The decision was taken due to the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in India, and after reports of lions dying due to the virus
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Many countries are gradually opening up and updating their entry requirements for vaccinated travellers.
Seychelles has issued new travel advisories for Indians. The island country has stated that it will allow vaccinated visitors from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh who have completed two weeks after their second dose.
The Public Health Commissioner of Seychelles has announced that entry will be allowed to only vaccinated travellers who have completed two weeks after their second dose.
In order to enter Seychelles, travellers will have to carry proof of COVID-19 vaccination - that is, the vaccination certificate - along with a negative RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure. These documents have to be submitted at the time of application for Health Travel Authorization.
Travellers below 18 years do not have to vaccinated and will be permitted to enter with a negative RT-PCR test.
Seychelles has no minimum stay requirement or movement restrictions but has urged all incoming travellers to follow COVID-related health protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands regularly.
Direct flights from Mumbai to Seychelles have also been resumed with a set of COVID guidelines such as a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure. All tourists are required to fill the mandatory health authorisation on https://seychelles.govtas.com and get a valid travel health insurance covering COVID-19 clinical care in Seychelles.
With a stunning coastline, with beaches and coral reefs and nature reserves (and rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises), Seychelles is one of the most popular beach destinations in India.
The archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa had reopened its borders to international tourists in March after a successful, aggressive vaccination campaign.
After a brief closure early in the pandemic, the island nation was the first African country to start rolling out a vaccination programme.
Seychelles is all set to be the world's first country to achieve mass immunity with 70% of the population vaccinated in mid-March.
Sylvestre Radegonde, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism of Seychelles, stated they have now arrived at the point where "opening the borders further is the next step to allow for economic recovery."
These latest set of guidelines decided by the authorities makes it easier for travellers to visit the island for the perfect tropical vacation on white sandy beaches.
Other islands have already reopened to visitors with far stricter restrictions than Seychelles or Maldives, such as Sri Lanka and Bora Bora.
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