Indian Ocean's Largest Covid-19 Testing Laboratory Opens in Seychelles

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03 May 2021

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Seychelles Medical Services Pty, a new healthcare company registered in Seychelles, has opened the first state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated to Covid-19 testing in Seychelles. It is the largest of it’s kind in the Indian Ocean.

Together with Euro Medical Family Clinic, the private facility is the second of it’s kind offering private PCR testing services to visitors exiting Seychelles after their island holiday.

OVER 30,000 TESTS PER DAY

The facility, located on Eden Island, aims at providing convenient and seamless testing services primarily for tourists before flying abroad. By the end of May 2021, Seychelles Medical Services Pty anticipates opening five sampling branches on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. All centers will operate on a 24/7 basis.

The new laboratory can process over 30,000 tests per day and the tests can track all known genes and variants of COVID-19.

The facilities provide the full range of tests for travellers including a Rapid Molecular Covid-19 Test, the Gold standard Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test, Rapid Antigen Test and Antibody Test.

Travel Certificates or test results will be issued by email within 24 hours of taking the test on a standard service, whereas an express service is available for results within 8-10 hours. A Fast-Track Service can return the result in 2-3 hours if needed.

Seychelles Medical Services also has eight dedicated Specialist Teams who can visit them in the privacy of their hotel rooms, or even on their boat, to administer the test.

NEW CERTIFICATION CENTRE AT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Seychelles Medical Services Pty has also opened a new Covid-19 Travel Certification Centre at the Seychelles International Airport. The centre, which is based at the Payanke’s VIP Lounge, provides RT-PCR test and antigen test for travelers, businesses and members of the general public.
The service is currently being provided from 8am to 8pm. Clients can book an appointment or have an emergency test on site as well.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE AND CONVENIENT TESTING FACILITIES

Seychelles Medical Services owner, Mr Justin Etzin, said he was delighted to launch the new laboratory and facilities to provide a dedicated testing option to exiting passengers and locals alike.

“We are pleased to be doing our part and to offer another option on the market for such important tests. We provide the only 24/7 service in Seychelles with reliable and fast Covid-19 tests for their travel needs,” he said.

“This is especially important at a time when passenger traffic into the country is increasing. Our service is delivered at modern and dedicated locations open around the clock. Or, if it is more convenient, we will come to you.”

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis has welcomed the addition of a new testing facility for tourists on Mahe, and soon on other islands.

“We, in the tourism trade, understand and appreciate the importance of having adequate and convenient testing facilities which will give our visitors the peace of mind,” she said.

“We thank the Seychelles Medical Services Pty and all other local clinics who are offering such a necessary and indispensable service, especially as tourist numbers are growing and we should prepare ourselves for when more countries are open for travel.”

Mrs Francis noted that as vaccination drives gather pace all over the world, and as more countries are likely to come out of lockdown, European summer travel is looking increasingly possible.

“We will be dealing with a much bigger load of requests for tests and we believe that offering travellers a wider choice of testing facilities is important in aiding the tourism industry to bounce back,” she said.

Other private clinics offering the COVID-19 related services in Seychelles are Euro Medical Family Clinic, Future Care Clinic and Victoria Health Care Services.

For more information about the COVID-19 testing services on offer in Seychelles, please contact Mason’s Travel, visit https://pcrtest.sc/ or call +248 4366999

Submitted by Seychelles Tourism Board

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