Seychelles

Coordinates: 4°35′S 55°40′E / 4.583°S 55.667°E / -4.583; 55.667

Seychelles (i/sˈʃɛlz/ say-SHELZ; French: [sɛʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.

Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state; however, it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

History

The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

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Island Conservation Society donates books to schools | 25 September 2020

Nation 25 Sep 2020
Students will now be able to explore the different islands of Seychelles without leaving the comfort of the classroom, thanks to a donation of books that the Island Conservation Society has presented to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development ... of Seychelles....
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Conditions for entry of persons into Seychelles | 25 September 2020

Nation 25 Sep 2020
Currently, visitors are permitted to travel to Seychelles if they are travelling from countries that are on the published list of permitted countries, provided that they have not been in a country not on the permitted list in the previous 14 days ... Travellers must present proof of negative test results when checking-in for their flight to Seychelles....
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Air Seychelles to operate special flight to Ahmedabad in October 2020 | 23 September 2020

Nation 23 Sep 2020
Eligible travellers must hold a valid Indian passport, must be an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder (OCI) or a Foreign National of which prior approval from the Seychelles high commission of India will be required before booking the flight. Travellers holding a valid Gainful Occupation Permit (GOP) can also book for this flight....
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Air Seychelles to operate more flights to Ahmedabad and Mumbai this month | 09 September 2020

Nation 09 Sep 2020
Eligible travellers must hold a valid Indian passport, must be an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder (OCI) or a Foreign National of which prior approval from the Seychelles high commission of India will be required before booking the flight ... Press release from Air Seychelles ....
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Seychelles' Vallee de Mai wins Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award

Independent online (SA) 09 Sep 2020
Seychelles' Vallee de Mai, home of coco de mer, wins Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award ... The foundation added that with the site's new booking system going cashless, enhanced health and safety measures and safe tourism label, SIF feels that Seychelles' most-visited natural attraction is better prepared to navigate the uncertain times....
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Unesco World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai wins prestigious award | 09 September 2020

Nation 09 Sep 2020
Added with the site’s new booking system, refusal to accept cash payments, enhanced health and safety measures and safe tourism label, SIF feels that Seychelles’ most visited natural attraction is better prepared to navigate these uncertain times ... Chapeau to all of our team, we have truly made Seychelles proud!”....
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COVID-19 castaways: Family recalls being stranded in Seychelles for 6 months

The Philadelphia Inquirer 26 Aug 2020
He'd booked air tickets and hotels for the two-week island vacation in the Indian Ocean three months in advance....
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Air Seychelles - More flights to Ahmedabad and Mumbai | 25 August 2020

Nation 25 Aug 2020
Air Seychelles will operate an additional service to Ahmedabad and Mumbai on September 2, 2020 to provide Indian citizens the opportunity to return to their home. The flights currently on sale until Saturday, August 29, 2020, are being organised in collaboration with the Indian high commission in Seychelles ... Press release from Air Seychelles ....
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New Book Highlights 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in Seychelles

All Africa 24 Aug 2020
A new book highlighting the 20 most beautiful beaches in Seychelles is an eco-friendly guidebook by a journalist and author whose experiences in the island nation are ingrained in her childhood memories .......
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COVID castaways

China Daily 24 Aug 2020
Yang Zhouhu's family was eager to enjoy a relaxing Spring Festival holiday in Seychelles when they boarded a plane from Beijing in January. He'd booked air tickets and hotels for the two-week island vacation in the Indian Ocean three months in advance ... bookings free of charge....
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Seychelles launches safe tourism certification label for industry service providers | 08 August 2020

Nation 08 Aug 2020
... a consortium-based certification system to ensure ‘safe’ experience for visitors while on holiday in Seychelles ... Visitors planning on a holiday in Seychelles are encouraged to book their accommodation and leisure activities through safe tourism certified service providers....
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Seychelles: 'Warm welcome' for Emirates, the first international airline to return to island nation

Gulf News 02 Aug 2020
Emirates has resumed passenger services to Seychelles on August 1, 2020, coinciding with the country's re-opening to international tourists ... The flight touched down at Seychelles International Airport in Victoria at 6.27am on Saturday, August 1. A second Emirates Boeing 777 arrived in the country on Sunday, August 2 ... Relaxed booking policy....
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Air Seychelles to operate additional flights to Ahmedabad and Mumbai | 01 August 2020

Nation 01 Aug 2020
As the flight is being organised jointly with the Seychelles high commission of India, all foreign nationals willing to travel on this flight are requested to approach the Seychelles high commission of India first for clarification and post HCI clearance before booking their tickets ... Press release from Air Seychelles ....
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