VICTORIA, 5 March 2021 – Seychelles plans to reopen to visitors and tourists from all over the world next March 25, irrespective of whether they are vaccinated or not.
Until further notice, though, South African nationals will not be allowed to enter the island nation.
Authorities in the capital, Victoria, are effectively going back on an announcement last January that only travelers inoculated against COVID-19 and testing negative for the virus upon arrival will be allowed into the country.
Visitors who show a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure will be allowed into Seychelles, said the country’s foreign affairs and tourism minister, Sylvester Radegonde.
The new announcement says travelers will not have to quarantine jupon entering the country.
Visitors and tourists will be required to respect all other public health measures, including wearing masks, social distancing, washing of hands and regular sanitization.
The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, situated northeast of Madagascar, with a population of almost 100,000 inhabitants, three-quarters of whom live on the main island of Mahe.
The Seychellois gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly $17 billion (2019) is the highest of any African country.
The GDP is 30 percent dependent on tourism. Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, tourists arrivals fell by more than 50 percent, leading to forecasts that the economy would contract by up to 15 percent in 2020.