FAQ SEYCHELLES

  • Safety & Security

    http://smartraveller.gov.au provides regularly updated advice services on safety issues involved with international travel.

    Seychelles, enjoys a low level of crime. Nevertheless, like anywhere else in the world, visitors must always take reasonable precautions as opportunist crime does happen and it can be best described as when an opportunity presents itself and subsequently tempts a person to steal.

    It is recommended that routine precautions are taken to ensure your personal safety and to protect your possessions. Most accommodations offer room or reception safes to secure your valuables. Visitors are advised not to leave their belongings or personal property unattended in rooms, on the beach whilst swimming or visible in cars.
     

  • Bio-security

    New pest and diseases including invasive alien species can enter Seychelles via animals and animal products, plants and plant products brought into the country from abroad. These can seriously threaten our environment and affect our local livestock and crop production sectors. Therefore, please do the right thing and declare all animals and animal products, plants and plant products at the points of entry into Seychelles
  • Visa

    Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel to this country.

    Irrespective of the nationality of the visitor and his or her family members, there are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

    - A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
    - Return or onward ticket
    - Proof of accommodation; including contact details
    - Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

    Please refer to the below link for further details:
    http://www.mfa.gov.sc/static.php?content_id=1
     

  • Health / Vaccinations

    Health requirements for visiting in Seychelles are minimal. You will be asked to fill a small section on the arrival form that will be handed over at the airport immigration desk.

    There is no yellow fever in Seychelles and as a precaution, a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age who come from or who have passed through a partly or wholly infected area within the preceding 6 days. There is NO risk of contracting malaria in Seychelles given that the anopheles mosquito does not exist in Seychelles.

    Health clinics exist on the islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue and there are dispensaries on each of the islands offering accommodation. There are also private health and dental clinics on Mahe, Praslin and only one private health clinic on La Digue. Hotels have the contact of these private practitioners should their in house resident guests need medical assistance.
     

  • Travel Insurance

    We highly recommend that travel insurance is included in your plan; at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. It is a small price to pay for undesired outcomes and for the peace of mind.
  • Currency

    The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mahé and Praslin. Please note that these provide cash in local currency.

    Exchanging foreign currency into Seychelles Rupees must only be done at banks, with authorised money dealers such as a bureau de change, or with other licenced operators.

    Visitors should refrain from exchanging money with any individuals who approach them in a public place as there is a very high possibility that those persons are engaging in unauthorized dealing, possibly with counterfeit currency.

    MasterCard / Access and Visa cards are widely accepted while Diners Club and American Express cards are honoured to a somewhat lesser extent. Such cards may be used for car hire, hotel and restaurant services, for all of which the visitor will be charged in foreign currency.

    Please refer to the below link for the foreign exchange rates.
    www.xe.com/ucc/

     

  • Communication

    The international dialling code for Seychelles is 248.

    At present, there are two GSM networks in operation, Cable & Wireless and Airtel. Payphones are available in most districts on the Inner Islands

    The offices of internet service providers, internet cafés, postal and courier services are located in or around central Victoria. Among the increasing number of Internet cafés, several may be found in the Beau Vallon area on Mahé, as well as on Praslin and La Digue.
     

  • Electricity

    Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug. Visitors from countries other than the United Kingdom are advised to bring their own adaptors.
  • Flight information

    For Australian travellers there a few options. You can travel via Dubai or Abu Dhabi (UAE) on either Emirates Airlines or Etihad Airways, and on Air Seychelles via Abu Dhabi (UAE).
  • Transport

    Island-hopping is made possible through a regular network of air and sea transport primarily operating out of the principal island, Mahé. Air Seychelles operates a shuttle service between Mahé and Praslin, the second largest island. The flight lasts only 15 minutes with an average of 20 return flights every day. Air Seychelles also operates other inter-island flights, usually on the request of hotels to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse Islands.

    Also part of the air network is Zil Air, a helicopter charter company which is specialising in island transfers, excursions and chartered scenic flights throughout Seychelles. The Islands Development Company (IDC) specialises in charter flights mostly to the Outer Islands of Seychelles.

    Two types of sea ferry operate in Seychelles: the traditional and the modern.

    The traditional, sail-assisted schooner-type ferries operate from the BaieSte.Anne Jetty on Praslin to La Passe Jetty on La Digue.

    The modern modes are the Cat Cocos service, that operate transfers between the Inter-Island Quay of Victoria and the BaieSte. Anne Jetty on Praslin (less than 1hour duration), and the Kat Roses, a catamaran that operates mainly from the BaieSte.Anne Jetty on Praslin to La Passe Jetty on La Digue.

    Consult a detailed bus schedule, which can be obtained from the bus depot, for exact departure and arrival times.

    Independently operated taxis are available on Mahé and Praslin, and a handful on La Digue. You can hail one from the street, at designated taxi stands or by simply phoning a driver directly. It is advisable to request a metered ride, or if a particular taxi is not equipped with a meter, quotes should be negotiated and agreed prior to the trip. Many drivers will take clients on sightseeing tours for a set tariff.

    Cars may be hired only on Mahé and Praslin with several companies represented at the International airport on Mahé and at the larger hotels.

    You can also discover the islands by bicycle, readily available for hire on La Digue and Praslin, where they are a popular mode of transport.
     

  • Weather & climate

    The Seychelles' climate is one which is always warm and does not reach extremes of heat or cold. The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ a year round destination for sun worshippers and beach lovers.

    It is generally cooler when the north-west trade winds blow during the months of November to March. The sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, with average winds of 15 - 22 kilometres per hour.

    A larger amount of the annual rainfall falls during the months of December to February compared to other months. The average number of rainy (days with 1 millimetre or more rainfall ) in December, January and February are 18, 17 and 11 days respectively. It is also fairly cloudy at times during those months and therefore less sunshine. The weather is hottest from December to April, and the humidity is high - often 80% or higher.

    The months of May to October bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas - particularly on south-eastern coasts – and winds of 19 -37 kilometres per hour are common.

    For more detailed weather information, please visit the following official site:
    http://www.meteo.gov.sc
     

  • What to wear

    Light clothing suitable for Seychelles' warm tropical climate is recommended and visitors should prepare themselves for the relatively hot, humid atmosphere. Also, for plenty of sun.

    Bring hats, sunglasses and adequate UV protection - SPF30+ is advisable. It is important to remember that even on an overcast day the tropical sun is still strong and able to cause unpleasant sunburn. Wearing a t-shirt for the first swim or snorkel is a good idea.

    Casual evening wear (long trousers for men), together with appropriate footwear, is necessary for dining out and for gaining entrance to casinos and most hotels.

    Sturdy walking shoes are recommended if you intend to take guided walk and trail excursions.

    Visitors suffering from a specific medical condition should be sure to bring an adequate stock of the appropriate medication along as well as their preferred brand of sun cream, mosquito repellent etc.
     

  • Responsible travel

    Please resist the urge to collect seashells along the beaches as many are used as habitation by hermit crabs. Collecting shells is prohibited in nature reserves, marine parks and reserves in Seychelles. The unique and unusual tropical flora is beautiful and for it to remain so, it is important that you admire it, but leave it for others to enjoy. Any flora taken as souvenirs must have a certificate and an official export permit which must be produced, when checking in at the international airport.

    Be considerate towards the fauna and sensitive to its sometimes fragile nature. Please walk carefully on the reefs and do not feed sea birds, mammals, turtles or tortoises or disturb them or their nesting grounds.

    Please do not litter. If there are no litter bins immediately available, then please take your litter back to your hotel and dispose of it accordingly.

     

  • Tipping

    Most charges (restaurant, hotel, taxis, porters, etc) already include a 5% to 10% service charge or "tip" and so tipping is not obligatory in Seychelles.

    However, as a reward for exceptional service, a nominal tip is sure to be warmly received.

     

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