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Travel Advisory

The Public Health Authority in collaboration with its partners is issuing the following revisions to the previously issued travel advisory dated 30th January 2020. This comes after further discussion with its partners during the day.

  • No person (except for returning residents), will be allowed to travel to China until further notice. Should anyone insist on travelling to China, he/she shall not be allowed to return to Seychelles until the outbreak is declared to be over.
  • Local trade partners are advised to give all visitors from China, who were planning to visit the Seychelles in
    the coming months, the opportunity to cancel or postpone their holiday at no cost.
  • All foreign workers who are presently in China and were planning to return to Seychelles are advised to
    postpone their travel until further notice.
  • With effect from the 3rd of February all airlines with flights bound for Seychelles are advised not to board any
    passengers or crew (except returning Seychellois residents) who have been to China in the last 14 days.
  • With effect from the 3rd of February any person arriving in Seychelles by sea (except returning Seychellois
    residents) will not be allowed to disembark if he/she has been to China in the last 14 days.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, in China is ongoing and cases continue to be
registered, even outside Hubei and China in spite of control measures put in place.

Not enough is known about the novel coronavirus to draw definitive conclusions about the full clinical features of the
disease, the intensity of the human-to-human transmission, and the original source of the outbreak. Chinese authorities are progressively imposing quarantines and restricting travel throughout the country.

In Seychelles, an outbreak response plan was initiated based on existing guidelines and specialised areas for response during a public health emergency. These are Coordination, Surveillance /Laboratory, Case Management and Infection Prevention and control, Risk Communication and Social Mobilization, Control at Points of Entry (PoE) and Logistics and Supplies. Each of these areas have a leader and dedicated team working extensively to ensure effective coordination as the outbreak progresses internationally.

  • The Public Health continues to reinforce these general measures to consider when travelling:
    Travelers to other places should adopt the following precautions at all times:
    • avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
    • observe good personal hygiene;
    • practice frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
    • wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
    • avoid contact with live animals and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
    • cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately and wash hands or use alcohol based hand sanitisers;
    • all travelers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Seychelles and seek medical attention promptly if feeling unwell, and also inform their doctor of their travel history;
    • if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), you should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

Some of the local measures established since the onset of the outbreak include:

  • Intensified surveillance at ports of entry
  • Active and passive surveillance of all passengers arriving from China
  • Alerts sent to all medical services featuring case definitions and necessary steps to take in sevice delivery
  • Procurement of lab supplies, especially testing kits and reinforced connections with reference labs for
    confirmation tests if necessary
  • Inventory of PPEs and recording of replenishment needs
  • Activation of various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that guide the course of action during a public
    health emergency
  • Preparation of treatment facility and reinforcing of treatment protocol
  • Review and reinforcing of waste management
  •  Refresher training for health staff in infection prevention and control
  • Risk communication and Community Engagement team activated to ensure continuous dissemination of
    information and addressing of public concerns
  • Regular communications via press releases, press conferences, interviews and live programmes that feature
    on mass media and Department of Health communication channels.
  • Issuing of travel advisories to control travel to and from China
  • Engagement with the local office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

PRESS RELEASE

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NOTICE

All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.

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Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.

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