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Time: Local time is GMT +4.

Electricity: Electrical current is 220-240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are of the British type, with three flat pins.

Money: The Seychelles currency is the Rupee (SCR), divided into 100 cents. Visitors can now pay in SCR and are no longer obligated to pay for all services in major foreign currency notes, but are entitled to use their preferred major foreign currency as well (Euros are the most widely used), or to pay by credit card. It is important to note that it is illegal to exchange foreign currency for Rupees at unofficial outlets, or with individuals, so make sure to get change in the currency used to purchase goods or services. Credit cards are widely welcomed throughout the Seychelles. Money can be exchanged at banks and the airport on Mahé, or at hotels. To change Rupees back into foreign currency on departure requires the official receipt from the initial transaction. ATMs are available at major banks in Victoria and Praslin.

Currency Exchange Rates

SCR 1.00 = AUD 0.11 CAD 0.10 EUR 0.07 NZD 0.11 GBP 0.06 USD 0.08 ZAR 1.09
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: Creole, English and French are all spoken in the Seychelles.

Entry requirements:

Entry requirements for Americans: United States citizens require a passport valid for at least the length of their stay and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for one month.
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens need a passport valid for the duration of their stay, and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for one month.
Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians require a passport valid for at least the length of their stay and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for one month.
Entry requirements for Australians: Australians need a passport valid for the length of their stay and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for one month.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a passport valid for the duration of their stay and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for one month.
Entry requirements for New Zealand nationals: New Zealand citizens require a passport valid for the length of their stay and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for one month.

Passport/Visa Note: No foreigners require a visa to enter Seychelles. A visitor's permit, valid for a maximum of one month, is issued on arrival and may be extended on application for up to three months. All visitors do, however, require a passport valid for the duration of their visit, a return or onward ticket, sufficient funds to cover their stay (a minimum of USD 150 per day), and proof of accommodation. Extensions are possible if applied for at least a week before expiry of visitor's permit. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: Health regulations in the Seychelles require that travellers from areas infected by yellow fever have a vaccination certificate. Immunisation against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid are recommended. Visitors are advised to bring their own medication to avert the risk of travellers' diarrhoea, as well as sun block and insect repellent, as local supplies can be erratic and costly. During the rainy season in particular, visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites due to the risk of dengue fever and the chikungunya virus (although these diseases are rare in Seychelles). Tap water meets WHO standards, but most visitors prefer to drink bottled water, which is widely available. Medical facilities on the more remote islands are limited or non-existent, but visitors will find a government hospital and several private clinics in Victoria. Medical insurance with full evacuation cover is necessary.

Tipping: Charges for most services include a service charge of between five and 10 percent, therefore tipping is not obligatory. If service has been exceptional, a small tip on top of this is warmly welcomed.

Safety Information: Safety is not generally an issue in the Seychelles; violent crime is unlikely and most visits are trouble-free. There have been some incidents of theft and assault, but these are targeted mainly at residents. Visitors should be vigilant, particularly after dark in Victoria and in isolated areas. Avoid taking valuables to the beach, where they could be pilfered by petty thieves. Women should avoid walking alone on isolated beaches.

Local Customs: Nudism is unacceptable, and topless bathing is not tolerated on many, but not all, beaches. Punishments for drug offences can be severe.

Business: In the Seychelles, business is conducted relatively informally. Men and women are not required to wear formal suits, although a smart appearance is advised. Business is usually conducted in English or French. Business hours are generally 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Communications: The international dialling code for Seychelles is +248. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Direct lines to most countries are available at major hotels. Most hotels offer a postal service, email and internet connection, and free international calls can be made over wifi.

Duty free: Travellers to the Seychelles over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; two litres of spirits and two litres of wine; 200ml of perfume or eau de toilette. Prohibited items include drugs, narcotics, firearms, spear-fishing equipment, and camouflage clothing. It is forbidden to export unprocessed coco de mer, shells, fish and live tortoises. A permit is required for processed coco de mer.