Effective today, March 15, Seychelles no longer requires visitors to present a negative PCR test. Visitors over 18, immunized with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, including a booster dose after six months, will be considered fully inoculated. Full immunization for visitors aged 12-18 necessitates the completion of only two vaccine doses.
Therefore, fully vaccinated visitors will be exempt from the pre-travel PCR test requirement, while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test from a certified laboratory, done within 24hrs before departure to Seychelles.
Visitors who have tested positive 2-12 weeks before arrival in Seychelles are exempt from pre-travel COVID-19 testing but must present proof of infection and recovery.
Just one year after Seychelles reopened its borders to all visitors worldwide, irrespective of their vaccination status, this significant move aims to make Seychelles more accessible as a tourist destination.
However, as safe tourism remains essential, all visitors must present travel insurance with full medical insurance coverage and are encouraged to book their stay at a certified accommodation. Furthermore, applying for a Travel Authorization before arrival is still mandatory for all visitors.
According to the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Sherin Francis, the new measures taken by the country are necessary for the recovery of the industry.
“The exemption of the PCR test for fully vaccinated visitors is certainly excellent news for Seychelles. With restrictions being removed and many destinations reviewing their PCR requirements for entry, it was necessary for us as a destination to retain the interest of our potential visitors. As an industry, we are keeping our commitment towards safe tourism and we should not be complacent and remain vigilant to protect our population and our visitors,” said Francis.
The island country has recently eased other restrictions, removing the overnight curfew and closing time for entertainment services such as bars and casinos effective March 1.
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