Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Seychelles maintain restrictions as of Sept. 18 due to COVID-19 activity. Low-level travel and business disruptions possible.

Alert Begins 18 Sep 2020 02:15 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Possible low-level travel and business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 18, authorities in Seychelles have eased some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19); several other measures continue indefinitely.

International Travel
Travelers arriving in Seychelles aboard private charters or by private sea vessels must send an application for entry to the Public Health Authority before arrival. Limited international commercial air travel will continue at Seychelles International Airport (SEZ). Only travelers from low- and medium-risk countries, as assessed by the Ministry of Tourism, can enter the country. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry into the country. They must also have proof of accommodation from a government-approved establishment. Travelers could face further screening upon arrival at the airport.

Domestic Measures
Interisland travel has resumed. Sporting events have resumed, and bars and restaurants are permitted to reopen. All resorts can reopen, provided individuals adhere to social distancing and sanitation protocols. Officials have also issued new travel and safety guidelines to assess establishment readiness before they can reopen. Businesses must maintain customer records for COVID-19 tracing purposes. The wearing of protective facemasks is mandatory in public transport and all public spaces.

Much of the business and retail sector, including postal service, tourism, schools, and indoor religious services, can begin to reopen; however, shops, retail, will be permitted to open 2000-0600. Persons contravening movement and social distancing measures will be subject to a fine or arrest. Authorities will probably amend measures on short notice if the number of COVID-19 cases increases.

Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions and consult Ministry of Tourism for complete information regarding travel in the Seychelles. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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