On June 1st the Seychelles have reopened to tourists from 19 countries, with another round of countries, mostly fellow African nations, being added on October 23.
The Seychelles officially announced the first two cases of Covid-19 on March 14, 2020 and since the islands were quick to respond and contain, the nation has decided to reopen tourism in a staged process.
The first 19 countries currently being allowed into the Seychelles for the purposes of tourism are quite the mixed bag.
They vary from countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific, but they all share something in common; they’re all are considered ‘low risk’ due to low incidences of cases, responsiveness from the countries health system.
In October, Seychelles updated the list to include more low-risk African nations to also be allowed to visit. They are included in the list below.
Countries currently allowed to travel to the Seychelles:
This list has changed since the June reopening. Below is the updated list accurate as of October 23
- Cote d'Ivoire
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
Are Flights Allowed Into Seychelles?
Yes, as of June 1st 2020 both private jets and commercial passenger flights are allowed to fly into Seychelles from the approved countries.
Tests, Restrictions and Rules for Entry into the Seychelles”
→ ALL passengers must bring with them a negative PCR test.
- A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 48 hours before departure and you must be able to demonstrate a negative test result on entry.
- Upon arriving in Seychelles, you must stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for 5 days.
- Another COVID-19 test will be performed on the fifth day of your stay. Following a negative test result, visitors will be free to travel within Seychelles.
What’s Reopen in the Seychelles
The Department of Health released a document on May 29th outlining what kinds of activities are reopening during the month of June. They include:
- Gyms and Fitness Centres
- Beaches (no beach parties)
- Marine leisure crafts
- Bars and Restaurants
What are the Seychelles known for?
The Seychelles are known for having amazing white sandy beaches, lush mountain rain forests, incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities, and romantic luxury vacations.
How Much Are Accommodations in the Seychelles?
Most people think that islands as gorgeous as the Seychelles must be out of their price range, but you can find a nice chalet, hotel room or B&B for under $80 USD a night.
For anyone wanting to take the budget up a notch, there are luxurious 5-star properties like the Hilton Resort starting around $400+ USD a night, or the Savoy starting around $350+ USD.
Disclaimer: Seychelles‘s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We will do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information.
Originally published June 7, 2020 with updates