Frequently Asked Questions

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands, 4° and 10° south of the equator and between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean.

Exchanging foreign currency into Seychelles Rupees must ONLY be done at banks, authorised money dealers at the Seychelles International Airport, or with the hotel cashier.

There are banking facilities at the terminal where you can change your foreign currency for local currency on arrival. There are also ATM machines where you can retrieve cash with your card. VISA and Mastercard, and VISA PLUS are available. Most places like shops, restaurants and car hirers accept VISA and DEBIT cards for transactions. 

SEYMORE is a money changer where you can exchange your money for local currencies. They will have the latest available rates for you.

BE WARNED!  It is a criminal offence to change money with any person or business other than those authorised to do so and who are mentioned above.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) was established under the Civil Aviation Authority Act, 2005, as an independent administrative and financial body corporate to provide for the services, facilities and regulation of civil aviation activities in Seychelles with the power to do anything for the purpose of discharging or facilitating the discharge of its functions.

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

 

i.        A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles

ii.        Return or onward ticket 

iii.        Proof of accommodation

iv.        Sufficient funds for the duration of stay

 

Presentation of all the above will grant you a visitors permit valid for up to one month that will be issued by immigration officials upon arrival. The visitor's permit 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 12 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 SCR1,000 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
Mahe
Seychelles

You can book your accommodation in Seychelles with/on:

1. Tour Operators or Travel Agents in your country of residence
2. Ground Handling Operators in Seychelles
3. The Hotels directly
4. The Seychelles Secrets website

4. The Holidays Seychelles website

There are various travel companies who can help you arrange your holiday to Seychelles and Seychelles Travel features the majority of these travel operators.

Air Seychelles the national carrier, operates scheduled flights from Europe, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, South Africa (Johannesburg) into Mahé International Airport.


International carrier, Emirates provide flights to various destinations through its hub via Dubai. Other airlines flying to Seychelles include Etihad, Kenya Airways (KQ), Ethiopian Airways, Condor and Air Austral (UU).

Flying times to Seychelles are relatively short: 10 hours from London, 9½ hours from Paris, 8½ hours from Rome and Milan, 6¾ hours from Singapore, 2½ hours from Mauritius, 4½ hours from Johannesburg,  4¼ hours from Dubai, 2¾ hours from Nairobi and 2½ hours from Reunion. Visit the airlines section for more details.

Visitors arriving in private aircraft are welcomed at Seychelles International Airport provided clearance permission is obtained from the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) prior to arrival and that all relevant formalities are in order.

There are also many Tour Operators and Travel Agents worldwide that sell holiday packages to Seychelles.

All exchange rates and validity periods can be obtained via the Central Bank of Seychelles’s website, www.cbs.sc/dailyrates.html.

Storage space is provided free of charge at the Police Station in the main terminal of the Seychelles International Airport.  You may arrange for storage either individually or through your respective Ground Handling Operator.
 

There is no need for an official invitation regardless of your country of origin.  Visit the Entry Requirements section for more details

All local and foreign investments in Seychelles are handled by the Seychelles Investment Bureau. Please contact the Seychelles Investment Bureau (SIB) directly for more detailed information.

It depends on what you’re looking for; even though conditions for visiting Seychelles are generally good all year, there are certain times, which are slightly more advantageous for certain activities.

Scuba divers will find April, May, October and November have the highest visibility and calmest seas. Anglers will find that the southeast trade winds: from May to September are better for Big Game though the seas can sometimes be rough; from November to February the northwest bring calmer seas for bottom fishing. October and April are perhaps the most enjoyable with calm seas.

For birdwatchers, April heralds the new breeding season and Bird Island will find to be overrun with seabirds from May through September, migration periods are from September to December. Hiking and walking is best from May to September because of the dry conditions, lower temperatures and lower humidity.

For those who longs for a really hot sun, where you can admire your tan in a matter of seconds, March and April are the best months. It is also during that period that you can enjoy a wide range of local fruits including those that grows in Seychelles only.

Foreigners are allowed to buy residential property, to be used only by the buyer and his family, in Seychelles upon approval from the Government. Also, the Immovable Property (Transfer Restriction) Act prohibits the lease of immovable property owned by a non-Seychellois.

Government Sanction is required before purchasing. For the application, it is advisable to hire the services of a notary.

There is GSM coverage on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue and most of the Inner Islands. On more remote islands such as Alphonse or Denis there might not be any coverage or it may be poor. However there are landlines at all hotels, which you may request to use and Internet facilities like Wi-Fi are available for Skype and emails.
 

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.
 

The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR) which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in 5, 10, 25 cents, and 1 and 5 Rupee denominations. Notes come in 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 Rupee denominations. Banking hours are generally Monday-Friday 0800hrs-1400hrs, and Saturday 0800hrs-1100hrs. All banks process travelers, cheques and foreign exchange transactions. Passports are required for visitors? transactions and nominal commissions may be charged. ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mahe and Praslin. PLEASE NOTE: that these provide cash in local currency. NO foreign currency can be drawn from the Banks.

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.

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.

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. They also operate other inter-island flights, usually on the request of hotels to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse Islands.
Also part of the air network is Helicopter Seychelles, which is a helicopter charter company specialising in island transfers, excursions and chartered scenic flights throughout Seychelles.

Two types of sea ferry operate in Seychelles: the traditional and the modern. The traditional, sail-assisted schooner-type ferry chiefly operates from the Inter-Island Quay of Victoria on Mahé to Baie Ste. Anne Jetty on Praslin (2½hrs duration), or to La Passe Jetty on La Digue (3hrs duration).

The modern mode is the Cat Cocos service, a fast and modern catamaran that operates transfers between the Inter-Island Quay of Victoria and the Baie Ste. Anne Jetty on Praslin (less than 1 hour duration).

Light clothing suitable for Seychelles' warm tropical climate is recommended and visitors should prepare themselves for the relatively hot, humid atmosphere. Bring along hats, sunglasses and adequate sunscreen lotions with 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 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.

The international dialling code for Seychelles is 248

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

The Duty Free Allowances for each passengers are as follows:

• 200 -250g of Tobacco
• 2 litres of Spirits or 2 litres of Wine
• 200ml of Pperfume or Eau de Toilette

Please note that these are the maximum allowance permitted  for  all liquors (including wine, beer, stout, ale, and port), perfumes and tobacco for each passenger above 18 years of age entering  Seychelles.

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