Seychelles Ministry of Tourism, reaffirms that Seychelles remains safe tourism destination and tourists are not infecting Seychellois with covid19 pandemic.
In an interview with international media Sylvester Radegonde the Minister of Tourism said visitors remain safe from the pandemic.
“When it comes to visitors, they remain safe. Establishments that they go to are certified establishments following the different health protocols that are in place. There will be no change to our plans – Seychelles will remain open to tourists.
There won’t be any quarantine measures for visitors coming into the country,” he added.
Since the lifting of lockdown and travel ban, Seychelles’ borders to commercial passenger flights on March 25, 2021 to prelaunch the tourism industry, the island nation has welcomed over 24,000 visitors.
As Seychelles’ main European markets remain closed, the island nation is currently depending on its secondary markets with Russia, Israel, and UAE ranking in the top three.
Tourism is the top contributor to the economy of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.
Tourism, the top pillar of the Seychelles’ economy, has been badly hit by the global pandemic which halted the operation of many businesses
Meanwhile Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) strongly refuted claims that the local health authority is issuing false positive COVID-19 tests as a way to force tourists to extend their time in the island nation.
The STB’s chief executive, Sherin Francis, said it would serve no purpose for Seychelles to interfere with the COVID tests as this would increase the nation’s statistics and reflect negatively on the destination
“After months of struggling to restart our tourism industry, Seychelles is committed to ensuring that all our guests spend a memorable time on our islands and leave happy at the end of their stay. It would be counterproductive to do otherwise,” she said.
Francis added that, Seychelles cannot allow a guest to exit the country if tested positive, in compliance with Seychelles’ and international health and sanitary measures.
“Every guest testing positive during their stay has to quarantine for 10 days before being allowed to return home. This is the norm being observed everywhere.
We are asking all our guests who find themselves in such a predicament to follow the quarantine guidelines,” she explained.
Francis stressed that Seychelles is still safe to visit and that such reports should not deter potential clients from visiting the island destination.
Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, reopened its borders to visitors from all countries except directly from South Africa on March 25th 2021.
The country’s travel advisory was amended end of last month to include Brazil and India in view of the increase in cases in the two countries.
Tourism sector is Seychelles top GDP contributor to the country’s economy but has been badly affected by the downturn in travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The island nation currently leads the world chart with the highest vaccinations administered, over 62 percent of all adults have received the two doses of the Sinopharm and Covishield vaccines.