In a move that will only serve to enhance concerns over the potential adoption of ‘vaccine passports’, the Seychelles has re-opened to tourists worldwide, but only those who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The London Telegraph reports that ‘Visitors must provide an authentic certificate from their national health authority as evidence of vaccination.’
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If they present a certificate, tourists will not need to go into quarantine upon arrival in the country.
Sylvestre Radegonde, the country’s minister for tourism told reporters last week that “We hope that this will open up the tourism industry for the locals primarily for the small hotels who are struggling… And also provide the kick that our economy desperately needs.”
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Sybille Cardon of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association questioned the move, however, pointing out that immunity has not yet been proven to be provided from the vaccines.
“Are we sure that by March Seychelles will have the herd immunity that the country wants? Hasn’t this declaration been made too hastily?” she asked.
“Will we be ready or will we find ourselves saying ‘sorry we are not ready’ and postpone for another month? Protocols we decide to enforce should be final, safe for the country and at the same time bring work and forex into the country,” added Cardon.
The island state is made up of an archipelago of 115 islands located off the east coast of Africa, and is aiming to become the first globally to vaccinate the entire population over the age of 18.