COVID-19

THE LATEST TRAVEL REGULATIONS AND RESOURCES
IN RESPONSE TO THE EMERGING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Entry and Stay Conditions

What you need to know for travel to and around Seychelles: keep abreast of the latest protocols and requirements to ensure safe travel and stay for visitors to our islands.

FULL ADVISORY

Online Travel Authorisation

Visitors must obtain approval from the Public Health Authority (including a negative PCR test) as a requirement for entry into Seychelles. Apply online here. Applications take 24 hours.

APPLY ONLINE

Countries Permitted Entry to Seychelles

Visitors from all countries (regardless of their vaccination status), except travellers that have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan or South Africa in preceding 14 days.

LATEST GUIDELINES

Health-Certified Tourism Businesses

Visitors must ensure that accommodation and tour bookings are made only with licensed service providers that have been certified by the Public Health Authority.

LICENSED SERVICES

Most frequently asked questions:

Here are some brief answers to our partners’ most frequently asked questions about travel to Seychelles during the pandemic (click “+” beside each question). This information is by no means exhaustive and – as the pandemic unfolds – information is constantly being updated. We encourage you to contact your Mason’s Travel representative or consult the Ministry of Tourism’s website for the latest and more detailed information.

Are Seychelles' borders open to international travellers?

Important update - 1 June 2021: Visitors from all countries (regardless of their vaccination status) may enter Seychelles, except travellers that have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan or South Africa in preceding 14 days. Travellers from all permitted countries will need to submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel to the Seychelles and will need to apply online for Travel Health Authorisation from the Seychelles Department of Health. This can be done at seychelles.govtas.com.

What are the entry requirements for Seychelles? Do I need a PCR test?

Visitors to Seychelles will need to apply for Travel Health Authorisation before entering Seychelles. This application can be done online and takes 24 hours. The cost is EUR 45. Visitors will need to submit a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to travel, return flight tickets and proof of accommodation booked at an approved establishment for the entire duration of their stay. They will also need to show travel insurance covering their entire stay. Apply online at seychelles.govtas.com. (Important update: 1 June 2021) Please note that travellers that have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan or South Africa in preceding 14 days will not be permitted entry into Seychelles.

How to I apply for approval from the Public Health Authority?

Applications can be done online, at seychelles.govtas.com, and take roughly 24 hours. The cost is EUR 45.

How has the pandemic affected Seychelles? What can I expect?

Seychelles has among highest percentages of vaccinated populations in the world and should be considered a safe destination to visit. There are, however, certain precautions in place to control the spread of the virus and to keep the community and visitors safe: wearing a face mask and social distancing should be practiced at all times and are mandatory in public areas. Regular hand sanitisation should be practiced and is mandatory at the entrance of most businesses, together with temperature checking. You may also need to submit your name and contact details when entering restaurants and other places of business, for contact tracing purposes. At present, there is a 11pm curfew in Seychelles. Visitors to Seychelles are only permitted to stay at approved establishments that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. These establishments have shown that they are implementing the necessary operational precautions and training to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Visitors may still participate in tours, excursions and activities such as diving, fishing, etc – provided they book with approved operators.

Do I need to wear a mask in Seychelles?

Seychelles has among highest percentages of vaccinated populations in the world and should be considered a safe destination to visit. However, there are certain precautions in place to keep the community and visitors safe: wearing a face mask and social distancing should be practiced at all times and are mandatory in public areas. Regular hand sanitisation should be practiced and is mandatory at the entrance of most businesses, together with temperature checking. You may also need to submit your name and contact details when entering restaurants and other places of business, for contact tracing purposes.

Will I need to take a PCR test while in Seychelles?

As of 25 March 2021, it will no longer be necessary for visitors to take a PCR test while in Seychelles. Visitors are not required to submit a negative PCR test to exit Seychelles. However, this may be required by your next destination or airline. Please check these details with your airline a minimum of 4-5 days prior to your departure, as restrictions and requirements are constantly being updated. Visitors should contact their hotel for assistance making an appointment at the nearest testing centre.

Is there a required minimum length of stay?

As of 25 March 2021, no quarantine period or minimum length of stay in a single establishment will be required.

Do I need a PCR Test to exit Seychelles?

Visitors are not required to submit a negative PCR test to exit Seychelles. However, this may be required by your next destination or airline. Please check these details with your airline a minimum of 4-5 days prior to your departure, as restrictions and requirements are constantly being updated. Visitors should contact their hotel for assistance making an appointment at the nearest testing centre. Please note that exit PCR tests are done at the visitor’s expense.

What happens if I test positive while in the destination?

If you receive a positive result from a PCR test taken while in Seychelles, the Public Health Authority requires that you are isolated in your hotel/guesthouse, at your own cost, for a minimum of 10 days. This requirement applies regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you do not experience any symptoms during this isolation period, you may expect to be released 10 days after your positive PCR test. Should you develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness during your isolation period, you will be required to isolate for 14 days. Any close contacts who might have been infected (eg. a travelling companion) may also be asked to undergo quarantine. During the isolation/quarantine period, guests may not change accommodation, except with the approval of the Public Health Authority. A repeat test is not required at the end of the period, unless required by your airline or next destination. At the end of this period, you will be issued with a certificate or letter of completion of isolation. A second test by a different laboratory immediately after the initial positive result does not invalidate the first result. Public Health Measures, including isolation, are required on the basis of the initial positive test.

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