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 now. Open with restrictions. Last update: 8 July 2022

Travellers no longer need to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa before departing for The Bahamas.

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

Vaccinated travellers
  • All travellers are required to provide proof of vaccination at check-in from their departure point.
 
Unvaccinated travellers
  • All unvaccinated travellers ages 2 and older will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test – either a negative RT-PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test, taken no more than 72 hours prior arrival into The Bahamas.
    OR
  • All unvaccinated travellers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 10 days and at most 90 days before departure from the first embarkation point must provide the positive COVID-19 Test Result AND a letter issued by a health authority stating that they have been cleared for travel.

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country and airline requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries or airlines 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 202

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 now. Open with restrictions. Last update: 11 August 2022

At the present time we advise travellers enter Indonesia via Batam (BTH), Denpasar-Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Lombok (LOP), 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: Vaccinated Travellers
  • Travellers over the age of 18 must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated and received the last dose 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 complete their profile within the “Pedulilindungi” mobile app.
  • Upon arrival, passengers must undergo a temperature check
  •  If showing COVID-19 symptoms and / or a temperature above 37.5°C, a RT-PCR test must be taken, at the traveller’s own cost.
  • If you test positive, you may be taken to a hospital for treatment or an isolation centre at your own expense.
Entry requirements: Unvaccinated Travellers or Partially Vaccinated Travellers
  • Travellers who do not have a complete Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure are required to quarantine for 5 x 24 hrs (5 full days), at their own expense, in hotels or accommodations that have been certified CHSE and recommended by the government, as well as retest on the 4th day of quarantine. 
  • Upon arrival, the passenger must go through an Isotermal Molecular test (NAAT/similiar) at the arrival airport
  • Travellers could also be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival (at their own cost)
  • Travellers must complete their profile within the “Pedulilindungi” mobile app.

If you’ve had COVID-19

If you have had COVID-19 and recovered within 30 days prior to departure, you are exempt from the requirement to show proof of vaccination and negative RT-PCR prior to departure. However, you will be required to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival and show the recovery certificate from a hospital in your country of origin.

Domestic flight requirements

Effective from 15th Aug 2022

  • Vaccinated travellers who have received 1 or 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are required to show a vaccination certificate AND provide a negative RT-PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before their domestic flight.
  • Travellers who have a vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated with a 3rd dose do not need to have antigen/PCR test to travel domestically.
  • Those who are unvaccinated for medical reasons need to provide a negative RT-PCR test result taken no more the 72 hours before their flight departure AND a doctor’s statement from a Government Hospital stating that the person concerned has not/or is unable to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination.

Exit requirements:

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

Palau

Operating now. Open with restrictions. Last update: 8 July 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.

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.
  • Travellers are encouraged to self test 3-5 days after arrival. Test kits will be available for purchase for this purpose.

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

Philippines

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

The Philippines is open to vaccinated travellers 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
 
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 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).
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 and airline requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries or airlines require a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to return home. Testing facilities are available but may vary depending on your itinerary.

Solomon Islands

Operating 1 September 2022. Open with restrictions. Last update: 14 July 2022

As of 1 July 2022, Solomon Islands is open to vaccinated travellers without mandatory quarantine.

Entry requirements: Vaccinated Travellers

All travellers over the age of 18 must…

  • show a valid vaccination certificate showing full vaccination against COVID-19 for at least 4 week prior to travel
  • show a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Solomons
    •  Both the above must be emailed to NHEOC_REPAT@moh.sb
  • complete all pre-departure questionnaires as required
 
It is recommended, but not mandatory, that all travellers take an RT-PCR test on their third day in the country. It is also recommended that travellers not visit other provinces during these first three days.

Exit requirements:

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

Thailand

Operating now. Open with restrictions. Last update: 7 July 2022

As of 1 July 2022, Thailand no longer requires tourists to register for the Thai 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: All Travellers

All travellers must present one of the following on entering Thailand…

  • a valid vaccination certificate
    OR
  • an RT-PCR or professional ATK negative test result issued within 72 hours of departure

Exit requirements:

  • We recommend that you check your home country and airline requirements before going on holiday.
  • Some countries or airlines 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 Phuket following disembarkation to allow enough time for test results to be received.

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