Vice President Ahmed Afif addressed the press, stating that the surge in drug trafficking and fraudulent behaviour was the reason for prohibiting Nigerian tourists. However, Afif clarified that Nigerians with diplomatic passports or valid work/resident permits issued by Seychelles would still be allowed entry. He further revealed multiple instances where many Nigerians claimed to be on vacation, but their stays were extremely short. Afif mentioned that when they examined the payments made for these individuals’ trips to Seychelles, they noticed that all the payments came from one account. Last Saturday, discussions began on social media platforms regarding an alleged ban on Nigerian passport holders seeking holiday visits to Seychelles. This speculation arose after a Twitter user shared a screenshot of a purportedly rejected entry application from SEBS.