Africa-First: Vaccinated tourists welcome to Seychelles without quarantining
The Seychelles has become the first country in the world to allow vaccinated tourists to enter the country without the need to quarantine. Travellers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still need to follow social distancing measures, but they will now be allowed to visit the Indian Ocean archipelago without self-isolating upon arrival.
The country began vaccinating its population earlier this month, rolling out the Sinopharm vaccine on 10 January. Tourism is arguably the most important industry to the Seychelles’ economy, with 15 per cent of the working population directly employed by the sector. The relaxed restrictions for vaccinated tourists are being introduced in the hope that this can give a much-needed economic boost to the country.
Can you travel to the Seychelles if you haven’t had the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Seychelles has had 746 cases of COVID-19 in total and there is an upward trend of infections there at the moment. As a result, the government has tightened entry restrictions, depending on the risk in the country you’re coming from.
If you are travelling there, you will need to send an application form to the Public Health Authority before you travel. This applies to all travellers, even those who have received the vaccine. Until 28 January, the government has said that international tourists must have a negative PCR test result before departure and be prepared to self-isolate at their accommodation for 10 days upon arrival.
To be exempt from self-isolating on arrival, you’ll need to have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine two weeks before you depart for the Seychelles.
Source: Euro News