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Is Seychelles Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 2/24/2021

Seychelles reopened for international tourism on August 1, 2020. If you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have elapsed from the last dose, you can visit from any country.

Otherwise, you can visit only if you come from a designated low-risk (Category 1) or “special status” (Category 2) country, which makes Seychelles one of the strictest countries that are open to tourists.

Travel requirements vary based on whether you have been vaccinated and whether you are coming from a Category 1 or Category 2 country. However, no matter where you’re coming from, you will need to submit a health travel authorization application online before departure and have valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

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Latest Seychelles Travel Restrictions

Travelers who have been vaccinated must have an authentic certificate of vaccination and proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within less than 72 hours of travel. They must also book a stay at a certified Category 1 accommodation, but they do not need to quarantine on arrival; they will be free to explore Seychelles.

Travelers who have not been vaccinated must have proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of departure (for Category 1 travelers) or 48 hours of departure (for Category 2 travelers). They must also book a stay at a certified Category 1 accommodation or at a certified Category 2 accommodation (depending on the country they are traveling from).

Upon arrival in Seychelles, unvaccinated travelers from both categories will have to self-isolate in their accommodation for the first 10 days of their trip and take a PCR test on the 6th day after their arrival. Even if that test is negative, they can only proceed with their trip on the 11th day after their arrival.

Can I travel to Seychelles right now?

Seychelles is allowing unvaccinated travelers from some countries to visit. Vaccinated travelers from any country can visit Seychelles. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Seychelles at the moment.

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Visitors from all countries are allowed to travel to Seychelles as long as they have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since they received the second dose.

Besides, travelers from Category 1 and Category 2 countries can enter Seychelles regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

Category 1 Countries

  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Category 2 Countries

  • Austria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates

No country is currently banned from entering Seychelles, as long as travelers meet the entry requirements.

Seychelles COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Seychelles’ entry requirements depend on whether you have been vaccinated and whether you are traveling from a Category 1 or Category 2 country.

All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must complete a health travel authorization application online before departure and possess valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

Vaccinated travelers must have received both doses of the vaccine and be able to prove that two weeks have elapsed since they received their second dose. They must have an authentic certificate of vaccination and proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within less than 72 hours of travel. They also need to have a reservation at a certified Category 1 accommodation. Vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine upon arrival.

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Seychelles COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Category 1 travelers who have not been vaccinated must have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure and a reservation at a certified Category 1 accommodation.

Category 2 travelers who have not been vaccinated must provide evidence of a reservation at a certified Category 2 accommodation and of a negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure.

Unvaccinated travelers (from Category 1 and Category 2) will have to stay in their accommodation for 10 days after their arrival and then take a second PCR test on the 6th day of their trip. Even if that test is negative, they will only be able to continue their trip as normal on the 11th day after their arrival.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Seychelles?

Regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or are arriving from a Category 1 or Category 2 country, you must have proof of a negative PCR test result. This requirement applies to infants and children as well.

For vaccinated travelers or Category 1 travelers, the PCR test must be from within less than 72 hours of departure. For Category 2 travelers who are not vaccinated, the PCR test needs to be from within 48 hours of departure.

Both Category 1 and Category 2 travelers who are unvaccinated and are staying in Seychelles for 6 days or longer will take a second PCR test on the 6th day after their arrival.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Seychelles?

Unvaccinated Category 1 and Category 2 travelers must remain in their accommodation for the first 10 days of their trip. If they are staying in the country for 6 days or more, they will also have to take a PCR test on the 6th day of their trip, but even if that test is negative, they will still have to remain in their accommodation for the full 10 days. On the 11th day of their trip, if their PCR test was negative, they will be able to explore Seychelles freely.

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Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Seychelles?

Unvaccinated Category 1 and 2 travelers who are staying in Seychelles for 5 days or fewer will not be subject to a second PCR test, but they will have to remain in their accommodation for the entirety of their trip.

Seychelles residents and nationals must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

Vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Seychelles

All travelers must have valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage for the duration of their stay in order to enter Seychelles.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Seychelles

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of Seychelles has confirmed that all travelers who have been vaccinated may enter Seychelles from any country.

Travelers must have received both doses of the vaccine and two weeks must have elapsed since they received their second dose. They must also present an authentic vaccination certificate.

Unvaccinated travelers from Category 1 and Category 2 can still visit Seychelles, but entry restrictions are stricter.

Other travel restrictions for Seychelles during COVID-19

Seychelles has implemented a few other travel restrictions for visitors:

  • All travelers will undergo temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival in Seychelles.
  • Face masks are required in all public areas.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit Seychelles. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in Seychelles

Seychelles is kind of a mixed bag in terms of places that are open. Hotels and the airport are open, but restaurants are closed except for ones in hotels. Still, tours and excursions are operating, so at least you can explore this beautiful island country if you visit.

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What’s open in Seychelles

Hotels that are open in Seychelles

Hotels in Seychelles are currently open, but if you’re a vaccinated traveler or an unvaccinated Category 1 traveler, you must stay at a certified Category 1 accommodation. If you’re an unvaccinated Category 2 traveler, you must stay at a certified Category 2 accommodation. These are the certified accommodations we recommend most:

Guests will be advised of accommodations’ health and hygiene practices when they check in. Their details will be collected for contact tracing purposes. Guests must wear masks and social distance in public areas. Common areas and surfaces will be disinfected frequently.

More details on hotel regulations can be found here.

Tours and excursions that are running in Seychelles right now

Tours and excursions are currently operating in Seychelles, but visitors must take tours and excursions with certified tour operators. Our favorite certified tours and excursions are as follows:

Guests will have their details taken for contact tracing purposes. They must carry hand sanitizer and sanitize their hands before and after the tour. They must also social distance.

A list of all certified tour operators is available here, here, and here. A list of certified nature reserves is available here. More information on tour regulations can be found here.

Restaurants that are open in Seychelles

Only restaurants in hotels are currently open in Seychelles, and they are only open to hotel guests. All other restaurants are closed.

Guests must social distance and sanitize their hands before eating. Tables will be placed 2 meters apart.

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Restaurants that are open in Seychelles

You can find more details on restaurant regulations here.

Airports that are open in Seychelles

Seychelles International Airport is currently open.

All travelers must wear masks and keep a distance of at least one meter away from those who are not in their household. Travelers will also be subject to temperature checks and health screenings upon their arrival in Seychelles.

Where to get a PCR test in Seychelles

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get tested in Seychelles, here is a list of places where you can get a PCR test.

Seychelles reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to Seychelles reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to Seychelles as long as you are vaccinated or are on this list of countries that can visit Seychelles.

There are currently 195 active cases and 1 death due to COVID-19 in Seychelles as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Seychelles as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Seychelles. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider travel to Seychelles.

Yes, travelers who are not on this list of countries that can visit Seychelles and are not vaccinated cannot currently travel to Seychelles.

Yes, quarantine is required to visit Seychelles from unvaccinated travelers from both Category 1 and 2 countries. They will have to remain in their accommodation for the first 10 days of their trip. If staying less than 10 days, they will have to remain at their accommodation for the entirety of their trip. Residents and nationals must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

Yes, whether you are vaccinated or traveling from a Category 1 or Category 2 country, you must present proof of a negative PCR test result. Vaccinated travelers and unvaccinated Category 1 travelers must have a negative result within 72 hours of departure. Unvaccinated Category 2 travelers must have a negative result within 48 hours of departure.

No, Seychelles does not currently have a curfew in place.

No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.

Yes, hotels are open in Seychelles. Vaccinated travelers and unvaccinated Category 1 travelers must stay at a certified Category 1 accommodation, while unvaccinated Category 2 travelers are required to stay at a certified Category 2 accommodation.

Yes, Seychelles International Airport is open.

No, stand-alone restaurants are closed. Only restaurants in hotels are open and they are only admitting hotel guests.

Yes, tours and excursions are operating in Seychelles.

No, Americans cannot currently travel to Seychelles if they have not been vaccinated.

No, Canadian tourists are not allowed to visit Seychelles right now if they have not been vaccinated.

Yes, Mexico is open to all Canadian tourists with no quarantine/PCR requirements.

Sources

We will update this guide on Seychelles reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Seychelles, you can check these official sources:

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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

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