Seychelles – Free from COVID-19
Life in the Seychelles returned to normal on Monday 4th May. The Seychelles Health Authorities relaxed confinement measures. No new coronavirus cases has been recorded in almost three months and only 11 people were initially infected.
Seychelles went into lockdown on April 8, two days after the last case of the virus was recorded, shutting non-essential services and banning all movement aside from grocery shopping.
A few days later a nighttime curfew was added to the measures. The restrictions were applied to Mahe, the main island as well as the second and third most-populated island, Praslin and La Digue.
On Monday the 4th of May, most businesses were allowed to re-open and people were once again moving freely and going to work—few of whom wore a mask. Authorities have called on citizens to nevertheless maintain social distancing measures and remain vigilant.
Seychelles Re-Open its Airport
As from the 1st of June, the Seychelles International Airport has re-opened its facilities but, with certain requirement. Private flights carrying passengers who have been given prior approval will be permitted.
Chartered flights carrying passengers only from approved countries (Australia, Austria, Botswana, China, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand) may be permitted to land. Travellers with interest to travel will need to apply through a designated application form which will be processed as per Public Health orders. All passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is 48 hours or less prior to boarding the flight to Seychelles. Exit screening must have been completed by all incoming passengers and crew. Entry screening will be done upon arrival starting with completion of the health check form, symptomatic check, temperature scanning.
All passengers must provide proof of accommodation in an approved establishment for the entire period of stay and must show booking vouchers at Immigration on entry. During the month of June, they are not to change accommodation during their stay and must not interact with the community apart from those at their place of residence. For 14 days after arrival the client will be monitored daily by the designated Health and Safety officers or focal person. Any illness must be reported immediately to the nearest Health Facility who will provide appropriate guidance. All cost of screening and test will be borne by the passenger.
Requirement for Sea Going Vessel
Yacht, SuperYacht and leisure fishing vessels may enter Seychelles waters and must clear immigration at port Victoria and must receive clearance for any subsequent visit or disembarkation at any site or island from relevant authorities. No crew or passengers will be given permission to disembark until the vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea during which time daily temperature check should be submitted to port Health office. A COVID 19 test may be requested at the end of the 14 days. All passengers and crew must have been screened for COVID-19 and have a recent negative PCR test (<48 hours) prior to entering Seychelles waters.
All other measures will stay in force. Physical distancing and good hygiene will continue to be required.
The Public Health Emergency Operation Center identified a number of countries at low risk where the epidemic appears to be under good control (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Serbia, South Korea). Entry to Seychelles from those countires could be considered with effect from mid July 2020.