Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily

Victoria, Seychelles – From the 1st of August 2020, Seychelles will reopen its ports of entry following months of closure due to COVID-19.

However, although visitors will now be allowed into the country, certain guidelines have to be strictly adhered to.

“Visitors coming from low risk countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an authorized laboratory dating no more than 72 hours from the date of travel. In the event that a PCR test is not available, a Rapid Antigen test will be required, whereas for visitors coming from medium risk countries, they will require a negative PCR certificate no more than 72 hours from the date of travel. Visitors coming from high-risk countries will not be authorized to enter Seychelles. 

All negative test result certificates including all flights and accommodation details must be sent to the Public Health Authority  to visitor@health.gov.sc,  if visitors fail to submit their tests results, flights and accommodation details they will be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR or a Rapid Antigen test upon arrival.

Upon check in, all travelers coming to Seychelles must submit the approved test results to their respective airline companies for verification. Visitors must comply with all airline protocols upon embarkation.

Visitors must ensure that accommodation bookings are made only at licensed accommodation establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. All booking vouchers reflecting the entire duration of their stay in Seychelles must be presented at the immigration counter for verification. If upon arrival visitors have not booked in a licensed and certified accommodation establishment, they will be directed to another establishment that has been certified.

Moreso, visitors must ensure that they have a valid travel insurance with full medical coverage for the duration of their entire stay in Seychelles.

Local service provides will be required to keep a trackable movement log of their guests for the first 14 days after arrival of a holiday in Seychelles,” read part of the statement from the Seychelles government.

Seychelles is amongst the very few countries in the world that have less than 100 COVID-19 cases.

To date, the southern African country which has a population of less than 100 000 has recorded 81 COVID-19 cases and no COVID-19 fatalities.