Travel Essentials

When you are making your way to the beautiful islands of Seychelles, make sure you have fully researched all necessary items and papers you may need as well as other essentials when arriving.


Visas are not a requirement for tourists to come visit however you will need a valid passport from date of entry to exit from Seychelles, a return or onward ticket, contact details for your stay as well as sufficient funds for your duration of your stay. Once you have presented this information, a Visitor’s Permit will be issued to you upon arrival by the Department of Immigration. This Permit is free and valid for up to a month and can be extended to three months. After the three month duration, renewal of the Permit will cost SCR 5,000.

duty free

Now that you’ve made it through customs, you should head over to the Duty Free, but not before being aware of what you can buy and how much. Each person is allowed the following.

  • 2 liters of spirits
  • 2 liters of wine
  • 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco
  • 200ml of Parfume or Eau de Toilette

Once you’ve left the Duty Free you probably want to change currency. The Seychelles Rupee is the local currency; coins come in 5, 10, 25 cents and 1, 5, 10 Rupees. The notes are available in 25, 50, 100 and 500 Rupees. When exchanging foreign currency, it is highly advised to do so at banks, authorized money changers or other licensed operators. Do no exchange money with random individuals as it is a criminal offense!
If you prefer to handle your money in card form then you should know that Visa and MasterCard are accepted anywhere with a card machine. ATM’s can be found in a variety of places around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and dole out cash in Rupees only.

public holidays

Another thing that might be important to note is Public Holidays due to the fact that a majorty of businesses in town are closed for business on those special days.

New Year – 1st & 2nd January
Labour Day – 1st May
Constitutional Day – 18th June
National Day – 29th June

Good Friday – 14th April
Easter Sunday – 16th April
Corpus Christi – 15th June
Assumption Day – 15th August
All Saints’ Day – 1st November
Immaculate Conception – 8th December
Christmas Day – 25th December

Find various medical practices here, information here, and transport here.


Is It Time Yet?

When people think of Seychelles, they think of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. They think of a rich culture and traditions, food and art. What they forget about is the perfect time to visit. This doesn’t mean that it’s not beautiful all year round, but certain people prefer certain things.

The golden rule of traveling to anywhere in the world is that you make sure you know what the weather is going to be like. You need this information so you can pack accordingly of course.

Now just because we have gorgeous beaches doesn’t mean they can’t get a little rough at times, which is why it is important to take into account the wind patterns and their effect on the seas.

We have two opposing trade winds that are in charge of the weather here. From May to October you can get the south-east winds coming in that bring about a relatively dry period on the islands. The southern beaches of Mahé get rougher during this time as well and it is always advisable to be on the safe side when going swimming.

The north-westerly winds begin in November, making December to March the wettest times of year and April being the calmest month of the year. The northern beaches of Mahé tend to get rougher during these months.

Another factor that plays into the interests of tourists, is events occurring around specific months. Sailing and snorkeling are a year round thing that no one ever really misses out on. Diving however, is preferable around March to May and September to November. The fishing season becomes popular around October all the way to April and hikes are recommended during the dry season. The bird watching on Bird Island has a couple of popular times; April is the peak breeding season making May to September the nesting months followed by migration in October.

Find a selection of excursions here.

Learning the Lingo

One of the most important things to do before going to a new country is trying to understand some basic phrases in the native language.

In Seychelles, that happens to be Creole. The following is a list of words that may be useful to the adventurous traveler.

Good morning



Do you speak English?
Ou kapab koz angle?

My name is
Mon apel

How are you?
Komman sava?

Fine, thank you. You?
Byen mersi, oumenm?

What is your name?
Ki mannyer ou apele?

Can you speak more slowly?
Koz pli dousman silvouple

Where can I find a bus/taxi?
Kote mon kapab pran en bis/taxi?

Can you take me to the airport please?
Amenn mwan kot airport silvouple

Excuse me.
Eskiz mwan

Where can I get something to eat?
Kote mon kapab rod en manze?




I’m sorry.

How much does this cost?
Konbyen I koute?

Do you take credit cards?
Mon kapab servi kart Kredi pou peye?

Where is the nearest bathroom?
Kote toilet pli pre I ete?


Safe Swimming

The most common leisure activity to do in Seychelles is definitely swimming and although it is thoroughly relaxing and fun it can also be a bit dangerous.

A huge thing to be aware of is currents and the wind patterns during the year; either side of the island can be calm while the other is rough depending on the months.

It is extremely important that tourists and locals alike are aware of the dangers that might befall them and how to avoid them. Be sure to check out a list of various beaches here.

  • Always check in with your hotel or travel agent representative about any sea conditions before heading to said beach
  • Be on the look out for warning signs and lifeguards
  • Pay close attention to children and the elderly in the water if you are with your family
  • Avoid swimming alone
  • If caught in breaking waves, duck under them and allow them to pass over you while you maneuver yourself into calmer waters
  • Never go swimming under the influence of alcohol or any mind altering substance.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 999

Hospital: 151

Life Guard: 252 99 76

List of embassies here.


List of essentials for Seychelles

beach Essentials
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sun protection
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Snorkeling kit*

    additional Essentials for hiking
  • Insect spray
  • Extra clothing
  • Sensible shoes

    Car ride essentials
  • Driver’s license
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Maps
  • Camera
  • Swim gear

*for snorkeling appropriate beaches