Last updated: 5 Mar 2021

Seychelles

About

This isolated island paradise offers fine beaches, turquoise seas and hot weather. As a result of its extraordinary geographical history, the Seychelles is also rich in rare plants which flourish nowhere else in the world. No less than 81 species are unique survivors from the luxuriant tropical forests that covered the islands until mankind's arrival just two centuries ago. The Seychelles is also a major attraction for birdwatchers.

The diving is particularly good: there are sea cliffs, tunnels and caves - and, of course, multitudes of fish of many different species. Visibility is best from September to May. The resort hotels offer waterskiing, sailing, snorkelling and other watersports as conditions are ideal.

Take to the water in the St Anne National Marine Park, a favourite for snorkelling, which encompasses six islands off the coast of Mahé.

The clear water of the Seychelles makes conditions perfect for underwater photography. The coastal waters are a haven for 101 species of coral and over 920 species of fish.
Capital:  Victoria (SEZ)
Currency:  Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
Language:  Creole, English and French
Dialling code from SA:  + 248
Time Zones: UTC/GMT +4 hours (2 hours ahead of South Africa) 
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1, 2; Apr 2, 3, 5; May 1; Jun 3, 18, 29; Aug 15, 16; Nov 1; Dec 8, 25

Side of the Road: Left
Best Time to Go: March – May and September – November 
Best For: Island relaxation. 
Plugs: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style three-pin plugs are in use.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink, but bottled water is available and may be preferable. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.
Health: There are equipped medical facilities; however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. Visitors who require chronic medication are advised to bring sufficient medication for their trip with the accompanying prescription. 
Customs: Swimwear should be reserved for the beach / poolside. Normal social courtesies should be observed. 
Local Offences / Laws: Homosexuality is illegal. Collecting of seashells is prohibited. Camouflage clothing is prohibited.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Walking barefoot should be avoided due to risk of contracting leptospirosis. 
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into the Seychelles by travellers aged 18 years or older without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco
• 2L of spirits and 2L of wine
• 200ml of perfume or eau de toilette
• Other items not exceeding Rs3,000
Prohibited Imports:
Prohibited goods (unless prior authorisation has been granted) include non-prescribed drugs, firearms (including air pistols, air rifles and spear-fishing guns), plants and plant products, animals and animal products, radioactive substances and apparatus, dangerous drugs, biological specimens, fireworks and explosives, and medicines and poisons. Pornography is completely prohibited.
Prohibited Exports: Endangered species

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: With immediate effect, Seychelles will be welcoming vaccinated visitors from any part of the world. As of 25th March 2021, the Seychelles will open to all visitors irrespective of their vaccination status. South Africa will remain the only country from which visitors will temporarily not be permitted. Visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure. There will be no quarantine requirement nor restriction on movements upon entry into Seychelles. However, visitors will still be required to adhere to the public health measures in place in view of the pandemic

  • Vaccinated Visitors:
    To be recognized as “vaccinated”, visitors must be able to show that they have taken the complete dose of the vaccine i.e., two doses plus 2 weeks after the second dose for the four vaccines currently receiving heavy media exposure. Visitors need to submit an authentic certificate from their national health authority as proof of COVID-19 vaccination alongside a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel.
  • Non-Vaccinated Visitors:
    All visitors currently permitted entry (Category 1 and 2, private jet passengers) will now need to show a negative PCR test obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel. Prior to the 14th of January, 2021, Category 2 had required a test less than 48 hours.
  • Visitors must have valid travel health insurance that covers, at minimum, COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care.
  • Online Health Travel Authorization is required prior to boarding flights to Seychelles. Visitors must submit their authenticated certificate of vaccination and negative PCR test results, flight and accommodation details before departure. Visitors must submit their application for approval through the designated platform at this link: - https://seychelles.govtas.com/. This can only be done two weeks after they have received their complete doses of vaccination and after they have received their negative PCR test results.

Refer: tourism.gov.sc/ or www.mfa.gov.sc/

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Seychelles High Commission
Delmondo Office Park, Block C, Positano, Ground Floor, 169 Garsfontein Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 348 0720 / +27 (0)12 346 4687 
Fax: +27 (0)12 346 4698
Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:00
E-mail: sez@seychelleshc.co.za
Web: www.mfa.gov.sc

Also accredited Ambassador to South Africa with residence in Pretoria, to the following country/Organisation: Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Visa Requirements

No visas are required by any nationals who wish to enter Seychelles.

Seychelles is a visa-free country which means that there are no visa requirements for any persons wishing to travel. Although a visa is not required to enter Seychelles, visitors should nevertheless have in their possession a valid passport or other travel documents recognized by the government of Seychelles in order to gain entry. The passport must be valid for the period of the intended stay until arrival back in the holder’s country of origin or residence.

A visitor’s permit is issued on arrival in Seychelles to travelers visiting for the purposes of holiday, business, visiting friends or family and who also meet the following criteria:

  1. is not a prohibited immigrant;
  2. is not a holder of a valid permit which entitles the holder to reside in Seychelles;
  3. holds a valid return ticket or ticket for onward travel for the duration of the visit;
  4. has confirmed accommodation; and,
  5. has sufficient funds for the duration of the stay (minimum of US$150 or equivalent per day).

Visa Cost

Free

SA Representative

Representation accredited from Port Louis, Mauritius.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid