Seychelles will be reopening its borders from the end of this month as the island nation gears up to welcome tourists and is hoping to resuscitate a sector for the economy which has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the coronavirus started spreading all across the world, authorities sealed off the archipelago to the rest of the world and thus bringing losses to travel, resorts, cruise ships, and nature reserves of the customers.
“Seychelles will reopen to tourists from all over the world … on March 25,” said a state-owned news agency according to the statement provided by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde.
Tourists from all over the world except South Africa can enter the archipelago.
Revenue from tourism fell over 61% as anti-coronavirus restrictions cut arrivals by 70%.
The Island nation would be open to tourists however, it comes with rules where the tourists need to undertake coronavirus tests within 72 hours before entering the country. Tourists who are tested negative need not quarantine, however, they need to stay at hotels that are certified by the government and need to comply with coronavirus measures.
Wearing masks, hand sanitizing, and social and physical distancing will be mandatory.
“We are hoping that this will give the economy the breathing space that the economy needs, the country needs,” said the minister as quoted by the agency.
The country so far has at least 2,618 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) data.