According to itypetravel, the Seychelles is a country and island region in Africa consisting of approximately 115 islands. A number of other well-known islands are: Cousin, Praslin and Aride. The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria, on the main island of Mahé. About 90% of the population lives on this main island.
The Seychelles consists of a group of tropical islands. Most of the islands offer white sand beaches and clear blue waters, attracting mainly wealthy tourists and honeymooners. The islands are excellent for diving or snorkeling for tropical fish species and coral reefs. More inland you will find tropical rainforests, granite rocks and National Parks. There are many plants in the Seychelles that are found nowhere else. The population of the islands mostly lives from agriculture, tourism and fishing.
Where are the Seychelles located?
Travel information of Seychelles
Official name: Republic of the Seychelles
Area: 455 km²
Country code: SC, SYC
Population: 95,981 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic, Commonwealth of Nations
Highest point: 905 m (Morne Seychellois)
Distance (Amsterdam – Victoria): 7,907 km
Flight time: approximately 10 hours
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in the Seychelles that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Seychelles, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the Seychelles. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Seychelles?
Weather and climate
The Seychelles has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 27 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Seychelles can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the Seychelles can be found at Climate info.
July, August and September are the best months to travel to the Seychelles. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.
English, French and Creole are the official languages in the Seychelles.
You must have a passport that is still valid when you leave the Seychelles.
Upon arrival in the Seychelles, you will receive a Visitors Pass (visa) upon presentation of your onward or return ticket, which is valid for a maximum of 1 month.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Kenya (also for the Seychelles):
Embassy of the Seychelles in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
Consulates of the Seychelles in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting the Seychelles it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In the Seychelles, payment is made with the Seychelles rupee (rupee) (SCR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the Seychelles can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices in the Seychelles are a lot higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +20% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (10% cheaper), food (54% more expensive), imported beer in catering (18% cheaper), cigarettes (81% more expensive) and public transport (88% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In the Seychelles it is customary to tip. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
During our summer time it is 2 hours later in the Seychelles.
During our winter time it is 3 hours later in the Seychelles.
The Seychelles has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of Seychelles can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In the Seychelles you must drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in the Seychelles.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Seychelles.
On the Seychelles you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets in the Seychelles can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999
– Fire: 999
– Ambulance: 999
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Seychelles can be found on Google news.
An overview of Seychelles newspapers can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the Seychelles end in.sc.
Seychelles official website: seychelles.travel.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Seychelles is 00248 or +248.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Seychelles? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Seychelles Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of the Seychelles.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Seychelles.
An overview of all public holidays in the Seychelles can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on the Seychelles, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Seychelles?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Seychelles. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in the Seychelles can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in the Seychelles can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Seychelles? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to the Seychelles.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Seychelles.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed for men (imprisonment more than 10 years), allowed for women.
Did you know that…
…The Seychelles is the smallest country in Africa?
…Women in the Seychelles often call the shots?
…Do giant tortoises live in the Seychelles?
…The capital Victoria is the smallest capital in the world?
… That there is a treasure worth 100,000 euros in the Seychelles?
…The Seychelles were first inhabited after 1700?