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Seychelles is Open for Tourism but Requires a Negative COVID Test

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Seychelles is Open for Tourism but Requires a Negative COVID Test

Seychelles is open for tourism to most countries. All visitors must submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. 

There is no quarantine requirement but, under the new set of restrictions, a nationwide curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. has been imposed until further notice. Shops, bars, casinos, and other businesses are operating shorter business hours.

Visitors with physical presence in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Brazil within the 14 days preceding arrival are not permitted entry.

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Seychelles Reopening – Latest Updates

Beach in Seychelles

July 23 – Seychelles to maintain restrictions despite of COVID case decline

Seychelles has been fighting the Beta South African variant; the Delta Indian variant and the Alpha UK variant since mid-May. Although 68 percent of its population has been fully vaccinated, the country has struggled to manage the pandemic while keeping the borders open.

Fortunately, the number of cases showed a “downward trend” in the last seven days according to the Public Health Commissioner, Jude Gedeon. 

However, authorities have stated that this is not enough to lift domestic COVID restrictions.

“Removing preventative measures too early can be catastrophic and have a very negative effect. It is better that we spend more effort making sure that the outbreak is very controlled before we start thinking of relaxing measures,” said Gedeon at a press conference.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

July 8 – Seychelles to extend internal COVID-19 restrictions – indefinitely – as cases spike 

Just a few months ago, having a fully-vaccinated population was advertised as synonymous with freedom. Now, the reality seems to be different in some of the few countries where herd immunity is almost achieved. 

Seychelles, as the most vaccinated country in the world, has not been able to flatten the curve of infections, according to a Bloomberg’s report. 

“In view of the persistent community transmission of Covid-19, the increasing number of deaths, the confirmation of the presence of variants circulating in the population, the Public Health Authority is reinforcing the public health and social measures in place,” said the Health Ministry a few days ago. 

To make things more uncertain, six Covishield and Sinopharm fully-vaccinated locals died of Covid-19 last week. 

Source: Bloomberg

June 21 – Seychelles is open to all visitors but South Africans as of June 21

Seychelles were set to reopen for South Africans without quarantine on June 5. However,  after an unexpected turn of events, the government announced it will not reopen for visitors arriving from South Africa until further notice.

As of today, Seychelles is open to people from the rest of the countries if they can produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding or a vaccine certificate.

Additional local restrictions such as shops, bars, casinos, and other business closure by 19:00 will also remain in force. 

Arrivals from Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Pakistan will be denied entry.

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May 17 – More than a third of fully vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last week in Seychelles

Together with the Maldives, Seychelles is reporting the highest incidence rate of COVID-19 cases worldwide. This would be just another piece of bad news amidst a pandemic -only if- Seychelles wasn’t the world’s most vaccinated nation.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO), stated they were closely reviewing the situation. According to a WHO spokeswoman their “teams continue to review the data, assess progress and understand the trends.”

As of yet, 57% of those who have been fully vaccinated have received the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, 43% have received AstraZeneca jabs and almost 60% of the population is fully vaccinated. 

Entry rules and COVID-19 related restrictions remain unchanged. 

Commercial airlines that have resumed operations with Seychelles

Seychelles has finally reopened for tourism and these are the airlines that are currently connecting the island country to the world. 

  • Emirates: visitors can now find flights to and from Seychelles to Dubai 7 times a week.
  • Qatar Airways: this airline is flying to Seychelles 3 times per week. 
  • Air Seychelles has resumed operations to and from Tel Aviv and Dubai 3 times per week. It also restarted operations to Mumbai from April 7 and Mauritius from June 2.
  • Aeroflot: the Russian airlines are connecting Seychelles to Russia 2 times per week from April 2. 
  • Air Austral connects the country with Reunion from April 4.
  • Turkey Airlines restarted operations to and from Istanbul from April 23. 
  • Ethiopian airlines: This airline connects Seychelles to several European as well as some Asian countries from May 2.
  • Kenya Airways resumed operations on June 27.
  • Edelweiss Air: passengers coming from Zurich are able to travel to the island from July 3.
  • Condor: this airline connects Frankfurt to Seychelles from October 1.

What countries can enter Seychelles at the moment?

As of now, visitors from all countries can visit Seychelles but those coming from South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

Are Americans allowed entry to the Seychelles?

Yes. American travelers are allowed to visit the country. 

What are the entry restrictions?

Seychelles airport
  • A negative PCR COVID-19 test result is taken 72 hours from the travel date.
  • Visitors still need to stay/reserve accommodation that has been approved by the Public Health Authority. (Check here)

Is Seychelles safe to visit during COVID-19?

Seychelles is no longer safe to visit during the pandemic. It has a warning level 4 and it’s not recommended for people at increased risk for severe illnesses from Coronavirus. (CDC.gov).

As of today, the country has reported 17,747 cases and 89 deaths.

Travelers’ insurance and accommodation

Before departing for Seychelles, your entire stay must be covered by travel and medical insurance. For your safety, the public health authority will verify that your accommodations are booked at a certified facility.

Safe tourism experience is essential, so Seychelles developed a taskforce and certification system to verify safety protocols called the Safe Tourism Certification for industry service providers. 

The easily recognizable green-ticked badge will demonstrate to guests that a business has adopted hygiene and health protocols and standards mandated by the public health department. 

Arrival protocols and safeguards

Regardless of if you arrive via a private jet or commercial passenger flight, multiple health evaluations such as symptoms scans or questionnaires, random swabbing, and temperature scans will be administered to all incoming tourists and crew.

Tourists are required to email negative test result certificates, all accommodation, and flight details to the Seychelles Public Health Authority at [email protected] before arrival. 

What about cruising to Seychelles?

Cruise ships are currently not allowed to dock in Seychelles. 

What activities have reopened in Seychelles?

Tourists in Seychelles

The 115 islands that make up Seychelles are known for their stunning sandy white beaches that are contrasted by lush rainforests. It’s ideal for romantic vacation getaways or adventurous diving expeditions.

Locals and tourists can enjoy the following activities:

  • Beaches – 65 beaches on the island of Mahé alone
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Casinos
  • Cinemas
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Marine leisure crafts – host of great excursions

With its diversified economy, characterized by the public sector, service, and tourism activities, there is something for everyone and every budget in Seychelles.

For those looking for an activity off the beaten-path yet socially distant should check out Copolia Trail in the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahe Island. The trail has been upgraded to enhance the hiker’s experience with steps, information boards, benches, and a new facility.

Transportation

The principal island, Mahé, hosts the international airport and most of the islands’ tourism facilities. These include a wide variety of cultural and eco-tourism hotspots, unique restaurants, bars, accommodations, casinos, dive shops, and car, fishing & sailing boat rentals. Creole, English, and French are spoken in Seychelles.

Accommodation during COVID-19

seychelles air view

Sixteen of Seychelles’ 115 islands currently offer charming accommodations. Lovely B&Bs or chalets can be rented for under 80 USD a night, or splurge on a 5-star resort, spa hotel, or beachfront villa for around 400 USD per night.

No matter when you visit the enchanting islands of Seychelles, you’ll encounter temperatures averaging in the 80s. Look at your calendar! Book a trip and have a wonderful holiday.

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