Dive Destinations Open For UK Travellers
Travel restrictions from the UK to 59 countries and 14 British overseas territories, including diving hotspots such as Malta, The Bahamas and Tobago are to be lifted from next week.
However, many key diving destinations such as Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives have not been included and you will still need to quarantine for 14 days after visiting them.
The full list announced by the Foreign Office is:
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Réunion, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, South Korea, Spain, St Barthélemy, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City and Vietnam.
To make matters more complex it seems that neither Scotland nor Wales are agreeing to lift restriction after travel to these countries.
The Foreign Office has scrapped its initial idea of travel corridors to a limited number of countries and has dropped what some claim will be unenforceable travel restrictions.
The government has introduced a traffic light system that classifies countries as safe or otherwise, depending on the prevalence of coronavirus.
Countries will either be graded green, meaning they are safer than the UK; amber, meaning they are less safe than green countries; or red, which will result in any passengers returning from them still needing to isolate for a fortnight.
There will be no quarantine necessary for countries graded as green such as New Zealand, or amber such as Spain which have reciprocal agreements with the UK.
You will still have to isolate for 14 days if you arrive back in the UK from anywhere in North, Central or South America - plus Africa, the Middle East and most of Asia.
Airlines and travel companies have already announced flights restarting to destinations not on the list. EasyJet is selling tickets for direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt which start in August. TUI is selling direct flights to Sharm starting in September. Egypt Air is already flying from the UK to Cairo with connecting flights to Sharm and Hurghada.
PADI has released a global map interactive map which is regularly updated providing details of any restrictions on diving around the world. It also lists dive centres which are open.