Seychelles: Useful Information
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Sunglasses, shorts, T-shirts and flip flops are standard. It is not appropriate to walk around town or board buses in swim-wear or while topless; people will be offended. Some hotels require men to wear long trousers in public areas after 7:30pm, and night-clubs also frequently enforce this dress code.
Tap water meets World Health Organization standards and is safe to drink nation-wide, although the chlorinated taste may compel visitors to drink bottled water.
Carry euros and Seychelles rupees with you: rupees buy public bus fare, road-side bananas and great takeaway curries, and euros buy most everything else.
Flights, accommodation, ferries and excursions are the most costly aspects of a Seychelles visit. You can eat very well on a small budget if you self-cater and patronize cheap and tasty takeaway spots. Bring snacks from home (granola bars, candy) as grocery store selection can be quite limited.
Bring plenty of sunscreen and a can of insect repellant.
No visas are necessary for visitors from any country, but be prepared to provide the name of your pre-booked accommodation and proof of your return flight. A 30-day Visitors' Permit is issued on arrival; hold onto this for presentation upon departure.
Emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) can be reached at 999. Seychelles telephone prefix is 00 248.
A service charge is often included in the bill; tips are warmly received but not expected.
Duty-free import allowances are one litre of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco, 125 cc of perfume and 250 cc of eau de toilette. The importation of fruit, seeds, vegetables and meat products is strictly prohibited. Spear fishing equipment and firearms are also prohibited. Penalties for possession of drugs are severe.
Local time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 3 hours ahead of Central European Time (2 in summer).
Electricity is 230 volts AC 50 HZ.
In general, banks are open only from 8:30am to 2pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 11am on Saturday. Government offices usually open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Restaurants are generally open from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm daily. Shop hours are typically 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to noon on Saturday.
Try a tasty pack of fried breadfruit chips – the locals say that if you eat breadfruit in Seychelles, you are destined to return!
As well, fresh Seychelles coconut juice sipped straight from the nut is said to be a good remedy for jet-lag and hang-overs.