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Seychelles to Open Its Borders to Travellers

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The Seychelles is set to welcome back tourists later this month, with no need for quarantine regardless of whether a traveller has received a Covid-19 vaccine or not. Seychelles is hoping to resuscitate a sector that is a mainstay for the economy but has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Authorities sealed off the Indian Ocean archipelago early during the pandemic to stem the spread. The move starved resorts, cruise ship ports and nature reserves of customers.

The East African archipelago is looking to reopen its borders from March 25.

It had previously reopened to vaccinated tourists, but now says that anyone can visit provided they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.

According to the Seychelles News Agency, the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde revealed the news in a press conference, adding that visitors will also need to abide by the islands’ health and safety measures such as wearing face masks, hand sanitising and maintaining social distancing.

Countries like the United Kingdom and South Africa are banned from travelling to the Seychelles.

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