Holidays: Tropical island hotspot added to safe list in new boost for winter sun getaways

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Seychelles holidays are now once again an option for British holidaymakers. The Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 topical islands is now exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. Britons will no longer need to quarantine on their return home.

The news will likely be welcomed by those eager to jet off for some winter sun.

However, a number of travel restrictions are in place which holidaymakers must keep abreast off.

“A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 48 hours before departure and you must be able to demonstrate a negative test result on entry,” explained the FCDO in its Seychelles travel advice.

“Upon arriving in Seychelles, visitors must stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for five days.

“Another COVID-19 test will be performed on the fifth day of your stay.”

The FCDO continued: “Following a negative test result, visitors will be free to travel within Seychelles.

“If your test result is positive, you will be required to stay in a designated ‘stay-safe’ until cleared by the Public Health Authority.”

The Foreign Office also shared advice on travel within the East African country.

“Inter-island public transport has resumed with revised timetables and guidelines for passengers,” explained the FCDO.

“If you intend to travel between islands, you should consult the relevant ferry and airline service schedules.

“People should observe social distancing at all times and practice good hygiene.

“Social distancing is enforced on public transport. Masks are mandatory on internal flights.”

As for accommodation, the current FCDO advice is: “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.”

The Seychelles have had an almost non-existent coronavirus rate throughout the pandemic.

The country opened its airport on June 1 and started accepting chartered flights from selected low-risk countries on August 1.

Six other countries have been given “special status” to travel to the Seychelles without having to quarantine on return today.

These are France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the United Arab Emirates.

The Seychelles relies very heavily on tourism and will likely welcome the return of international visitors.

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