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Seychelles Medical Services 9SMS) Private Testing ‒ 24/7 Covid-19 testing laboratory in Seychelles |07 June 2021

Online booking facility with luxury testing facilities and free hotel visiting service


Seychelles Medical Services Private Testing, a health care company, was officially opened in Seychelles by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde.

Owned by Seychellois Justin Etzin, the health care company is supporting the Seychelles tourism industry with the only state-of-the-art dedicated Covid-19 testing laboratory in Seychelles.

SMS Private Testing has a free hotel visiting service to all hotels in Seychelles seven days a week. Paramedics and nurses visit guests in the privacy of their hotel rooms or even on their boat to conduct the Covid-19 tests. Clients can also visit one of seven luxury Travel Certification Centres for their PCR or Antigen tests. Locations include Eden Island, Beau Vallon beach, Victoria, Praslin, La Digue, Seychelles International Airport.

The airport testing centre is within the Payanke CIP Lounge situated just above the check-in counters at the Seychelles International Airport. Open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm for a PCR or Rapid Antigen test allowing travellers the confidence to just turn up at the airport before their flight and get their fit to fly certificate in just 15 minutes for Antigen and two to four hours for a PCR test. This exclusive service is the only Airport Testing facility in Seychelles.

SMS Private Testing has a VIP lounge and airport concierge service which is free to use. Clients can relax in the private VIP lounge with free Wi-Fi and receive a free print out of their test certificates. No other laboratory can offer this first class service.

SMS Private Testing is fully licensed by the Public Health Authority in Seychelles and has the largest and most sophisticated Covid-19 testing laboratory in the Indian Ocean with the capacity to test over 30,000 per day. The tests can track all known genes and variants of Covid-19 with the fastest machines with the highest accuracy currently available anywhere in the world. The facilities provide the full range of tests for travellers including a rapid molecular Covid-19 test, the Gold standard Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and the Rapid Antigen test often mandatory for travellers before they re-enter their countries.

Justin Etzin said: “SMS Private Testing has brought down the prices of tests in Seychelles by over 50% and our laboratory is the only one in Seychelles that conforms to international standards with full dedicated negative pressure throughout the entire 8,000 square foot facility. This is incredibly important for accurate results and to avoid false positives which can happen when you don’t have high tech facilities like the ones we have. SMS Private Testing was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) via a point check system at over 96 percent.”

Travel certificates are guaranteed to be issued by email within 30 minutes for an Antigen test at just R1,000 or 24 hours for a PCR test at just R1,900. Fast Track or Emergency services are available at an extra cost for Antigen tests results within 15 minutes and PCR results in two to four hours. The SMS Private Testing hotel visiting service is available free of charge to visit any hotel in the Seychelles. Clients are also encouraged to use the SMS VIP lounge and Seychelles International Airport concierge service on departure free of charge.

Travellers requiring a pre-departure PCR or Antigen test and wish to use this service, can book and pay online or find locations at


Press release from Seychelles Medical Services Private Testing



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