Seychelles

Summary

  • Exercise normal security precautions in the Seychelles. Use common sense and appear down for dubious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the news along with other sourced elements of information for changes to regional travelling conditions.
  • Criminal activity, including burglaries and opportunistic theft against residents, expatriates and tourists, occurs in the Seychelles, and there’s been an escalating range violent incidents. Parked cars, residential accommodation, including guest houses and resorts, beaches and walking tracks, have already been targeted. See Safety and security.
  • Exercise caution when swimming into the ocean, specially with kiddies, as currents may be strong and a lot of beaches don’t have life guards. Many deaths by drowning are recorded annually into the Seychelles. See regional travel.
  • Damp period (north-west monsoon) into the Seychelles is from November to might, see more information.
  • Piracy is really a significant danger in Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has happened as far as 1,000 nautical kilometers from the shore of Somalia. Pirate tasks happen reported in waters surrounding Seychelles’ exterior islands nearest the eastern coast of Africa, like the seizure of personal yachts. Exercise caution when preparing ocean activities in Seychelles’ Exclusive financial area (EEZ). See Security And Safety.
  • See Travel Smart for basic advice for many travellers.

Entry and exit

Australians do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Seychelles. But your passport should be legitimate for the full timeframe of the prepared stay, by having a minimal half a year’ validity, and have one or more blank visa web page for entry/exit stamps. It’s also possible to have to offer proof accommodation bookings addressing your stay static in the Seychelles.

Entry and exit conditions (such as visa requirements, currency, traditions and quarantine regulations) can alter at short notice, contact the nearest tall Commission or Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles for the many updated information.

Any medicine should be declared at Customs. Travellers are encouraged to contact the Customs Office on + 248 429 3737 just before travelling to verify whether a certain medication is permitted in the country. See additionally the Customs Office website.

If you’re showing up from the nation in which yellowish temperature is endemic, proof of a yellowish temperature vaccination is needed.

Security and safety

Crime

Targeted burglaries and opportunistic theft against residents and tourists take place in the Seychelles. While theft and burglaries may appear anywhere, many burglaries take place in holiday destinations like Beau Vallon coastline as well as the capital of Victoria. There has been a marked boost in the utilization of knives in burglaries and street robberies over the past several years.

Ensure that your accommodation is well secured, including windows, especially in the evening. Parked vehicles have also been targeted. Protect valuables and cash; leave them in the hotel safe, and avoid shows of wide range. Keep copies of important papers, together with your passport, in a separate place.

We recommend you prevent the straight back streets of Beau Vallon and Victoria, specially in the evening. Take care along Beau Vallon coastline and foreshore in the evening, particularlu if you’re travelling alone.

Piracy is a significant risk inside Gulf of Aden while the Indian Ocean despite an overall lowering of incidents since 2013. Attacks have happened as far as 1,000 nautical kilometers through the coastline of Somalia and often within the Seychelles’ Exclusive financial Zone (EEZ). Sailing vessels are specially susceptible. Travelling in yachts and leisure craft on high seas (above 12 nautical kilometers from shore) isn’t recommended. This consists of tasks inside the Seychelles’ EEZ beyond 12 miles of this inner granitic islands. To find out more, the Overseas Maritime Bureau dilemmas piracy reports.

Civil unrest/political tension

Avoid any large public gatherings, demonstrations or protests while they have actually the possible to turn violent. Follow regional news for latest developments and follow any directions released by local authorities

Terrorism

There is a low risk of terrorism in Seychelles.

Terrorism actually threat throughout the world. See our Terrorist Threat Global bulletin.

Cash and valuables

The neighborhood currency may be the Seychellois Rupee, however many tourist services, including accommodation, are paid in Euros, either in money or by bank card.

Money exchange solutions can be found at banks, the Seychelles International Airport, certified operators and also at accommodations and resorts. Hotels and resorts will often exchange Euros or US bucks for guests.

ATMs aren’t generally found beyond the major holiday destinations of Mahé, Praslin or La Digue, and will only dispense Seychellois Rupees. ATMs may located at international airport.

Cannot leave cash and valuables unattended at coastline or within the vehicle.

Your passport is a valuable document that is appealing to crooks whom may try to use your identification to commit crimes. Continue to keep it in a safe place. You might be required by Australian legislation to report a lost or stolen passport online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as quickly as possible.

Neighborhood travel

Driving in the Seychelles is only practical regarding islands of Mahé and Praslin. Roadways on both islands are mountainous, slim, winding, and generally are frequently flanked by sheer falls and hairpin bends. Security obstacles are rare. Be careful whenever driving and avoid remote roadways, specially during the night.

Drink-driving is just a problem into the Seychelles, therefore be particularly conscious of other road users who may behave erratically.

Buses on Mahé operate from early morning to very early night. Services are infrequent on some routes. Taxis aren’t metered, therefore confirm with your resort about taxi fares you ought to expect on trips, and negotiate utilizing the motorist before you begin your journey.

Prior to participating in ocean sports activities, ensure that the water-sport operators hold valid certifications and permits, and carry sufficient safety equipment. Make sure that operators have the ability to contact the shore guard if necessary, especially during activities which need venturing further out at ocean, like swimming with dolphins or scuba diving.

The safety requirements you may expect of transportation and tour operators, including adventure tasks such as for instance scuba diving, may possibly not be of the identical level as in Australia. Sufficient safety gear may possibly not be supplied and recommended maintenance requirements and security precautions may not be seen. Always utilize available safety gear, including lifejackets or seatbelts, even when others cannot. If appropriate safety gear is not available, use another provider.

There are frequently strong currents brought on by alterations in ocean conditions. Workout caution whenever swimming or snorkelling as drowning has happened at popular tourist beaches. Safety information is often maybe not supplied at beaches, and also this really should not be interpreted as indication of security. The most popular coastline of Beau Vallon is prone to rip currents if the ocean is rough. Look for neighborhood advice before swimming and stay in your competency degree.

Airline safety

The Australian federal government does not offer information on the security of specific commercial airlines or trip paths. See rather the Aviation Safety system internet site for informative data on aviation safety into the Seychelles.

Please additionally reference our general airline travel web page for informative data on aviation security and safety.

Regulations

You are susceptible to the neighborhood laws and regulations regarding the Seychelles, including ones that look harsh by Australian standards. If you’re arrested or jailed, the Australian federal government is going to do what it may to assist you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can not allow you to get away from trouble or out of prison. Analysis laws and regulations before travelling, specifically for a long stay.

Homosexuality ended up being decriminalised in-may 2016. See our LGBTI travellers web page.

Medication taking and smuggling are serious offences and punishment are severe. See our Drugs web page.

Some Australian unlawful regulations, such as those associated with cash laundering, bribery of foreign general public officials, terrorism, forced wedding, female genital mutilation, son or daughter pornography, and kid intercourse tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians whom commit these offences while overseas might be prosecuted in Australia.

Neighborhood traditions

Seychelles’ culture are conservative. Topless sunbathing is not tolerated on public beaches. Nudism just isn’t appropriate. General public displays of affection must also be avoided.

Information for twin nationals

See our Dual nationals page.

Health

We strongly recommend that you remove comprehensive travel cover that may protect any overseas medical expenses, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Make sure your insurance covers you for your time you will end up away and check always what circumstances and activities aren’t contained in your policy. Keep in mind, regardless of how healthier and fit you’re, if you cannot pay for travel cover, you cannot afford to travel. The Australian Government will not buy a traveller’s medical costs offshore or medical evacuation expenses.

It is important to consider carefully your real and psychological state before travelling offshore. We encourage you to definitely start thinking about having vaccinations before you decide to travel. At the least eight weeks just before depart, see your medical professional or travel clinic for fundamental wellness check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for the wellness, especially if you’ve got a current medical problem. The entire world Health Organization (whom) provides information for travellers and our health and wellness page also provides of use information for travellers on staying healthy.

Medical facilities

Healthcare facilities in Seychelles are restricted, especially in the more remote islands where medical practioners in many cases are unavailable. There are numerous clinics and a federal government owned medical center on the primary island of Mahé which handles accidents and emergency services.

The key hospital (including accident and emergency solutions) is in the capital city of Victoria (telephone: + 248 438 8000). Much more serious medical cases are usually evacuated to Mauritius, South Africa or India for therapy. Ensure you have actually adequate travel medical health insurance and accessible funds to pay for the expense of any treatment and repatriation costs.

Health problems

Though there is no malaria in Seychelles, there are frequent outbreaks of dengue temperature and chikungunya. Look for medical advice when you yourself have a fever, muscle mass pain, rash or severe headache as they are signs and symptoms of both dengue temperature and chikungunya virus. We advise that you take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes, including utilizing pest repellent always, using long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito evidence. For further information start to see the World Health Organization’s factsheets on dengue temperature and chikungunya.

If you need emergency medical assistance throughout your journey, dial 999 and get for the ambulance.

If you are showing up from a country in which yellow temperature is endemic, proof a yellowish temperature vaccination is necessary.

Where to get help

Depending on your enquiry, your absolute best option can be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel representative, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer must have a 24 hour crisis quantity.

For unlawful problems, contact the area authorities at the nearest authorities place, or phone them on the national crisis number 999. You should always obtain a police report whenever reporting a crime.

The Consular Services Charter describes exactly what the Australian national can and cannot do to help Australians overseas. Australia won’t have a High Commission or Consulate inside Seychelles. It is possible to contact the Australian Government on Australian High Commission in Mauritius for consular assistance. See contact details below:

Australian High Commission, Port Louis

2nd Floor, Rogers House
5 President John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius
Telephone: +230 202 0160
Facsimile: +230 208 8878
Website: www.mauritius.highcommission.gov.au

Begin to see the High Commission site for information regarding opening hours and short-term closures that’ll impact solution supply.

In a consular crisis if you are struggling to contact the High Commission, you can call the 24-hour Consular crisis Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

Extra information

Natural catastrophes, severe climate and environment

In cases where a natural catastrophe does occur, follow the advice of regional authorities. Informative data on natural catastrophes can be had from worldwide tragedy Alert and Coordination System.

If you’re travelling through the damp season, or after having a natural catastrophe, contact your tour operator to check whether tourist services at your in the offing location have already been impacted.

Wet season

Because of the latitude, the Seychelles Islands are not normally suffering from cyclones, but severe climate, strong winds, rough seas and torrential rain can occur through the damp period from December to February. Meteorological services are contacted on +248 384 358.

Australians should monitor the weather through local and international media, or through the following websites: World Meteorological Organization and follow the link to serious climate Information Centre, Meteo France–Reunion (follow the url to Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre the South-West Indian Ocean) and NOAA nationwide Weather Centre.

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

All oceanic elements of the entire world can experience tsunamis, in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, there’s a more frequent incident of big, destructive tsunamis due to the numerous big earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches. See the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System site to learn more, additionally the Australian Government’s Tsunami Awareness brochure.

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