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Seychelles travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

Published on 20.08.2020
Air Seychelles Sep/Oct 2020 Preliminary International operation as of 19AUG20

Published on 06.07.2020
Air Seychelles adds one-way Dubai passenger flights in July 2020

29.06.2020 Air Seychelles in recent weeks filed preliminary International service, which sees the airline intends to resume International scheduled flights as early as August 2020. Subject to various travel restrictions, preliminary operation for the remainder of Northern summer 2020 season as of 26JUN20 as follows.

Mahe Island – Mauritius eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Mahe Island – Mumbai eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Mahe Island – Tel Aviv eff 03AUG20 3 weekly (2 weekly from 30AUG20; 3rd weekly in August subject to Government Approval)

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Seychelles
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Seychelles.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and residents of Seychelles,
    • Passengers traveling from Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates or Vietnam.
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Flight Restrictions

published 21.08.2020

Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Austria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia or United Arab Emirates.

Passengers arriving from Austria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia or United Arab Emirates must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. The test must be submitted to the Public Health Authority to visitor@health.gov.sc .

Passengers arriving from Austria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia or United Arab Emirates without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result are subject to medical screening.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
Seychellois and returning residents will be required to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival. Individuals who have spent at least 14 days in a low or medium risk country before travelling to Seychelles will be permitted to self-isolate in their homes for up to 14 days upon entering Seychelles. Seychellois and returning residents travelling from high-risk countries may be permitted entry to Seychelles, but will be required to undergo quarantine at a government facility, at their own expense, for 14 days.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country

To enter Seychelles, passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the 48 hours prior to boarding your flight.
All passengers will be temperature checked at all ports of arrival. If symptoms of COVID-19 are found to be present, tests will be conducted. Those found to be positive will be quarantined and re-checked.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Other country requirement(s) (2018)
Polio vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with polio outbreaks.

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Full Restrictions

  • Seychelles Passenger flights to resume on 1 August (Business Ghana, 27.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are expected to resume from 1 August. From 1 August, only visitors who travel from countries deemed to be a low or medium COVID-19 risk will be permitted entry to Seychelles. A list of approved countries can be viewed at the Seychelles Ministry of Health website. This list may be updated at any time and without warning. If you are eligible for entry to Seychelles, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the 48 hours prior to boarding your flight. From 1 August, this will change to 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.
    Cruise ships from any country worldwide will not be permitted to berth in Seychelles until further notice.
    Seychelles International Airport may allow private jets and commercial charter flights to land if they are carrying passengers who will then be transferred to authorised yachts, or to specifically authorised tourist facilities. All passengers must have proof of a negative coronavirus test performed in the 48 hours prior to boarding. You should contact your airline and the Seychelles Department of Health to understand when and if you will be permitted entry to Seychelles.
    Permission for yachts to enter Seychelles waters may be granted by the Public Health Commissioner. Permission for crew to disembark will not be granted until the vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea. If you intend to enter Seychelles waters and if you wish to disembark from a vessel, you are required to contact the Seychelles Department of Health before attempting to do so.
    All passengers will be temperature checked at all ports of arrival. If symptoms of COVID-19 are found to be present, tests will be conducted. Those found to be positive will be quarantined and re-checked.
    Any passengers arriving in Seychelles will be subject to a 14 day mandatory isolation or quarantine. All entry to the country must be approved by the Public Health Commissioner.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Inter-island public transport has resumed with revised timetables and guidelines for passengers. If you intend to travel between islands, you should consult the relevant ferry and airline service schedules. People should observe social distancing at all times and practice good hygiene. Social distancing is enforced on public transport. Masks are mandatory on internal flights. Some hotels are open across Seychelles. If you have made a booking, you should make contact with your tour operator or hotel proprietor before travelling to Seychelles. Indoor seated public shows; conferences and meetings; bars; casinos; sports competitions (without spectators); gyms and fitness facilities; cinemas; and marine leisure crafts are permitted. All organisers of these events must receive permission from the Department of Health in Seychelles. Beach activities involving family members from the same household are permitted. However, beach parties are not permitted. Restrictions are enforceable by law and can change at short notice. You should consult the Department of Health in Seychelles for further information and monitor local media for the latest developments.

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    09.09.2020
  • Seychelles Passenger flights to resume on 1 August (Business Ghana, 27.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are expected to resume from 1 August. From 1 August, only visitors who travel from countries deemed to be a low or medium COVID-19 risk will be permitted entry to Seychelles. A list of approved countries can be viewed at the Seychelles Ministry of Health website [http://www.health.gov.sc/]. This list may be updated at any time and without warning. If you are eligible for entry to Seychelles, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the 48 hours prior to boarding your flight. From 1 August, this will change to 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.
    Cruise ships from any country worldwide will not be permitted to berth in Seychelles until further notice.
    Seychelles International Airport may allow private jets and commercial charter flights to land if they are carrying passengers who will then be transferred to authorised yachts, or to specifically authorised tourist facilities. All passengers must have proof of a negative coronavirus test performed in the 48 hours prior to boarding. You should contact your airline and the Seychelles Department of Health to understand when and if you will be permitted entry to Seychelles.
    Permission for yachts to enter Seychelles waters may be granted by the Public Health Commissioner. Permission for crew to disembark will not be granted until the vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea. If you intend to enter Seychelles waters and if you wish to disembark from a vessel, you are required to contact the Seychelles Department of Health before attempting to do so.
    All passengers will be temperature checked at all ports of arrival. If symptoms of COVID-19 are found to be present, tests will be conducted. Those found to be positive will be quarantined and re-checked.
    Any passengers arriving in Seychelles will be subject to a 14 day mandatory isolation or quarantine. All entry to the country must be approved by the Public Health Commissioner.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Inter-island public transport has resumed with revised timetables and guidelines for passengers. If you intend to travel between islands, you should consult the relevant ferry and airline service schedules. People should observe social distancing at all times and practice good hygiene. Social distancing is enforced on public transport. Masks are mandatory on internal flights. Some hotels are open across Seychelles. If you have made a booking, you should make contact with your tour operator or hotel proprietor before travelling to Seychelles. Indoor seated public shows; conferences and meetings; bars; casinos; sports competitions (without spectators); gyms and fitness facilities; cinemas; and marine leisure crafts are permitted. All organisers of these events must receive permission from the Department of Health in Seychelles. Beach activities involving family members from the same household are permitted. However, beach parties are not permitted. Restrictions are enforceable by law and can change at short notice. You should consult the Department of Health in Seychelles for further information and monitor local media for the latest developments.

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    31.07.2020
  • Seychelles Passenger flights to resume on 1 August (Business Ghana, 27.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are expected to resume from 1 August. To enter Seychelles, passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the 48 hours prior to boarding your flight. The Department of Health in Seychelles has published a list of originating countries considered low to medium risk. Travellers originating in countries that are considered high risk will not be permitted entry until further notice. You should check Department of Health public information and contact your airline if you intend to travel to Seychelles. Cruise ships from any country worldwide will not be permitted to berth in Seychelles until further notice. Seychelles International Airport may allow private jets and commercial charter flights to land if they are carrying passengers who will then be transferred to authorised yachts, or to specifically authorised tourist facilities. All passengers must have proof of a negative coronavirus test performed in the 48 hours prior to boarding. You should contact your airline and the Seychelles Department of Health to understand when and if you will be permitted entry to Seychelles. Permission for yachts to enter Seychelles waters may be granted by the Public Health Commissioner. Permission for crew to disembark will not be granted until the vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea. If you intend to enter Seychelles waters and if you wish to disembark from a vessel, you are required to contact the Seychelles Department of Health before attempting to do so.
    All passengers will be temperature checked at all ports of arrival. If symptoms of COVID-19 are found to be present, tests will be conducted. Those found to be positive will be quarantined and re-checked.
    Any passengers arriving in Seychelles will be subject to a 14 day mandatory isolation or quarantine. All entry to the country must be approved by the Public Health Commissioner.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Inter-island public transport has resumed with revised timetables and guidelines for passengers. If you intend to travel between islands, you should consult the relevant ferry and airline service schedules. People should observe social distancing at all times and practice good hygiene. Social distancing is enforced on public transport. Masks are mandatory on internal flights. Some hotels are open across Seychelles. If you have made a booking, you should make contact with your tour operator or hotel proprietor before travelling to Seychelles. Indoor seated public shows; conferences and meetings; bars; casinos; sports competitions (without spectators); gyms and fitness facilities; cinemas; and marine leisure crafts are permitted. All organisers of these events must receive permission from the Department of Health in Seychelles. Beach activities involving family members from the same household are permitted. However, beach parties are not permitted. Restrictions are enforceable by law and can change at short notice. You should consult the Department of Health in Seychelles for further information and monitor local media for the latest developments.

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    13.07.2020
  • Seychelles Passenger flights to resume on 1 August (Business Ghana, 27.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    From 1 June, Seychelles International Airport may allow private jets and commercial charter flights to land if they are carrying passengers who will then be transferred to authorised yachts, or to specifically authorised tourist facilities. For now, all passengers must have proof of a negative coronavirus test performed in the 48 hours prior to boarding. Limited commercial options may also become available in the coming weeks. You should contact your airline and the Seychelles Department of Health to understand when and if you will be permitted entry to Seychelles.

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    27.06.2020
  • Seychelles 1. Airports in Seychelles re-opened.
    2. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit.
    – This does not apply to:
    a. nationals and residents of Seychelles; and
    b. passengers and airline crew arriving directly from Australia, Austria, Botswana, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland or Thailand.
    3. A completed application for entry into Seychelles must be submitted to the Public Health Commissioner before boarding. The form can be obtained at http://tourism.gov.sc .
    4. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival and are subject to medical screening.
    5. Nationals and residents of Seychelles are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    6. Visitors must have a hotel reservation confirmation.

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    International restrictions:

    All foreign travellers, with the exception of nationals and permanent residents, who have been in Europe, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival are not allowed to enter or transit through the country. Seychellois nationals will be exempt from these measures, though those returning from these countries will be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry. Any passenger arriving from ANY country (except returning Seychellois citizens) will NOT be allowed to enter Seychelles. All Seychellois citizens returning from ANY country will be subject to additional health screening and placed under obligatory quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival. All foreign workers holding a work permit are not allowed to return until further notice. No new work permits are to be issued. All international flights are suspended with exception of cargo planes until at least 1 June.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The lockdown has been lifted since 4 May. Restrictions on non-essential services and movement can gradually resume, with all shops allowed to stay open until 20.00. Other businesses, such as restaurants, postal services, construction and tourism activities are also allowed to operate. Primary and secondary schools will reopen on 18 May. Social distancing measures and situational awareness should be observed at all times.

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    17.06.2020
  • Seychelles 1. Seychelles (SEZ) is closed. – This does not apply to emergency diversions. – This does not apply to special mission flights that are approved (MEDEVAC)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign travellers, with the exception of nationals and permanent residents, who have been in Europe, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival are not allowed to enter or transit through the country. Seychellois nationals will be exempt from these measures, though those returning from these countries will be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry. Any passenger arriving from ANY country (except returning Seychellois citizens) will NOT be allowed to enter Seychelles. All Seychellois citizens returning from ANY country will be subject to additional health screening and placed under obligatory quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival. All foreign workers holding a work permit are not allowed to return until further notice.

    No new work permits are to be issued. All international flights are suspended with exception of cargo planes until at least 1 June.

    Internal restrictions:

    The lockdown has been lifted since 4 May. Restrictions on non-essential services and movement can gradually resume, with all shops allowed to stay open until 20.00. Other businesses, such as restaurants, postal services, construction and tourism activities are also allowed to operate. Primary and secondary schools will reopen on 18 May. Social distancing measures and situational awareness should be observed at all times.

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    26.05.2020
  • Seychelles 1. Seychelles (SEZ) is closed.
    – This does not apply to emergency diversions.
    – This does not apply to special mission flights that are approved (MEDEVAC)

    Internal restrictions:

    The lockdown has been lifted since 4 May. Restrictions on non-essential services and movement can gradually resume, with all shops allowed to stay open until 20.00. Other businesses, such as restaurants, postal services, construction and tourism activities are also allowed to operate. Primary and secondary schools will reopen on 18 May. Social distancing measures and situational awareness should be observed at all times.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
    OSAC Travel Advisories
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