COVID-19 Seychelles

We will be posting regular updates on this page to keep you informed of the developing situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Seychelles.

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Last Updated: 22 January 2021

Cases overview in Seychelles:

  • Confirmed: 866
  • Recovered: 647
  • Deaths: 3

 

Coronavirus Seychelles

Seychelles remains open to international visitors and has put in place travel requirements to ensure safe travel and stay for its visitors. 

To learn more about these requirements, please view the latest Visitor Travel Advisory issued by the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism. Or simply refer to the following sections:

Conditions of Entry for Vaccinated Visitors

Vaccinated Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Seychelles under the following conditions:
  • Adult visitors must have taken their complete dose of vaccine (the two doses). They can only travel two weeks after they have received their second dose of the vaccine. Infants and children may not be required to be vaccinated.
  • Visitors must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an accredited laboratory. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before departure.
  • Health travel authorization is required. Visitors must submit their certificate of vaccination and negative PCR test results, flight and accommodation details before departure. Visitors must submit their application for approval through the designated platform at this link: - https://seychelles.govtas.com/. 
  • Upon check in, all travellers coming to Seychelles must show approved Health Travel Authorisation (HTA) to their respective airline companies for verification. 
  • Visitors must ensure that accommodation bookings are made only at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Refer to the list of certified accommodation category 1
  • Transfer of visitors from the airport to the place of accommodation will be done by authorized transport and visitors must at all times follow instructions provided by the operators.
  • Visitors are not authorised to use public buses. 
  • Vaccinated visitors will be allowed free movement but must follow all health protocols in place at their respective tourism accommodation/liveaboards.
  • Visitor wishing to take part in recreational activities such as tours, excursions, sightseeing etc. are required to use licensed tourism service providers that have been certified by the Public Health Authority.
     

Conditions of Entry for Non-vaccinated Visitors

Only passengers from a list of Permitted Countries are allowed to enter Seychelles. The list is divided into two categories: 
 
  • Category 1*: Countries considered as low and medium risk
  • Category 2*: In an effort to provide more confidence to tourism partners in key source market countries, the Seychelles authorities have decided to provide Special Status to a group of 7 countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the United Arab Emirates.
Should any of these countries not meet the criteria to be included in the list of Category 1 countries, they will be moved to the Category 2 list. Visitors arriving from a Category 2 country will still be allowed to enter Seychelles but under stricter measures. For more on the subject, feel free to read our blog.
 
Guidelines for Category 1 countries:
  • All visitors to Seychelles must apply for the mandatory Health Travel Authorisation (HTA), either via the Android or iOS apps on mobile devices or via the official government website at https://seychelles.govtas.com.
  • Applications must include a negative PCR test result, along with flight and accommodation details that can only be submitted between 3 and 72 hours before departure.
  • Each individual, including children and infants, are required to apply separately. A fee (€45) will be charged per application. For more information, you can refer to the communique from Seychelles Tourism Board.
  • Once approved, you must present your HTA  upon departure at check-in and on arrival in Seychelles. Without authorization, you will be refused boarding!
  • All passengers, including infants and children, must be able to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure.
  • Airlines are not to board any passengers or crew who are symptomatic of COVID-19.
  • Visitors must ensure that they have valid travel insurance with full medical coverage, including COVID-19 related medical care.
  • Entry screening will be performed upon arrival and may include a symptomatic check, temperature scan and the completion of a health check form. Additionally, visitors may be required to undertake a COVID-19 test upon disembarkation.
  • At the airport, visitors should practise proper hand and respiratory hygiene. They must ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre from other persons is maintained. Face masks should be worn before leaving the aircraft.
  • All new arrivals must be transferred to hotels directly by certified transports
  • Visitors may only stay in establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. No visitors will be permitted to stay at private residences. The list of Category 1 certified establishments is available on the website of the Department of Tourism: www.tourism.gov.sc. Upon disembarking in Seychelles, all visitors will be required to provide proof of accommodation in an approved establishment for the entire period of stay and must show booking vouchers at the Immigration desk. 
  • New arrivals cannot leave their establishments for the first 10 nights from entry (except to attend regional testing centre for day 6 test).
  • No transfers to other hotels/resorts will be allowed until completion of 10 days.
  • A mandatory PCR test will be conducted on the sixth day after the arrival of the visitor (This does not apply to visitors staying 7 days or less). A negative result does NOT change conditions of stay until after 10 nights. After 10th night, movement is allowed outside the hotel premises; further PCR test is not mandated (unless ill or required for travel).
  • All persons at tourism establishments are monitored daily for signs of illness.
  • Visitors are required to wear face masks in public areas.
  • Visitors must avoid close, prolonged interactions with the local community, or any gatherings or meetings and avoid crowded places, including markets.
  • Visitor wishing to take part in recreational activities such as tours, excursions, sightseeing etc. are required to use licensed tourism service providers that have been certified by the Public Health Authority.
     

Special Status Countries

Starting from 01 October 2020, when a Special Status country appears on the Category 2 list, arrivals from that country will still be permitted to enter Seychelles albeit under additional, more restrictive health and safety measures.
 
Guidelines for Category 2 countries:
  • All visitors, including children and infants, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.
  • Once visitors have their test results, they must submit their Health Travel Authorisation (HTA) application for approval through the designated platform at this link https://seychelles.govtas.com.
  • Upon disembarkation, visitors will go through temperature screening, symptom checks, and a review of PCR test certificates and travel documents.
  • All new arrivals must be transferred to hotels directly by certified transports.
  • All visitors must ensure that their accommodation is authorised to receive visitors from the countries with Special Status. The Category 2 list of authorised accommodation will be updated periodically by the Seychelles authorities.
  • New arrivals cannot leave their establishments for the first 10 nights from entry (except to attend regional testing centre for day 6 test).
  • No transfers to other hotels/resorts will be allowed until completion of 10 days.
  • repeat PCR test will be performed on the 6th day (free of charge). A negative result does NOT change conditions of stay until after 10 nights. After 10th night, movement is allowed outside the hotel premises; further PCR test is not mandated (unless ill or required for travel).
  • Once visitors are allowed free movement, they must adhere to all Public Health measures and guidance being given to visitors (including wearing of face masks in public places) and only use certified transport and service providers. Visitors are not permitted to use public buses.
  • Visitors must avoid close, prolonged interactions with the local community, any gatherings or meetings and avoid crowded places, including markets.

All other measures will stay in force. Physical distancing and good hygiene will continue to be required.

What is closed in Seychelles? 

As per Sunday 03 January 2021, new stricter measures came into effect. Follow this link to view the latest Seychelles Ministery of Health communique.
 
  • Restaurants are closed (except those in hotels and guest houses)
  • Mobile food vans and takeaways are closed
  • All sporting activities, including watersports are suspended (except for individual exercises activities involving members of a household, e.g. jogging, walking, swimming in the sea)
  • Public swimming pools, including hotel pools, are closed
  • All children clubs in tourism establishments are closed
  • Retail stores except grocery stores are closed
  • Avoid travelling between islands as much as possible
     

New Measures as of mid-March 2021

Once the majority of the adult population in Seychelles have been vaccinated, Seychelles will be open to all visitors from any part of the world whether they have been vaccinated or not. However they must still have a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to travel.

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What can we do to help the locals?

The Seychelles tourism industry has almost entirely collapsed. The islands are suffering from an unprecedented economic downturn; putting many people out of work and under incredible strain. A way to help the locals is to consider rescheduling your travel plans instead of cancelling bookings for the time being.

When it is safe to travel again and if time permits - explore more of the region than you may have previously considered. Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are all within easy reach of each other and offer something unique and worth experiencing. You can learn more about the region to help plan your trip on our dedicated Travel Tips pages.

Seychelles Ferry services during Coronavirus restrictions

Until further notice, reduced ferry services will continue to operate. Travel on Seychelles ferry services is limited to those providing essential services ONLY.

Cat Coco Ferry - Click here for temporary schedule

Inter Island Ferry - Click here for temporary schedule
 

Contact information

If you have a ferry booking for travel in the next few months, or for any other destination-related questions, feel free to contact us directly if you wish to reschedule your trip. We also invite you to consult our Terms and Conditions if you have any questions regarding a cancellation.

Ferry Seychelles Corona

Inter Island Ferry Face Mask Required

Inter Island Ferry ID Required


*List of Permitted Countries

Category 1 (as per 01 January 2021)
Australia
Bahrain
Botswana
Burundi
Cambodia
China
Cote d'Ivoire
Cuba
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
Gabon
Ghana
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Japan
Kenya
Kuwait
Liechtenstein
Malawi
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Monaco
Mongolia
New Zeland
Niger
Norway
Pakistan
Qatar
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Category 2 (as per 01 January 2021)
Austria
France
Germany
Italy
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates
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