Destination Updates

Last Updated:                      24-Jun-2022

IATA Gives You the Latest Travel Restrictions and Guidance

This is the same database that your airline will utilize when you check in for your flights. All guests should consult the IATA Travel Centre  website or download the IATA Travel Pass app (in both IOS and Android) to have up-to-the-minute access to international travel restrictions and entry requirements for your destination based on your individual profile and travel plans.  

The site takes into account travel dates, the destination country, departure country, your passport country, and any countries you may transit through.  All of these factors are reviewed, and a personalized report is generated for you that shows passport requirements, any covid requirements, Visa requirements and conditions, general health information, along with “fast facts” about the destination country and links to learn about Customs, Currency, and Airport tax regulations for your destination. 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.

Check early – check regularly – and do a final check a few days before departure to ensure you are in alignment with the current regulations.


Travelers Responsibilities
Before traveling, Aggressor Adventures recommends each guest research and become familiar with the travel requirements they may encounter, and insurance coverage available including but not limited to the following:
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance and these added coverages:
    •  Strongly Consider "Cancel For Any Reason Policies".
    • Strongly consider policies that include COVID-19 coverage for medical care, medications, additional testing, and isolation/quarantine stays (including accommodations and meals).  This may also be obtained using a separate Travel Medical Insurance Policy.
    • Strongly consider a policy with a LiveAboard Riders add-on – this provides coverage for changes in the scheduled programs and missed dives due to issues happening with the vessel and others passengers on the same vessel as you.
  • 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.
    • Personal exploration of the country before your Aggressor Adventure is strongly discouraged. Guests who desire to spend more time exploring the country are encouraged to schedule this holiday component after their liveaboard adventure.
    • See the KBYG Supplement for your destination (below) for exact details.
  • Return entry requirements for your home country when wrapping up your journey.
 

Country Vaccination / Testing Requirments

Listed below are Aggressor destinations that are open and operating.  Click on the "Travel Supplement" link to see the detailed information regarding travel and entry requirements into that destination.
 
Country Vaccination Required Testing Before Entry Travel Supplement
Bahamas No Unvaccinated Only Click Here - BHA
Belize No Unvaccinated Only Click Here - BZE
The British Virgin Islands   
(Starts Jul 23, 2022)
No Yes Click Here - BVI
Cayman Islands   

(Starts Aug 13, 2022)
Yes Yes Click Here - CA4
Costa Rica No No Click Here - CR
Cuba Yes No Click Here - OFY
Ecuador (Galapagos) No Unvaccinated Only Click Here - GA3
Egypt No No Click Here - EG
Indonesia
(RAA2 Starts Jul 1, 2022)
(INA Starts Jul 22, 2022)

Yes No Click Here - IDN
Maldives No No Click Here - MA2
Mexico - Socorro No Country = No
Vessel = Yes (Antigen)
Click Here - SOA
Palau Yes Yes Click Here - PA
Philippines Yes Yes = vaccinated
No = Vaccinated + boosted
Click Here - PHA
Roatan (Honduras) No Unvaccinated Only Click Here - ROA 
Sri Lanka No Unvaccinated Only Click Here - ASL
Sudan Departs from/to Egypt See Egypt Click Here - EG
Turks & Caicos Yes No Click Here - TCA
 
 

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.  Any guests who test positive will be transferred to shore.  Guests will be disembarked and checked into a hotel for isolation so that they have direct access to medical care if needed. 
 
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 is responsible for any costs associated with taxi / boat transfers to shore, medical treatments, additional testing, isolation (or quarantine) accommodations, and meals.  Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance with COVID coverages or a separate Travel Medical Insurance policy that covers COVID-19 illness and isolation/quarantine stays is highly recommended.  

 
 

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

NOTICE:  As of 12:01 AM ET on June 12, 2022, the CDC (USA) will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID_19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.  Non-US Citizen, Non-US Immigrants traveling to the United States, please check the requirements for travel to the USA before boarding a flight to the United States.
 
Some destinations still require returning guests to have a negative COVID-19 test result.   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.  Both PCR test and rapid Antigen tests are available.  The Antigen test is now the most readily available and provides results very quickly.  Check the Know Before You Go Supplement for your destination to learn which types of tests are available. 
 
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.   

 

Travel Insurance & International Medical Insurance with COVID-19 Protections

There are now policies that include coverage for COVID-19 treatments, hospitalizations, 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.