Travel guide to Seychelles

Passports
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date.
Visas
British, European & USA citizens do not require a visa for holidays < 90 days.
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements, unless you are travelling via East Africa when a yellow fever certificate will be required. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters and always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations. Vaccinations sometimes advised: Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB. There is no malaria or yellow fever in Seychelles.
Currency
Seychellois rupees (SCR) - but tourists can use sterling (GBP), euros (EUR) or US dollars (USD). You can exchange currency at Mahe airport on arrival, but you will not be able to exchange any surplus currency afterwards. Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping.
Language
French, English and Creole
Time Zone
GMT + 4 Hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights 
 
Baggage – if you are flying on a light aircraft to one of the smaller islands, your luggage must be packed in soft sports bags, usually restricted to 15 kg. Rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods and will be left behind 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some regions may not have cell phone coverage 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. Credit cards are widely accepted, but always ensure you have cash as some places may not accept them 
 
Clothing – casual light clothing is advised including T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen and flip-flops. Swimwear should not be worn away from the beach. Sanitising hand cleaner/wet wipes and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). If you are a keen birder we suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share 
 
Plugs – type G (flat 3-pin, same as UK) 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights 
 
Water – tap water is considered safe to drink in the main towns, but drink only bottled water in undeveloped areas 
 
Food – delicious Creole seafood is served, as well as a wide variety of international cuisine. However be aware that hotel food is extremely expensive in Seychelles, if not included in your package, so stock up on snacks at a local shop on Mahe, especially if travelling to a small island where some shops are not allowed to serve foreigners to protect the hotel trade. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for 
 
Taxis – these are available in Mahe and Praslin, but negotiate your fare in advance to avoid being ripped off 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left. Any valid European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature 
 
Safety – Seychelles is a relatively safe destination, but take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular, avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash in your hotel safe 
 
Tipping – this is voluntary and should depend on the level of service received. We suggest the following USD per couple (or sterling, euro or local currency equivalent), but this can be reduced for longer stays: 
- guides: $10 per day ($5 for half day) 
- tipping box for hotel staff: $2 per day 
- porters: $1 per bag. 
- waiters: no tipping is required at restaurants, as 5-10% service fee is automatically added to your bill.
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