- We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the Seychelles. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources of information for changes to local travelling conditions.
- Crime, including burglaries and opportunistic theft against residents, expatriates and tourists, occurs in the Seychelles, and there has been an increasing number of violent incidents. Parked cars, residential accommodation, including guest houses and hotels, beaches and walking trails, have been targeted. See Safety and security.
- You should exercise caution when swimming in the sea, especially with children, as currents can be strong and most beaches do not have life guards. A number of deaths by drowning are recorded each year in the Seychelles. See Local travel.
- Wet season (north-west monsoon) in the Seychelles is from November to May, see Additional information.
- Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has occurred as far as 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia. Pirate activities have been reported in the waters surrounding Seychelles’ outer islands nearest the east coast of Africa, including the seizure of a private yachts. Exercise caution when planning ocean activities in Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). See Safety and Security.
- See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
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Entry and exit
Australians do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Seychelles. However, your passport must be valid for the full duration of your planned stay, with a minimum six months’ validity, and have at least one blank visa page for entry/exit stamps. You may also be required to provide evidence of accommodation bookings covering your stay in the Seychelles.
Entry and exit conditions (such as visa requirements, currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, you should contact the nearest High Commission or Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles for the most up to date information.
Any medication should be declared at Customs. Travellers are advised to contact the Customs Office on + 248 429 3796 prior to travelling to confirm whether a particular medication is allowed in the country. The Customs Office does not have a website with this information.
If you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic, evidence of a yellow fever vaccination is required.
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in west Africa is the most serious in recorded history. In an effort to prevent the spread of the disease into the Seychelles, authorities have banned the entry of foreign nationals who have visited EVD affected countries in the previous 21 days. For more information on the outbreak and other travel restrictions and preventative measures, see the Ebola outbreak in west Africa travel bulletin.
Safety and security
Targeted burglaries and opportunistic theft against residents and tourists occur in the Seychelles. While theft and burglaries can occur anywhere, most burglaries occur in tourist destinations such as Beau Vallon beach and the capital of Victoria. There has been a marked increase in the use of knives in burglaries and street robberies over the past few years.
Make sure your accommodation is well secured, including windows, especially after dark. Parked cars have also been targeted. Safeguard valuables and cash; leave them in the hotel safe, and avoid displays of wealth. Keep copies of important documents, including your passport, in a separate place.
We recommend that you avoid the back streets of Beau Vallon and Victoria, especially after dark. Care should also be taken along Beau Vallon beach and foreshore after dark. Take particular care if you are travelling alone.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean despite an overall reduction in incidents since 2013. Attacks have occurred as far as 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia and often within the Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Sailing vessels are particularly vulnerable. Travelling in yachts and leisure craft on the high seas (more than 12 nautical miles from the shore), is not recommended. This includes activities within the Seychelles’ EEZ beyond 12 miles of the inner granitic islands. For more information, the International Maritime Bureau issues piracy reports.
Civil unrest/political tension
You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those that appear peaceful.
There is a low threat of terrorism in Seychelles.
Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. See our Terrorist Threat Worldwide bulletin.
Money and valuables
The local currency is the Seychellois Rupee, however most tourist services, including accommodation, may be paid in Euros, either in cash or by credit card.
Money exchange services are available at banks, the Seychelles International Airport, licensed operators and at hotels and resorts. Hotels and resorts will usually exchange Euros or US dollars for guests.
ATMs are not generally found beyond the major tourist destinations of Mahé, Praslin or La Digue, and will only dispense Seychellois Rupee. ATMs are also located at the international airport.
Do not leave money and valuables unattended at the beach or in the car.
Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.
Driving in the Seychelles is only practical on the islands of Mahé and Praslin. Roads on both islands are mountainous, narrow, winding, and are often flanked by sheer drops and hairpin bends. Safety barriers are rare. Take care when driving and avoid remote roads, particularly at night.
Drink-driving is a problem in the Seychelles, so be particularly aware of other road users who may behave erratically.
Buses on Mahé operate from early morning to early evening. Services are infrequent on some routes. Taxis are not metered, so confirm with your hotel about taxi fares you should expect on trips, and negotiate with the driver before beginning your journey.
Prior to engaging in ocean sports activities, you should ensure that the water-sport operators hold valid certifications and permits, and carries sufficient safety equipment. You should also ensure that operators are able to contact the coast guard if necessary, particularly during activities which require venturing further out at sea, such as swimming with dolphins or diving.
The safety standards you might expect of transport and tour operators, including adventure activities such as diving, may not be of the same level as in Australia. Sufficient safety equipment may not be provided and recommended maintenance standards and safety precautions may not be observed. Always use available safety equipment, such as lifejackets or seatbelts, even if others do not. If appropriate safety equipment is not available, you should use another provider.
There are often strong currents caused by changes in sea conditions. You should exercise caution when swimming or snorkelling as drowning has occurred at popular tourist beaches. Safety information is often not provided at beaches, and this should not be interpreted as a sign of safety. The popular beach of Beau Vallon is prone to rip currents when the sea is rough. Seek local advice before swimming and stay within your competency level.
The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See instead the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in the Seychelles.
Please also refer to our general air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.
You are subject to the local laws of the Seychelles, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards. If you are arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can’t get you out of trouble or out of jail. Research laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.
Homosexual activity is illegal in the Seychelles, however there is no recent history of the law being enforced. See our LGBTI travellers page.
Drug taking and smuggling are serious offences and punishment can be severe. See our Drugs page.
Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child pornography, and child sex tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas may be prosecuted in Australia.
Australian authorities are committed to combating sexual exploitation of children by Australians overseas. Australians may be prosecuted at home under Australian child sex tourism and child pornography laws. These laws provide severe penalties for up to 25 years imprisonment for Australians who engage in child sexual exploitation while outside of Australia.
Seychelles’ society can be conservative. Topless sunbathing is not tolerated on public beaches, and you should check with your hotel or resort first. Nudism is not acceptable. Public displays of affection should also be avoided.
Information for dual nationals
See our Dual nationals page.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
Medical facilities in Seychelles are limited, especially on the more remote islands where doctors are often unavailable. There are several clinics and a government owned hospital on the main island of Mahé which deals with accidents and emergency services.
The main hospital (including accident and emergency services) is in the capital city of Victoria (telephone: + 248 438 8000). More serious medical cases are normally evacuated to Mauritius, South Africa or India for treatment. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation costs.
Though there is no malaria in Seychelles, there are frequent outbreaks of dengue fever and chikungunya. Seek medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache as they are symptoms of both dengue fever and chikungunya virus. We recommend that you take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes, including using insect repellent at all times, wearing long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof. For further information see the World Health Organization's factsheets on dengue fever and chikungunya.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
If you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic, evidence of a yellow fever vaccination is required.
Where to get help
Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.
For criminal issues, contact the local police at the nearest police station, or call them on the national emergency number 999. You should always obtain a police report when reporting a crime.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can’t do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have a High Commission or Consulate in the Seychelles. You can contact the Australian Government at the 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
See the High Commission website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
If you are travelling to the Seychelles, whatever the reason and however long you will be there, we encourage you to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can register online or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the High Commission, you can call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Natural disasters, severe weather and climate
If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Humanitarian Early Warning Service website.
If you are travelling during the wet season, or after a natural disaster, you should contact your tour operator to check whether tourist services at your planned destination have been affected.
Due to their latitude, the Seychelles Islands are not normally affected by cyclones, however, severe weather, strong winds, rough seas and torrential rain can occur during the wet season from December to February. Meteorological services can be contacted on +248 437 33 77.
Australians should monitor the weather through local and international media, or via the following websites: World Meteorological Organization and follow the link to Severe Weather Information Centre, Meteo France–Reunion (follow the link to Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for the South-West Indian Ocean) and NOAA National Weather Centre.
Earthquakes and Tsunamis
All oceanic regions of the world can experience tsunamis, but in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, there is a more frequent occurrence of large, destructive tsunamis because of the many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches. See the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System website for more information, and the Australian Government’s Tsunami Awareness brochure.