All visitors (irrespective of nationality) to Seychelles are automatically given a Visitors Permit on arrival, the validity of which corresponds to the ticketing details. However, the following documents are required for immigration clearance:
- A passport valid from the date of entry to the date of exit from Seychelles,
- Return or onward ticket,
- Proof of accommodation, at least for part of the stay (sleeping on beach is strictly forbidden),
- Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay (you may be asked to show proof so it is advisable to have at least €500 in cash).
Currency & Credit cards
Official currency: The Seychelles Rupee (SCR 1 = 100 Cents)
Euros and US dollars are widely accepted currency and a lot of places lists its prices in both EUR and USD (together with SCR), but as always, best exchange rates are in certified Exchange Offices.
Visa and MasterCard and Visa cards are widely accepted while Diners Club and AMEX cards are honored to a somewhat lesser extent, but still can be used to withdraw cash on most ATMs. ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, together within airports on Mahé and Praslin.
Such cards may be used for car hire, hotel and restaurant services, for all of which the visitor will be charged in foreign currency. Shops and boutiques accepting credit cards will always display the relevant card logo on their doors or windows. Traveller’s Cheques are also widely accepted.
• 1st January: New Year’s Day
• 2nd January: Public Holiday
• Easter: Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are all holidays
• 1st May: Labour Day
• 5th June: Liberation Day
• 18th June: National Holiday
• 29th June: Independence Day
• 15th August: Festival of the Assumption
• 1st November: All Saints
• 8th December: Immaculate Conception
• 25th December: Christmas Day
Most visits to Seychelles are trouble free, however, there are reports of petty crime like pick-pocketing and theft in Seychelles.
As with any destination, do not leave valuables in vehicles or on beaches and if going on walks, avoid carrying them with you. It’s advisable to leave valuables in the security of your hotel. In short, take the same precautions that you would at home.
- Safety walking alone during daylight – Very High
- Safety walking alone during night – Moderate
Most islands have health clinics with capable doctors and nurses together with hotels which have access to doctors and nurses on duty. The main hospital is situated in Victoria – Victoria Hospital as main and best equipped, together with some smaller medical centers like – Seychelles Family Hospital, Anse Royale Hospital, Lanka Hospitals Seychelles.
Also, there are clinics available on most important islands, like La Digue or Praslin.
It is important that you have travel insurance, without it, and depending on the medical treatment required, cost could be substantial.
Music and dance are amongst the most important expressions of the local culture.
Mahe, Praslin and La Digue all have a variety of night clubs/discothèques to choose from which generally play most of the latest international popular music, combined with rock, pop and some local favourites. Most of these clubs will have some form of a dress code, and it’s advisable to wear something smart/casual. Men will not be able to enter without closed toed shoes, so forget about flip-flops.
Some of the larger hotels also provide live entertainment on certain evenings of the week which outside guests can enjoy.
Mobile phones & Internet access
Telecommunications network in Seychelles is one of the highest when it compares to other African countries, bot for wired or cellular connections. Average Internet speed of wired connections is 50 MBps, while average mobile data transfer is 40 MBps, with very good coverage of 4G signal.
Starter packs are available from both mobile operators, Airtel and Global Cable & Wireless, and can be bought in most shops, and that’s where you can recharge it too. Prepaid SIM cards are best way to enjoy mobile connectivity during your visit, and both operator shops are available right after you exit airport.
Don’t be alarmed when they ask you for a passport, as all mobile operators are required to register mobile phone users in the country.
Transportation on Seychelles can be divided into two sections – between islands and on an island.
Going between islands is fairly easy due to good air and sea connections, as there are inter-island ferry’s operating few hours a day and it’s cheapest option. If you are arriving at International airport and traveling to Praslin, then you have option to book a domestic flight, which only takes 15 minutes and is being operated by Air Seychelles. Other option is to rent a helicopter service, which operates between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, along side few other islands.
When it comes to islands, Mahe and Praslin both offer bus services, rent-a-car or taxi, while La Digue is car-free, so you’ll need to rent a bike, which is best option there, anyway. Bus network is very good, with 41 routes and 1100 trips daily, all for a price of SCR7 per trip (€0.28, £0.24 or $0.33). Airport taxi will charge you about €35 but that depends on the season. Renting a car is also another option and will cost you anywhere between €35 – €100 per day.