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: 29 November 2022

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

Vaccinated and Unvaccinated travellers
  • As of 20 September 2022, the COVID-19 testing requirement for entering The Bahamas has been eliminated. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country.

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 without restrictions. Last update: 29 November 2022

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

With effect from 20th October 2022, there are no longer any requirements to provide proof of vaccination, or negative Antigen or PCR test result for entry to Ecuador, or the Galapagos Islands. 
 
If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Ecuador, or the Galapagos Islands, the Ministry of Public Health recommends you isolate for five days and then wear a mask in public spaces while you continue to exhibit symptoms.

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

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: 2nd Dec 2022

The Philippines is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers as long as they can prove either full vaccination or a negative test. Latest updates can be found on the Philippines Department of Tourism website.

Effective from 5th December 2022 the One Health Pass scheme, and paper arrival guards are discounted and replaced by electronic arrival cards. All international travellers bound for the Philippines must provide arrival and health information through a new website etravel.gov.ph, prior to travelling.

Travellers are required to register individually for an eTravel arrival card 72 hours prior to arrival in the Philippines. Registration is Free of charge, and you will need to submit the following information:

  • Travel details
  • Personal details
  • Contact information
  • Vaccination details

After completing their eTravel registration, travellers are issued with a reference number and QR Code which they will be required to present upon arrival in the Philippines. Further information and registration details can be found on the eTravel website: etravel.gov.ph
 
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/c
Entry requirements

  • Vaccinated travellers must have registered for an eTravel arrival card (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).
  • Unvaccinated / partially vaccinated travellers must have registered for an eTravel arrival card (see above) and:
    • present a remotely supervised or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result. Failure to present the said pre-departure test shall be required to undergo a laboratory-based rapid antigen test taken upon arrival.


Full details of entry requirements can be found on the eTravel website: etravel.gov.ph/entry-guidelines

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 now. Open with restrictions. Last updated: 7 December 2022

Solomon Islands is now open to vaccinated travellers without mandatory quarantine, or testing.

Effective 28 November 2022, all travellers to Solomon Islands 12 years or older, regardless of nationality, must present an approved Solomon Travel Authorization (STA) to be allowed to travel to Solomon Islands. This is not compulsory for Solomon Islands Citizens but we encourage all to apply. An approved SI-TA is adequate proof that the traveler has satisfied all health and immigration requirements for travel to Solomon Islands, such as a valid COVID Vaccination certificate and a valid Visa if one is required. Travelers can apply up to 3 days before their departing flight via https://solomons.govtas.com or the mobile app “Solomon Travel Authorization” available on Apple and Google app stores.

UPDATE: From 2 December 2022 the above process is voluntary with the fees waived until further notice. This could change without warning and se we advise that all travellers continue to register for the STA.

Entry requirements: Vaccinated Travellers

  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate (this must show completion of a primary series, 2 doses of a 2-dose vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, taken at least one month prior to travel to Solomon Islands). Foreign nationals 12 years and older must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated
  • If children under 12 are not vaccinated, then a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival is required
  • Valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity
  • Selfie or passport-type photo
  • Contact information
  • Details of your arrival flight into the Solomon Islands
  • Details of your visit in the Solomon Islands
  • Details of accommodation for every night of your stay in the Solomon Islands (if you are staying with family or friends, you must provide a letter of invitation)
  • Details of your departure flight from the Solomon Islands

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.

Truk Lagoon

Operating now. Open with restrictions. Last updated: 10 October 2022Now

Effective from 10 October 2022, all of the Federated States of Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Phonpei and Kosrae) are fully open for interstate and international travel. 

Persons intending to travel to the FSM are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A person is considered “fully vaccinated” after they have received the second dose of an mRNA vaccine, such as the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Entry requirements: 

  • Travellers to the FSM are required to show documentary evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when checking in at the airport, and upon arrival in FSM.
  • Additionally, all travellers are required to complete a Health Declaration Form whilst on the aircraft.
  • Travellers showing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be required to provide a COVID-19 test result

Please check with your airline for advice on requirements that they, or countries that you will be transiting through may also have.

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 without restrictions. Last updated: 29 November 2022

As of 1 October 2022, there are no requirements to provide proof of vaccination, Covid-19 test results or ‘Thailand Pass’ registration for entry into Thailand.

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.

Thailand Entry requirements: All Travellers 

Thailand no longer has any entry requirements in relation to Covid-19 so all travellers may travel freely to and within the country.  However, it is strongly recommended to have travel and health insurance which includes Covid-19.

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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