India and Seychelles archipelago are going to start non-stop flights in March between Mumbai and Mahe as both countries have signed the air bubble agreement.
This would add another destination to the list of overseas destinations Indian tourists who rely solely on airline flights to travel to during the pandemic.
However, Seychelles is also open currently to Indian tourists, but only for those who fly into the island country onboard chartered flights or private aircraft with a negative RT-PCR test report.
Tourists from India who fly in on flights with airlines from the end of March would also have to carry a negative Covid-19 PCR certificate with them, says the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB). The test must have taken 72 hours prior to departure, it added.
The island reported 14,000 Indian tourist arrivals in 2019. Pre-pandemic, till March last year as Air Seychelles operated five flights a week on the four-and-a-half hour route between Mumbai and Seychelles.
Seychelles also recently launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday and announced that the island country has “re-opened borders to all countries worldwide with immediate effect”.
Moreover, in coming months. the island plan to ease some of the restrictive measures to relaunch its tourism industry.