The Seychelles will reopen its borders from March 25. The stunning East African archipelago has announced that it will be welcoming visitors from across most of the globe, irrespective of their vaccination status as from 25 March 2021 as well as the resumption of cruise ship calls in Seychelles.
Seychelles became the first African country to launch a comprehensive Covid-19 immunisation campaign in January 2021. We have all heard about the Seychelles vaccination programme where 71.8% of its 98,000 inhabitants have been already vaccinated (as at end of February 2021), beating many other countries in the world.
Visitors will now only be required to present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. There will be no quarantine requirement nor restriction on movement upon entry into Seychelles. Additionally, the minimum stay in establishments upon arrival will no longer be applicable.
However, visitors from South Africa will still not be permitted to enter Seychelles for the time being and although Seychelles are currently one of the UK’s red list destinations, this scenario will hopefully change. Visitors will still be required to adhere to other public health measures put in place in view of the pandemic like wearing of face masks, social distancing, regular sanitisation and washing of hands.
The Seychelles offer a lot to explore. Its beaches are diverse – some desert-like and others with palm forests. Mahé is the main island, home to the Seychelles’ charming colonial capital, Victoria. Island hopping is popular here and hotels in the Seychelles range from one-resort island retreats to larger options.
STORY Seychelles is somewhere we definitely want to visit, located on a 3 kilometre white sandy beach of Beau Vallon which lays northwest on the island of Mahé. The 100 villas and suites are designed to represent a blend between creole and colonial architecture so expect a lush paradise all overlooking the topical tropical gardens that surround it and lead you to the beach.
Food – an essential part of The Seychelles. Expect an eclectic mix of cooking styles left behind by various colonies over the years. From classical French cookery to bold African spices, Chinese taste combinations and Indian heat, it’s created something uniquely Seychellois. If you like fish, snapper and barracuda are found on most menus.
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Imagery courtesy of Tourism Seychelles. This article is accurate as at 8 March 2021.