Before You Travel - FAQ

Passport and visas

Be sure to check your passport well in advance to the departure date. Be sure that it is valid for at least six months after your return date and that it is whole and has no ripped or missing pages.

No visas are needed for travel less then 30 days to most destinations, but it is solely the responsibility of each traveller to check with his/her foreign affairs department for the most updated information.

Visas are normally included in all Scuba Travel packages to Egypt. Please contact us for more information.

Visas to Sudan and Djibouti must be purchased upon arrival. A Sudan visa will be denied if there is an Israeli stamp in your passport.

Information for non-travelling family members

Be sure to leave flight times, insurance details and the telephone number to the hotel, Scuba Travel´s representative (for travel within Egypt), and Scuba Travel with a family member or friend that will not be travelling with you.


Check with your home insurance to see if you are covered while travelling. It is important that you have medical and travel insurance that covers both medical emergencies as well as loss of baggage, delayed or missed flights etc.

A cancellation insurance is often purchased separate and covers you in the event of sickness prior to departure of your trip. Most insurances cover expenses if close family members or travel companions become sick and prevent you from travelling.

Click here to find out more information about Solids cancellation insurance and Europeiska travel insurance.

A dive insurance may be necessary to cover you for any dive related accidents that may occur. If your insurance company covers this, be sure to get it in writing prior to the departure of your trip. If a comprehensive dive insurance is what you need, Scuba Travel can recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) www.daneurope.org A basic membership is all that is necessary for a sport diver.

Recommended reading before hand

We suggest the following books as an introduction to the destination that you will be visiting:

Egypt & Sudan:
Red Sea reef guide – Helmut Debelius
A Silent World – Jacques Yves Cousteau
Shipwrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea – Peter Collings

A Guide to Shore diving the Maltese Islands – Peter G Lemon
The dive sites of Malta, Comino and Gozo – Lawson Wood
The Rough guide to Malta and Gozo – Victor Paul Borg

The Philippines:
Philippine Diving, Ultimate Guide to Apo Island, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor – Ronald Van de Vooren

Vaccinations and medical concerns

Scuba Travel recommends that you get into contact with your nearest vaccination clinic for the most detailed information. The following are strictly recommendations: tetanus and hepatitis A & B.

Be sure to get prescriptions filled in advance, as well as stock up on anything that you might need that could be hard to come by at the destination. This is particularly important when traveling on liveaboards. Headache, motion sickness and stomach ailment medicine, as well as feminine products, are all very good to take along in your luggage.

In case of injury or death, Scuba Travel has an emergency plan set in place. Read more under: Safety Policy.

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