Threat level: Low-Medium
The Seychelles is a former British crown colony and a luxury holiday destination; one of the most beautiful locations in the world famed for its stunning beaches and clear waters.
There is little in the way of a security or terror threat, but the current travel safety advice for Seychelles is to remain cautious during travel. The area isn’t at any particular risk from terrorism, however there is a heightened threat level for terrorism globally which particularly applies to Western travellers.
There has been a recent increase of crimes involving foreign nationals being victims of theft and there is little policing to prevent such incidents. Tourists on trekking tours along marked and unmarked trails have been robbed, including armed robbery in some isolated cases. It is advised not to take valuables, and walk with organised groups if possible.
Recent security events
Piracy remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean regions. If you plan on travelling by sea vessel in you should be aware of the recent increase in pirate activity. Most pirate activity in the Seychelles originates from the country of Somalia, just west of Seychelles. Sailing vessels are particularly vulnerable however there have been no reported attacks since 2012. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel by yacht and leisure craft 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia, which is within the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone.
Beaches, parked cars and residential and tourist areas are often targeted by thieves. Ensure that you take sensible precautions and that your valuables are secured and out of site where possible.
Particular security precautions should be taken in isolated areas such as Ile Au Cerf. Isolated areas make it difficult for police to respond to any type of incidents quickly.
The Seychelles has had a colourful political history in the past with a coup d’état, rumours of money laundering and murder. It is now quite stable; the Seychelles has a strong relationship with the United States as it serves as an important rest and recreation stop for U.S. ships serving in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. There are also strong relations between Seychelles and France, Seychelles has an embassy in Paris.
It is easy to hire a car in the Seychelles, most are in very good condition and what you might expect in any European country. You can drive with most national licences as the driving licence policies in Seychelles are very relaxed. Roads are narrow and winding, often with sheer drops and hairpin bends so you should drive with caution in all areas.