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Is Seychelles Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 9/7/2021

Seychelles reopened for international tourism on August 1, 2020. Travelers from almost any country can currently travel to Seychelles, making it one of the most open countries for tourism.

All travelers, even if they are vaccinated, must have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours before departure. They must also submit a health travel authorization application online before departure.

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Latest Seychelles Travel Restrictions

International travelers must have valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage and should have a reservation at a certified accommodation.

Unvaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles must quarantine for 7 days from their arrival and take a second PCR test on day 5 of their quarantine period. Citizens and residents of Seychelles who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine on arrival.

Can I travel to Seychelles right now?

Seychelles is allowing travelers from most countries to enter right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Seychelles at the moment.

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Travelers from all countries, except Bangladesh, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa, can visit Seychelles right now.

 

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa

*Travelers who want to enter Seychelles from these countries must spend at least 14 days in another country and present a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours prior to travel. Only citizens and residents of Seychelles can enter directly from these countries.

Seychelles COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Seychelles’ entry requirements depend on whether you are an international traveler.

All travelers must complete a health travel authorization application online before departure and have a medical certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours before departure, even if they are vaccinated.

International travelers should stay at certified accommodations and must have valid travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage. International travelers are encouraged to get fully vaccinated before traveling, but they do not have to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Seychelles.

Vaccination status does matter for citizens and residents of Seychelles. Vaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles do not have to quarantine on arrival. Unvaccinated citizens and residents must quarantine for 7 days from their arrival and take a PCR test on day 5 of their quarantine period. If that test is negative, they can end their quarantine.

Citizens and residents of Seychelles coming from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa must quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in a quarantine facility and take a PCR test on day 7, regardless of their vaccination status.

COVID-19 Vaccine to travel to Seychelles

Travelers from most countries can enter Seychelles regardless of their vaccination status, but international travelers are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated before they travel. Being vaccinated does not exempt travelers from the PCR entry requirement.

Citizens and residents of Seychelles who are fully vaccinated (their last dose was received at least 2 weeks prior to travel) do not have to quarantine on arrival in Seychelles, unless they are traveling from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa.

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Seychelles COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Seychelles?

Regardless of whether you have been vaccinated, you must have proof of a negative PCR test result. This requirement applies to infants and children as well.

The PCR test result must have been obtained within 72 hours before departure.

Unvaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles will take a second PCR test on day 5 of their 7-day quarantine period. If that test is negative, they will be allowed to end their quarantine.

Citizens and residents of Seychelles who arrive from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa must take a PCR test on day 7 of their 10-day quarantine period.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Seychelles?

International travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, do not have to quarantine on arrival in Seychelles. However, if they test positive for COVID-19 or come in close contact with someone who tests positive, they will have to quarantine.

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Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Seychelles?

Unvaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles must quarantine for 7 days from their arrival in Seychelles. They must then take a PCR test on day 5 of their quarantine period. If that test is negative, they can end their quarantine. Vaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles do not have to quarantine or take a second PCR test.

All citizens and residents of Seychelles who are traveling from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa must quarantine in a quarantine facility for 10 days from their arrival and take a PCR test on day 7 of the quarantine period.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Seychelles

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

If you’re looking for travel insurance, I recommend Heymondo. When we compared travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage, Heymondo came out on top because of their policies’ extensive coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment abroad at an affordable price.

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

There is plenty to do and see in Seychelles right now. Hotels, restaurants, and the airport are open, restaurants are starting to reopen, and tours and excursions are operating, so you’ll be able to experience much of what this beautiful island country has to offer 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 an international traveler, you should stay at certified accommodations. 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 should 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 herehere, 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

Restaurants in Seychelles are open, so you’ll be able to eat lots of delicious food.

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. A list of certified restaurants is available 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.

Curfew in Seychelles

There is currently a nightly curfew from 11 PM to 4 AM 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 a PCR test in Seychelles, you can find more information on getting tested here and here.

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 from almost any country, except for Bangladesh, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa.

There are currently 500+ active cases and 100+ 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, if you are unvaccinated, you might want to reconsider traveling to Seychelles.

Yes, travelers from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa cannot currently travel to Seychelles.

Yes, unvaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles must quarantine for 7 days from their arrival in Seychelles. International travelers and vaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles do not have to quarantine on arrival. Citizens and residents of Seychelles that are traveling from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa must quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in a quarantine facility.

Yes, regardless of your vaccination status, you must present a medical certificate for a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours before departure.

Unvaccinated citizens and residents of Seychelles will take a second PCR test on day 5 of their 7-day quarantine period. If that test is negative, they will be allowed to end their quarantine.

Citizens and residents of Seychelles that are traveling from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa will take a PCR test on day 7 of their 10-day quarantine period.

Yes, there is currently a nightly curfew from 11 PM to 4 AM.

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

Yes, hotels are open in Seychelles. International travelers should stay at certified accommodations.

Yes, Seychelles International Airport is open.

Yes, restaurants in Seychelles are open.

Yes, tours and excursions are operating in Seychelles.

Yes, American tourists can currently visit Seychelles.

Yes, Canadians can travel to Seychelles right now.

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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