Seychelles to reopen for All Travelers from 25 March
Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, announced on March 4, 2021, that the island destination will reopen to visitors from all countries except South Africa beginning March 25, 2021.
The announcement follows a Tourism Task Force Committee meeting. Visitors will only be required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure. Vaccination status is not required.
There are also no quarantine requirements for visitors. Visitors will be required to wear face masks and use social distancing and sanitization practices, but the new measures give travelers access to all communal areas within a hotel’s property, including bars, spas and swimming pools.
The main reason Minister Radegonde cited for the relaxing of these measures was the country’s aggressive vaccination campaign made earlier in the year:
“The vaccination campaign has been quite successful. The government has done everything in its power to make sure that the population is protected. We have now arrived at the point where opening our borders further is the next step to allow for our economic recovery. The measures being announced reflect broadly the recommendation of our tourism partners and have been done in full consultation with and the endorsement of our health authorities.”
The Indian Ocean island nation is the first African country to launch a comprehensive COVID-19 immunization campaign, which began in January 2021.
So far, Seychelles has registered 2,928 coronavirus cases with 13 fatalities, the John Hopkins University data shows. According to the New York Times’ Global Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker, Seychelles ranks second only to Israel in the number of vaccinations, with 57.8% of its population having been at least partially vaccinated and 25% of its population completely vaccinated as of the time when this article was written.
More details will be found on the country’s updated travel advisory page.
Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, only a few inhabited, in the Indian Ocean that lie off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar. Seychelles were disputed between France and Great Britain during the age of colonialism, with Britain ending up in control in 1814 after the Napoleonic Wars. The islands achieved independence in 1976; however, free elections did not occur until 1993. The politics of this island group remain in something of a state of flux, although this should not bother the tourist seeking a relaxing beach vacation. Visit the best places to visit in Seychelles.
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