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Seychelles Holidays in Covid-19 Times & Entry Requirements from August 2020

Probably you have doubts about whether this is the right time for a long distance journey. Here we would like to show you what the situation in the Seychelles is like and why a trip is worth it right now!

What is the current situation in the Seychelles?

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Seychelles have recorded only a very small number of Covid-19 cases. About 130 people have been infected, of whom more than three-quarters have been from a Spanish fishing fleet and have been infected at sea. For some time, the Seychelles have even been Corona free for weeks and are now well on the way to becoming Corona free again with less than 10 active cases.

Why is a trip to the Seychelles worth it right now?

  • A safe destination

    The Seychelles are almost Corona-free and have been so for several weeks. The Seychelles government is very keen to get the country Corona-free as soon as possible again and has established very good and comprehensive guidelines for this. Thanks to these regulations, you can spend your holiday in a very safe country, which is almost Corona-free!

  • Experience dream beaches all to yourself

    Have you ever been all alone on the most beautiful beaches in the world? Experience the often deserted beaches of the Seychelles as empty as never before! Relax for example at the beautiful beach Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue.

  • Destination with no mass tourism

    On the Seychelles you will not find mass tourism as is often the case in other destinations. There are mostly very small accommodations with only a few rooms. Also, breakfast, lunch or dinner are usually served outside. You will certainly not meet large crowds here!

  • Travel safely with your own rental car

    You can individually drive around the islands in your rental car and explore the islands on your own.

  • Support the Seychelles & Seychellois

    The Seychelles are about 70-80% dependent on tourism. Support Seychelles accommodation and locals by travelling to Seychelles right now.

  • Special discounts in Covid-19 times

    Relax in a tropical paradise - and for a good price! Many accommodations currently offer special discounts!

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Free cancellation up to 45 days before travel date

For all bookings made after 26 May 2020, we would like to offer you special cancellation conditions that are more flexible and without risk for you. Cancel your holiday up to 45 days before the start of your trip without any cancellation fees. In addition, no payment of the deposit of your trip is required until it is clearly and officially communicated that travelling to the Seychelles is possible again.

Flights mediated through us are excluded from this promotion, here the payment and travel conditions of the airlines apply. We will be happy to advise you!

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

The health authorities and the government of Seychelles have worked out a concept in the last weeks and months to reopen the country for tourists and to guarantee tourists a safe holiday. This concept includes the following points:

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Entry and arrival in the Seychelles:
  • Tourists from the following countries, also called “Special Status Countries”, may always enter the Seychelles from 1 October 2020: United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France

    Depending on the level of infections in each country, the first 5 days must be spent in a special transit hotel, which may not be left during this time (pool, restaurants and beach in front of the hotel may be used). On the fifth day the guests will be subjected to another SARS-CoV-2 PCR test. This test is free of charge for the visitor. If this test is negative, the island hopping or trip can be continued as planned. If the test is positive, the guest must stay in a “Stay-Safe Hotel” until the health authorities have given their approval.

    • Tourists from the following countries currently have to spend the first 5 days of their holiday in a transit hotel: France, Great Britain

    • Tourists from the following countries are currently allowed to visit without spending the first 5 nights in a transit hotel: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, United Arab Emirates

    We will be happy to advise you on which hotels are suitable as transit hotels.

    In addition, tourists from the following countries currently are allowed to enter the Seychelles: Canada, China, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam

  • All tourists (including children) must undergo a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test at least 72 hours before departure to the Seychelles. Travellers from “Special Status Countries” who are affected by the 5-day stay in the transit hotel may only take the test from 48 hours before departure to the Seychelles.

  • At the earliest 72 h/( 48 h) and at the latest 3 hours before departure, all tourists must apply for a travel permit via a registration platform. This is mandatory 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

    • Proof of valid international health insurance

    • Credit card information for payment

    All travellers must register on this website:
    https://seychelles.govtas.com/

    After registration, the traveller receives an automated confirmation of receipt and payment by email.
    In a further email, maximum 3 hours after registration, the traveller receives the permission to travel.
    This travel permit (pdf) must be printed out or saved on the mobile phone.

    The current status of the registration can be viewed on this page:
    https://seychelles.govtas.com/application-check/

    You can easily do a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test at your general practitioner, in a corona test centre or even directly on site at many airports.

  • On arrival in the Seychelles you must present your travel permit.

  • In addition, a temperature measurement will be carried out on all passengers upon entry. If an increased temperature is detected, passengers will immediately be 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. Accommodation may only be changed once within the first 7 days of entry. We will be happy to advise you on which accommodations already have this certification!

  • At the airport and during the transfer to the accommodation (car, plane) as well as on the ferries and in shops, a face mask must be worn. The use of public transport (buses) is not permitted.

  • In addition, wherever possible, a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people must be maintained and hands must be washed or disinfected regularly.

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 some airlines now require a current SARS-CoV-2 PCR test for your 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: pha@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.

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.

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