The Seychelles have reopened their borders for tourists without having to quarantine for 10 days.
There is one caveat. The only travelers allowed to bypass the quarantine are those that have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Previously the tropical archipelago in East Africa only allowed travelers from 7 countries who had to quarantine for 10 days and present proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
Travelers who have been vaccinated will not need to quarantine for 10 days but will still be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours of arrival.
Travel Off Path recently predicted that travelers who have been vaccinated will still face travel restrictions. While vaccinated visitors from all countries can now visit the Seychelles without quarantine, the mandatory 72 hour test is still required.
Leading health authorities are still unsure if the vaccine will stop the spread of infection. While it does provide protection for the person who has been vaccinated, researches are still trying to determine if they still could unknowingly be silently spreading the virus.
“We hope that this will open up the tourism industry for the locals primarily for the small hotels who are struggling on La Digue, Praslin and also on Mahe. And also provide the kick that our economy desperately needs,” Seychelles Tourism Minister Sylvestre Radegonde said at a press conference earlier in January.
Documents Required By Vaccinated Travelers To Bypass Quarantine
Travelers who have been vaccinated will need to upload a certificate of vaccination proving that they have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccinated travelers must also provide a negative PCR covid-19 test no older than 72 hours from arrival in the Seychelles.
Documents can be submitted on the official Seychelles Travel Authorization Portal.
How Long Do Vaccinated Travel Need To Wait Before Traveling To The Seychelles?
Travelers who have been vaccinated must wait at least 14 days after receiving their second dose of the vaccine before traveling to the Seychelles.
Do Kids Need To Be Vaccinated?
Children traveling with their parents do not need to be vaccinated to bypass the quarantine but must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.
From Which Countries Are Vaccinated Travelers Able To Visit The Seychelles Without Quarantine?
The Seychelles has announced it will open its borders for tourism to ALL countries under regular visa regulations. All travelers including those vaccinated will still need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.
Seychelles Will Open To Non-Vaccinated Travelers and Vaccinated Travelers Mid-March
Once the Seychelles has vaccinated a majority of its population, the country will open to all travelers including those who have not been vaccinated. The only requirement will be proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test but there will be no quarantine.
What Are The Health Protocols In The Seychelles?
Masks are mandatory in all public spaces and social distancing measures are in effect.
These health requirements will continue even after the majority of the country has been vaccinated.
What Will Happen If Travelers Don’t Have The Proper Documentation?
If travelers arrive at the airport check-in without a valid travel authorization, they will not be able to board the plane. All cancellation fees will be at the traveler’s own cost.
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