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Book your dream holiday now for the time after Covid-19! Entry requirements & information for your Seychelles holiday

Are you wondering what the current entry regulations are and why you should book your holiday for summer or autumn now? Here you can find out everything you need to know about holidays to the Seychelles, the current situation on site and our new “carefree booking” cancellation policy.

What is the current situation in the Seychelles?

The government and local health authorities are extremely keen to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the Seychelles by taking appropriate measures. These currently include, for example, closing shops, restaurants and consistently keeping a safe distance from other people. With these appropriate hygiene concepts, the islands and their inhabitants manage to have tourism in the country maintained.

Why should I already now book my holiday for the time after Covid-19?

  • No financial risk: Cancel free of charge up to 15 days before departure!

    Thanks to our “cost-free & carefree” cancellation policy, you can cancel your package holiday completely free of charge up to 15 days before departure! In addition, we grant you a free re-booking option, which allows you to change your trip to another date up to 4 days before departure!

  • Save now: Take full advantage of Covid-19 discounts now!

    Many accommodations currently offer discounts and especially good room rates to boost tourism and welcome guests. Take advantage of these discounts, which can of course also be applied to travel dates in summer, autumn or winter!

  • The largest selection: Secure your dream accommodation now!

    Would you like to spend your holiday in a very specific hotel or on a very specific beach? Some accommodations only have a few rooms and are usually booked out quickly, so it's best to secure your dream accommodation now!

  • The joy of anticipation: Start looking forward to your holiday now!

    As we all know, the greatest joy is anticipation - especially when it comes to holidays! Book your dream holiday now and look forward to your travel date.

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Book with the SeyVillas Carefree Cancellation Policy

To give you as much flexibility as possible during this uncertain time, we are offering very special cancellation policies for all trips booked on or after 12/12/2020:

Cancel your packaged holiday completely free of charge up to the 15th day before departure!

Most of our accommodations participate in this campaign. You can easily find out if an accommodation participates in this campaign by looking at the following symbol and the cancellation conditions on the detail page of an accommodation.

SeyVillas Carefree Cancellation Policy:

up to 15 days before departure:
no fees
3-14 days before departure:
cancellation fee of 75%
0-2 days before departure (or in case of no-show):
cancellation fee of 90%

In addition, we offer you a free rebooking option that allows you to change your trip to another date up to 4 days before departure. (Price surcharges for higher seasonal prices may have to be paid subsequently).

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Book flights securely in Covid-19 times:

The flights we provide are not part of the package tour. However, in the current situation unfortunately there are flight changes and cancellations from time to time and therefore open tickets and open refunds on the part of the airlines to you.
In order to offer you full flexibility here as well and to avoid having to wait for your refund in case of any doubt, we therefore offer you the following options for booking your flights:

  • Of course, as in the past, you can book the package tour (accommodation & transfers) and the flights together.

  • Our tip: We are happy to book your flights just before the trip! This way you can be sure that the flights will take place as booked and you will not have any outstanding amounts with the airlines.

Seychelles holiday in Covid-19 times: What do I have to consider?

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Entry and arrival in the Seychelles:

Currently, the following people are permitted to enter the country:

  • Vaccinated people: All people from all countries who have already received the Covid-19 vaccination. Both vaccination doses must have been given and there must be at least 2 weeks between the second vaccination dose and entry.
    Proof of vaccination is required (e.g. vaccination certificate) as well as a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test which is not older than 72 hours at the time of departure.
    On arrival, an 11-day stay in the transit hotel is not required!

  • Special Status Countries: Tourists from the following countries, also called “Special Status Countries”, may always enter the Seychelles: United Arab Emirates, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France

  • In addition, the following countries are currently permitted to enter Seychelles: 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.

  • All tourists, who do not have Covid-19 vaccination, must spend the first 10 nights/ 11 days in a so-called "transit hotel". During this time, the guest must stay within the hotel grounds. Restaurants, bars and the beach in front of the hotel may obviously be used. On the 6th day, the guests will be subjected to another SARS-CoV-2 PCR test, which is free of charge for the guest. A negative test result does NOT change the fact that all tourists must stay in a transit hotel for a total of 10 nights. If the test is positive, the Seychelles health authorities will decide whether the guest will stay in a "stay-safe" hotel or in isolation in the room of the transit hotel until they recover.

What are transit hotels?

  • The so-called “transit hotels” are accommodations that have been specially certified by the Seychelles Health Authorities. The hygiene concept of these accommodations has been designed to ensure the health of all guests and also to provide the guest with a relaxing and wonderful holiday in Seychelles. In principle, the holiday enjoyment is not further restricted when staying in a “Transit-Hotel”, but guests may only stay on the premises and beach of the accommodation.
    A list of these certified hotels can be found at
    https://www.seyvillas.com/en/list/transit-type

  • Current information and updates on the entry procedure and permitted countries can also be found here:
    http://tourism.gov.sc/covid-19-guidelines/

  • All tourists (including children) must take a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before departure to Seychelles. You can easily take a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test at your family doctor's office, at a Corona test centre or even directly at many airports.

  • At the earliest 72 h and at the latest 3 hours before departure, all tourists must apply for a travel authorisation (https://seychelles.govtas.com) through a registration platform. This is obligatory for all travellers (including children) and costs 45 € per person.

  • The following information is requested during the registration process:

    • valid passport

    • digital passport photo or “passport photo selfie”

    • Contact details of the traveller (home address, telephone, e-mail)

    • Travel information (flight details)

    • Accommodation in the Seychelles

    • negative Covid-19 test result

    • Credit card information for payment

    After registration, the traveller will receive an automated confirmation of receipt and payment by email. In another email, maximum 6 hours after registration, the traveller will receive the travel authorisation. This travel authorisation (pdf) must be printed out or saved on a mobile phone. The current status of the registration can be viewed on this page:
    https://seychelles.govtas.com/application-check/

  • The travel authorisation must be presented upon arrival in the Seychelles. In addition, a temperature measurement will be taken on all passengers upon entry. If an elevated temperature is detected, passengers will be immediately isolated and retested for SARS-CoV-2 using a rapid test.

  • Please also note that you must have an international health insurance that also covers Covid-19.

  • If you have a flight with a stopover and leave the airport at the transit airport, a new SARS-CoV-2 PCR test may be required.

During the stay in the Seychelles:
  • It is only possible to stay overnight in accommodation that has been certified by the Seychelles Health Authorities as complying with the Covid-19 guidelines.

  • Face masks must be worn at the airport and during transfers to accommodation (car, plane) as well as on ferries and in shops. In addition, face masks must be worn whenever a distance of 1.50 metres cannot be maintained.

  • The use of public transport (buses) is not permitted.

  • Obviously, wherever possible, a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other persons must be maintained and hands must be washed and disinfected regularly.

  • Shared swimming pools in the accommodation may no longer be used. In rooms and accommodation with private pools, the pool may still be used (e.g. private pool villa).

  • All independent restaurants and take-aways must close, only restaurants in hotels may open and this exclusively for their own hotel guests.

  • All kids clubs in hotels must close.

  • All sports activities that take place in groups, such as diving, snorkelling tours, etc., are not allowed to take place.

  • All shops, except food shops, must close.

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What hygiene measures must the accommodation and restaurants comply with in order to be certified according to the new Covid-19 Guidelines?
  • Every employee of the accommodation or restaurant must attend an (online) training course on coronavirus awareness.

  • Each accommodation and restaurant must designate a hygiene officer who is specially trained in Covid-19 prevention measures and is responsible for compliance (e.g. regular fever check-ups for staff, list of names and addresses of all guests).

  • Each accommodation must keep a separate area or room free in which, in case of a suspected case of infection, a sick person can be isolated from other guests, and in this way the spread of the virus can be prevented.

  • Disinfection dispensers must be placed at entrances and central areas.

  • Markings on the floor (e.g. at reception) and tables set at least 2 metres apart prevent close contact with other guests.

  • All surfaces, cushions etc. are cleaned and disinfected regularly. In addition, Plexiglas panels are hung up in certain places such as the reception.

Before you fly back home
  • Please note that Seychelles is currently considered as a risk area by some countries and an up-to-date SARS-CoV-2 PCR test might be required for return travel. In addition, some airlines also require an up-to-date test for the return flight. For this purpose the Seychelles have set up test stations on all main islands (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue) where you can do this test. Please contact the "Public Health Authority" early enough to make an appointment (e-mail: covid19test@health.gov.sc or phone +248 438 84 10). The test costs SCR 2.500 (about 120 €). Children up to 10 years of age and adults over the age of 65 years can have the test done free of charge.

  • Current test centres in the Seychelles:

    • Mahé: Maison de Football, Roche Caiman

    • Praslin: Baie Ste Anne Hospital

    • La Digue: La Digue Hospital

Should you have any further questions regarding this, please feel free to contact us by email (contact@seyvillas.com). If you wish, we can also call you back by phone!

We are already looking forward to planning an unforgettable holiday in the Seychelles and to welcoming you in paradise very soon.

Carefree Cancellation Policy
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For this accommodation, for all bookings made from 12.12.2020 on, our special “carefree booking” cancellation policy based on the travel conditions in section 6.3.c) applies. The remaining regulations remain unaffected.

up to 15 days before departure:
no fees
3-14 days before departure:
cancellation fee of 75%
0-2 days before departure (or in case of no-show):
cancellation fee of 90%

In addition, SeyVillas alternatively grants you the right to change your booking free of charge up to 4 days prior to departure to another date of the same value (= same season, surcharges for higher seasonal rates may apply).

The aforementioned cancellation fees will not be charged by SeyVillas in any case even if the Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning or an absolute travel ban for German citizens.

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