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Medicals in other Countries

If you know of any other countries this applies to, or if you know of any countries that definitely do accept a self declaration certificate, please let me know by contacting me here and I'll add it to this page.

The information on this page is subject to our usual disclaimer, you must always check first from a local source before heading off to the country, only to find that they don't actually accept a self certification. Don't say you weren't warned!

If you find that your info differs from ours, or if you visit and dive in a country that's not on our list, please let me know what their current requirements are and I'll update this page.


Webmaster 12th May 2002.


The following countries require a full diving medical certificate, and will not accept a self declaration certificate as proof of diving fitness:


Spain, including the Balearics and the Canary Islands.


Tenerife. April 2001 Golf Divers - Golf de Sur

(They didn't ask for one, only the log books and the PADI card.)





I am off to the Maldives in December (2001) and shock horror was told that I was ok this time but from January I will need a medical (no problem as I already have one). This came directly from the Dive outfit on the island, apparently some islands already insist on it. (see the attached link) so check before you go.
Best regards


The following countries accept a self declaration:



This is acceptable for just going diving.

If undertaking a basic scuba course, The Australian Standards require
that the trainee undergo a medical to standard AS4005.1 ( or the more
stringent AS2299.1 commercial medical will be ok)

This is not , I believe, actually a legal requirement but most ( if
not all ) diving schools state it as being one. It is required for the
training to be completed under Australian standards rather than
actually being a legal requirement.

Dave Noble 2001


Thailand and India

Both Thailand and Indian accept current Membership of PADI and BSAC along with the appropriate self certification form. 
However, in India this is always subject to diving with an approved operator, not independently! There may be a local 'surcharge (?)' from whoever in uniform sees you doing it!

(Read into that, what you will.)

Peter MacIver 2002



New Zealand
Western Samoa
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

I can report the following from
January/February this year (2002)

My wife and I were not asked for medicals of any sort in the following

New Zealand - 4 dive centres
Western Samoa - 2 dive centres
Rarotonga, Cook Islands - 1 dive centre

Richard Scarsbrook 2002


Thanks to Terry Hennessey, Iain Smith, Dave Noble, Mark, Pete, Rev Rob, Peter MacIver and Richard Scarsbrook for information on this page.


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