New requirements hoped to boost tourism
The Seychelles has reopened its borders and dropped quarantine requirements to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccinated visitors can now enter the island nation without having to quarantine for 10 days provided they present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel. Travelers must also submit a certificate from their national health authority to verify both doses of the vaccine have been administered.
Officials welcome the new measures and are hopeful they will revive tourism. "We hope that this will open up the tourism industry for the locals primarily for the small hotels who are struggling on La Digue, Praslin and also on Mahe. And also provide the kick that our economy desperately needs," said Tourism Minister Sylvestre Radegonde.
Currently, non-vaccinated visitors from the Seychelles' category 1 and 2 list, as well as those arriving by private jet, are permitted to enter providing they self-isolate for 10 days and provide a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of arrival. Situated 1,600 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania, the Seychelles depends on tourism for around 65% of its GDP.