Seychelles, one of the most visited island nations has reopened its gates for travelers coming from South Africa.
After the Seychelles Ministry of Health, drops South Africa from the restricted list, travelers were allowed to come into the country on 13 September. The ban was initially imposed early this year to prevent the threat of a new South African Covid variant. But for now, travelers from Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal are still on the red list.
David Germain, Tourism Seychelles regional director for Africa & the Americas, said:
“Travelers want to stay safe in a pure environment whilst on holiday and what better place than Seychelles at this time of uncertainty. Tourism operators and their staff have all been trained to minimise and mitigate the risk posed by COVID-19, developing standard operating protocols in collaboration with the health authorities, earning COVID-safe certification.”
Health Entry and Stay Conditions for Travelers received the new information that entry and stay conditions will not be affected by the Covid-19 vaccination status of visitors. However, visitors were strongly advised to maintain all Covid-19 protocols.
Although with an evidence of Covid-19 negative PCR test — done within 72 hours of departure, travelers from South Africa will not have to undergo quarantine upon arrival in Seychelles. In addition, a valid travel and health insurance which covers Covid-19 related quarantine, isolation or treatment must also be provided.
Germain added that “in South Africa itself, mass vaccination of the South African public has already begun and is taking place nationwide in the country, and this is instilling confidence in travel.”
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.