The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the lure of some sun is seldom stronger. Why Alphonse? It is ideal for both anglers and leisure guests, there is excellent diving and snorkelling, great food and service and access to the best flats fishing out there. These are flats that have seen very few anglers since March. The UK FCO advice against travel to Seychelles has been removed and quarantine on return is currently not required. Time in the sun, on the flats or by the pool is very doable.

Alphonse Island, St Francois atoll, Seychelles, fishing Astove, fishing in Seychelles, GTs, giant trevally, bonefish, triggerfish, permit, Aardvark McLeod

In these days of ever changing travel requirements, we know that just because you can travel, its not always practical to do so but with UK citizens being allowed into Seychelles from 1st October there is hope on the horizon for some winter sun. With its sandy beaches, beautiful waters and outstanding fishing, Seychelles is an ideal holiday destination – take the family, enjoy a break away together and enjoy a small slice of paradise.

Although quarantine on arrival for five days is required, that can be spent in one of many hotels on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue and crucially, for those wanting to travel to the outer islands, Alphonse Island is one on which you can quarantine.

If you would like to discuss how travelling to Seychelles can work for you, please contact us or give us a ring on 01980 847389.

Seychelles, Alphonse, bonefishing, Seychelles holiday

Air travel restrictions were eased in Seychelles on 1st June 2020 and the country has been allowing entry to the citizens of a very limited list of countries which is available HERE. If your country of origin is on the list, you are free to travel with Seychelles on arrival.

You can keep up to date with the Seychelles current position on Covid-19 HERE.

Entry requirements

More information about the Seychelles and Covid-19 within the Seychelles is available on-line HERE on the TravelHealthPro website.

Screening on arrival

All passengers will be temperature checked at all ports of arrival. If symptoms of COVID-19 are found to be present, tests will be conducted. Those found to be positive will be quarantined and re-checked. There is a health screening and isolation room in the arrivals lounge.

During your stay

Face masks are to be worn on leaving the aircraft and until you arrive at your final destination. When travelling around Seychelles, face masks are required for land transfers, internal flights and ferry transfers. Visitors to Seychelles are not allowed to use local buses. You are required to have with you sufficient face masks and hand sanitiser for the duration of your time in Seychelles as these are not always readily available in Seychelles.

Departure requirements

Requirements vary according to airline so please ensure that you are familiar with the requirements that apply to your flights as you may be required to provide a negative PCR test done no more than 48 hours prior to travelling. The requirement for a PCR test prior to boarding may affect your itinerary in Seychelles as you will need to arrange for your test 72 hours prior to departure with the test being done no more than 48 hours prior to departure. You will need to allow time for the test results so it is recommended that you allow an additional two or three nights before you are due to fly home. This is particularly important if your visit is to the outer islands.

The full list of countries to which UK citizens can travel to is available HERE.

We will continue to update and expand on the the above list as the situation changes. For more information please contact Peter McLeod or Charlotte Chilcott or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.

Travelling after leaving the EU (as Covid-19 allows)

The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel to EU countries will stay the same until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.  From 1st January 2021, travel requirements to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change and you can sign up to receive Government updates HERE.

Using your passport

If your passport is burgundy, or has “European Union” on the cover, you can continue to use it until it expires. If you need to renew your passport, allow a minimum of 6 weeks if you are applying online – longer if you apply by post.

Travel Insurance

Before you travel, please check that any existing travel insurance policies will cover you for Covid-19 related issues either by endorsement or the reissue of the policy including this new cover.  Specifically cancellation prior to travel because you have contracted Covid-19 or should you have to cancel and self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has contracted Covid-19.  The policy should include cover for Covid-19 related medical costs whilst abroad and Covid-19 related quarantine costs whilst aboard.

Returning to the UK

All travellers, regardless of whether you are travelling from a country or territory where you do not have to self-isolate, must complete the online form available HERE

You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you are due to arrive in the UK.

Each person travelling must complete a separate form unless you are travelling with someone under 18 years of age but only if you are travelling together, will holiday together and return to the same UK address.

The form must be completed online – do not print it out and fill it in by hand.  You will receive a confirmation email once the form has been submitted. When you arrive at the UK border you will need to show either:

Why do you have to do this?

Border Force officers will use the QR code at the top of the document to check you have completed the form successfully. The government will use the information you give to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. If you need to self-isolate for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK, the government will also use the information to check that you’re self-isolating.

You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details, or more if you break this rule more than once. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you are either British or a UK resident). The full UK Government advice on providing your details is available HERE.