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Seychelles reaches COVID-19 ‘herd immunity’, reopens borders to tourists without restrictions

Seychelles reopens to tourists
President Wavel Ramkalawan of Seychelles addresses the country allowing people to travel to Seychelles without restrictions.

On the 25th of March Seychelles will be among the first to open its doors to travellers becoming one of the first countries to welcome back travellers and without any restrictions!! This is because the entire population has received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

South Africa is the only exception:-

South Africa will remain the only country from which visitors will temporarily not be permitted. Visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

There will be no quarantine requirement nor restriction on movements upon entry into Seychelles. However, visitors will still be required to adhere to the public health measures in place in view of the pandemic

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR VISITORS WHO ARE FROM PERMITTED COUNTRIES AND HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED.

  • Visitors must have valid travel health insurance that covers, at minimum, COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care.
  • Visitors, including infants and children, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an accredited laboratory. The test must be taken within a maximum of 72 hours before departure.
  • Visitors must submit their negative PCR test results, flight and accommodation details before departure.
  • Visitors must submit their application for Health Travel Authorisation through the designated platform, which can only be done after they have received their negative PCR test results.
  • Upon check in, all travellers coming to Seychelles must show their approved test results to their respective airline companies for verification.
  • Visitors who have not been vaccinated and are transiting through countries not on the permitted list of countries will be allowed entry into Seychelles only if they do not exit the airport during transit.
  • Visitors who have not been vaccinated and are from countries who are not on the permitted list of countries, but have stayed for at least 14 days in a permitted country, and have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure, will also be authorised entry into Seychelles.

READ MORE: Gibraltar becomes first place in the world where the entire adult population is vaccinated

Sherin Francis, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said sanitary measures will remain in place despite the opening up for visitors.

“It is important to protect our population and for visitors as well,” she said, referring to use of facemasks, social distancing and sanitising, to help keep any infections at bay.

As Europe suffers under lockdown, its citizens flock to African countries for respite.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Department, Seychelles govt website

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