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

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
currency

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.

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

Religious:
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

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Wedding Requirements

Before tying the knot, make sure you are made aware of the legal requirements for marrying in Seychelles.

  1. Church weddings without a civil ceremony  are not recognized as being legal and the parties must therefore contract a civil wedding prior to the religious ceremony.
  2. Persons wishing to organize their own wedding must apply to the Seychelles Civil Status Office in Victoria on Mahé for a civil ceremony and the relevant church body for the religious ceremony.
  3. Civil ceremonies may be conducted around the hotel property with permission from both
    the hotel and the Civil Registrar. Weddings outside the hotel property can only be
    performed in private and authorised places. The authorisation needs to be obtained from
    the Civil Registrar.
  4. The Civil Status Office must be made aware of a wedding date at least eleven calendar
    days in advance. The eleven-day period may be exempted by applying for a Special Licence, normally issued within two days from the date of application at a charged fee.
  5. Plan your wedding at least two months in advance to allow for the processing of documentation.
  6. The couple must be present in Seychelles at least 2 days prior to the civil ceremony.
  7. Weddings can also be performed in the Civil Status Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    between 0900hrs and 1100hrs, in the presence of two witnesses provided by the parties
    themselves.
  8. Couples wishing to marry outside the Civil Status Office will be required to pay a fee. This
    fee applies to ceremonies held on any weekday on Mahé or one of the Inner Islands (Inner Islands include: Anonyme, Bird, Cerf, Cousine, Denis, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North, Praslin, Round, Ste Anne, and Silhouette). The transportation cost for the Registrar officer must be covered by the couple to travel to these islands. Civil Status Officers can also be found on both Praslin and La Digue.
  9. Couples wishing to marry on one of the Outer Islands, including Alphonse or Desroches, will
    be required to pay a different fee plus the transportation cost to these islands for the Registrar officer.
  10. A fee is charged for ceremonies held after 1700hrs on a weekday or at any time on a Saturday and Sunday.
  11. Legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognized under European laws.
  12. There are no nationality requirements that need to be fulfilled.
  13. A special stamp (apostille) is required to validate the marriage certificate obtained after the
    civil ceremony for all nationalities except for British nationals. This stamp is available at the
    Registrar’s office located at the Supreme Court for a fee of SCR140.
  14. The couple must produce the following documents:
    – Birth certificate or certified copy thereof
    – If either party is divorced, the decree of divorce must be produced
    – If either of the parties is a widow or widower the death certificate of the former spouse must be produced
    – Legal proof in the case of a name having been changed
    – Copies of the first 2 pages of both parties’ valid passports
    – Document to show that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance to the intended marriage (If this cannot be obtained, an affidavit has to be signed in Seychelles after a solemn declaration has been made to that effect)
  15. All the above documents must be originals or copies duly certified before departure from
    one’s home country and must be translated into either English or French if the translation
    has not already been made.
  16. French law requires that French nationals wishing to get married abroad follow certain specific procedures. For information concerning these, contact either your local
    municipality or the Seychelles Civil Status Office or the French Embassy in Seychelles.

Seychelles Civil Status Office
PO Box 430, Victoria, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 29 36 13 / 4 29 36 04
Fax: +248 4 32 10 46
Email: info@civilstatus.gov.sc
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1130hrs & 1300hrs-1500hrs
Closed on weekends and public holidays.

French Embassy of Seychelles
1st Floor, La Ciotat Building
Mont Fleuri, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 38 25 00
Fax: +248 4 38 25 10
Email: marie-may.confiance@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1300hrs & 1400hrs-1700hrs