Frequently Asked Questions - before you travel
Passports & Visas
A full passport is required for entry into Seychelles, valid for at least 2 months beyond your return date. Visas are not required for entry. On arrival in the Seychelles each passenger will be required to produce a valid full passport, completed immigration card (distributed on the aircraft before arrival) and your valid return ticket.
Health & Vaccinations
Seychelles is currently free from any tropical diseases and no vaccinations certificates are required for clients entering Seychelles, other than if you are entering Seychelles from or have passed through a Yellow Fever infected country a certificate of immunisation is required. Malaria protection is not required. However it is the client's responsibility to consult their own doctor on personal health matters prior to travelling. In the UK go to: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
We advise you to take with you adequate high UV sun cream protection and insect repellent. Deet based repellents work well. Protection against sunburn, especially on the first few days, must be remembered. If you are sailing or cruising with us, do remember that you can easily sunburn even on a cloudy day due to the reflection from the surface of the sea.
What to pack?
Packing for a holiday - always difficult to know what to take. What will the weather do? What will I need? Here's some tips on what to take, bearing in mind that the general accepted style is "smart casual" and avoid tight fitting clothes during the day.
- Take lightweight loose fitting clothing preferably made from natural fibres.
- Once in Seychelles you will not require jumpers, pullovers, cardigans, jackets or coats.
- Lightweight shoes and sandals are ideal. For reef walking, take a pair of lightweight sport shoes or jellies.
- Sun hats and long sleeved top to prevent sunburn.
- Gents normally wear lightweight trousers for the evenings. However, talk to one of our specialists if this is a problem.
- Sun cream and insect repellent.
When in Seychelles
The weather in Seychelles is generally warm and comfortable both night and day.
The islands have an all-year-round tropical climate with day and night temperatures between 26oC and 32oC. Seasons are controlled by trade winds. Seychelles does not experience extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes and cyclones.
From December to April - North West Trades
Generally, this time of year has more rainfall than the other months, but still just as pleasant for a trip to Seychelles. The humidity is generally higher and the sea breezes are generally moderate.
From Mid May to November - South East trades
During this time, temperatures are generally cooler, down to 28C and there is less rainfall. During July & August the winds can make the seas choppy, so please be aware of this should you have to make a sea crossing. For example, when crossing between Mahé to Praslin you have a choice of either by high speed sea ferry or by light aircraft.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). 1 SCR = 100 cents. Note denominations are: SCR100, SCR50, SCR25, SCR10. Coin denominations are SCR5, SCR1 and 50 cents. Exchange rates can be obtained from your own bank, but a guide rate is Rs17= £1.00.
There are banks on all three main islands with ATMs. Bank opening hours are 8.30am to 2.00 pm Monday to Friday, 08.30am to 11.00am Saturdays. Closed on Public holidays. ATMs only give local currency (Seychelles rupee). Our concierge representatives in the Seychelles (Masons Travel) will be able to assist you. Should you have unused rupees at the end of your hoilday, providing you have a receipt for when you purchased the rupees, be it from an ATM or direct from a bank, the bank will purchase back the rupees at the current exchange rate.
Paying your way in Seychelles
The majority of your spending at your hotel can be charged to your room for settlement before departure. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are widely accepted by most hotels, restaurants and related services such as car hire, excursions etc. Should you wish to take cash with you, Euros are the preferred currency.
Car Hire, Taxis & Public Transport
Car hire and taxis are available on Mahé & Praslin Islands. Your hotel or our concierge representatives (Masons Travel) will normally arrange this for you. Soft-top car hire is very popular but do remember to remove any valuables when you leave the car un-attended. Public transport is well developed and very economical both on Mahé & Praslin. There is a central bus depot in Victoria. Your concierge representative will assist you with bus timetables and advice on the various routes.