Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Industry News: Covid-19 Update

The Seychelles International Airport will remain open for visitors as Seychelles steps-up measures to curb the spread of Covid-19

Seychelles authorities have announced new interim safety measures on Sunday, 3 January with the aim to curb the spread of Covid-19 within the community. 

The Seychelles International Airport will remain open for visitors, however, with revised conditions* of entry and stay for visitors from permitted countries.

As part of the new measures enforced and effective immediately:

  • Visitors already in Seychelles will be required to remain in one accommodation establishment for the first ten days of their stay in the destination and this measure extends to all new visitors entering Seychelles as of Sunday, January 3, 2021.
  • No transfer of accommodation will be permitted until the completion of the first 10 days of stay in one establishment.
  • Stand-alone restaurants will be closed. Restaurants within hotels and guest houses will remain open for their guests only. Other communal area recreational services within hotel premises including bars, swimming pools, spas and Kid’s club will also not be operational.
  • Inter-island travels are strongly discouraged.
  • Visitors coming by sea vessels will not be permitted to disembark on the Seychelles shores before ten days after the last port of call.
A strong plea has been made by the authorities for all service providers to maintain a high level of alert and reactiveness at all times.

The industry is reminded that wearing of a mask is mandatory in Seychelles. Any person failing to comply will be liable for legal actions.

Visitors are also reminded that they are not allowed to use public transport during their stay in Seychelles.

*Revised Conditions of Entry and Stay for Persons coming to Seychelles

Conditions for visitors arriving from Category 1 and Category 2 countries 
  • Pre-travel requirements for visitors coming Category 1 and Category 2 countries remain the same – time-bound negative pre-travel PCR test (sampled <48h from departure time for Category 2 arrivals, and <72h for Category 1 arrivals) and relevant health declarations.
  • All new arrivals must be transferred to hotels directly by certified transports.
  • Both Category 1 and Category 2 visitors must remain Hotel-bound for the first 10 nights from entry (except to attend a regional testing centre for day 6 PCR test). No transfers to other hotels/resorts will be allowed until the completion of 10 days.
  • Visitors in the country from earlier, but within 10 nights of entry, will be switched to new conditions, counting the days from their original date of arrival (i.e. a visitor who arrived 5 days ago, can move after another 5 days of stay).
  • PCR test after 5th night of stay (+/- one day) – a negative result does NOT change conditions of stay until after 10 nights. After the 10th night, movement is allowed outside the hotel premises; further PCR test is not mandated (unless ill or required for travel).
  • Excursions/trips can be organized by/through certified operators for only 1 family unit at a time. Maximum 6 in one group.
  • There is no minimum length of stay, as such:
  • Where departure is before completion 5 nights, the surveillance PCR is exempt.
  • Where departure from Seychelles is before 10 nights of stay and guests need exit PCR test, they can be taken by certified transports to regional testing venues to undergo tests and await the result in their hotel. On the day of departure, they should transfer to the airport through certified transports.
  • And where these guests do not need exit PCR test, they can be taken directly to the airport for departure by certified tourism transports.
  • Tourists who are having symptoms must consult their hotel/resort nurse/doctor/COVID-19 focal person, and subsequently plan further evaluation and/or testing under the guidance of the surveillance/ public health team. Testing of symptomatic individuals must preferably be done at fever clinics.

The industry is reminded that it is imperative they follow all guidelines applicable.

Submitted by the Ministry of Health and Seychelles Tourism Board. Please consult the Seychelles Travel Advisory or contact Mason's Travel for further information or clarifications.

Important Note : This is the current information that we have received from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and the Seychelles Tourism Board. The situation remains fluid and is subject to change.