Seychelles reopens its gates to every vaccinated tourist to Corona

On Thursday (January 14, 2021) the island state opened its borders to the Corona vaccinated. In addition to the vaccine, those entering the country are required to present a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before their arrival.

La Messar lookout on Mahe Island, with panoramic views of Eden and nearby islands. Photo by Shosh Lahav

The Seychelles news agency website reports that as of Thursday (January 14, 2021), Seychelles has once again opened its gates to every vaccinated tourist to Corona (every tourist who has received both vaccine doses and will present an official vaccination certificate). “In addition to the vaccine, every tourist who arrives in the Seychelles must present a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before arriving in the country,” he said. Sylvester Redgonda, Minister of Tourism of the Seychelles at a press conference.

Seychelles has in recent months restricted the entry of tourists into the country due to a high rate of COVID-19 patients worldwide. “We hope this will open up the tourism industry for the locals mainly in favor of the small hotels struggling with the crisis in La Digue, Praslin and Mahe. Also, encouraging an economy that needs help so much, ”Radgonda explained.

The plan is that by mid-March visitors to the islands will only have to perform a negative PCR test because the state will vaccinate about 70% of its population and achieve herd immunity. As of Thursday, 5 days since the vaccination program began in the country, nearly 2,000 vaccinations have been performed. The population of the Seychelles is currently about 99,000 inhabitants.

According to Kathleen Cecil, The director of the corona vaccine program in the country, the program started slowly, but on Wednesday 938 vaccinations have already been performed, and soon 1,000 citizens will be vaccinated per day. “We want to stay on our target route, when by March 70% of the population will have been vaccinated, which will lead to the achievement of herd immunity,” Cecil explained.

In the first phase, vaccines in the Seychelles are given to 18-60 year olds and 50,000 vaccine doses to Corona were donated to Seychelles by the UAE government.

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