Destination Updates

Last Updated:                      22-Sep-2021            

 

“Each of our destinations that are open stringently follow the local Covid-19 requirements and protocols for our adventures. We also build on these with Clean, Refresh and Sanitize programs.

All of our staff undergo frequent temperature checks and health monitoring. While we encourage all of our staff to get a vaccination against Covid-19 when available, it is a very personal choice that we respect. This same standard is applied to our guests that are traveling with us since our first destination reopened in July of 2020."

CEO Wayne Brown
Chairman & CEO


Travelers Responsibilities

Before traveling, Aggressor Adventures recommends each guest research and become familiar with the travel requirements that they may encounter, including but is not limited to the following:
  • Travel requirements, regulations, or restrictions from the airlines you are traveling aboard.
  • Entry and exit requirements for transit airports and countries. (Especially important if overnighting.) 
  • Entry and exit requirements for the destination country.
  • Embarkation requirements for your Aggressor Adventure.
  • Return entry requirements for your home country when wrapping up your journey.

One way to research the above is to 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.  

 
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  (Starting 16-Oct) |  Costa Rica (Open +)Cuba  | 
Ecuador (Galapagos) (Open +)  |  Egypt (Open +) 
Indonesia  |  Kona(USA)  (Starting 23-Oct)  |  Maldives (Open +) |
Mexico - Guadalupe  | 
Mexico - Socorro (Open +)Oman  |  Palau (Open +)  |  Philippines  |
Roatan (Open +)Sri Lanka (Starting 1-Oct)  |  Sudan (Open +)Thailand   |
 Turks & Caicos (Open +)
 
 

Country:        Bahamas   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Bahamas Aggressor (Operational)
Information  Last Updated:      03-Aug-2021    10:00 EST
Bahamas Aggressor Start Date:      03-Oct-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:  
 
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 unvaccinated visitors must have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five (5) days before arrival. The day the test is taken is considered day zero.  Tests accepted are: NAAT, PCR, RNA RT (Real Time) – PCR and TMA.
  • All vaccinated visitors must have a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken no more than five (5) days before arrival. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.
  • All travelers will need to apply for the required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at gov.bs.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload valid proof of vaccination in addition to their negative test results (antigen or PCR).
      • At this time The Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
    • Un-vaccinated travelers will need to upload a copy of their negative COVID-19 test results.
    • Each traveler will need to 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.)
  • An unvaccinated person who is out to sea is exempt from the follow up 4-night/5-day follow up test until they return to a port of call.
 
Nassau Departures:  “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.
 
Tiger Beach (Freeport): “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 95, 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 165.  Results are available the following day.  See the Know Before You Go Supplement for details.
 
 
 
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Country:      Belize   (Open +)
Adventure Program:  Belize Aggressor III (BA3) & Belize Aggressor IV (BA4)     (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      06-Aug-2021   09:00 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.    
 
Any traveler is permitted to visit Belize at this time.  All travelers must:
 
  • All travelers both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test.
    • If using a COVID-19  PCR  test  sample  must  be  taken within  the  last  96  hours,
    • If using a Rapid Antigen test the sample must be  taken within  the last 48 hours before arrival. 
  • Passengers who do not have a negative test will be administered one upon arrival.  The cost is USD $50 and requires cash.  (Read the BTB FAQ for full details.)  
  • International tourists must book a stay at a Gold Standard accommodation, including our liveaboards, and present confirmation at immigration. Your airline also may ask for booking confirmation at check-in as well. 
  • 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 prior to embarkation.  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:      15-Sep-2021  13:00 EST
Cayman Aggressor Start Date:      tba
Re-Opening Notes:      

 

The Cayman Islands Government announced it would be extending its planned staged re-opening of the destination to 2022. A mandatory isolation (quarantine) period for travelers arriving in the Cayman Islands will continue through year-end. The government also announced that the isolation period for vaccinated travelers would extend from five to seven days.

  

The government has qualified their plan stating, “The transition between phases is determined by the Chief Medical Officers assessment of prevalence rates in key markets, vaccination rate, the prevalence of Variants of Concern, the level of hospitalizations and death rates.”  Cayman Aggressor V operations will not resume until travelers can arrive without having to undergo mandatory isolation (quarantine).  
 
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Country:      Costa Rica   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Okeanos Aggressor I (OA1) & Okeanos Aggressor II (OA2)     (Operational)
Information Last Updated:     02-Aug-2021  09:00 EST
Okeanos Aggressor (OA1 and OA2)       Start Date:   03-Oct-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:    
 
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/)
  • Un-vaccinated travelers or travelers having received a COVID-19 vaccine not accepted by Costa Rica must have mandatory and verifiable travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage.
    • Un-Vaccinated Travelers:   Are required to show proof of 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 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.
    • Vaccinated travelers who meet the following requirements are exempt from the insurance requirement:
      • Travelers  fully  vaccinated  at  least  14  days  before  arrival  in  Cost  Rica  and  have  been  inoculated  with AstraZeneca  (Vaxzevria),  Johnson  &  Johnson  (Jannsen),  Moderna  (Spikevax)  and  Pfizer-BioNTech  (Comirnaty). 
      • Vaccinated tourists must attach a copy of their vaccination certificate to the health pass.  For US Travelers the “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” issued by the CDC is accepted, other vaccination certificates must contain the name of the person who received the vaccine, date of each dose, and pharmaceutical house.
    • Passengers who do not comply with these requirements will not be allowed to board the flight.
 
Other general guidelines to be aware of when traveling to Costa Rica:
 
  • Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions. 
  • Be prepared for temperature screenings upon arrival, at check-in, and at entrances to attractions and restaurants.  
  • Travelers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) who test positive for COVID-19 during their stay will be quarantined at a hotel for 10-14 days at their own expense.   The purchase of Travel Medical insurance which covers quarantine, hospitalization, and treatment for COVID-19 is required for unvaccinated travelers and highly recommended all others.
 

"Return Travel Testing: For all Travelers:  The bus returning guests from the yacht to San Jose will depart at 7 am on disembarkation day.  It will make three stops:  (in this order) the airport,  a medical lab for departure testing, and the host hotel. 
 
The San Jose Airport has a lab at the airport for conducting Antigen and PCR tests.  Reservations are required.  Antigen test results arrive in 1-2 hours and PCR results in 3 hours.  It is recommended to arrive at the airport a minimum of 4 hours (for antigen testing) before departure to use this service, and 5 hours for PCR.
 
The second stop is a medical lab in Escazu (near our host hotel).  Both Antigen and PCR tests are available at the lab for those that need a test to return home.  The cost is approx. USD $55 for the Antigen test (3-4 hour results), USD $100 for PCR test (24-36 hour results), and $320 for Rapid-PCR test (1-hour result).  Fees for all tests are payable directly to the lab. 
 
Once testing is complete, the bus will transport guests to the host hotel (around noon) or guests can Uber to the airport from the lab. Guests will need to arrange taxi transportation or Uber (at their own expense) from the host hotel to the airport.  (Taxies are readily available outside.)  The lab will email the results to your personal email address.  Guests are encouraged to book return travel flights that depart after 4 pm or the next day in the late afternoon based on testing needs.  See the KBYG Supplement for details.
 
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Country:      Cuba
Adventure Program:      Jardines Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      15-Jul-2021 15:00 EST
Jardines Aggressor II Start Date:      To Be Announced
Arrival Restrictions:      
As of this posting, Cuban airports remain closed to international arrivals.  This section will be updated as new information becomes available regarding a possible restart of operations in this destination.   
 
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Country:      Ecuador (Galapagos Islands)   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Galapagos Aggressor III (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      10-Sep-2021    10:00 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.   
 
Effective September 11, 2021 all travelers arriving in the Galapagos Islands (not Ecuador) must show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival.
 
A summary of the procedures that guests need to follow is outlined below:  
 
Step 1(for everyone):   Arriving in mainland Ecuador.   The requirements for entry into Ecuador for travelers are as follows:
  • Present a vaccination card against COVID-19 (or its equivalent) with the complete scheme issued at least 14 days prior to the flight.
  • If you cannot provide proof of immunization, travelers must present a COVID-19 PCR Test with a Negative Result taken within 72 hours of arrival.
    • Children under two (2) are exempt.
  • All passengers who present symptoms related to COVID-19 upon arrival in Ecuador (thermal spike, cough, general malaise, loss of smell, loss of taste, etc) regardless of the result of the RT-PCR test, will be evaluated by health personnel from the Ministry of Health, prior to entering the immigration area.  If it is determined that it is a “suspicious case”, a test will be carried out and if positive, you must perform ten (10) days of isolation after the date of sampling at your home or at an accommodation site of your choice and at the expense of the traveler.  
  • Travelers must present a copy of a completed “Travel Health Form” to officials as part of the entry process.
  • Be prepared for temperature screenings upon arrival, at check-in, and at entrances to attractions and restaurants.  
  • Please note procedures may change at any time and without notice.
  • Travelers arriving from or transiting through Brazil or India, require a negative PCR test result, with a maximum validity of 72 hours prior to their arrival to Ecuador.  In addition, they must comply with a ten (10) day isolation period either at a residence or at their choice of accommodation, covering their own expenses.
Step 2:   Is arriving in the Galapagos Islands.   Since it is such a delicate environment, 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 you have a reservation for tourist services arranged and confirmed prior to arrival.
    • You will pay USD $20 (cash only) and collect a transit control card.
    • Your luggage will be checked for any restricted products.
  • At the airport, the CGREG (Government Council of the Special Galapagos Regime) will verify the documents:
    • A negative PCR-RT test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the Galapagos Islands.
  • For a cruise that starts on Thursday, the earliest the test could be taken is on Monday.
    • Key Points: the clock is using hours, not days, and the clock works backward based on your arrival in Galapagos, not when the flight takes off.
    • Add a safety margin for yourself. Testing on a Tuesday may be best.
    • 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 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 $70, payable by the traveler.  Testing at the airport which will allow the test sample to be collected immediately upon arriving in-country may also be available. 
 
"Return Travel Testing" services are now available for guests transiting through Guayaquil airport.  The yachts land team will coordinate with a (mainland) laboratory on your behalf to have a medical tech met you at the airport (Guayaquil) upon landing from the Galapagos Islands.  They will wait for you at the external gate of national arrivals ( in the Guayaquil's airport), the test will be taken at the airport, without going to the laboratory.  Payment can be made in cash to the technician performing the test.  Antigen Rapid Tests are USD $45, and results are emailed in 2 hours.  PCR-RT tests are USD $65, with results being emailed in 20 hours (a swab taken on Thursday will be available on Friday at 12 noon).
 
"Return Travel Testing" services for guests transiting through Quito airport is extremely easy as there is an onsite testing center operated by Medical VIP.  This is the only laboratory that operates within the airport.  The facility is located in front of the international or domestic arrival gates and is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  Antigen Rapid Tests are USD $36, and results are available in 45 minutes.  PCR-RT tests are USD $45. If the PCR test is taken before 10am, the result will be delivered by 8pm.  If the PCR test is taken after 10am the result is available by 8pm the following day. 
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, and hotel information.  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:      21-Jun-2021     09:00  EST
Egypt Start Date:      15-Aug-2020
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:
 
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 Know Before You Go Documents and the Supplement to take with you immediately prior to beginning your travels.  Links for the main Know Before You Go Documents are:
 
Current entry requirements are:
  • All travelers (nationals and foreigners) arriving in Egypt are required to provide a negative Real Time-PCR Test certificate for COVID-19 that includes:
    • The RT-PCR certificate must be an original paper certificate from the lab meeting the criteria below. (Copies or printout of electronic delivery is not accepted.)
    • The submitted PCR certificate should include:
      • the hour and date of the withdrawal of the sample; (which is the date on which arrival window will be counted)
      • be issued by an authorized accredited laboratory
      • must contain the laboratory’s stamp -OR- a QR code with the required passenger details (instead of the lab stamp) and does not contain scraping, cancellation, or additions.
      • indicate the type of sample taken for the swab,
      • indicate the type of test used (RT-PCR)
      • The certificate is accepted in English or Arabic.
    • Note: Vaccinated passengers are not exempt and still must provide a valid PCR test for entry into Egypt.
    • Travelers arriving from these countries must have a medical certificate with a negative test result taken at most within 96-hours before 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, Italy (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.
    • All passengers arriving from these countries are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense and could be subject to quarantine:
      • Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela or Viet Nam
    • Visas on arrival service is open. eVisas purchased in advance are also available from visa2egypt.gov.eg.
  • 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.
 
Guests arriving in-country who proceed directly to their adventure (yacht/river cruise) within one day (i.e., arrive on Friday and board on Saturday) will be able to join the adventure using the same test results utilized to enter the country.    Guests who arrive early and tour other parts of Egypt will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test (Antigen or PCR) that has been sampled within the last two days to qualify for embarkation (i.e., test on Thursday or Friday and board on Saturday).  Guests participating in back-2-back Aggressor Adventures (for the same adventure or changing adventures) will be required to complete the Antigen Rapid Test or PCR-Test (with negative results) between each adventure. This uses the same logistics as Return Travel Testing (see below). The cost of the test is billed to your onboard account. Guests traveling on the Nile Queen are granted a 3-day window (test on Wednesday, board on Saturday) when moving to another Aggressor Adventure destination and utilizing a PCR test.  Guests with a COVID-19 vaccination card reflecting receipt of the two-dose vaccine or the single-dose vaccine at least two weeks before arrival in Egypt are exempt.
 
RED SEA AGGRESSOR II PASSPORT REQUIREMENT: Guests traveling on Red Sea Aggressor II must email a copy of their passport to RedSeaAggressorii@Aggressor.com prior to arrival.  In the subject line include “Passport”, your name, your departure date, and reservation number. (ie:  Passport, Speaker, L, 03-Oct-2020, Res-12345).  This is an Egyptian security requirement so the necessary departure authorizations can be obtained
 
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.
 
“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 early Friday morning (while at sea).  Antigen Rapid Tests are now available.  The cost is USD 70 and can be billed to your onboard account. PCR Testing is also available.  The cost is USD 100 and can be billed to your onboard account.  The lab will email the results Saturday morning. 
 
“Return Travel Testing” services are now available for Nile Queen guests.  For those needing testing, a medical lab tech will visit the boat Wednesday afternoon in Aswan. They will administer a nasal swab required to process a PCR Test.  The lab will email the results in 30 hours.   The cost is USD $130 and can be paid by cash (USD or Egypt Pounds) 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:      25-Jul-2021   15:00 EST
Indonesia Start Date:      07-Dec-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, 2021.  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                              January-2022
                   Raja Ampat Aggressor II              11-Jan-2022
 
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Country:      Maldives   (Open +)  
Adventure Program:      Maldives Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      13-Jul-2021  14:30 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. 
    • Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test.
    • The test result(s) must have the name of the passenger as in the passport and the name and address of the testing laboratory.
  • 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), The cost is USD $100 and is payable by the guest with results available in 12-24 hours.
  • For 7-night itineraries that finish in Male (MLE), a lab technician will visit the yacht 24 hours before disembarkation and conduct a PCR test for anyone needing it. Results will be emailed within 12-24 hours so guests can disembark with results in hand.
  • For 10-night itineraries that finish in Male (MLE) , to minimize interruption to the itinerary, a lab technician will visit the yacht 36 hours before disembarkation and conduct a PCR test for anyone needing it. Results will be emailed within 12-24 hours.
For itineraries that do not finish in Male (ie: Deep South), guests will need to add one night in a transit hotel upon departing the yacht so that testing can be completed upon their return to Male.  A COVID-19 PCR Sampling Station has opened in Hulhumalae (near the airport) to test passengers departing who require a negative test in order to fly home.  Appointments are required.  The fee is USD $182.  Payment is required at the time the appointment is made.  Test results will be emailed within 12-24 hours. 
 
 
 
 
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Country:      Mexico - Guadalupe   
Adventure Program:      Socorro Aggressor (Operational) /  Guadalupe Itinerary   
Information Last Updated:      12-Aug-2021  13:30 EST  
Re-Opening Notes:      
 
The Socorro Aggressor has canceled the 2021 Guadalupe season due to the extended US/Mexico land border closure and the expense and limited availability of flights. 
 
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Country:      Mexico - Socorro   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Socorro Aggressor (Operational) / Socorro Itinerary
Information Last Updated:      17-Mar-2021  09:30 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.  Guests will need one additional hotel night post-cruise to accommodate testing.  Upon disembarkation, guests should go to the lab for testing that morning. Tests administered before 1 pm receive results that evening.  The cost of the test is 6980 pesos (approx. USD $350) and can be paid via credit card when the appointment is scheduled on-line.  Transportation and accommodation expenses are the guests’ responsibility.   
 
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:      15-Sep-2021   13:00 EST
Oman Aggressor Start Date:      27-Aug-2022 (scheduled)
Know Before You Go Supplement:    To Be Announced
Re-Opening Notes:  
Due to the delayed opening of the country and the fact that this destination does not operate in the summer, the first scheduled departure of the Oman Aggressor is set to depart on August 27, 2021.  The Oman Aggressor currently undergoing a drydock / refurbishment project.
 
 
 
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Country:      Palau (Republic of)    (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Palau Aggressor II (PA2) and Rock Islands Aggressor (RIA)      (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      07-Sep-2021 14:00
Palau Aggressors II Start Date:      Sept. 12, 2021 
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>   
Re-Opening Notes:      
 
Palau is welcoming vaccinated travelers with the first Palau Aggressor II cruise departing September 12, 2021. 
 
Travels can find arrival requirements and procedures for the Republic of Palau at:
 
https://www.palaugov.pw/
and
https://www.palaugov.pw/travel/
 
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 to Palau and updated operational information for the yachts. Be sure to review this regularly for changes. We strongly recommend that you print the most recent Know Before You Go and the Supplement to take with you immediately before beginning your travels.  
 
Commercial airline travelers only need to present the required documentation to the airline representative for entry into the Republic of Palau. Entry requirements are:
 
  • Proof of Vaccination:  
    • All travelers must provide valid proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose received at least 14 days before arrival in Palau.
    • Vaccine record must clearly show date(s), and dose(s) received plus the vaccine brand, either US FDA or WHO approved or authorized for COVID-19.
    • Unvaccinated travelers under twelve (12) years of age may enter Palau and follow the same requirements for vaccinated travelers.
  • A COVID-19 PCR Test with a Negative Result or Documentation of Recovery:
    • A negative result of a COVID-19 PCR Test is required. (Any PCR test, including NAAT, RT-PCR, qPCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, molecular test, isothermal amplification, ddPCR, or CRISPR, are acceptable.) 
    • The COVID-19 PCR test must be taken within three (3) days before departure from the point of origin to the Republic of Palau.
    • The COVID-19 PCR test is required for all arrivals, including those who are vaccinated.
    • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 can be provided instead of test results.
      • Documentation must include proof of a recent positive viral test;
      • Plus, a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you have recovered and are cleared to travel.
      • For commercial air travel, travelers must submit proof to the airline.
    • Children under three (3) years old are exempt from the entry testing requirement.
  • All travelers must provide a valid address and contact information in Palau.
 
All visitors must also meet the following travel requirements to embark on the Palau Aggressor II:
 
  • All travelers must wear a face mask during their first five(5) days after arrival.
  • All guests are required to arrive on Sunday or have completed their 5th-day test before boarding.
  • Palau has mandatory follow-up testing on Day 1 and Day 5 for all visitors.   
    • The Day 1 test is conducted at the airport upon your arrival. (This is in addition to your pre-arrival negative test described above.) 
      • Since guests are at sea and unable to receive the test results personally, please inform testing officials to write on your paperwork: Release Day 1 results to Scott Arnie, Operations Manager, Palau Aggressor II.  Tel 775-3485.   Palau Aggressor II phone 775-3483.
    • The yacht will adjust the itinerary and arrange logistics to accommodate testing for guests onboard who arrive in Palau on Sunday evening so that Day 5 testing can be performed on Friday mornings.
    • The cost of the test is USD $30.50 each and is added to your on-board account.
    • Please bring a paper copy of your passport photo page and flight itinerary for the staff when you board. They will use this to arrange your Day 5 testing appointments and try to expedite the process.

  • Pre-Embarkation Extensions are discouraged.
    • Guests who desire to spend more time exploring in Palau are encouraged to schedule this holiday component after their liveaboard adventure.
    • Guests choosing to arrive on Monday (or earlier) need to schedule their arrival to complete the 5th-day test before boarding. 
    • Travelers who do not arrive on Sunday or cannot produce their mandatory 5th day COVID test results will be denied boarding.

  • Early arriving guests must stay at a "Pandemic Certified" establishment during their first five (5) days upon their arrival.   

    • The Palau Aggressor II and Rock Islands Aggressor are both "Pandemic Certified".
    • Only approved hotels and tour operators trained to operate in this new environment to host international travelers are "Pandemic Certified". 
    • Early arrival guests embarking on PA2 or RIA must provide a travel itinerary that shows they have stayed at "Pandemic Certified" facilities since their arrival.
    • Travelers who do not have proof of having stayed at "Pandemic Certified" facilities will be denied boarding.
 
If a guest is found to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 while onboard or returns a positive result, the yacht will follow all Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines.  Any guests who test positive will be put into quarantine and transferred to a designated quarantine hotel.  Guests in close contact or exposed may also be subject to a quarantine order (by the MOH) and additional testing. Quarantine may be in place or at a designated quarantine hotel as determined by MOH.  Management of the situation is handled by the MOH.    
 
The costs for any medical treatments, additional testing, isolation, or quarantine are the responsibility of the guest.  Travel medical insurance that covers COVID-19 illness and isolation/quarantine stays is highly recommended.
 
"Return Travel Testing" service testing is available through Balau National Hospital.  For travelers to the USA (and other countries that accept Antigen test results) Palau’s Day 5 (Friday) test will meet the 3-day testing window for return travel testing for entry into the USA.  Guests must embark on flights departing Sunday or Monday and travel directly to the USA with no in-transit stopovers.   Click Here for the CDC’s FAQ for USA testing.
 
PCR tests are also available through Balau National Hospital.  Test results take 24-48 hours to return.
 
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Country:      Philippines
Adventure Program:      Philippines Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      15-Jul-2021   15:00 EST
Philippines Aggressor Start Date:      01-Jan-2022
Arrival Restrictions:      
The Philippines government has extended its closure to foreign tourists and has not yet announced a scheduled re-opening date.  All departures scheduled between now and the start date shown above are being rescheduled.  The first scheduled departure is slated for January 1, 2022.  
 
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Country:      Roatan (Honduras)   (Open +) 
Adventure Program:      Roatan Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      14-Jun-2021    11:00 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.
  • Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arrival are exempt from any arrival testing requirements.   You must present the original card that was given to you at the site where you were vaccinated.

          
  • All passengers without proof of vaccination must present a negative result of either a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test, carried out in a period no greater than seventy-two (72) hours before entering the country.
        
    • 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 either your COVID-19 test results or proof of vaccination. 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:      26-Jul-2021  17:00 EST
Sri Lanka Lodge Start Date:      01-Oct-2021
Know Before You Go Supplement:      <Click Here to Download>
Re-Opening Notes:      
 
The Aggressor Sri Lanka Safari Lodge has a scheduled reopening date for October 1, 2021. The restart of lodge operations builds on the 27-July change to Sri Lanka entry requirements where vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine upon receiving a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test administered at the airport upon arrival (typically 24-48 hours).
 
Travelers to Sri Lanka can find the latest arrival requirements and procedures at:

https://www.srilanka.travel/
and
https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

 
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 to Sri Lanka and updated operational information for the lodge.  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.     
 
 
As of the revision date of this post, key procedures for arriving in Sri Lanka are:

  • Restricted Countries: Individuals with a travel history (including transit) to any country on the list below are prohibited from entry in the last 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.
    • India, South America (all countries), and South African Countries of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 
  • Vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine and must have documentation showing completion of the recommended dosage at least two weeks before arrival. Any vaccination type accepted by the country of origin is acceptable.
    • Non-vaccinated travelers must comply with a 14-night quarantine and additional PCR testing before being released to visit other parts of the country.
  • A Tourist must have a Visa before boarding a flight to Sri Lanka. Apply online at www.eta.gov.lk. To apply for a tourist visa, you will need to have the following:
    • A pre-confirmed booking at a Level-1 "Safe & Secure" hotel for a minimum of one night. (The Aggressor Travel Department can assist with this.)
    • Proof of payment to your Level-1 hotel for the mandatory Sri Lanka COVID-19 insurance (USD $12) for one-month policy offering USD 50,000 coverage.
    • Proof of payment to your Level-1 hotel for PCR test(s) depending on your vaccination status.
  • A negative PCR test report issued by an accredited laboratory within 72 hours before the embarkation to Sri Lanka is required.
  • All tourists will undergo a (2nd) PCR test upon arrival in Sri Lanka and must purchase a Level-1 "Safe & Secure" Arrival Hotel Package to wait for the test results.  
    • Aggressor Safari Lodge uses the Heritance Negambo or Jetwing Lagoon hotels in Negambo. The Aggressor Travel department can assist you with this.
    • This package will also include "Safe & Secure" transfers from the airport to the hotel, your PCR test, and Sri Lanka COVID Insurance.   
    • Guests must stay at this facility until the arrival PCR test results are received (24-48 hours).  
    • Upon receipt of the results, the resort will provide "Quarantine Discharge" documents that allow guests to exit the Level-1 "Safe & Secure" bubble.
    • Transfers to the Aggressor Sri Lanka Safari Lodge will collect travelers from these two hotels.
  • The wearing of face masks is required in Sri Lanka.
 
Return Travel Testing Service will be available for Lodge Guests. Both Antigen and PCR tests will be available. For antigen tests taken the day before check-out, the results will be available the following morning. Results for PCR tests may take 24-48 hours. The cost and more precise result return times will be available shortly.
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Country:      Sudan      (Begins January 2022) 
 
Adventure Program:      Red Sea RE Aggressor
Information Last Updated:      07-Sep-2021    15:00 EST
Red Sea RE Aggressro Start Date:      27-Jan-2022
Know Before You Go Supplement:     <Click Here>  
Re-Opening Notes:  
The Red Sea RE Aggressor departs from Egypt on all of its itineraries – including those that visit Sudan.    Please visit the regulations for entering Egypt to ensure you are prepared for your trip.
 
 
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Country:      Thailand      (Opens July 2021) 
Adventure Program:      Thailand Aggressor (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      15-Sep-2021    13:00 EST
Thailand Aggressor Start Date:      December 25, 2021
Re-Opening Notes:        
The Thai government has announced continued phased reopening of select tourist regions for foreign travelers, inoculated against COVID-19, who will not need to quarantine.  The Thailand Aggressor begins its 2021/2022 season on December 25th, 2021 with a North Andaman Sea trip.
 
 
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Country:      Turks & Caicos Islands   (Open +)
Adventure Program:      Turks and Caicos Aggressor II (Operational)
Information Last Updated:      13-Sep-2021   09:00 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 is 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.  
 
 
All travelers to the Turks & Caicos Islands are required to obtain pre-travel authorization via the TCI Assured portal. Airlines will only board travelers who have pre-authorization.  A TCI Assured application requires:
  • All visitors, aged 16 years and above, must be “fully vaccinated”.
    • Fully vaccinated means that the person has received all doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 16 days (day of vaccination + 15 days) have elapsed since the second dose.
    • Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty).
    • A combination of vaccines is accepted.
    • The government's website provides full details regarding vaccination and testing requirements.
  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to take a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands.
  • A TCI approved COVID-19 PCR or Antigen Swab Test with a Negative Result. The test must have been taken no more than three (3) days prior to travel to the Turks & Caicos Islands. 
    • Acceptable tests will be:
      • Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests (RT-PCR)
      • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAA)
      • RNA or molecular Test
      • Antigen Test taken via nasopharyngeal swab.
    • The following tests ARE NOT accepted:
      • Any home-test kit or self-administered test. (ie: Pixel, Vault and Everlywell)
      • Any Antibody test.
    • All test submissions must be the laboratory report showing it was processed by an accredited lab.
    • All laboratory reports must include the patient's demographics, the date the sample was collected and tested/reported, sample and test type.
  • All travelers must have Medical/Travel insurance that covers COVID-19 quarantine, medical costs, full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance/medevac. Visitors who test positive during their stay are required to quarantine, at their expense, for 10 days, and receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to release.
  • Completed a health screening questionnaire and Travel Authorization Form.
  • All persons should certify that they have read the privacy policy document.
 
 
“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:      20-Sep-2021   14:00 EST
Kona Aggressor Start Date:      27-Nov-2021
Arrival Restrictions:      
 
The Kona Aggressor II has experienced a delay with its scheduled re-start date. The yacht owners decided to remodel and upgrade some systems during their scheduled dry dock.  All changes require approval by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the yacht has experienced these approvals taking months versus weeks in the past. Due to this, they have decided to postpone the start date until November 27, 2021.