Seychelles Useful Travel Information
Visas & Passports
There are no visa requirements to enter the Seychelles. The following documents must be shown in order to clear immigration:
1) A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from the Seychelles
2) Return or onward ticket
3) Proof of accommodation; including contact details
4) Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay
A Visitor’s Permit will then be issued on arrival which is valid for up to one month.
There is no risk of contracting malaria, yellow fever, cholera or other common tropical diseases in the Seychelles. A Yellow Fever vaccination is not required except for travellers over 1 year of age who have come from, or passed through a partly or wholly infected area within the preceding 6 days. Infected areas include certain parts of northern and central South America and central Africa.
You should however, take advice from your doctor as to which vaccinations, if any, may be advisable.
Use of a repellent cream or spray is usually sufficient to keep mosquitos at bay. It is advisable to pack a small first aid kit containing remedies for short term stomach problems, dehydration and small cuts.
Creole, English and French are the official languages of the Seychelles and are widely spoken throughout the country.
The voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. The Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp electric plug.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR) which is divided into 100 cents. ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mahé and Praslin. Many of the hotels and resorts accept payment in GBP or Euros.
Seychelles is 4 hours ahead of GMT and 3 hours ahead of British summer time.
Most charges (restaurant, hotel, taxis, porters, etc) already include a 5% to 10% service charge or "tip" and so tipping is not obligatory in the Seychelles.
Climate and Clothing
The Seychelles enjoys a warm tropical climate throughout the year, making it a perfect destination all year round, with temperatures from 24 to 32 degree Celsius. The weather is influenced by two main trade winds:
Southeast - Comfortable and cool (June to September)
Northwest - Tropical showers with high temperatures (End of November to February)
Intermediate season - Dry with high temperatures (March to May and October to November)
The sun in the Seychelles is very strong and even on an overcast day can still cause sunburn. Wearing a t-shirt for the first swim or snorkel is a good idea and UV protection - SPF30+ is advisable.
In resorts, lightweight and informal summer clothes are the norm during the day and casual eveningwear (long trousers for men), together with appropriate footwear, is usual for dining out in the evening.
Driving is on the left hand side of the road and a valid international driving license is required for any car rental
Food and Water
Seychellois Creole cuisine is influenced by African, Chinese, English, French and Indian traditions. The careful blending of spices is a major feature and much use is made of coconut milk and breadfruit. Local specialities include kat-kat banane, coconut curries, chatini requin, bourgeois grillé, soupe de tectec, bouillon bréde, chauve-souris (fruitbat), cari bernique, salade de palmiste (made from the ‘heart’ of the coconut palm and sometimes known as ‘millionaire’s salad’) and la daube (made from breadfruit, yams, cassavas and bananas).
Most restaurants offer a few items of what is termed ‘international’ cuisine, generally with a bias towards preparations of fresh fish and shellfish, as well as the Creole delicacies mentioned above. There are Italian and Chinese restaurants on Mahé. Some of the main hotels have bakeries and home-baked bread is also a feature of some of the small guest houses and lodges.
Local handicrafts include work with textiles (such as batik), fibres (such as basketwares, table-mats and hats) and wood (such as traditional furniture, ornaments and model boats). Special souvenirs might include jewellery made from green snail shells. Tea-growing and manufacturing in the Seychelles is done on a small scale. Local tea can be bought in the shops or when visiting the tea factory on Mahe, where many blends of tea may be sampled at the Tea Tavern.
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