World Tourist hotspot Seychelles is welcoming back US travellers — but only those with the COVID-19 vaccine
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- The Seychelles is allowing visitors with the COVID-19 vaccine to visit the country.
- Travellers from its list of approved countries, or people flying in via private aircrafts, are also allowed.
- Tourism-depednent countries around the world are desperately looking for ways to increase travel in 2021.
Seychelles is reopening its borders to visitors who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in an.
Seychelles' updated travel guidelines were announced shortly after the archipelagic country unveiled its "immunization campaign," which includes vaccinating almost 70% of local adults by mid-March. It's the first country in Africa to roll out a vaccination program and hopes to become the first country in the world to vaccinate the majority of its adult population,.
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On the heels of this mass vaccination announcement, Seychelles'to now welcome travellers who have received both doses of the . In order to visit, the vaccinated travellers must wait two weeks after receiving the last dose and are required to from their home country's health authorities.
However, visitors with the vaccine are still required totaken within 72 hours of boarding the flight.
For those who aren't yet vaccinated, visitors flying in from Seychelles' list of permittedâ€" or travellers taking a private jet â€" will have to show a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before travelling.
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If you're aor coming in from one of the approved countries, you'll have to wait a bit longer until the majority of adults in Seychelles are vaccinated. By then, mid-March as projected, the country , so long as they have tested negative within 72 hours.
On November 23, thefor Seychelles, telling travellers to "exercise increased caution." However, the the Seychelle under its highest Level Four category for COVID-19 and recommends avoiding travel to the country.
Inversely, the US is not mentioned under Seychelles' category one or two lists of approved countries, which means the country is not currently accepting US visitors.
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Presently, many countries â€"â€" are allowing international travellers from select countries to enter so long as they have presented a negative COVID-19 test result. Looking ahead, Seychelles' decision to allow vaccinated travellers could be one of many continue around the world.
Several countries around the world have been looking for innovative ways to safely bring back tourists in 2021 after. Bermuda, for example, is asking travellers to present a negative PCR coronavirus test within five days of arriving on the island.
Other countries have taken a different approach by enticing business and work-related travellers. For example, tropical hotspots like, while Singapore is currently specifically for business travel.
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