Country-specific safety instructions
Piracy on the high seas There is still a risk of pirate attacks and capture off the coasts of Somalia and its neighboring countries as well as in the adjacent waters. Ships deep in the Indian Ocean (around the Seychelles and Madagascar) and off Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen and Oman are also at risk of being attacked and hijacked. Skippers in the aforementioned areas are strongly advised to exercise the utmost caution.
Effective protection cannot be guaranteed. Skippers in the endangered waters are strongly advised to register with the Maritime Security Center at external link, opens in new window www.mschoa.org.
Bathing in the sea Travelers should always stay near the beach and not swim too far out. It is strongly recommended to heed the warnings about currents posted on some stretches of coast. Although shark attacks are very rare in the Seychelles, increased vigilance is advised on certain beaches, especially on Praslin Island. Fatal shark attacks have occurred here in recent years. Please ask your tour guide or the hotel about the current situation.
Crime General vigilance and normal precautions are advised. Travelers should avoid lonely areas and streets, avoid walking at night and not carry large amounts of cash or valuables with them. Valuables should also not be left in the car, but rather in a hotel safe if possible. When choosing accommodation – especially in remote locations – it is recommended that you take adequate safety precautions such as security lighting, window bars, night watchmen.
It is not advisable to go hiking in the woods without a local guide.
Parking on lonely and secluded beaches should be avoided.
1 Seychelles rupee = 100 cents. Currency abbreviation: SR, SCR (ISO code). Banknotes are available in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 25 and 10 SR. Coins worth 5 and 1 SR as well as 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. Various gold and silver coins are available (up to a value of SR 1,500), but they are not used as a means of payment.
Visa, MasterCard, Access as well as American Express and Diners Club (somewhat less common) are generally accepted everywhere. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.
EC / Maestro card / Sparcard
ATMs are located in the larger banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. There you can get cash in local currency.
Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank customer card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the options for using their card from their bank prior to departure.
Bank opening times
Generally Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Foreign exchange regulations
Import and export of local currency up to a maximum of RS 2000. Unrestricted import of foreign currencies, declaration recommended for high amounts. Export of large amounts of foreign currency up to the amount declared (smaller amounts no problem).
Is possible in the airport banks, which are open at all arrival and departure times, receipts should be kept. Foreign currency may only be exchanged at banks, approved exchange offices, at Seychelles International Airport or in hotels. It is a criminal offense to exchange money at a place other than the one mentioned above.
Note: In order to be able to exchange rupees back into foreign currency on departure, the original exchange receipts from the bank or the authorized exchange office must be presented. Banks may accept a maximum of 800 SR per passenger and only upon presentation of the exchange receipt and the valid boarding card. Without a receipt, there will be no return.
The official languages are English and French in Seychelles, a country located in Africa according to globalsciencellc. Creole is the mother tongue of most of the locals.
The following items can be imported into the Seychelles duty-free:
200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco (people aged 18 and over);
2 l alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 16% and 2 l alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 16% (people aged 18 and over);
200 ml of perfume and eau de toilette;
Articles of daily use up to a value of 5,000 SR for travelers aged 18 and over (up to a value of 3,000 SR for travelers under 18).
A license is required for the import of weapons (including irritant gas, knives, brass knuckles, pyrotechnic articles, etc.), drugs and medical preparations as well as unprocessed food, fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants, plant seeds and the like.
Mussels, unprocessed coco-de-mer, fish or fish products, live turtles.