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Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has introduced weekly direct flights from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) to the Seychelles between March 27 and  May 29 of this year.  

As the whole world shifts into the digital age, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) follows, continuing its mission to establish and foster stronger relationships with the travel trade partner by conducting its annual GCC Roadshow virtually, whilst ensuring the safety of its participants. 

The Indian ocean archipelago reviews its entry requirements procedures so as to be more accessible for potential visitors, including GCC travellers, as part of the restart of its tourism activities for this year and beyond. The new measures are to be implemented in two phases.

Seychelles, one of the top tourist destinations for GCC travellers, leaps towards immunisation as the country launched its national COVID-19 Immunisation Campaign on Sunday, January 10.

Seychelles strengthens its relationships with Middle Eastern travel trade partners through the Seychelles Tourism Board’s (STB) participation in the first virtual Gulf Travel Show which took place on November 23 of this year. 

The Seychelles Department of Tourism recently reviewed its Visitor’s Travel Advisory which was effective Friday, October 02 of this year.

The Republic of Seychelles is has recently gone live with Travizory technology to facilitate the collection and analysis of traveller documentation to ensure re-opening of the borders in the safest manner. 

This is a mere three weeks after the agreement was signed, following cabinet of ministers approval for the installation and deployment of the technology.

The new technology allows Seychelles health authorities to collect identity and health information directly from the traveler via easy to use web and mobile apps. The information is fed securely into a single system, providing advance information about all travellers wishing to travel to the Seychelles. The system gives authorities the capability to run rapid and efficient vetting procedures to minimize COVID-19 risks and other security risks.

The new Visitor Management Platform replaces the current email and form-based system, which was cumbersome for travellers and airlines, as well as labour intensive for travellers and authorities alike.

 Travizory’s technology allows the straightforward management of all travellers, from pre-arrival to the point of exit, enabling the authorities to keep their borders open while minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.

The holiday destination confirmed the authorisation for commercial flights to enter Seychelles as of August 01, of this year.

After many weeks of battling tirelessly the deadly Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, Seychelles- the small island holiday destination in the Indian Ocean with a population of less than a hundred thousand inhabitants- is now Covid-19 free.

Following the news that the Seychelles will be closing to cruise ships until 2022 in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across its islands; Rheanna Norris, associate analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offered her view on this news.