Travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can now enter the Seychelles without quarantining.
Vaccinated travellers globally are welcome, once they show proof of taking a completed dose of the vaccine — for instance, two doses plus two weeks after the second dose.
Visitors are also required to submit an authentic certificate from their national health authority as evidence of Covid-19 vaccination, as well as a negative PCR certificate obtained under 72 hours prior to flying.
Meanwhile, visitors will still need to abide by existing health measures such as the wearing of face masks, social distancing, while tourism operators are required to follow standard pandemic operating procedure and protocol.
With this latest announcement, non-vaccinated visitors under the Seychelles' category 1 and 2 as well as private jet passengers list, now need to show proof of a test obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel, up from the earlier 48 hours.
"We hope that this will open up the tourism industry for the locals primarily for the small hotels who are struggling on La Digue, Praslin and also on Mahe. And also provide the kick that our economy desperately needs," said Sylvestre Radegonde, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, during a 14 January press event to announce the news, according to a CNN report.
The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago is also well on its way to fulfilling its lofty immunisation campaign, with three quarters of its estimated 98,000 local adult population to be vaccinated by mid-March 2021.
Once this is achieved, Radegonde added that "the country will open up to all visitors, vaccinated or not. At that point, visitors will only need a negative PCR obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel".
In a similar stance, Hawaii may soon exempt travellers who have received the vaccine from a 14-day quarantine and testing requirements, possibly from 2Q 2021 onwards, reported TravelPulse.
Hawaiian lieutenant governor Josh Green has said officials are working on the plan, as they await findings from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a report from Hawaii News Now.