- Italy’s Health Ministry is opening COVID-free experimental travel corridor for “controlled tourist routes” outside of Europe.
- This corridor eliminates the need for COVID-19 precautionary quarantine on arrival or return from destination.
- A record 27,289 Italian tourists visited Seychelles in 2019, when it was the destination’s fourth largest source market.
The Seychelles paradise islands in the Indian Ocean are one of six non-European destinations that Italian citizens can travel to as Italy’s health ministry opens COVID-free experimental travel corridor for ‘controlled tourist routes’ outside Europe without the need for quarantine as a COVID -19 precaution whether on arrival or return from the destination.
In his opening remarks in a statement made to the National Assembly of the country on the occasion of World Tourism Day and World Tourism Week on Wednesday, September 29, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of Seychelles, Sylvestre Radegonde hailed the announcement as âgood news, very good news indeed. . “
Commenting on the importance of this new development as the country prepares to welcome visitors to the fourth tourism source market for the Indian Ocean island destination, Senior Tourism Secretary Sherin Francis said she was excited by the news, saying: “We look forward to welcoming back our jovial Italian hosts, renowned for their charm and joie de vivre.
âItalians have always appreciated the wide range of products Seychelles has to offer, especially our mid-sized Praslin-based hotels. They are adventurous and enjoy exploring the islands, taking day trips, roaming the islands, hiking the trails, dining out and seeing the destination in general. Many of our properties have their own loyal Italian clients who are eager to travel once the green light is given. The Seychelles have also been a popular destination for Italian weddings.
A record 27,289 Italian tourists visited Seychelles in 2019, when it was the destination’s fourth-largest source market, accounting for 10% of arrivals from Europe.
Since the final stages of the reopening of its borders on March 25, the destination has been served by no less than 32 international flights per week, not counting the flights of the national company Air Seychelles and the forthcoming services of the European companies Condor. and Air France.