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Seychelles takes measures to address threat of new variant of COVID-19

With effect from 31 December, South Africa will no longer feature on the list of countries from which visitors may travel to Seychelles.

Between Wednesday 23rd December and Thursday 31st December all visitors arriving from South Africa will not be permitted to stay in their private residence, but will have to book in a category 2 establishment for at least 10 days before being tested, and if negative can complete the remaining 4 days at home or in a Category 1 establishment.

From Wednesday 23rd December, Seychellois, permanent residents and approved GOP holders entering from South Africa will be required to go into facility quarantine for at least 10 days before being tested, and if negative can complete the remaining 4 days at home or approved residence.

With effect from Monday 28th December, the United Kingdom will no longer feature on the list of countries from which visitors may travel to Seychelles. Seychellois, permanent residents and approved GOP holders may continue to travel from the United Kingdom to Seychelles under existing conditions.

These measures will be in effect until the end of January 2021, and will be subject to reviews before that date.

“These measures are necessary to address the threat of the new variant of COVID 19 which is known to be more contagious and is now rampant in parts of United Kingdom and South Africa,” says Public Health Commissioner.

The Public Health Authority proposed these new measures to the Safe Tourism Task Force, led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism this week and the Task Force has accepted to put them into place.

“Many countries have imposed travel restrictions on travelers from the UK, in a bid to prevent the spread of this new variant. South Africa is also experiencing the rapid spread of a new variant, and similarly, cases are increasing rapidly,” adds the Public Health Commissioner

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases and the number of people dying from the infection continue to rise globally. Several countries are reintroducing new restrictions, including lockdowns, in a bid to curb the surges.

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NOTICE

Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. 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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