Top travel destinations 2020: Seychelles

Seychelles

Locked down for about 2 months due to the Coronavirus the Seychelles borders are ready to open again. People had to postpone their trips without the certainty that one day they will have the chance to visit the paradisiac islands of Seychelles one day. They had to wait patiently to plan their trips when flights will resume and the good news as now on Seychelles has become even more attractive.

 

In Seychelles 11 cases Covid-19 have been registered but fortunately nobody died of it and the Seychelles can say that the damages has been very low compared to their islands like Reunion Island or Mauritius. The 11 infected were able to return home safe and sound people have been treated. The country has no active case, but the risk is high as the borders are going to reopen so there is no longer a state of emergency in the country. By respecting all the sanitary measures imposed by the government the Seychelles are ready to welcome you as long as you do.

 

How it is covid safe?

COVID-19 risk in Seychelles is high. Travelers are recommended to avoid all nonessential international travel to Seychelles. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Seychelles. If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the Seychelles until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return.

 

How are international flights operating? What are the procedures when landing ?

Persons of Seychellois nationality and holders of a residence or work permit may be authorized to enter Seychelles territory from France only upon presentation of a negative test for COVID 19, carried out less than 72 hours. Before boarding you will automatically be directed to a quarantine location for 14 days. The costs of this stay and the performance of PCR tests will be at their expense.

A passenger dressed in a PPE suit checking in for his flight at KLIA recently. It is common to see passengers wearing some sort of protection coveralls at the airport these days. — Photos: AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

French people from third countries can consult the websites of the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Health to find out the arrangements for their country of residence.

Each passenger, whether arriving or departing will have to undergo Coronavirus tests, to detect if they are positive to the virus. The flights will resume progressively but if you have certain symptoms, and you are sick, it is better to postpone because you will undoubtedly be placed in quarantine to see the evolution of your state in the days to come eventually.

Best time to travel to Seychelles

Seychelles islands are blessed with a year-long warm, tropical climate. While you can visit the islands any time of the year, November through March is pleasant and ideal for wildlife watching, sunbathing, and scuba diving. Whereas April, May, October, and November are hot and humid in Seychelles. Seychelles in September has  heavy footfall during the months of December, January, July, and August. Those who love sailing may also plan a trip in January when the Seychelles Sailing Cup takes place. The International fishing competition takes place in November every year. The suitable time to visit Seychelles is majorly determined by the climatic conditions which depend a lot on the Seychelles island location.

 

Things to do in Seychelles during that period

 

May Valley – At the heart of Praslin

It is a national park nestled at the heart of Praslin. Nearly 20 hectares and funny enough is the world’s smallest natural heritage, the forest already existed when the Seychelles still belonged to the primordial continent of Gondwana. La Vallée is home to the black Seychelles parrot, the Praslin snail, the Seychelles tree frog, and the Green Day gecko.

Anse Lazio

It is an amazing white sandy beach found on Praslin Island. Unlike the others, Anse Lazio is constantly being bombarded by accolades attesting to its extreme and serene beauty.

A peaceful scenery with a calm turquoise water, waves slapping against rocks without forgetting the numerous Takamaka tress.

Finding good hotels and activities deals

North Island Seychelles

For a total blast, it has to be the North Island. A harmonious blend of tailor-made ecological luxury and offers absolute relaxation. It is a postcard retreat with white sandy beaches and granite boulders where distinguished guests like many celebrities have spent their honeymoon here.

 

Carana Beach Hotel, Mahe Island

You don’t risk stumbling upon grand luxury at this contemporary, budget Seychellois-run hotel, but it doesn’t bother that its 40 stylish ocean-view chalets (some with swimming pools) overlook the stunning beach of Carana Beach. You will also find cabins where you can relax, a restaurant where you can taste local dishes (grilled octopus salad). The list of activities that can be arranged is impressive, from diving and hiking to picnics at sunset.

Cerf Island Resort

This tiny island is loved by many less than a mile wide and a mile long with no roads and only a few paths. Twenty-four low-key villas (with the largest outdoor bathrooms ever) are scattered among the trees overlooking a beach and lagoon. Other than that, there isn’t much other than a small infinity pool, a rustic Creole restaurant (jackfruit ice cream is delicious), and a small bar, but what else do you really need? Take a snorkel and kayak and explore the Sainte Anne Marine Park that separates you from Mahé.

Car rental

Car rental services are going to be back for the visitors to be able to travel by car if ever they still have the fear of coronavirus. Booking before your arrival will be better taking into account the fact that you will be quarantined so it to start the date after counting the 14 days.

One among the best travel destinations in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is more than ready to welcome you, one thing is sure, it will help you to get rid of the memories of the stressful holidays the days of lockdown.