Important information for hotel`s guests

COVID-19 in Seychelles: the latest information

Dear Valued Guest,

As we are confronted by the COVID-19 outbreak our thoughts are with those who are affected by this directly and indirectly during this difficult time.

Since August 1, 2020, Seychelles has opened its borders to scheduled commercial flights, allowing tourists from around the world to enjoy local hospitality. Visitors are requested to adhere to all measures stated by the government of Seychelles and ensure that all requirements are met prior to arrival.

From 25th March 2021 the Seychelles are open to all visitors irrespective of their vaccination status. Visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure. There will be no quarantine requirement nor restriction on movements upon entry into Seychelles. However, visitors will still be required to adhere to the public health measures in place in view of the pandemic. However, visitors who have been in Brazil, India, Bangladesh Nepal and Pakistan within the 14 days preceding arrival to Seychelles will unfortunately be restricted entry.

Whereas if they have stayed at least 14 days in another country and have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before travel, they will be allowed entry into Seychelles. However, they must provide proof of their stay in that other country.

Please note that once visitors are in Seychelles, there are Public Health Measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. A person who is fully vaccinated may still get infected, and infect others. It is therefore important that all visitors and residents follow all the public health and social measures in place. These include wearing facemasks, maintaining adequate distance with others, avoiding crowded spaces and exercise good hygiene practices.

Pre-travel Procedures

1. Vaccinated visitors from all over the world with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate can visit Seychelles two weeks after they have received their second dose of the vaccine. In addition to the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate issued by a certified laboratory no later than 72 hours before the date of travel. A vaccination certificate is not required for children and infants, but they need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate issued by a certified laboratory no later than 72 hours before the travel date. Visitors who are partially vaccinated (after the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or before the end of 2 weeks from the date of the second dose of vaccine) will follow the entry criteria for unvaccinated travelers.
Unvaccinated visitors coming from permitted countries without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an authorized laboratory dating no more than 72 hours from the date of travel. Please visit http://tourism.gov.sc/covid-19-guidelines/ for the list of permitted countries, which is regularly updated.
2. Visitors must ensure that accommodation bookings are made only at licensed accommodation establishments that have been certified by the Public Health Authority, like Coral Strand Smart Choice. All booking vouchers reflecting the entire duration of their stay in Seychelles must be presented at the immigration counter for verification.
3. Visitors must ensure that they have a valid travel insurance with full medical coverage, including COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care, for the duration of their entire stay in Seychelles.
4. Effective September 15, 2020 visitors to the Seychelles, including travellers in transit to other countries via Mahe Airport, must have an approved Health Travel Authorisation (HTA). This includes children, infants as well as Seychellois and all foreigners.

Visitors must apply via the Seychelles Travel Authorisation mobile app or the website https://seychelles.govtas.com. The application can be made between 72 and 3 hours before departure. The reviewing process may take up to 3 hours before validation. A visitor will not be able to board the plane to the destination without the HTA.

The information required to apply for an HTA:

• Valid passport.
• Recent passport picture OR a selfie picture taken during application process.
• Contact details (home address, telephone, email).
• Travel information (arrival flight number, seat or cabin number, departure and arrival airports or ports, date of departure with initial flight in case of corresponding flights).
• The information on the hotel a visitor will be staying at.
• Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate.
• COVID-19 vaccination certificate (for adults only, subject to availability). A valid vaccination certificate must be issued by an entity registered and recognised by a national or provincial authority such as the Ministry of Health or Public Health Authority, and must identify the holder of the certificate who has completed a full course (the two doses). The name and manufacturer of the vaccine must be presented. Ideally, the certificate should contain a barcode.
• A valid travel insurance with full medical coverage, including COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care for the duration of the entire stay in Seychelles.
• Credit or debit card information.

The application procedure:

1. The first step would require one to fill out the application and ensure all data are entered correctly. Each individual is required to apply separately for an HTA. For children under the age of 18, the legal guardian, parent or accompanying adult is responsible for completing the application.
2. The visitor will receive an automatic email confirming reception of application. This email will contain the reference number assigned to the application. The reference number can be used to check the application status by following the link: https://seychelles.govtas.com/application-check.
3. After the application is submitted, a fee of 10 EUR per application per adult, 5 EUR per child under 12 years old will be charged. The term for consideration of the application does not exceed 9 hours. An ad-ditional amount of 60 EUR will be charged for urgent applications that will be processed within 60 minutes. The visitor will receive an automated email confirming payment.
4. The visitor will receive an email with a clear response on the eligibility to travel within the next 3 hours.
• If the application has been approved, the visitor should print the PDF document that has been attached to the email, download the document to the personal mobile device or save it in the “Seychelles Travel Authorization” mobile app. This is the travel authorization that needs to be shown at the departure and arrival points.
• If the application has been denied, the visitor will not be able travel to Seychelles for the moment and recommended to contact the Public Health Authority on visitor@health.gov.sc to obtain further details.

The HTA is valid for one journey only and must be repeated for each journey. It expires once a visitor exits the country.

The HTA is only valid together with the corresponding passport and COVID-19 PCR test certificate that were submitted and accepted.

5.  Visitors who have been to Brazil, India, Bangladesh Nepal and Pakistan within 14 days preceding arrival to Seychelles will NOT be authorised entry. Whereas if they have stayed at least 14 days in another country and have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before travel, they will be allowed entry into Seychelles. However, they must provide proof of their stay in that other country.

6. Visitors must comply with all airline protocols throughout their journey.

7. Booking vouchers reflecting the entire duration of stay in Seychelles must be presented at the Immigration counter for verification. Visitors without such a booking will be directed to another establishment that is certified.

Airport Arrival

1. The Seychelles International Airport shall ensure that measures are in place for safe movement at the airport as follows:
• Disembarkation should be done in an orderly manner based on inflight seating arrangements.
• Face masks should be worn before leaving the aircraft.
• A safe distance of at least one metre should be maintained between all visitors, passengers and staff at all times.
• Visitors should practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.
• When collecting luggage, visitors must ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre from other persons is maintained. The area within the conveyor belt has been demarcated to guide visitors.
• Visitors may make use of trolleys that have been disinfected and located at clearly demarcated areas.
2. All visitors will be subjected to temperature checks and health screening.
• Any visitor who disembarks with respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose or shortness of breath will be isolated from other travellers and be subjected to further tests.
• Additionally, visitors may be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test upon disembarkation. The airport arrival COVID-19 tests are provided free of charge when necessary.

Airport Transfers

• Transfer of visitors from the airport to the place of accommodation is carried out only by authorised transport and visitors must at all times follow instructions provided by the operators. Airport transfer can be arranged for Coral Strand Smart Choice guests. For transfer reservation, please provide us with your flight details by email: reservation@coralstrand.sc at least 72 hour before arrival date.
• Visitors will not be authorised to use public buses.
• Visitors must maintain physical distance at all times and wear a face mask in the vehicle.
• Visitors with connecting domestic flights to other islands should remain on the airport compound.

Accommodation

•    Visitors may only stay in establishments that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Coral Strand Smart Choice a has a health certificate by the Public Health Authority of Seychelles. Visitors are required to adhere to all health protocols in place at their respective tourism accommodation including wearing of facemasks in common areas.

•    All individuals arriving in Seychelles must report any illness to their hotel management, local health centre and/or public health authority, even if fully vaccinated.

•    To ensure the safety of staff and visitors, clients and staff should do self-monitoring for COVID-19 illness and reporting of any symptoms. Immediate reporting should be done to the hotel management staff and subsequently to the Public Health Authority.

•    Any visitor regardless of his vaccination status, who develops symptoms compatible with COVID-19 during their stay, or through investigation is proven a close contact of a positive person, may be subject to further assessment and testing.

•    Where visitors are assessed to be close contacts of a potentially infectious case of COVID-19, they will also be issued hotel-quarantine as per guidance.

•    Visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must continue to observe all health measures especially in all public places, such as consistent use of facemasks, maintaining social / physical distancing, practice respiratory, and hand hygiene throughout their travel and stay in Seychelles.

•    In case when guests have been vaccinated, a valid vaccination certificate must be issued by an entity registered and recognized by a national or provincial authority such as the Ministry of Health or Public Health Authority, and must identify the holder of the certificate who has completed a full course (the two doses). The name and manufacturer of the vaccine must be presented. Ideally, the certificate should contain a barcode.

•    Visitors must have valid travel health insurance that covers, at minimum, COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care.

•    Visitors who develop symptoms of a possible respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of smell / taste) will be referred to the health services for further assessment and testing as indicated. In the event that visitor is found to be infected with COVID-19, the Public Health Authority requires that the person is isolated from the population and other visitors until recovery from the infection. Seychelles has extensive and modern health care services and visitors can expect quality care in the event of illness. Symptomatic cases, especially if they fall in the ‘high-risk’ group for deterioration will be cared for in a health-managed isolation facility. Symptomatic cases must undergo isolation at a certified tourism accommodation establishment at their own cost.

Your safety, comfort and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. Though we have always placed high emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene we have now stepped up our control measures in order to ensure every stay of our guests is safe, clean and comfortable.

Some of our measures include:

•    Rigorous cleaning and sanitization of guest rooms and public areas.

•    Frequent sanitization of high-contact points, such as elevator buttons, door handles, reception counters, rest rooms etc.

•    Sensor based hand sanitizers placed in all public areas of the hotel.

•    Infrared thermometers available at front desk to conduct temperature checks of our guests and employees.

•    Availability of medical masks and gloves for our guests and employees.

•    Regular training of our employees ensuring proper hygiene and awareness of COVID-19.

•    Strict hygiene protocols are in place for staff in the kitchens, restaurants, in-room dining, to ensure food is prepared and handled properly.

•    Updated and detailed cleaning checklists, including the use of professionally identified chemicals and agents for all areas, including laundry, are being followed and monitored closely.

Excursions

Any visitor wishing to indulge in recreational activities such as tours, excursions, sightseeing etc. are required to use licensed tourism service providers that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Please visit http://tourism.gov.sc/covid-19-guidelines/ for the list of approved tourism service providers.

Return Flight

PCR testing is not required routinely to depart Seychelles. However, your airline or final destination may require it. PCR test facilities are available on the three (3) main islands namely Mahe, Praslin and La Digue to visitors prior to departure. Visitors requiring the test should contact the Public Health Authority at least a week in advance on the email address covid19test@health.gov.sc or telephone +248 4388410 to make the necessary arrangements. The PCR test currently costs SCR2, 500.00. Effective as of 24th May 2021, children below the age of 12 years and persons of 63 years and above will also be charged the same fee for PCR test.

PCR Test can be done at private laboratory - Euro medical at Eden Blue. The contact details for the clinic: +248 4346924 | euromedical.sey@gmail.com | website for additional information is https://covid.euromedical.info. Testing is still being done through government laboratory at the Seychelles Public Health laboratory of the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health accredits all PCR tests administered in Seychelles.

PCR Test cost: Online 1,100SCR per person | Walking 1,700SCR per person

Rapid Antige Test: Online 500SCR per person | Walking 500SCR per person

Please note that if you receive a positive PCR test result, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status, the Public Health Authority requires that you are isolated in your hotel/guesthouse at your own cost for a minimum period. If you are without any symptoms throughout, you may expect to be released by the 10th day from the date you tested positive. If you develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness, the required period of isolation is 14 days.

Any of your close contacts, for example a travelling companion, who might have been infected, may be asked to undergo quarantine.

During the isolation/quarantine period, guests may not change accommodation, except with the approval of the Public Health Authority. A repeat test is not required at the end of the period, unless required by the airline or next destination country. At the end of this period, you will be issued with a certificate or letter of completion of isolation.

A second test by a different laboratory immediately after the initial positive result does not invalidate the first result.

You should be aware that such a second test, even if negative, does not alter the public health measures, including isolation that are required on the basis of the initial positive test.

We are committed to welcome our guests to our hotel with the same warmth and hospitality. Whenever you are ready to travel, the Coral Strand team will be here to welcome you for yet another memorable experience with us.

Kind regards,
Coral Strand Smart Choice

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