Got the vaccine? Then you can now hit the beach in Seychelles – Time Out

There arent many reasonsnotto go to Seychelles. This archipelago off the eastern coast of Africa is famous for some of theworldsmost spectacularbeaches, wildlife reserves full of giant tortoises, aone-offCreole culture and some genuinely incredible seafood. And dont let the jet-set reputation fool you like the Maldives, Seychelleseven flashier Indian Ocean neighbour, its possible to visit on a budget.

However, until today there was one big problem:you could only visit Seychelles from a short list of approved low-risk countries, with a mandatory test and a five-day quarantine on arrival. (The country locked down in March last year and has been reopening tourismcautiously.) So if you were from anywhere else in the world, travel was off the cards.

Now thats due to change and the new rules could point the way forward for post-vaccine travel in 2021. From today, Seychelles will admit anyone, from any country, who can prove they have had a vaccine against Covid-19.

Specifically, youll need to have hadyour final dose ofan approved vaccine at least two weeks before you jet off. That means the very first waveof key workers and older, more vulnerable citizens whove had vaccines in countries such as the UK and US could already be eligible. And most of them could probably usea beach break.

The rest of usmight have to hang about a bit. But ifgetting the jab means the difference between staying at home and heading off on a much-delayed dream trip, you can bet were not going to miss that appointment.

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