Seychelles is all set to reopen its borders to international travellers. However, there are some guidelines that need to be followed.
Missing the sea, the beach, the tan and the wave? Here’s some good news for you. Seychelles is opening again. From August 1, the African Island nation will start welcoming guests to its picturesque white-sand beaches. Commercial passenger flights will be allowed on Seychelles from August.
For the time being, only Etihad Airways and Ethiopian Airlines are allowed to fly in and out of the nation. But soon other airlines will also join. However, there are only a few countries from where international visitors will be allowed at the moment. There are also certain protocols that need to be followed before entering into Seychelles. Let’s see what they are.
Protocols for Seychelles
At the moment, Seychelles has registered only 100 coronavirus positive cases. Out of these, 27 have recovered. To keep their population of 1,00,000 people safe, the government is only allowing people arriving in private yachts and private jets. But that is going to change from August 1.
Only visitors from ‘low-risk’ or ‘medium-risk’ countries are allowed to enter. The bad news is, India doesn’t fall in either of these lists.
Visitors from the low-risk countries will have to show a negative PCR test or an antigen test. These should not be older than 72 hours from the time of arrival. The countries that fall in this list are New Zealand, Thailand and Japan among others.
The visitors coming from medium-risk countries, will have to show a negative PCR test, which should not be older than 72 hours from the date of arrival. An antigen test will not be acceptable. These countries include Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka etc.
All the bookings should be done prior to arrival in Seychelles including hotels and liveboards.
Travellers also need to make sure that they have a valid travel insurance giving full medical coverage for the duration of the holiday.
The Maldives is also open for tourists, you can read about the protocols here.
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