SEYCHELLES RISK REPORT
Security travel advice for Seychelles
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.
Official languages: French, English and Seselwa
Religion: Christianity and Islam
Currency: Seychellois Rupee
Most European, British and US citizens do not require a visa to visit Seychelles for tourist purposes, however you must be able to prove you have sufficient funds for the duration of your proposed stay. Visitors who have been to Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea in the past 21 days will not be allowed into Seychelles due to the risk of Ebola.
It is advised that visitors to Seychelles are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is recommended for most travellers to also get a Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations.
Although there is no risk of Yellow Fever in the Seychelles, if you are arriving from a country where there is a risk of the disease, or transiting for longer than 12 hours in an at risk country, you will have to provide a certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
Medical facilities in Seychelles are limited, especially on the more remote islands. The main hospital for the country is situated in the capital city and is where the most advance medical treatment can occur. It is important that any prescription medication you require is brought with you.
There is no U.S. Embassy in Seychelles. U.S. Nationals will have to travel to Mauritius if they require embassy services or help.
U.S. Embassy Port Louis
4th Floor, Rogers House,
John Kennedy Avenue,
P.O. Box 544,
Republic of Mauritius
Telephone: +230 202 4400
British High Commission Victoria
3rd Floor, Oliaji Trade Centre
Francis Rachel Street, Mahé,
Telephone: +248 428 3666