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While some batteries may be available to purchase on board, please bring extras if your personal dive equipment may require a unique size. Because of the remote locations in which our vessels operate, there is limited or no access to battery recycling facilities. To help us with responsible tourism we kindly request you bring home your own spent batteries to be recycled or disposed of properly. Alternatively, consider using rechargeable batteries as there are plenty of sockets to plug in a charger on board.
There are 2 recompression chambers in Phuket which can be reached within a few hours by speed boat from anywhere in the Similan Islands. Should an accident occur whilst in Burmese waters, air evacuation may be necessary.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
The U.S. Department of State website, www.travel.state.gov/content/travel.html also has essential travel advice and tips for North Americans.
- All visa issuance is suspended until 30 April 2020.
- Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) can not transit without visa (TWOV) in Myanmar.
- Passengers who have been in Hubei Province of China (People’s Rep.) and Daegu and Gyeongbuk Regions of Korea (Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Myanmar.
- Passengers who have been in areas other than Daegu and Gyeongbuk Regions of Korea (Rep.) are required to present a medical certificate that proves no symptoms of acute respiratory illness prior to boarding. They are subject to 14-day quarantine at their home or hotel upon arrival in Myanmar.
- All passengers who have been in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA or the United Kingdom in the past 14 days are subject to quarantine for 14 days. They must present a Medical Certificate issued by a medical facility recognised by the health authorities. The medical certificates must show that they have no symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever and cough or shortness of breath).
Please do let us know if you will be affected by this and bear these restrictions in mind when making your travel arrangements.
Visa Information – Thailand
Passport holders of most western countries will be issued a visa upon arrival for stays of up to 30 days in Thailand. To find out if you need a visa to enter Thailand, please visit the Thai embassy/consulate website at www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailand-tourist-visa.php
If you have any queries about visas or entry requirements, check with the Royal Thai Embassy at www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84451-Tourist-Visa.html
Yellow fever certificate requirements – check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Proof of onward travel and funds
Immigration officials in Thailand may ask you for proof of onward travel (e.g. a return or onward air ticket). Immigration officials may also ask for evidence of adequate finances equivalent to 10,000 baht per person, or 20,000 baht per family (for on-arrival-visa visitors).
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.
Visa Information – Myanmar
Please note the itineraries on The Phinisi that include Myanmar embark and disembark from a port in Thailand, so you will need entry clearance for both countries.
Guests who need to apply for a visa for Thailand in advance must ensure that they request a MULTIPLE ENTRY visa, otherwise they are not allowed back in to Thailand. Passport holders of most western countries will be issued a visa upon arrival for stays of up to 30 days in Thailand. However, upon re-entry to Thailand from Myanmar guests will only be issued with a 15 day visa. Please ensure your onward departure from Thailand is no longer than 15 days after disembarkation, or apply for a multiple entry visa with your nearest Thai embassy or consulate.
Guests are not required to obtain a visa for Myanmar prior to boarding, our Cruise Director and local agent will make the arrangements on your behalf, please bring 2 x photocopies of your passport ID page and 2x passport sized photographs. Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the duration of your stay in Thailand. You may be required to show a confirmed ticket to leave Thailand within the maximum number of days you can stay in the country.
Yellow fever certificate requirements -check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Visa and passport regulations for different countries are constantly in a state of flux. We always advise our guests to check their nearest Thai embassy regularly for updates and changes.
Please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/entry-requirements for the most up to date advice.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have had the required vaccines for the countries you are visiting. Please contact your health adviser or pharmacy, at least 8 weeks prior to departure, for advice if you are unsure which vaccinations you require. We are unable to give specific advice on vaccines or other medical precautions as this information should be provided by a medical professional. Further travel health advice can be found at:
Take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos and other insects, see www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/38/insect-and-tick-bite-avoidance.
If you have a severe allergy, please inform us before you travel.
- Nationals of Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (People’s Rep.), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and passengers with a Chinese Taipei passport (Republic of China Taiwan on the cover) can no longer obtain a visa on arrival.
- Nationals of Italy are no longer visa exempt.
- Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) must have a Health Certificate as well as Lab Test COVID-19 to prove they are free from Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Health Certificate and Lab Test COVID-19 must be valid for not more than 2 days prior to departure.
- All other passengers, other than Thai Nationals must have a Health Certificate as well as Lab Test COVID-19 to prove they are free from Coronavirus (COVID-19) which must be valid for not more than 72 hours (3 days) prior to departure.
- All passengers must have medical insurance with coverage of 100,000 USD.Based on the travel advisory restriction issued by United Arab Emirates Government, nationals of United Arab Emirates are not allowed to travel to Thailand.
Please do let us know if you will be affected by this, and bear these restrictions in mind when making your travel arrangements.
Passengers must present a completed T.8 health questionnaire to Health Control Office upon arrival.
We recommend you to stay 1 night before the liveaboard departure in Phuket so you’re well rested before the start of your safari. Otherwise please ensure that your international flight arrives into Phuket by 11 am on the day of safari departure to allow enough time to transfer to the vessel. Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10am. It is about 1 hour drive from the vessel to the airport. Please allow at least 2-3 hours for international flight check-in and 1.5-2 hours for domestic flights.
There are 3 distinct seasons – ‘summer’ from March through May, ‘rainy’ still with plenty of sunshine from June to September and ‘cool’ from October through February. The average annual temperature is 28°C, ranging anywhere from 30°C in April to 25°C in December. Thailand’s tropical climate is influenced by the southwest and northeast monsoons. From Late May to October, the southwest monsoon hits the western coast of Thailand and the northeast monsoon sweeps the Gulf of Thailand (east coast) between mid-October to mid-December. S/Y Oriental Siren operates in Thailand and Burma November to May to take advantage of the best possible weather period in order to maximize passenger enjoyment.
The local currency is the Thai Baht (THB). The majority of established hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards. However, smaller, family-run places probably will not. There are money-changers and ATM machines located at the airport and near the vessel in Chalong for your convenience.
On board the yacht there are both 220V and 110V with 2 round pin sockets (European style). Please make sure you bring a universal adapter with you if necessary. Electrical current in Thailand is 220 Volts.
Approximate flight duration from London, UK to Phuket, Thailand is 12 hours (direct).
Current studies show that you should wait at least 24 hours after multiple repetitive dives before you fly. Please have this in mind before you book your onwards international or domestic flights.
No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless you are coming from or passing through contaminated areas. Yellow fever certificates are required for those who are coming from the following 14 countries; Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Angola, Barkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Zaire. Health services in Thailand are generally very good. Hospitals in major tourist destinations have modern technology and well trained doctors, including the one in Phuket. We recommend that travellers follow normal precautions with food in order to prevent stomach upsets, and be sure to drink bottled water only. Please consult your doctor or nearest health authorities for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure.
Thai is the spoken language in Thailand which remains largely incomprehensible to the casual visitor. However, nearly all Thais who work in the tourism industry speak English, and Thai- English road and street signs are found nationwide. More than 90% of all Thais are Buddhists, although they have always subscribed to the ideal of religious freedom. Thus sizeable minorities of Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs freely pursue their respective faiths.
Passport holders of most western countries will be issued a visa upon arrival for stays of up to 30 days in Thailand. However, upon re-entry to Thailand from Burma guests will only be issued with a 15 day visa. Please ensure your onwards departure from Thailand is no longer 15 days after disembarkation. Guests are not required to obtain a Burmese visa prior to boarding, the Cruise Director and local agent will make the arrangements on your behalf, please bring 2x photocopies of your passport ID page and 2 x passport sized photographs. All travellers must be in possession of a passport that is valid at least for six months from the date of departure. Visa and Passport regulations are in a constant state of flux and we always advise guests to check regularly for updates and changes, please visit the Thai Embassy website for more info – http://www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk/?q=node/55
Thailand has excellent mobile phone coverage and telephone system, however, in less populated areas; you may find that there is no mobile coverage. The country code is +66 or 0066. To call the UK from the Thailand, dial +66 or 0066 and remove the first 0 from the area code of the number you are calling.