Helpful information about Seychelles

Helpful information about Seychelles

Entry Formalities

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:

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

Holders of a "Kinderausweis" issued to German minors (up to and including 15 years of age) may enter Seychelles provided that this travel document contains a photo of the minor concerned.

Presentation of all of the above documents will grant you a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration.

The Visitor’s Permit is initially valid for the period of visit of up to one month. It can be extended for a period of up to three months from the date of issue and capable of further extensions for successive periods not exceeding three months at a time to a maximum period of twelve months, provided that the person still meets the criteria of a bona fide visitor.

The visitor's permit is issued free of charge for the first three months after which there is a fee of SCR5,000 for extension covering each period of three months or any part thereof.

For all visa exemptions and extensions and other enquiries regarding immigration issues please contact:

Department of Immigration
Independence House
PO Box 430, Victoria
Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 4 29 36 36
Fax: +248 4 22 50 35
Email: info@immigration.gov.sc


Credit Cards

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.Shops and boutiques accepting credit cards will typically display the relevant card logo on their doors or windows.

ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mahé and Praslin. These machines provide cash in local currency, Seychelles Rupees (SCR).


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.

Emergency Numbers

POLICE

Emergency: 999
Hotline: 133
Central Police Station: 4 28 80 00

HOSPITAL
Emergency: 151
Seychelles Hospital: 4 38 80 00
Praslin Hospital: 4 23 23 33
La Digue Logan Hospital: 4 23 42 55

SEYCHELLES FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
Emergency: 999
Hotline: 4 32 32 42
Fire and Rescue: 4 28 99 50

DIVISION OF RISK AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Emergency: 4 67 22 10 / 4 67 22 11
Risk and Disaster Management: 4 67 22 00

Health clinics can be found in most districts. Their respective contact numbers can be supplied by your hotel or found in the local telephone directory.

Remember to add the international dialling code (248) when dialling a Seychelles number from abroad.


Hours of business

Seychelles office hours are Monday to Friday 0800hrs-1600hrs.
Most government offices and some private businesses close on Saturdays and remain closed on Sundays and also on public holidays.


Public Holidays

Official:
New Year - 1st & 2nd January
Labour Day - 1st May
Liberation Day - 5th June
Constitution Day - 18th June
National Day - 29th June

Religious:
Good Friday - 3th April
Easter Sunday - 5th April
Corpus Christi - 4th June
Assumption Day - 15th August
All Saints' Day - 1st November
Immaculate Conception - 8th December
Christmas Day - 25th December


Road Safety Tips

MOTORISTS
Always drive on the left. Speed should be adjusted according to the road conditions. Drive at a safe speed and always observe the speed limit. Always wear your seat belt and ensure that your passengers do the same.

PEDESTRIANS
Always cross the road at designated pedestrian or zebra crossings.
Always use footpaths where they are available.
Do not cross at bends in the road where you cannot see the danger of oncoming vehicles.
If you are walking in a group, walk in single file facing oncoming traffic.
When crossing the road, be attentive and on the lookout for oncoming vehicles.

COMMUTERS
Always wait for the bus to stop completely when boarding or alighting.
Do not stick out any part of your body when you are in a moving bus or car.


Time Difference

Seychelles is 4 hours ahead of GMT, 3 hours ahead of British summer time and 2 hours ahead of European summer time. Visitors may enjoy almost 12 hours of daylight throughout the year with sunrise occurring just after 0600hrs and the sun setting around 1830hrs.


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.


Travelling with Pets

All cats and dogs entering Seychelles require an Import Permit issued by the Veterinary Services.
Such pets must have valid vaccination records including proof of RABIES inoculation as well as a Veterinary Health Certificate.
They will be obliged to undergo a quarantine period of two weeks to six months, depending on the country of origin.
Seychelles does not accept pets for a period less than six months and bringing bird species of any kind into Seychelles is not permitted.


Water

Tap water meets W.H.O. (World Health Organization) specifications and is safe to drink nation-wide. Because tap water is chlorinated, visitors are advised to drink bottled water but there is no imperative to avoid soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and ice.

If you are in any way concerned about drinking water, several different brands of bottled water are widely available in shops, restaurants and hotel bars.


What to pack

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.

A camera is an absolute must! Please bring a stock of film (particularly for non-standard cameras and video cameras) together with a supply of batteries.

Casual eveningwear (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.



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