With the launch of the online service, people coming into Seychelles will no longer need to manually fill the forms and send documents to the health authority. Instead, they will need to upload the required documents, a photo, and fill in the questio...
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With the launch of the online service, people coming into Seychelles will no longer need to manually fill the forms and send documents to the health authority. Instead, they will need to upload the required documents, a photo, and fill in the questionnaire. (Salifa Karapetyan, Seychelles News Agency)
Travelers arriving at Seychelles would soon be able to send their travel documents online, enabling data collection and risk analysis during the COVID-19 pandemic and afterward.
The change is made possible by a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the island nation and Travizory Border Protection.
Travizory is a company headquartered in Switzerland that helps governments digitalize their border entry systems. Its Health Travel Authorization system captures identity and health information directly from the traveler, conducting real-time risk assessments, and determining an individual's travel eligibility.
"Governments need security and that might be because of COVID-19 right now. The program helps governments to collect information ahead of an individual's travel, through which artificial intelligence is applied through assess the danger that the person brings, "said Renaud Irminger, the company's head executive.
Through signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Travizory will assist Seychelles in the continuity of the secure operation of the borders of the island nation to international travel.
The government of Seychelles will not pay any fee for this system but all travelers to the island nation will have to pay a $50 or $150 fee when they submit their documents online. The $150 charge extends only to late and emergency applications.
Civil Aviation's chief secretary, Ports & Marine, Alan Renaud, told SNA that Seychelles had been looking into border protection even before COVID-19, but the pandemic outbreak has sped up the process.
When Seychelles’ task force was looking at how to reopen the borders and we had identified that we had to have passengers send in information where the Public Health Authority was able to screen passengers. We were trying to do this in house and when Travizory showed us their updated version that included that, we realized that they had solved the problem that we were actually trying to do,” said Renaud.
At the moment, a traveler to Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean - needs to submit a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours prior to traveling and fill out a form, providing flights and accommodation details, among others, all of which need to be sent to email@example.com.
The problem at the moment with the way we are doing things is its very manual. Travelers have several applications to fill out and behind the scenes, there's a team at the Public Health Authority that has to go through and paperwork manually. This can be done when you have about 50 passengers on a flight, but when we start seeing tourism pick up, it will suddenly become very unmanageable,” said Renaud.
With the launch of the online service, people arriving in Seychelles will no longer need to fill out the forms manually and send documents to the health authority. They would need to upload relevant documents, take a photo, and fill in the questionnaire instead.
The first pool is going to group people whose information is looking good. Those people will be quick-tracked upon arrival in Seychelles. The second group is going to fall under the 'arrival question.' A person who falls into this category will have to provide immigration with more information. The third-party is going to be 'on arrival check.'
"Everyone will have to do their test but we just need to be careful because of the conditions and some people will be marked for testing," Irminger explained.
The fourth group will be 'quarantine upon entry' and that will be the case for high-risk countries Seychellois. At the moment, Seychellois who comes from an illegal country were permitted to enter but may need to go to a supervised facility to be quarantined upon arrival.