Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) established a new travel corridor for vaccinated travellers between the two countries as part of bilateral cooperation and recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signed late last week, the agreement acknowledges mutual recognition of vaccination certificates issued by health authorities in the two countries.

To benefit from the quarantine-free travel corridor, citizens and residents from Seychelles and UAE will need to show documentation that they have received the last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This needs to be in accordance with the approved applications or certificates issued by health authorities. Travellers are also required to present a negative PCR test, taken 72 hours prior to arrival.

Travellers must also abide by other precautionary measures adopted at each destination to ensure safe and secure travel for all. For Seychelles, this means practicing social distancing and wearing face masks in public places.

The Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, said on Friday that “this is a start and I hope that we can extend this kind of agreement to other countries.”

“For both countries, once a person is vaccinated, they can visit the other country without any difficulty of going into quarantine,” he added.

Seychelles reopened its borders to commercial flights on March 25 to relaunch its tourism industry, the top contributor to the island nation’s economy. Since then, UAE – a secondary tourism market for the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean – is currently the third-most contributing market to the island nation’s visitor arrivals.