The health authority in Seychelles is revising a travel advisory for India in view of a worsening of transmission of COVID-19 there, even as the island nation re-implements some restrictive social rules as the number of COVID cases is again rising at home.

Seychelles Public Health Commissioner Jude Gedeon told a press conference that as of Friday, travellers from India will not be permitted to travel to or enter Seychelles. The same rules apply to Brazil.

Since mid-last week, travellers from India had been permitted to travel to Seychelles with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

“We have seen that the practicality of enforcing that is difficult. Getting a vaccine is difficult and verifying the vaccination certificate is also difficult. So from the discussion we have held, we will be putting India in the same category as Brazil. This means that vaccinated or not they will not be allowed in the country. A revised travel advisory will be released by tomorrow,” said Gedeon.

The Public Health Commissioner said that the current trend in Seychelles in the last three days shows that there is a deepening of community transmission.

“We are seeing widespread community transmission with a daily average of 70 cases … When we are doing contact tracing we’ve seen that these are linked to the Easter celebration. If there is the same behaviour during the Labour Day celebration on Saturday we will see a worsening of the situation in the country,” he said.

Gedeon said that the health authority is taking certain measures to mitigate transmission and these will include enforcement on gathering restrictions especially around Labour Day on May 1.