Seychelles: Now open to South African travellers

Seychelles

By Renate Engelbrecht

Tuesday, Sep 14

As you might know by now, the Seychelles is one of my favourite destinations, which is why I think it is worth mentioning that paradise is now open to South Africans. Yes, South Africa has been removed from the archipelago’s list of ‘restricted countries’ and I (and many other South Africans) cannot be happier.

South Africans travelling to the Seychelles are now allowed entry into the islands whether they have been vaccinated or not and there is no need for quarantine on arrival. Still, visitors are advised and strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before they travel.

Visitors to the islands will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, done 72 hours prior to departure and they will be required to complete a Health Travel Authorisation. Travellers will also need to provide proof of valid Travel & Health insurance to cover Covid-19-related quarantine, isolation or treatment.

Seychelles
Seychelles. Image: pixabay.com

Should South Africans adhere to these requirements, they can stay in any certified tourism establishments with no minimum length of stay. They also wouldn’t have to take the routine Day 5 surveillance PCR Test2.

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The Seychelles is a sought-after destination for South Africans, who are mostly very adventurous travellers who like to venture on nature trails, hiking, snorkeling, diving and sailing. South Africans are also often keen to meet locals and participate in cultural activities and the Seychelles is ideal for this kind of holiday – from learning the Creole language to indulging in Seychellois cuisine.

In addition to this, there are also a significant number of South Africans who own houses on Eden Island and the removal of the restrictions has come as a relief to them as they are now able to return to the Seychelles with their families.

David Germain, the Tourism Seychelles Regional Director for Africa & the Americas who is based in Cape Town said: “This is wonderful news, the arrival of the South African travellers back to our shores is long overdue. Travellers want to stay safe in a pure environment whilst on holidy and what better place than the Seychelles at this time of uncertainty. ”

If you require any further travel information with regards to South Africans travelling to the Seychelles, be sure to visit the Seychelles’ advisory website here.

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