The Seychelles is the first country in the world to open its borders after the worldwide pandemic of the Covid-19. Luckily the damages are light but the tourism industry has been impacted heavily as nobody could travel there. Despite the re-opening of its borders, the Seychelles authorities are very cautious regarding the health of its population so there are certain restrictions that they have taken regarding who can travel in the country and there are procedures that also need to be respected for the sanitary measures.
Before you travel you need to know that while travelling, you increase the chances for you to get exposed to the virus and thus to the spreading COVID-19. If it is not urgent it is recommended that you do not travel at this time. Travelers should avoid all travel to Seychelles if they feel sick. Before getting on the flight, you need to get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. You should avoid travelling to the Seychelles if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you test positive for COVID-19. Wait till you have completely recovered then you can travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
You need to follow all entry requirements and provide any required or requested health information or documents. You may be sent back to your country if you do not follow your destination’s requirements.
When you will be on the plane you will have to wear a mask, avoid crowds, keep social distancing with people who are traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch for symptoms.
Before traveling back to your country, you need to get tested with a viral test no more than 3 days before your flight departs. The test result needs to be negative and a copy of your test results should be kept with you during travel in case you are asked for them.
When you will be back home, stay home and do a self-isolation for 7 days after you have got tested 3–5 days after travel. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home to self-isolation for 10 days.
Sanitary measures to follow during travel to Seychelles
There are small steps that need to be followed during your travel to Seychelles namely
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Especially because masks are required on planes, and in airports
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters from anyone who did not travel with you both in indoor and outdoor places.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness such as diabetes, hypertension or heart diseases for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
After travelling to Seychelles
Your exposure to COVID-19 on your travels was very high and at risk. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may pose a risk to your family, friends, and community after your travel.
Get Tested and Stay Home After Travel
Get tested with a viral test 3–5 days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
Even if you test negative, stay home to self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
Follow state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
Take these actions after you return from travel to protect others from getting COVID-19: