Time zone: GMT + 4
Telephone services: Country Code: 248
Outgoing Code: Calls must go through the operator
Emergency telephone numbers: Not present.
Tourist information: As for the High Commission Tel: (020) 7224 1670 Fax: (020) 7486 1352.
Passport information: Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa information: Please contact:High Commission for Seychelles
Head of Mission: HE Mr Bertrand Rassool
Address: Box 4PE
111 Baker Street
London W1M 1FE
Telephone: (020) 7224 1660
Facsimile: (020) 7487 5756
Office Hours (GMT): Mon-Thurs: 0900-1600; Fri: 0900-1200
Health information: Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Yellow Fever: A visitors permit is required from visitors arriving within 6 days of leaving or transiting affected areas.
Other Health Risks: Rabies
Food & drink: Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency: Seychelles Rupee (Srs) = 100 cents Exchange: Airport and Banks. Amex and Visa are widely accepted. Travellers cheques, preferably in US dollars, are accepted in hotels, guest houses and most shops.
ATM availability: 3 locations.
Cost of living: The island is a luxurious getaway for affluent holiday makers. Prices are often very expensive
Languages: Creole. English and French.
Weather: Monsoon: Nov – Feb, which brings hot and humid weather. The temperatures rarely fall below 24 ºC.
Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50 Hz. British 3-pin plugs are in use.
Post: Airmail to western Europe takes up to 1 week
Transport: FLIGHTS: An efficient network of scheduled and chartered services operate. SEA: Privately owned schooners provide regular inter island connections. ROAD: There are paved roads only on the two largest islands. BUS: A regular service is operated on Mahè. Prices for buses and coaches are very reasonable. TAXIS: Government controlled. Rates on Praslin are 25% higher. CAR HIRE: Should be booked in advance. Minimum age is 21. DOCUMENTATION: A national licence is sufficient
Special information: Whilst the Seychelles is safe for travellers there has been some increase in theft especially on beaches. Do not walk off main streets after dark, especially if you are a woman. Avoid remote roads after dark as they are often without barriers and may have steep drops. Casual wear is acceptable. Tourism in the Seychelles is regulated to ensure that the character and natural beauty of the islands remain unspoilt.