Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Seychelles on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Seychelles.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact the Ministry of Health for information on testing facilities.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

If you test positive for COVID-19 before returning to the UK

The Government of Seychelles does not routinely require travellers to take a PCR test before departure. Airlines or final destinations, however, may require it, and you should check the requirements if necessary. Visitors who develop symptoms of a possible respiratory infection will be referred to health services for further assessment and testing. You can expect to be contacted by the authorities in Seychelles if you test positive for COVID-19. If you display severe symptoms, particularly if you are in an at-risk category, then you may be cared for at a government-run facility.

Symptomatic Cases

The Seychelles Department of Foreign Affairs and Tourism has produced a travel advisory which details the standard procedures for visitors who develop symptoms. Visitors who develop symptoms of possible respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of smell/taste) will be referred to the health services for further assessment. If a 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 infection. Symptomatic cases, especially for those in ‘high-risk’ categories will be cared for in a health-managed isolation facility.

Asymptomatic Cases

Asymptomatic/mildly symptomatic cases must undergo isolation at a certified tourism accommodation establishment at their own cost.

People who are asymptomatic throughout their self-isolation can expect to self-isolate for 10 days, while mildly symptomatic visitors must self-isolate for 14 days. Guests may not change accommodation during a period of self-isolation without the permission of the Public Health Authority.

If parents are required to self-isolate, then minors will be expected to stay with them or with other family members. Unaccompanied minors (i.e. under 18 years of age) will normally be treated as adults.

If you are travelling with children, you should contact the Seychelles Ministry of Health before you travel to confirm you are satisfied with the procedures in place should you be required to self-isolate during your stay.

Travel in Seychelles

The Government of Seychelles has extended COVID-19 restrictions across the country until further notice.

The Ministry of Health in Seychelles issues new and additional measures on the Ministry of Health website and on Ministry of Health social media channels.

If you’re living in Seychelles or intend to travel to Seychelles, you’re strongly advised to familiarise yourself with these measures and to follow public health guidelines. You should avoid travelling unnecessarily within the country, including between islands. You should wear a mask and observe social distancing at all times when in public.

Accommodation

Some hotels are open across Seychelles. If you have made a booking, you should make contact with your tour operator or hotel proprietor before travelling to Seychelles.

Public spaces and services

The Government of Seychelles has introduced new restrictions on the use of public spaces and services, following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Seychelles. These measures will remain in place until further notice.

A nationwide curfew is in place from 11pm to 4am. You should not travel outside your accommodation between these times without authorisation. Restrictions on movement are reviewed regularly.

House parties are not permitted and no gatherings of more than four persons, indoors or outdoors, including on beaches and in public places, are allowed.

All shops, bars and casinos will close at 7pm until further notice.

All shops must close at 7pm. Bars and casinos may open until 10pm. Restrictions are enforceable by law and can change at short notice. You should consult the Ministry of Health in Seychelles for further information and monitor local media for the latest developments.

Healthcare in Seychelles

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact the Seychelles Department of Health hotline immediately by dialling 141.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Seychelles.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 Vaccines if you live in Seychelles

We will update this page when the Government of the Seychelles announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Seychelles national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca (Covishield) and Sinopharm vaccines. The Government of Seychelles has stated that British nationals resident in Seychelles are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. The Ministry of Health has published information on vaccines available in Seychelles on their vaccination FAQs page. You should contact the Ministry of Health if you wish to arrange an appointment to receive a vaccine in Seychelles.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Seychelles, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Further advice on coronavirus is available from the NHS and on the TravelHealthPro website.