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SEYCHELLES - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Seychelles. Exercise normal security precautions.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Petty crime, such as muggings, purse snatching and pickpocketing, is increasing in and around tourist facilities. Theft from parked cars and burglaries in hotels and private accommodations are also on the rise. Foreigners have been targeted. Avoid poorly lit areas after dark and do not travel alone. Keep your passport and valuables in a safe, and your accommodation’s windows closed and doors locked at all times.
Theft is common on beaches. Avoid deserted beaches and solo trips to the beach, other than at major hotels. A beach security unit composed of police men and women patrols the main public beaches; however, don’t leave your bags unattended.
Only hike with organised groups and be particularly vigilant in remote areas.
Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.
Roads are generally well maintained, but are narrow and winding. They often have sheer drops and few barriers. Drive defensively, particularly after dark.
In the event of a traffic accident, remain at the scene until the police arrive.
When returning a rented vehicle, ensure that you receive written acknowledgement stating that the vehicle had not been damaged while in your possession. Purchase adequate car insurance.
Taxis are available. Agree on the taxi fare beforehand. On the main islands of Mahé and Praslin, public transportation by bus is available.
The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines’ compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.
Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.
While on maritime excursions, leave identification, travel documents and an itinerary with the hotel reception desk to assist the coast guard and police in the event of a problem. Carry a cell phone. Many islands are isolated. In stormy weather, travel by ship, including emergency travel, may be difficult.
Strong currents and riptides make swimming dangerous. Several drownings occur each year. Sharks are present in the waters off Seychelles. Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities.
General safety information
Tourist facilities are generally well developed on the islands of La Digue, Mahé and Praslin.
It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the authorities of Seychelles and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the High Commission for the Republic of Seychelles, based in New York, New York (U.S.A.) for up-to-date information.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Seychelles, which must be valid until the date of your expected departure from the country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Tourist visa: Not required (for stays less than 90 days)
Business visa: Not required
Student visa: Not required
Proof of sufficient funds (US$150/day), a return or onward ticket and proof of accommodation are required.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
- Chikungunya: advice for travellers - September 25, 2017 00:00 EDT
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
- Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.
- There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada. It is important for travellers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in East Africa, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in East Africa. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
- Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
- The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher for children, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
In some areas in East Africa, certain insects carry and spread diseases like African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis (river blindness), Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus and yellow fever.
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
Zika virus infection
Zika virus infection is a risk in this country. The mosquito that spreads the virus is found here.
All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites and other diseases spread by insects.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in East Africa, like avian influenza, ebola, and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Medical facilities are limited, particularly on isolated islands where there are no doctors. There are hospitals or private medical practices on the major islands. There is a decompression chamber on Silhouette Island. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers all medical expenses, including hospitalization abroad and medical evacuation, in case of illness or injury.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
Although Seychellois laws do not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex, homosexuality is not widely socially tolerated.
See Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians abroad for more information.
Imports and exports
Strict regulations may be enforced on the temporary import or export of particular items, including firearms, spear-fishing equipment and fruits and vegetables.
Traffic drives on the left.
Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and front-seat passengers.
An International Driving Permit is recommended.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Seychelles. However, Canadian officials may be limited in their ability to provide you with consular services if local authorities consider you a Seychellois citizen. You should always travel using your valid Canadian passport and present yourself as Canadian to foreign authorities at all times to minimize this risk. You may also need to carry and present a Seychellois passport for legal reasons, for example to enter and exit the country (see Entry/exit requirements to determine passport requirements). Citizenship is determined solely by national laws, and the decision to recognize dual citizenship rests completely with the country in which you are located when seeking consular assistance. See Travelling as a dual citizen for more information.
The currency is the Seychellois rupee (SR).
You may pay for goods and services either in rupees or in U.S. dollars. It is prohibited to exchange foreign currencies at rates other than the official rate. Banks, casinos, hotels and the international airport are licensed to exchange currencies.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
The monsoon season extends from November to February. The heaviest rainfall is usually from mid-December to mid-January. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
Dial 999 for emergency assistance.
There is no resident Canadian government office in Seychelles. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Dar Es Salaam - High Commission of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. In the event of a large-scale emergency, every effort will be made to provide assistance. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
See Large-scale emergencies abroad for more information.
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