Seychelles will reopen to tourists from all over the world – with the exception of South Africa – on March 25.
Visitors coming to the islands will only need a negative PCR test done within 72 hours prior to their arrival to the country. No quarantine will be needed and visitors will be free to enjoy their holidays in certified hotels.
Sylvestre Radegonde, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism told a press conference that visitors will however need to abide by health measures in place, which means that wearing masks, hand sanitising, and social and physical distancing are mandatory.
“We are hoping that this will give the economy the breathing space that the economy needs, the country needs. And we hope that this will follow by a series of economic activities around the tourism industry. There is demand across the world for holidays and Seychelles is being looked at as potential,” said Radegonde.
With regards to the South African market, the minister said the decision was taken as is important to protect the European market vital for the industry.
Visitors also have to book accommodation in the certified tourism establishments. Currently 535 out of 700 licensed accommodations are COVID-19 certified.
A large number of visitors to the islands are brought in by cruise ship during the cruise season from October to April, but due to COVID-19, the country closed the cruise ship season but discussions are underway to see whether this will be opened this year.