Destination Updates

Last Updated:                      25-Feb-2021           17:00  EST  
 

USA's Executive Order on International Travel
(21-Jan-2021 6:00 pm)  Aggressor Adventures is aware of the Executive Order on "Promoting Covid-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel" signed by President Biden.   The order instructed the CDC, FAA, and other agencies involved in domestic and international travel that the government’s new policy would be to (i) require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entry to the USA, and that (ii) travelers be required to comply with other applicable CDC guidelines concerning international travel, including periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the United States.  
 
The order then tasked several government agencies to review how a policy could be created and implemented concerning CDC-recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after a flight to the United States.   At this time, no specific recommendations or policy details were released.  We do not know if the CDC's current recommendations will remain as recommendations or if they will be revised to incorporate compliance procedures and become mandatory to follow. 
 
We will continue to monitor this new development.  Once the new policy's scope is announced and we can determine its impact on upcoming departures.  At that time we will post updates here informing everyone as to how future departures may be affected. 
 
From CEO Wayne Brown (November 2020)

 
Travelers Responsibilities
Before traveling, Aggressor Adventures recommends each guest review the travel restrictions applied by each country, the specific airline regulations, and the entry requirements of the destination.

There are several ways to do this:

  • Use the passport, visa and health travel document requirements page from IATA.  This site matches the passport country with the destination country and provides a list of entry requirements.  

  • Guests may also visit the travel advisory site for the country that issued your passport (for example State Department, Foreign Office, etc.)
The information for travel restrictions and guidelines may change quickly. Travelers need to have all the proper documents in hand at the time of travel.  It is each guest's responsibility to ensure you have all of the appropriate forms before traveling.
 
Return To Service Procedures
Click on the link below to learn what your Aggressor Adventures staff has been doing during our extended time apart to prepare our destinations for your return. We call it our "Clean, Refresh, Sanitize" program. 
 
Protocols for a Suspected Case of COVID-19
Each Aggressor Adventure destination has established a local professional medical support team to advise them should a staff member or guest become ill and develop a fever or other symptoms.  Temperatures of staff are taken twice daily. Once onboard, we instruct guests to self-monitor and report to the Captain if they develop a fever or other symptoms. We ask you to be honest and tell us if there have been any changes that could compromise your health or others.
 
If fever or other symptoms are detected on board, the destination will contact their local medical support team for a consultation.  If possible, transportation is arranged for the patient to visit the medical facility for evaluation.  While awaiting transport to be organized, the guest will be asked to self-isolate in their stateroom.  
 
If the yacht is further offshore, medical support provides a remote consultation, and the guest will be instructed to self-isolate in their stateroom for the remainder of their trip or until the evacuation is possible. If appropriate, the roommate will move to alternate accommodations. Meals will be brought to the patient's room. Linens are cleaned (in isolation) daily, along with cleaning and sterilizing the room.  
 
The guest will absorb the costs of evacuation and land accommodations and medical services. We highly recommend that you review your travel / medical insurance for coronavirus coverage should this occur.  Keep in mind that fever alone is not a suspected Covid-19 case. 
 
Need a COVID-19 Test?
Visit https://testfortravel.com/.   This is a database crowdsourced by travelers who list locations offering COVID-19 test with fast turnaround times.    Review the "Destination Update" below for your adventure to learn which type of test you will need.  Then visit the site and filter by your state and type of test you require.
The site is just starting up and is slowly adding other countries in addition to USA locations.  If you use a referral from the list, be sure to "confirm" the place as active and share how long it took to get your results.  Similarly, please "report" a site if you contact them and find out they are no longer offering testing or outside the time frame noted.  If you found a new location (not on the list) that provides test results in 24-48 hours, please "add" it so that others may benefit. As a crowdsourced database, the information only stays current if everyone shares their experience.  
 
Return Travel Testing (Including arrivals to USA)
Many home destinations guests are returning to now have COVID-19 testing requirements for all international arrivals.   All travelers are responsible for meeting those requirements needed for their return journey.  Any fees for Return Travel Testing or extended stays that may be required while awaiting test results are the traveler's responsibility.  
 
Each Aggressor destination has solutions for guests who require testing to begin their travels home.  A PCR test is available in all destinations and is universally accepted.  This test is the most expensive and may take several days to return results depending on the destination.  Several countries (including the USA) accept the Antigen Rapid Test for travelers wanting to enter.  Many Aggressor destinations offer this test as well.  It is less expensive and gives results in a matter of hours.  However, the regulatory authorities in some destination countries have not authorized the use of this test.
 
Testing can be as simple as having a medical technician visit the facility (yacht or lodge) the afternoon before departure, with the test results being emailed to the recipients within a few hours.  In other situations, testing may require a local lab visit to have the test administered, with results in 12-48 hours.   The destination updates below provide a quick summary of what is available in each destination.  The destinations Know Before You Go Supplement provides additional details on which tests are available, costs, and turnaround times.   
 
The Center for Diseases Control (CDC) issued guidelines for passengers arriving via airlines to the United States from international destinations.  Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.  Per the CDC's website, a" Viral Test"… indicates that both the PCR and Antigen Rapid Tests are considered acceptable.   Click Here for the CDC's FAQ for USA testing.
 
Travel Insurance with COVID-19 Protections
Travel Insurance / International Medical Insurance has evolved over the last serval months.  There are now policies that include coverage for COVID-19 treatments and hospitalizations.  Travelers may even find policies that also include Quarantine or Self-Isolation coverage.
 
DiveAssure now has COVID-19 coverages.  Click Here to purchase a policy and learn about their coverage offerings.
When searching for travel medical insurance that offers coverage for quarantine and COVID-19 care try using search terms like "Cost Rica Travel Insurance".  Costa Rica was the first country to introduce this requirement and many policies are listed this way.  While initially written for Costa Rica, they typically offer coverages for travel to many other destinations as well.
 
If visiting a destination that requires "COVID-19 Insurance," the primary form of documentation a traveler should have is a "Visa Insurance Letter."    This letter is commonly associated with the purchase of an International Travel Medical Insurance policy.
 
Medical coverage offered by traditional Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance or Dive Accident Insurance may or may not provide this service, depending on the policy issued.    Separate International Travel Medical Insurance policies (excluding quarantine coverages) are reasonably priced ($50 to $100) based on coverage amounts and dates.  Consider purchasing a longer date range (ie, 30 days) to hedge for treatment as some policies cannot be extended once purchased.
 
Medical Insurance issued by your health insurance provider at home may state it provides "international coverage".   Typically, the traveler is required to pay all bills directly and submits a claim upon returning home.  Rarely would a "Visa Insurance Letter" be issued since the policy will not directly pay medical providers.
 
If you find yourself in a position where you will need to utilize your Travel Insurance or Travel Medical coverages, contact your insurance company as soon as possible.  Policies typically have assistance teams that can guide you through the process and advise you what documentation you will need.   They will also notify you if they can assist with payment locally to providers or if you will need to personally pay directly and then submit receipts and a claim for reimbursement.
 
Destination Updates
Listed below are Aggressor destination updates regarding the opening of each country and the general entry requirements.  Click on a destination name to jump down the page to your destination.

 

Bahamas (Open +)  |  Belize (Open +)Cayman Islands  |  Costa Rica (Open +)Cuba  | 
Ecuador (Galapagos) (Open +)  |  Egypt (Open +) 
Indonesia  |  Kona(USA)  |  Maldives (Open +)Mexico (Open +)
Oman  |  Palau  |  Philippines  |  Roatan (Open +)Sri Lanka  |  Thailand  |
Turks & Caicos (Open +)
 
 

Country:        Bahamas   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Bahamas Aggressor (Operational)
Information  Last Updated:      17-Feb-2021    09:00 EST
Bahamas Aggressor Start Date:      03-Oct-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:  
The Bahamas has updated its reopening plans and arrivals policy. New arrival requirements and procedures for travelers to The Bahamas can be found at:
          https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening 
Guests are encouraged to monitor the site regularly as procedures are subject to change.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for The Bahamas and updated operational information for the yacht.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.     
 
A summary of the procedures as of this posting date are:
  • All incoming visitors must show proof of a diagnostic molecular COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) test. The test must be taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel.  The day the test is taken is considered day zero. 
  • Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travelers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.
    • Each traveler will need to upload their test results and provide contact information that is crucial for contact tracing purposes.
    • As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of this insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa Application fee.
    • Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
    • The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on the length of stay.  (USD 60 for visitors staying more than 4 nights.)
  • A person who is out to sea is exempt from daily health surveys and the follow-up 4-night/5-day follow up test until they return to a port of call. 
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available.  For travelers to the USA (and other countries that accept Antigen test results), a medical lab tech will visit the yacht shortly after it returns to the dock to administer the test.  The lab will email the results in 4-6 hours.   The cost is USD 50, and the yacht will add it to your onboard account.   Other countries have “Return Travel Testing” that requires a PCR test.  This test is available.  Details are coming shortly.
 
 
 
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Country:      Belize   (Open +)
Adventure Program:  Belize Aggressor III (BA3) & Belize Aggressor IV (BA4)     (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      25-Feb-2021   17:00 EST
Belize Aggressor (BA3 & BA4) Start Date:      03-Oct-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:      
 
The Belize Aggressor III and Belize Aggressor IV received their “Gold Standard” certifications and authorizations to accept international travelers and have resumed operating. 
 
Arrival requirements and procedures for travelers to Belize can be found at:
        https://belizetourismboard.org/          <Click on Covid-19 Travel Notice at top of the page.>   
Guests are encouraged to monitor the site regularly as requirements are subject to change without notice.  Be sure to expand the FAQ’s as they are very informative about the entire process Belize has put in place.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for Belize and updated operational information for the yachts.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.    
 
A summary of the COVID-19 Update for Travelers to Belize as of this posting date are:
  • All travelers will be required to download the Belize Health App and register before boarding a flight to Belize.  A QR code with a unique ID will be issued and used for contact tracing while in Belize.
    • The QR code expires 72-hours after being issued.  Only submit your information within 72 hours of arrival in Belize in order to avoid extended wait times at the airport.
    • When completing the app under Accommodation – select “Western Caribbean Liveaboard”.  Right now it is 2nd from the bottom on the list.   This is the local company name for Belize Aggressor III and Belize Aggressor IV.
  • A COVID test with a negative result must be presented upon arrival. Testing options and windows are:
    • The test must be taken within 72 hours upon arrival in Belize when using a diagnostic molecular COVID-19 PCR Swab Test such as Realtime Polymerase Chane Reaction (RT-PCR).
    • The test must be taken no more than 48 hours to travel if using the Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Bisensor, or ABBOT (Panbio) tests. 
    • If you are unable to be tested prior to travel within the 72-hour window you will be required to take a COVID-19 test test upon arrival.  The cost is USD $50 and requires cash.   (Read the BTB FAQ for full details.)
  • Upon entry, you will undergo a health screening, temperature screening, and test results review. 
  • Pre-departure extensions are discouraged to avoid testing complications.  Guests arriving early may be required to take an additional COVID-19 test.  Details are outlined in the Know Before You Go Supplement. 
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available.  For travelers to the USA (and other countries that accept Antigen test results), a medical lab tech will visit the yacht shortly after it returns to the dock to administer the test.  The lab will email the results that evening.   The cost is USD 80, and the yacht will add it to your onboard account.   Other countries have “Return Travel Testing” that requires a PCR test.  This test is available.  PCR Test results are currently taking 24-36 hours.  The cost of the test is USD 230.
 
 
 
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Country:      Cayman Islands
Adventure Program:      Cayman Aggressor V (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      10-Feb-2021  10:00 EST
Cayman Aggressor Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:
The Cayman Islands Government announced on February 4th that borders will not reopen to international travelers in March as previously targeted.
 
No timeline has been given for the Cayman Islands to reopen the borders to international visitors. The Cayman Government has announced that the path to reopening is contingent on much of the Islands’ population having received a full COVID-19 vaccination regimen. The vaccination program is off to a good start, but the endpoint to allow reopening has not been defined. A new target date for reopening to international tourists is June 2021. This timing coincides with the Cayman Islands General Election in May 2021. It is widely believed that any reopening plan is unlikely to be announced before then.  
 
We plan to restart Cayman Aggressor V adventures when it is allowed by the Cayman Government and practical for our guests to return. We hope that the June 2021 timeline is realistic but will continue to keep you informed as we receive additional details.
 
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Country:      Costa Rica   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Okeanos Aggressor I (OA1) & Okeanos Aggressor II (OA2)     (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      19-Jan-2021  13:00 EST
Okeanos Aggressor (OA1 and OA2)       Start Date:   03-Oct-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:    
 
Costa Rica is now open for international tourism !
 
Cocos National Park regulations require that all international travelers arriving by air and boarding either Okeanos Aggressor yacht present a COVID-19 PCR Swab Test showing a Negative Result that was administered within 4 days (96 hours) prior to boarding.   A paper copy of test results showing the date the sample was taken and the lab performing the test must be turned in to the yacht's staff as part of the embarkation process.  Guests without a printed test or expired test result will be denied boarding.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for Costa Rica and updated operational information for the yachts.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.         
 
Arrival requirements and procedures for travelers to Costa Rica can be found at:
               https://www.visitcostarica.com                      Covid 19 Statement
Guests are encouraged to monitor the site regularly as requirements are subject to change without notice.   
 
A summary of the requirements for entry into the country of Costa Rica for travelers are as follows:
  • A COVID-19 test result is not required to enter the country.
  • All travelers will be required to complete a digital epidemiological form of the Costa Rican Ministry of Health Social Security Fund.  This is known as a "Health Pass".    (https://salud.go.cr/)
  • Have mandatory travel insurance that includes COVID-19 which covers a minimum of 14 days lodging in the event of being quarantined and medical expenses due to acute illness.   Policies should provide a minimum coverage of USD $2000 for accommodation (quarantine) expenses and a minimum of USD $50,000 medical expenses.  
    • Tourists planning to use a policy issued internationally must apply through the Costa Rica Tourism Board in advance for review and authorization prior to commencing travel.  
    • Tourists may also purchase a policy from the National Insurance Institute (INS) of Costa Rica.   Sagicor (a Costa Rican company) also sells a policy that is approved by the government.   
    • <Click Here> to purchase the INS travel insurance plan.   <Click Here> to purchase the Sagicor insurance policy.
  • Passengers who do not comply with these requirements will not be allowed to board the flight.
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available.  For all travelers, the bus returning guests from the yacht to San Jose will stop at a medical lab that morning.  PCR tests are available for those that need a test to return home.  The lab will email the results to your personal email address within 24-36 hours (excluding Sunday).  The cost is approx. USD $105, and is payable directly to the lab.  From there the bus will transport guests to the hotel. Guests are encouraged to book return travel flights that depart the next day in the late afternoon.  At this time, Antigen rapid testing is not available in Costa Rica.  See the KBYG Supplement for details.
 
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Country:      Cuba
Adventure Program:      Jardines Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      20-Aug-2020 14:00 EST
Jardines Aggressor II Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:      
As of this posting, Cuban airports remain closed to international arrivals.  Several media outlets continue to report that Cuba is preparing a phased plan to allow tourism to resume if COVID-19 cases remain under control.  The British Foreign Office in Havana said that airports will likely remain closed through September. 
 
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Country:      Ecuador (Galapagos Islands)   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Galapagos Aggressor III (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      21-Jan-2021    15:00 EST
Galapagos Aggressor Start Date:      10-Sep-2020
KBYG Supplement:             <Click Here>
Re-Opening Notes:         
 
The Ecuadorian government declared the Galapagos Islands COVID-19 free and has reopened the Galapagos National Park.  Both Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands have opened to foreign tourists.   
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and updated operational information for the yacht.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.   
 
A summary of the procedures that guests need to follow is outlined below:
 
Step 1:   Arriving in mainland Ecuador.   
  • Having taken the diagnostic molecular COVID-19 PCR Swab Test and obtained a Negative Result. The test must be taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country.
    • As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventative quarantine and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador. 
    • Travelers who do not provide the results of a PCR test must undertake, at their own expense, a PCR test upon arrival.  The traveler must then proceed immediately to quarantine in a hotel, hostel, motel or other temporary accommodation authorized for such purpose. 
  • Travelers must present a copy of a completed “Travel Health Form” to officials as part of the entry process.
 
Step 2:   Is arriving in the Galapagos Islands.   Entry requirements for this protected area are different from the mainland and include:
  • Visit the CGREG (Government Council of the Special Galapagos Regime) counter at the airport.
    • They will verify safe conduct and booking with tour authorized tour operator.
    • You will pay USD $20 (cash only) and collect a transit control card.
    • Your luggage will be checked for any restricted products.
  • Register at the airline counter and present a negative result of a diagnostic molecular COVID-19 PCR Swab Test. The test must be taken no more than ninety-six (96) hours before arriving in the Galapagos Islands.  The test results must be presented at check-in for your flight and at arrival in the islands.
    • For a cruise that starts on Thursday, the earliest the test could be taken is on Monday. 
    • This may be done in your country of origin if travel plans allow.
    • The test can also be obtained locally upon arrival in Ecuador.  (See General Notes below.)
  • During the flight, fill out the biosecurity control form for the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosafety and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG).
  • Upon arrival in the Galapagos, you will need to pay the Galapagos National Park Fee – USD $100 (cash only).
  • Guests are required to have proof of valid health/medical insurance that includes the cost of air evacuation to the mainland.
 
General Notes:
  • Timing will be important so as to coordinate the two entry requirements.
  • We recommend entering via Guayaquil.  Most flights arrive in the evening.  Scheduling a Monday evening arrival will provide a comfortable margin to have a COVID-19 test completed locally for entry into the Galapagos Islands.
  • There is a certified lab in Guayaquil that can return results via email in approximately 24 hours. The fee is USD approximately $120, payable by the traveler.  Details are being finalized for offering testing at the airport which will allow the test sample to be collected immediately upon arriving in-country. 
 
"Return Travel Testing" services are now available.  The yachts land team will coordinate with a  (mainland) laboratory on your behalf to have a medical tech met you at the airport (Quito or Guayaquil) upon landing (return) from the Galapagos Islands.  They will have a sign with your name and will take you to a mobile lab or ambulance to administer your test.  Payment can be made in cash to the technician performing the test.  Antigen Rapid Tests are USD $40, and results are emailed in 2 hours.  PCR-RT tests are USD $85, with results being emailed in 24-36 hours (a swab taken on Thursday will be available on Friday night 1800h).


Due to this program's personalized nature, guests must maintain accurate information in their GIS records regarding return domestic flights and international return flight departure times.  Guest should also note the type of test they need in the GIS special requests section (PCR-RT or Antigen) so that the lab technician can have enough kits.
 
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Country:      Egypt   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Red Sea Aggressor II (RSA2),  Red Sea Aggressor III (RSA3), Aggressor Nile Queen (ANQ)      (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      19-Feb-2021     11:00  EST
Egypt Start Date:      15-Aug-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:
 
Egypt opened its borders to international tourists again in July of 2020.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for Egypt and updated operational information for the yachts.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Red Sea North Know Before You Go (RSA2) or the Red Sea South Know Before You Go (RSA3) and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.     
 
Current entry requirements are:
  • All travelers (nationals and foreigners) arriving in Egypt are required to provide a negative RT-PCR Test certificate for COVID-19.
    • Travelers arriving from these countries must have a medical certificate with a negative test result taken at most within 96-hours before the departure of the last direct flight to Egypt.
      • Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Colombia, Ecuador, France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), Guyana, Itally (Rome only), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Mexico, New-Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Thailand, USA, United Kingdom (London Heathrow only), Uruguay or Venezuela 
    • Passengers arriving from any other country must have a medical certificate with a negative taken at most 72-hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt.
    • The submitted PCR certificate should include: the hour and date of the withdrawal of the sample, which is the date on which the 72 hours will be counted; the authorized laboratory’s stamp; indicating the type of sample taken for the swap, indicate the type of test used (RT-PCR).
    • Travelers entering Egypt at any of the four airports in the Red Sea governate and South Sanai can take a coronavirus test upon arrival (for a fee, paid by the traveler), which would exempt them from submitting negative PCR test results taken before they board their flights.
      • The four airports are Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) and Taba (TCP) airports in South Sinai, and the Hurghada (HRG) and Marsa Alam (RMF) airports in the Red Sea governate.  One of these airports must be the first entry into Egypt. Transiting through Cairo does not qualify. 
      • Guests utilizing this option must quarantine in their hotel room for 24 hours while awaiting the return of their test results.
      • Guests who receive a positive test result are required to quarantine in their hotel room for an additional 14 days.
  • Visas on arrival service is open. eVisas purchased in advance are also available from visa2egypt.gov.eg.
  • RED SEA AGGRESSOR III PASSPORT REQUIREMENT: Guests traveling on Red Sea Aggressor III must email a copy of their passport to RedSea@Aggressor.com a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival. In the subject line include “Passport”, your name, your departure date, and reservation number. (ie:  Passport, Doe, J, 03-Oct-2020, Res-12345).  This is an Egyptian security requirement so the necessary departure authorizations can be obtained.
  • All travelers will be required to submit a traveler's declaration including a questionnaire on information on trips undertaken in the 14 days before coming to Egypt and a confirmation that the passengers have not shown any symptoms of Covid-19 or knowingly been in touch with coronavirus patients.
  • All travelers will need to have international medical insurance covering their stay in Egypt.
  • Guests will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result as a part of the pre-boarding checks for their adventure.
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available for RSA2 guests.  For those needing testing, a medical lab tech will visit the yacht Friday afternoon around returning to the dock.  Antigen Rapid Tests are now available.  The cost is USD 35 and can be paid in cash.  The lab will deliver results in 1-2 hours to the boat.  PCR Testing is also available.  The cost is USD 75 to 100 (depending on the lab) and can be billed to your onboard account.  The lab delivers results to the boat in 24 hours. 
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available for RSA3 guests.  For those needing testing, a medical lab tech will visit the yacht Friday after docking at Port Ghalib.  Antigen Rapid Tests are now available.  The cost is USD 70 and can be billed to your onboard account.  The lab will email the results in 4-6 hours to your personal email address.  PCR Testing is also available.  The cost is USD 100 and can be billed to your onboard account.  The lab will email the results in 24-30 hours. 
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available for Nile Queen guests.  For those needing testing, a medical lab tech will visit the boat Wednesday morning in Kom Ombo. They will administer a nasal swab required to process a PCR Test.  The lab will email the results in 24 hours.   The cost is USD $100, and can be paid by cash or credit card directly to the company performing the tests.  At this time Antigen Rapid tests are not available. 
 
 
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Country:      Indonesia
Adventure Program:      Indo Aggressor (INA) and Raja Ampat Aggressor (RAA)      (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      22-Dec-2020   11:30 EST
Indonesia Start Date:      01-Apr-2021
Arrival Restrictions:      
Indonesia is a prolonged and measured approach to reopening for international tourism.  The government has announced a ban on travel for all foreigners until at least December 31, 2020.  Beyond that, government officials have yet to announce any reopening dates.   As such, Aggressor Adventures has tentatively scheduled the restart of liveaboard departures in Indonesia as follows:
                   Indo Aggressor                            15-Jun-2021
                   Raja Ampat Aggressor II              06-Jun-2021
 
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Country:      Maldives   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Maldives Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      03-Feb-2021  14:00 EST
Maldives Aggressor II Start Date:     01-Nov-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download> 
Re-Opening Notes:  

 

The Maldives reopened to all global travelers on July 15, 2020 and with the first departure for the Maldives Aggressor II embarking on October 4, 2020. 

 

We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for the Maldives and updated operational information for the yacht.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.   
                                 
Regular official updates on travel to the Maldives are provided on the Ministry of Tourism website (https://visitmaldives.com).      

  • All tourists and short-term visitors must present a negative PCR Test for COVID-19 on arrival to the Maldives. The test has to be conducted within a maximum of 96 hours before departure to the Maldives. 
  • Travelers must also complete a “self-declarative health declaration” 24 hours before arrival at https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv
  • The country is following safety procedures, including social distancing and wearing of masks.                                   
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available. For itineraries that finish in Male (MLE), lab technicians will visit the yacht 36 hours of disembarkation and conduct a PCR test for anyone needing it. The cost is USD $100 and is payable by the guest with results available in 12-24 hours.  Antigen Rapid Tests are not available in the Maldives at this time. PCR tests are only available in the Male area. For itineraries that do not finish in Male, guests will need to add one night at a Male transit hotel to the end of their itinerary.  Testing can be completed upon their return to Male using the same lab as above.  The cost is approx. USD $100 and is payable by the guest with results being available in 12-24 hours.
 
 
 
 
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Country:      Mexico   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Socorro Aggressor (Operational) /  Guadalupe Itinerary
Information Last Updated:      15-Jan-2021  11:30 EST
Socorro Aggressor Start Date:      13-Nov-2020 (Socorro)
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>   
Re-Opening Notes:      
Mexico is open for tourists arriving via commercial air. Management of the Revillagigedo (Socorro) Marine Park has announced it will reopen for visitors on November 1, 2020. The Socorro Aggressor has received its Punto Limpio (Clean Point) certification and has worked with the government on unified operating protocols for trips to the Revillagigedo Marine Park and is ready to go on November 13, 2020, for the first trip.
 
Arrival requirements and procedures for travelers to the Los Cabos area can be found at:
          https://www.visitloscabos.travel/
Guests are encouraged to monitor the site regularly as practices are subject to change.
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available.  For travelers to the USA (and other countries that accept Antigen test results), a medical lab tech will visit the yacht shortly after it returns to the dock to administer the test.  The lab will email the results to your personal email address that evening.  The cost is USD $90, and is to be paid in cash to the laboratory technician the day of the sample.  Other countries have “Return Travel Testing” that requires a PCR test.  The cost is tba and the results take 48-72 hours to process.  See the KBYG Supplement for details.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement, which contains the most recent entry requirements for the Socorro itinerary and updated operational information for the yacht. Be sure to review this regularly for changes. We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the primary Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately before beginning your travels.    
 
 
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Country:      Oman
Adventure Program:      Oman Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      22-Feb-2021   11:00 EST
Oman Aggressor Start Date:      To Be Announced
Know Before You Go Supplement:    To Be Announced
Re-Opening Notes:  
Oman remains closed at this time for commercial liveaboard operations.   The country’s tourism industry has a partial reopening for land-based facilities with numerous restrictions, including a mandatory quarantine period.  The Oman Aggressor has scheduled to resume operations with the August 28, 2021 departure.  The destination is optimistic that governmental restrictions which limit liveaboard operations will be removed by then.
 
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Country:      Palau (Republic of)
Adventure Program:      Palau Aggressor II (PA2) and Rock Islands Aggressor (RIA)      (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      16-Jul-2020 16:00
Palau Aggressors (PA2 & RIA) Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:      
Palau's government has extended its closure to foreign travelers and has not yet announced a scheduled re-opening date.  
 
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Country:      Philippines
Adventure Program:      Philippines Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      04-Jan-2021   10:00 EST
Philippines Aggressor Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:      
The Philippines government has extended its closure to foreign tourists and has not yet announced a scheduled re-opening date. 
 
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Country:      Roatan (Honduras)   (Open +) 
Adventure Program:      Roatan Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      22-Feb-2021    14:00 EST
Roatan Aggressor Start Date:      12-Sep-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:     <Click Here>  
Re-Opening Notes:  
 
Travelers who have been in South Africa or the United Kingdom in the past 21 days are not allowed to enter.  (This does not apply to nationals and residents of Honduras.)   Honduras is open to travelers from all other countries.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for Roatan and updated operational information for the yacht.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.  
 
Honduras has implemented biosecurity procedures related to air travel that govern entering and leaving the country.  These include:
 
  • Travelers must complete Immigration pre-registration. Visit https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn.   Upon completion, you will be emailed a “pre-check” form to print out to travel with.
    • If you have difficulty with the Pre-Check form <click here> for a guide created by covid19roatan.com Rotan government officials that provides a step by step explanation in English.
  • All passengers must present a negative result of either a COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Test, carried out in a period no greater than seventy-two (72) hours before entering the country.

    • Accepted Tests for COVID-19: (1) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test or (2) Rapid Test with a minimum Specificity of 85%, Sensitivity of 98%.

    • In unforeseen circumstances, the passenger will undergo a clinical evaluation by the staff of the International Health Office.
  • You must have paper copies of your Immigration Pre-Check and your COVID-19 test results. You will be asked to show both at multiple points prior to boarding the flight and upon arriving in Roatan.

  • You must comply with the Protocol established in the International Health Regulations at the time of entry into the country (clinical evaluation and mandatory quarantine) if the health authority determines so.

  • The Roatan Aggressor has created a “bubble” for travel that will minimize contact with individuals not traveling onboard.  This includes arrival/transfer guidelines and limits on interactions outside of the yacht until disembarkation occurs.  Pre-departure extensions are discouraged to avoid testing complications.  Guests arriving early may be required to take an additional COVID-19 test.  Details are outlined in the Know Before You Go Supplement. 
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available.  For travelers to the USA (and other countries that accept Antigen test results), a medical lab tech will visit the yacht shortly after it returns to the dock to administer the test.  The lab will email the results that evening.   The cost is USD 60, and the yacht will add it to your onboard account.   Other countries have “Return Travel Testing” that requires a PCR test.  The cost is USD 250 and the results take 12-36 hours.  See the KBYG Supplement for details.
 
 
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Country:      Sri Lanka
Adventure Program:      Aggressor Safari Lodge (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      28-Sep-2020  17:30 EST
Sri Lanka Lodge Start Date:      To Be Announced
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:      
Sri Lanka has delayed the reopening of Colombo International Airport for commercial traffic indefinitely. 
 
New arrival requirements and procedures for travelers to Sri Lanka can be found at:  
          https://www.srilanka.travel/
Guests are encouraged to monitor the site regularly as procedures are subject to change.
 
 
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Country:      Thailand
Adventure Program:      Thailand Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      22-Dec-2020    11:40 EST
Thailand Aggressor Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:      
The Thai government has been focusing on domestic tourism and  not expected to reopen for international tourism until mid-2021.  The Thailand Aggressor will resume their North Andaman Sea itinerary October 30, 2021 when the National Park opens.
 
 
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Country:      Turks & Caicos Islands   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Turks and Caicos Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      27-Jan-2021   13:30 EST
Turks & Caicos Aggressor Start Date:      25-Jul-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:      
Providenciales Airport in the Turks & Caicos Islands rare now welcoming travelers!  Arrival requirements and procedures for travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands can be found at:
          https://www.visittci.com/travel-info/turks-and-caicos-coronavirus-covid-19
Guests are encouraged to monitor the site regularly as procedures are subject to change.
 
We have created a special Know Before You Go Supplement which contains the most recent information for entry requirements for the Turks & Caicos Islands and updated operational information for the yacht.  Be sure to review this regularly for changes.  We strongly recommend that you print a copy of the main Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.  
 
 
Travelers must pre-register with TCI Assured (http://turksandcaicostourism.com). Airlines will only board travelers who have pre-authorization.  A TCI Assured application requires:
  • A diagnostic molecular COVID-19 PCR Swab Test with a Negative Result.
    • The test must have been taken no more than five (5) days prior to travel to the Turks & Caicos Islands. 
    • Home testing kit results are not being accepted.
    • All test submissions must be the laboratory report and clearly state that it was a PCR test that was administered and processed by an accredited lab.
  • Medical/Travel insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs, full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance/medevac.
  • Completed a health screening questionnaire and Travel Authorization Form.
  • All persons should certify that they have read the privacy policy document.
Proof of all of the aforementioned should be uploaded to the TCI Assured portal on the Tourist Board’s website – www.turksandcaicostourism.com.
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available.  For travelers to the USA (and other countries that accept Antigen test results), a medical lab tech will visit the yacht shortly after it returns to the dock to administer the test.  The lab will email the results in 4-6 hours.   The cost is USD 75, and the yacht will add it to your onboard account.   Other countries have “Return Travel Testing” that requires a PCR test.  This test is available.  The cost of the test starts at USD 200 depending on the facility and turnaround time.  Results are normally available in 1-3 days. 
 
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Country:      USA (State of Hawaii)
Adventure Program:      Kona Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      10-Nov-2020   15:00 EST
Kona Aggressor Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:      
 
Beginning October 15, 2020, residents and visitors may utilize pre-travel testing to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine when tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives. The state of Hawaii will only accept test results from trusted testing and travel partner facilities. The state government will not authorize test results from non-approved partners.
 
Travelers will need to set up an account and upload their results to travel.hawaii.gov before departing for their trip. It is recommended that travelers create their account and pre-enter as much information as possible before obtaining their test results. Please visit https://ets.hawaii.gov/travelhelp/ for more details.
 
Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Upon arrival in Hawaii, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test must go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results.
 
The Kona Aggressor will be able to resume operations when Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), removes their capacity limitation on the number of guests and staff able to travel on a commercial vessel.
 
At this time, the DOBOR has not made any announcements regarding forthcoming changes to capacity limitations on commercial vessels.
 
As soon as these limitations are lifted, we will notify you.