Seychelles Department of Tourism issues travel safety guidelines

Published on : Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Seychelles Department of Tourism recently issued the ‘Seychelles Safety Travel Guidelines’ right before the country reopening its borders on June 1, 2020. The guidelines are based on the Public Health Authority and provide necessary recommendations for tourism-related business providers so that they can resume tourism activities in a safe manner. It also targets potential visitors planning to visit the destination post the pandemic.

The guidelines will act as a stepping-stone for the small island destination to re-establish itself on the international tourism market as a responsible holiday destination. Mrs. Anne Lafortune, Principal Secretary, Seychelles Tourism said in a recent press statement that the guidelines outline the necessities required to be undertaken before tourism businesses welcome guests into their establishments. She mentioned that the guidelines include sanitation and hygiene measures that would be maintained to protect locals and visitors.

She further added that travel safety guidelines also highlight the new criteria for assessment that would be used to analyse and scrutinise tourism establishments before they are provided with the certified permission to operate. In addition, the Seychelles Department of Tourism has announced that the destination will undergo two phases to reopen its shores. It also shared the essential decision made by the authority will be based on the strict approval of the Public Health Authority.

Mrs. Sherin Francis, Chief Executive, Seychelles Tourism Board added that all the measures highlighted in the safe travel guidelines are essential for the destination. She mentioned that the country prioritises the safety and it is committed to eliminating risks of any probable infection on its shores for both the visitors and local citizens. She said the tourism board is urging all partners to adapt themselves with the requirements and execute them in a proper way to function under the new normal.

She also mentioned that new steps were taken by the destination add to the marketing value of Seychelles. She said that it allows the tourism trade partners to use the certificate issued by the department as a Unique Selling Point for their businesses. The first phase of border opening that would begin on June 1 will include easing air travel restrictions in the destination. It will be subjected to maximum control.

All visitors arriving at Seychelles will also have to undergo a COVID-19 test 48 hours before setting off on the Pointe Larue International Airport. This move has been deemed compulsory for all travelers. As part of the travel requirements, a health fee will also be charged to cover further local health procedures imposed by the Public Health Authority.  Phase 1 will also restrict visitors around the inner islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. All- resorts and islands resorts will be recommended to visitors in order to ensure maximum control. They can provide guests the opportunity to be in a self-contained environment while enjoying a holiday in paradise as well as respecting the social distancing measures.

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