South Africans won’t be able to travel to Seychelles after all

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With Seychelles recently becoming the most vaccinated country on earth, the island nation is opening up its borders to the world in an effort to reboot its tourism industry

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism recently released a statement announcing the full reopening of its borders and international airport for all scheduled commercial flights. According to the initial travel advisory, issued by the country on Monday 31 May, the island would (with immediate effect) welcome back all visitors, irrespective of their vaccination status, on the condition that they have a Covid-19 negative PCR test certificate that must be taken within 72 hours prior to travel.

The statement added that as of 1 June 2021, travellers from South Africa will be permitted to travel and enter Seychelles. No quarantine (or mandatory vaccination status) would be required, but strongly encouraged visitors to be fully immunised before travel.

However, a now updated travel advisory indicates that anyone who has been in South Africa, Brazil, India, Bangladesh Nepal and Pakistan within the 14 days preceding arrival will be restricted from entering the country.

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Last week, Air Seychelles announced it would resume direct flights from Johannesburg to the Seychelles and Maldives from June 5. The flights were scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays, however, the airline has now reduced its flight schedule from Johannesburg to Seychelles until further notice.

According to a statement released by the airline, all flights that connect to the Maldives will still operate as planned and that South African passport holders can reportedly take these flights to the Maldives, regardless of vaccine status.

Furthermore, South Africans who booked tickets to Seychelles can apply for unlimited date changes for free with no penalty fee for travel up to December 31, 2021.

“Travellers who purchased tickets for travel to Seychelles in June can also opt to upgrade their destination to the Maldives on flights departing Johannesburg on June 18 and 25 for no additional fee,” the airline said in a statement.

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