COVID-19 – Seychelles

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  02/24/21

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Seychelles Department of Health has confirmed 2,514 cases of COVID-19.  Effective January 3, 2021, additional restrictions, were implemented. These additional measures stipulate that international visitors are not permitted to change establishments or hotels during their stay for the next 10 days and all new arrivals are required to spend 10 days in their establishment or hotel. Restaurants and mobile food outlets will be closed.  Restaurants in hotels will remain open for resident clients. All retail stores except grocery stores will be closed.  On January 25, 2021, the restrictions were tightened with a curfew enforced from 8pm to 4am and earlier closure of shops and stores (6pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends).  For details about the curfew and new measures, please click here.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Seychelles? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes 

COVID-19 tests are available in Seychelles. All tests for the virus are conducted in the Public Health Lab of the Seychelles Hospital.  Individuals seeking COVID-19 testing must contact the Seychelles Department of Health.  Results are available within 48 hours.  Cost of 2500 SCR (approximately $120 USD) must be paid in full by the patient.  

  • Test results can be sent electronically, or patient can collect the physical copy at the hospital.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email PTLConsular@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Seychelles approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Healthcare workers, executive leaders and workers in essential services are the first groups to receive the vaccine. Vaccination will continue with workers in essential services and later be rolled out for other groups in the population.  Information is available on the Seychelles Department of Health website.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
    • Individuals must prove sufficient physical presence in a country from which travelers are permitted.
    • Effective August 1, 2020, only passengers travelling from certain countries approved by the Public Health Authority are permitted to enter Seychelles via Seychelles International Airport. Visitors, including infants and children, coming from permitted countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certification from an accredited laboratory. The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure. Visitors may only stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Click here for details.  Effective June 1, 2020 entry exceptions were established for private/charter flights and leisure boat passengers, subject to regulations by the Department of Health.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Individuals seeking extensions of visa status or residency must contact the Seychelles Immigration and Civil Status Office.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • from 8pm to 4am extended to February 28, 2021. 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Inter-island travel is discouraged.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Visitors may only stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required on public transportation. Busses are instructed to reduce maximum capacity.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Social distancing guidelines remain in effect, however, fines and/or arrests may not be applied uniformly.

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