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No more PCR tests for vaccinated visitors to Seychelles

Seychelles closed its borders again to some visitors in December 2020 after a spike in cases and after recording its first Covid-19 related death. Picture: Lance Witten/IOL

Seychelles closed its borders again to some visitors in December 2020 after a spike in cases and after recording its first Covid-19 related death. Picture: Lance Witten/IOL

Published Mar 15, 2022

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By Seychelles News Agency

Vaccinated visitors to Seychelles will no longer need a negative PCR test to travel to the island nation as of March 15, after the Ministry of Health revised the entry and stay conditions on Monday.

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Travellers to Seychelles who are "fully vaccinated," according to the ministry's advisory, are adults who have had two vaccine doses, typically, and one booster as well, only "if six months have passed from receiving the first two doses." For those aged 12 to 18 years, only two vaccine doses are needed, the advisory says.

Such vaccinated visitors will still need to submit a travel authorisation form online and have valid travel and health insurance.

The same relaxed entry requirement applies to people who had "a recent past Covid-19 infection - between two to 12 weeks prior to travel - proof of infection and completion of isolation is required for exemption from pre-travel Covid-19 testing," said the health ministry.

Those who are not vaccinated under the conditions set by the advisory can still enter the country with a negative PCR test, as was previously the case.

The negative PCR test for visitors travelling to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, was put in place in August 2020 when the island nation re-opened its borders to commercial passenger flights.

After registering its first 10 positive cases of Covid-19 in April 2020, Seychelles closed its borders to curb the spread of the virus. When it re-opened in August of the same year, travellers needed a mandatory PCR test, which started at 48 hours before departure to Seychelles and then extended to 72 hours.

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Seychelles closed its borders again to some visitors in December 2020 after a spike in cases and after recording its first Covid-19 related death.

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