30 January 2020 – Travel to and from China banned, airlines to refuse passengers who have been to China within 14 days

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: International travel measures
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: The National Health Commissioner

Overview: No person (except for returning residents), will be allowed to travel to China until further notice. Should anyone insist on travelling to China, he/she shall not be allowed to return to Seychelles until the outbreak is declared to be over. Local trade partners are advised to give all visitors from China, who were planning to visit the Seychelles in the coming months, the opportunity to cancel or postpone their holiday at no cost. All foreign workers who are presently in China and were planning to return to Seychelles are advised to postpone their travel until further notice. With effect from the 3rd of February all airlines with flights bound for Seychelles are advised not to board any passengers or crew (except returning Seychellois residents) who have been to China in the last 14 days. With effect from the 3rd of February any person arriving in Seychelles by sea residents) will not be allowed to disembark if he/she has been to China in the last 14 days.

Full details here: http://www.health.gov.sc/index.php/2020/01/31/travel-advisory/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: In Seychelles, an outbreak response plan was initiated based on existing guidelines and specialised areas for response during a public health emergency. These are Coordination, Surveillance /Laboratory, Case Management and Infection Prevention and control, Risk Communication and Social Mobilization, Control at Points of Entry (PoE) and Logistics and Supplies. Each of these areas have a leader and dedicated team working extensively to ensure effective coordination as the outbreak progresses internationally.