- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel
Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020
They Seychelles continues to experience community transmission of COVID-19, and a number of restrictions are in place to control the spread of the virus. These measures remain under review and are adjusted from time to time. We advise those travelling to the Seychelles to respect local regulations and follow public health requirements. The latest information on the Seychelles COVID-19 response and any restrictive measures in place is available at www.health.gov.sc.
Travel to the Seychelles from Ireland
The Irish government advises against all non-essential international travel at this time. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these restrictions are available on the travel section of the gov.ie website.
In weighing decisions to travel to the Seychelles at this time, Irish citizens should take into consideration the risk of restrictions being introduced during their travel and, also, the impact which responding to COVID-19 may have on local health care systems over the course of their proposed visit.
From 25 March 2021, passengers from all countries, with the exception of South Africa, are permitted to enter the Seychelles. This remains subject to fulfilling certain pre-travel conditions, as well as requirements once you land in country. Further information can be found on the Seychelles Ministry of Health website.
To enter the Seychelles, you must apply for mandatory Health Travel Authorization up to 72 hours before your departure flight. To apply, you will need your passport, a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, your itinerary and a credit or debit card.
Travel to Ireland from the Seychelles
There is an Irish Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel.
From 16 January, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / not detected result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Ireland. This is a mandatory requirement. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Further information is available here.
If you must travel to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.
A legal requirement to quarantine in a designated hotel facility has been introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland from designated states which include the Seychelles. If you travel to Ireland for essential reasons from or via the Seychelles, you are required to book and pay for accommodation for mandatory hotel quarantine in advance of travel.Passengers will be required to present evidence of this booking to their flight or ferry operator in order to board the airplane or ferry to Ireland.
If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the Embassy immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.
If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence, and can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both. Further information on essential travel to Ireland from abroad is available on the gov.ie website
Because there is no resident Irish Embassy in Seychelles, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, please contact our Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania or the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical 'Know Before You Go' guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
- Read our Know Before You Go travel guide for useful security tips when travelling abroad
- Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
- Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
- Know who to contact in case of an emergency
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
- Read our travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive
- Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them
- Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, we strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.
Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry to some countries.
Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.
It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to the Seychelles and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.
If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.
What we can do:
- Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
- Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.
We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in the Seychelles there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.
You should contact the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.
Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in the Seychelles so we can’t verify detailed travel advice to ensure that it’s accurate, appropriate and up to date. However, we encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State
In cases of an emergency outside of regular office hours, the Embassy can be contacted by calling the Duty Officer directly on +255 754 783 455.
Embassy of Ireland
Plot No. 353
Dar es Salaam
Monday to Thursday 09:00-16:30; Friday 09:00-13:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
If you require assistance, please contact our Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.