)
  •  International travellers must register for the Thailand pass prior to travel. You will need to upload a copy of your passport, COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at least 72 hours before departure (MUST attach on Thailand Pass), and proof of insurance for medical treatment in Thailand of at least 10,000 USD (for non-Thais only).
 
Entry requirements: Option 3 – Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Travellers (who can NOT obtain a PCR test prior to travel)
  • International travellers must register for the Thailand pass prior to travel. You will need to upload a copy of your passport, Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel confirmation for 5 days (including 1 RT-PCR test), and proof of insurance for medical treatment in Thailand of at least 10,000 USD (for non-Thais only). Note, travellers using this option must undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 4 – 5 in Thailand during the mandatory 5-day quarantine at AQ hotel.

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country entry requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. Testing facilities are available but may vary depending on your itinerary.
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Your Cruise Director will discuss testing requirements with you on board. Rest assured that we will ensure you get the testing you need to return home. Be aware that if you require a RT-PCR Test to return home, you may need to spend 24 hours in Phuket following disembarkation to allow enough time for test results to be received.

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