The Seychelles drops quarantine requirement for Covid-vaccinated vacationers
(CNN) – The Seychelles have reopened their borders and dropped quarantine requirements for all travelers vaccinated against Covid-19.
Fully vaccinated visitors are now allowed to travel to the 115-island nation without being quarantined for 10 days, provided they present a negative PCR test result that was generated within 72 hours of travel.
Travelers must also present an authentic certificate from their national health authority to prove that they received both doses of the vaccine.
The Seychelles are 1,600 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania and depend on tourism for around 65% of their GDP.
Officials are confident that the new measures will prove to be a step in the right direction when it comes to revitalizing tourism on the island nation.
“We hope that this will open up the tourism industry for the locals, especially for the small hotels that are struggling on La Digue, Praslin and Mahe. And also provide the kick that our economy urgently needs,” said Tourism Minister Sylvestre Radegonde during a press conference earlier this month.Currently, unvaccinated visitors from the Seychelles Category 1 and 2 list, as well as those arriving by private jet, are allowed to participate as long as they self-isolate for 10 days and provide a negative PCR result within 72 hours of arrival.
In addition, the island nation claims to have vaccinated over 70% of its estimated 98,000 residents by mid-March.
If this goal is achieved, the restrictions will be further relaxed and those who are allowed to enter the Seychelles will only need to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel.
Sybille Cardon of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association stresses that officials are pulling out all the stops to ensure tourists can safely return to the Seychelles as soon as possible.
“If we look at other goals, they are fine – they have put relevant protocols in place, opened their borders, and done whatever it takes.
“It is really important to have the right protocols in place as tourists are still coming and wanting to vacation in Seychelles.”
Seychelles is not the first country to announce plans to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers.