Travel to Seychelles Remains Uninterrupted
Despite New Health Measures

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07 May 2021

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The Seychelles Tourism Board, together with the Ministry for Foreign and Affairs and Tourism, have re-emphasised that Seychelles is a safe destination to visit despite the recent rise in community Covid-19 cases which has prompted tighter health measures in the island destination earlier this week.

The new measures are not expected to affect visitors’ experience of the destination, and include delaying the commencement of the new school term and earlier closure of shops, bars and casinos. Local authorities are nevertheless urging all visitors to follow all health and sanitary guidelines in place, to ensure their safety throughout their stay.

CLIENTS SHOULD NOT FEEL DETERRED FROM VISITING

The recent surge in positive cases in the community has been attributed to people letting down their guard over the Easter weekend.

The Tourism Board’s CEO, Sherin Francis, stressed that potential clients should not feel deterred from visiting the island destination. Seychelles currently has the world’s highest percentage of vaccinated adults in the population, now that over 62% of all adults have been fully vaccinated.

The Minister for Foreign and Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, has also confirmed that Seychelles is committed to following all safety measures and protocols in place to safeguard both its visitors and the local population.

“The destination is investing a lot of effort and funds into making sure that the experience of our guests remains undisturbed,” he said. “Nonetheless, this can only be achieved if visitors also practice the safety and health measures in place.”

“No country in the world can claim to be COVID-free. The government and all industry partners are dedicated to ensuring that Seychelles remains safe for all guests and that they keep the best memories of their Seychelles’ holiday. It is not in the interest of Seychelles, our partners or our guests to do otherwise.”

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VISITORS ARE CONFIDENT OF DESTINATION SAFETY

Only 10% of active cases currently reported have been attributed to visitors. The infection rate amongst guests testing positive upon exiting the country remains low.

Tourists visiting Seychelles may be required to produce a negative PCR Test to exit the country at the behest of their airline or next destination. Both government and private testing facilities are available to visitors, with many private clinic offering test results within 24 hours. Visitors are being encouraged to make use of these private services.

Earlier this week, a new private laboratory with the largest testing capacity in the Indian Ocean opened its doors in Seychelles, reinforcing the destination’s commitment to a safe and convenient holiday experience.

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Since the country re-opened its borders to the global market in late March 2021, Seychelles has been the preferred destination for many travelers in search of a fun-filled vacation or idyllic island getaway.

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The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs Sherin Francis, has said that a destination’s health measures are a strong deciding factor when booking a holiday and that all tourism service providers and businesses have adopted strict operating procedures to ensure the safety of all guests. To date 587 of 720 tourist accommodation establishments have been COVID-safe certified in independent audits by the Public Health Authority.

“We are constantly improving safety measures and protocols to protect both our guests and the local population. Travellers do investigate these important details when considering a holiday destination, and they are choosing Seychelles because they are confident that we are doing our utmost to operate in a safe manner,” she said.

To date, the destination has recorded over 20,000 visitors and seven airlines are currently providing reliable connections to different parts of the world.

Submitted by Seychelles Tourism Board

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