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Is there any information I should leave with family/friends?

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.

What do I need to think about regarding my passport and visa?

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

If your holiday includes an arrival, or just a transfer via the USA, you must have an ESTA visa in order to be allowed entry. You can apply for the visa by filling in all of the details that are marked with an asterix (*) on this website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

The same regulations apply for entry into, or a transfer via Canada, but a separate visa is required. Apply for Canada's ETA visa here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/apply.html

What insurance do I need?

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. This type of insurance needs to be purchased within 48 hours of paying the deposit for the trip. 

Click here to find out more information about Europeiska ERV 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). A basic membership is all that is necessary for a sport diver.

Baggage rules and recommendations

Due to ever increasing restrictions on baggage weight on flights, each bag must be approved by the airline. We are happy to help with booking any extra baggage needed. 

The average baggage weight on long haul flights is often 1 x 23 kg checked bag and 7-8 kg hand baggage, although this varies widely between airlines. To check baggage restrictions and fees, click here

NOTE: When traveling to destinations such as Indonesia, it is often the case that you will fly with several airlines. In doing this, the baggage weight can vary by 10 kg or more. The airline with the least baggage weight allowance is the weight guideline for your flight. If you are allowed 30 kg by one airline and 20 kg by the next, you will have to choose to only pack 20 kg, or to purchase 10 kg in extra weight. 

Vaccinations and Medical concerns

Scuba Travel recommends that you get into contact with your nearest vaccination clinic for the most detailed information. 

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. 

Dive equipment – what do I need to have with me?

If you are planning shore based diving, then all equipment can be rented on site at any time during your vacation.  We recommend that you pre-book the equipment to make sure that your sizes are available. 

The minimum equipment required for all destinations is as follows:

  • Wet suit
  • BCD 
  • Regulator with octopus
  • Dive computer
  • Boots, fins, mask, snorkel
  • Dive certification
  • SMB

Malta & Croatia – During the spring it can be more comfortable to dive in a dry suit or a 7mm semidry. We also recommend taking gloves and a hood for extra warmth and protection.

Red Sea – The temperatures are normally very high in the water and often a 3-5mm full suit or shorty is all that is needed. For those of us that freeze easy, a 7mm, and a hood is recommended during the winter months (Dec-Feb). No gloves are allowed.

Philippines, the Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tobago & Curacao – Some form of foot protection when going out to make house reef dives is necessary and it is therefore practical with boots and open heel fins. The waters are much the same here as in Egypt, so the same recommendations are to be used.

Canada - Drysuit diving is the norm. During the summer months in Canada divers wear 7mm wetsuits.

Can I rent equipment at the destination or on a liveaboard?

If you are going to be on a liveaboard, then rental must be pre-booked. There is often back-up equipment onboard in case of breakage or loss, but due to space restrictions, not all sizes, nor equipment can be brought along. Should you wish to rent equipment, please note that your request (including sizes), must be given to Scuba Travel a minimum of two weeks prior to departure. All requests received after this point in time cannot be confirmed.

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