TRAVEL & TOURISM

Seychelles opens up after a successful vaccination of citizens

Africa’s paradise in the Indian Ocean, the Island nation of Seychelles recorded a successful vaccination of most of her 95,000 population and authorities plan to open the borders to foreign travelers mid-March. According to the Director, Africa and the Americas for the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), David Germain, the authorities have decided to ease travel restrictions to all travels from the rest of the world.
 
“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming back our friends and partners back to our beautiful islands,” he said. A place of raw nature, this archipelago of sparkling isles first occupied its place in the Indian Ocean, it remains a sanctuary. It is accessible by air and served by major airlines.

What every traveler should know about the U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is on a mission to educate travelers that the Territory is an American overseas territory, and as such, travel to St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas or Water Island is within the United States’ domestic jurisdiction.

Though not part of the contiguous United States, travel to the USVI does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. 

“We, too, are American,” reminded Commissioner Joseph Boschulte as he and his team work around the clock to clarify the misunderstanding of recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel requirements related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

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USVI: A Piece Of Africa In The Caribbean Now Open After COVID-19

Mid last year, the US Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St Croix hosted The Times’ team as part of our “Discovering Africa in The Americas” series. What awaited us three hours or so removed from the American mainland was raw Africa, an Ashanti nation in the diaspora, smack, and dab in the middle of the Atlantic off the US eastern seaboard. The rhythmic and cultural energy of the archipelago was both ancient and as mystical as the African continent itself.

 Proudly so, the Virgin Islanders were ever so eager to invoke their ancestral ties to Africa which some of them swear is the predominant reason why they have been able to survive the vagaries of slavery and political and economic domination in the often cruel hands of the Europeans.

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Post-COVID-19 and the Re-Opening of "America's Paradise"

In line with the global trend in flattening the Coronavirus curve, the US Virgin Islands put all precautionary measures in place to checkmate the menace of the disease, and to date, it has recorded about 72 cases, with 64 recoveries and six deaths. With public health and tourism protocols firmly in place, “America’s paradise” reopened its borders for the return of leisure travelers on June 1. According to Commissioner of Tourism, Joseph Boschulte, the protocols will remain in place till July 11.

“We did not want to rush to reopen in reaction to what other destinations are doing. Instead, we have engaged in data-driven, risk-based analysis, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and federal guidance from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, and other stakeholders. We are pleased with the across-the-board approach so that key tourism sub-sectors now have specific guidelines.”

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