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COVID-19 travel advice

We’ve gathered the most up to date information, along with links to government websites for official statements and travel advice. The situation is changing rapidly, so don’t forget to check back for updates – or simply get in touch and let us know your wishes and we can contact you when your dream trip becomes possible.

Domestic travel

Internal travel and scuba diving are now permitted in most countries, so if you are already located in destination and want to go on a dive trip, contact us to see what is possible!

Information updated 30 November 2021. 

Open with restrictions

🇧🇸 Bahamas

It is permitted to travel to the Bahamas, but only via a commercial airline or vessel.  All liveaboards are fully operational.

Entry requirements:  

  • Negative PCR test (vaccinated travellers are exempt, unless travelling under a letter of recovery) ✅
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅
  • Health insurance is mandatory ✅

Contact us to start planning your Caribbean getaway now!

🇨🇴 Colombia (Malpelo Island)

Colombia's borders are open to tourists by air except those arriving from India within the past 14 days, however, land borders remain closed.  All liveaboards are fully operational.

Entry requirements:  

  • PCR test not required ❌
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅

Contact us and you could be diving with the world-famous hammerheads soon!

🇨🇷 Costa Rica (Cocos Island)

Costa Rica's borders are open to tourists arriving by air or land and there are very few restrictions in the country for international visitors.  All liveaboards are fully operational.

Entry requirements:  

  • PCR test not required ❌
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅
  • Health insurance covering illness and accommodation (vaccinated travellers are exempt) ✅

Contact us and we’ll help make your Cocos Island dreams come true!

🇪🇨 Ecuador (Galapagos Islands)

Ecuador’s borders are open to tourists arriving by air, however, land borders with Peru and Colombia remain closed. Onward travel to the Galapagos Islands is permitted. Most liveaboards are fully operational.

Entry requirements:  

  • Negative PCR test within 72 hours ✅
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅

If you are travelling from India or Brazil you are required to quarantine on arrival.

Important note: unvaccinated travellers can enter Ecuador mainland, but you must be vaccinated to travel to the Galapagos Islands.

Contact us and we’ll have you diving with sea lions in no time!

🇪🇬 Egypt (Red Sea)

Egypt's borders are open to tourists, however, travel in Egypt is restricted to the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh, where tourists can travel freely. There are restrictions preventing travel from these areas to other parts of Egypt. Most liveaboards are fully operational and PCR tests can usually be organised onboard.

Entry requirements:  

  • Negative PCR test (unvaccinated travellers only) ✅
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅

Contact us and we’ll help with your travel wishes to the Red Sea.

🇲🇻 Maldives

Maldives borders have been open to tourists since July 2020 and we do not expect any further restrictions for travel in the Maldives.  All liveaboards and resorts are fully operational.

It is now possible to do a "split stay" trip in the Maldives; visiting more than one island/resort/liveaboard, although some circumstances require a PCR test in order to transit.

Entry requirements

  • Negative PCR test (all countries) ✅
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅

Contact us and let us know your preferred travel plans to the Maldives and we’ll be happy to make them happen!

🇵🇼 Palau

Palau's borders are currently in the process of reopening to international visitors.  United Airlines have begun operating flights between Palau, Guam, Hawaii and Los Angeles once per week.  It is expected that further flights will be operating by 2022.

Entry requirements

  • Negative PCR test (all countries) ✅
  • Unvaccinated travellers are not allowed to enter Palau ❌

All travellers must quarantine for 5 days on arrival and take a PCR test on Days 1 & 5.

Contact us and we'll be happy to help you understand the requirements and assist you with travel planning to Palau!

🇹🇭 Thailand

Fully vaccinated travellers who have been in selected countries for at least 21 days before travel are allowed to enter Thailand. Travellers must stay at an approved hotel for at least 7 days before they are permitted to enter other areas of Thailand.

Entry requirements

  • Proof of vaccination ✅
  • Negative PCR test ✅
  • Must stay 7 days at an approved Ministry of Tourism hotel ✅
  • Online Health Declaration (pre-departure) ✅
  • Medical Insurance ✅

Contact us and we'll do everything possible to help you understand the entry procedures and plan your trip to Thailand.

Closed for international arrivals until further notice


❌ Australia

From 20 March 2020, no travellers are permitted to enter Australia except for Australian citizens or permanent residents and immediate family, and the international borders remain closed until further notice. Domestic travel is also heavily restricted.  We expect this situation to stay the same for the foreseeable future.

❌ Indonesia

Indonesian borders are currently closed to international visitors. The government has not indicated a timeline for when international visitors will be able to enter the country. However domestic travel is possible and specifically Komodo, Raja Ampat and Bali are open to domestic visitors. 

You can view the latest government information here. Alternatively, contact us and let us know your preferred travel plans and we’ll get back to you as soon as they become possible.

❌ Malaysia 

A Recovery Movement Control Order is currently in place which has been extended tentatively until 30 June 2021. Entry to Malaysia is prohibited, except for Malaysian nationals and foreign nationals holding certain categories of residency visas and employment passes. Anyone granted permission to enter Malaysia must quarantine for 14 days in a designated Government facility and pay the costs.  

❌ Myanmar

All international flights are suspended until further notice. Authorities are planning to reopen for foreign business travellers and anyone arriving in Myanmar will be subject to a 28-day quarantine, 21 days in a government facility, and 7 days at home.

❌ New Zealand

All travellers, except for returning resident New Zealanders, will be denied entry. Exemptions to the entry ban are listed in full by New Zealand Immigration, and this includes their partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with them. All arrivals will be tested for COVID-19, and are subject to 14 days of government-supervised quarantine or self-isolation. Before entering the community, everyone must test negative for COVID-19.

❌ Philippines

Entry to the Philippines is currently prohibited except for Philippine nationals and foreign nationals holding valid residency permits. The Philippines authorities have announced that foreign nationals with long-term visas will be allowed to enter the Philippines from 1 August 2020 subject to certain conditions.

There are domestic travel opportunities, contact us for more information. 

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