Travel Tips for Seychelles, Updated Intl. Guide – Travel Medicine, Inc.
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Capital: Victoria

Time Zone: + 4 hours.
Tel. Country Code: 248
USADirect Tel.: 0
Electrical Standards: Electrical current is 220-240 volts AC, 50 Hz. United Kingdom Style Adaptor Plug.

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World Health Organization
Travel Health Services
Country Insights
Travel Warnings
Consular Information
Foreign Commonweatlh Office


• U.S. Consular Agency 
Oliaji Trade Center
Tel: [248] 225-256
Fax: [248] 225-189
E-mail: consular

Canadian diplomatic and consular affairs are handled by the Canadian High Commission in Tanzania.
• High Comission of Canada
38 Mirambo Street
Dar es Salaam
Tel: [255] (22) 216-3300
Fax: [255] (22) 211-6897

• British High Commission
Oliaji Trade Centre

Francis Rachel Street

Tel: [248] 283 666 
Fax: [248] 283 657 

Entry Requirements

A valid passport, onward/return ticket, the local address where the visitor will stay, and proof of sufficient funds are required. A one-month entry visa may be obtained upon arrival and may be extended for a period of up to one year. There is an airport departure tax of approximately $40, which must be paid in U.S. dollars. This charge is typically included in the cost of an airline ticket. Travelers should contact the Permanent Mission of the Seychelles to the United Nations, 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400C, New York, NY 10017; telephone number (212) 972-1785, for the most current visa information.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens need a passport valid for the duration of their stay, and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for a month.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians require a passport valid at least for the length of their stay and will be issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for a month.

HIV Test: Not required.

Required Vaccinations: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission within the preceding 6 days.

Passport Information

The Republic of Seychelles consists of 115 islands off the east coast of Africa. The main islands of this archipelago include Mahe, which is the largest, followed by Praslin and La Digue. The total population is approximately 81,000. The capital, Victoria, is located on Mahe.

Vaccinations: Recommended and Routine

Hepatitis A: Recommended for all travelers >1 year of age not previously immunized against hepatitis A

Hepatitis B: Recommended for all non-immune travelers at potential risk for acquiring this infection. Hepatitis B is transmitted via infected blood or bodily fluids. Travelers may be exposed by needle sharing and unprotected sex; from acupuncture, tattooing or body piercing; when receiving non-sterile medical or dental injections, or unscreened blood transfusions; by direct contact with open skin sores on an infected person. Recommended for long-term travelers, expatriates, and any traveler requesting protection against hepatitis B infection.

Influenza: Vaccination recommended for all travelers >6 months of age who have not received a flu shot in the previous 12 months.

Routine Immunizations: Immunizations against tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR vaccine) and varicella (chickenpox) should be updated, if necessary, before departure. MMR protection is especially important for any female of childbearing age who may become pregnant.
• The new Tdap vaccine, ADACEL, which also boosts immunity against pertussis (whooping cough) should be considered when a tetanus-diphtheria booster is indicated.

Typhoid: Recommended for all travelers with the exception of short-term visitors, business travelers, and cruise passengers who restrict their meals to major restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Yellow Fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission within the preceding 6 days.

Hospitals / Doctors

All travelers should be up-to-date on their immunizations and are advised to carry a medical kit as well as antibiotics to treat travelers diarrhea or other infections; they should bring drugs for malaria prophylaxis, if needed according to their itinerary. Travelers who are taking regular medications should carry them properly labeled and in sufficient quantity to last for the duration of their trip; they should not expect to obtain prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local stores or pharmacies in this country - the equivalent drugs may not be available or be of unreliable quality.
• Travelers are advised to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with specific overseas coverage. Policies should cover: ground and air ambulance transport, including evacuation to home country; payment of hospital bills; 24-hour telephone assistance. Serious illness or injury may require medical evacuation to Nairobi, Kenya or South Africa.

The 24-hour emergency number for all medical emergencies is 999. Medical facilities in Seychelles are limited, especially on the isolated islands where doctors are often unavailable. There is one government-owned hospital and several private clinics.

• Victoria Hospital 
Tel: 224 400

Destination Health Info for Travelers

AIDS/HIV: The first HIV diagnosis in Seychelles was made in 1987 and the first case of AIDS was reported in 1992. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Seychelles is quite low, estimated at less than 1% (0.2% in 2002) of the adult population 15 to 49, significantly lower than the prevalence rate of the sub-Saharan African region (7.5% in 2003) and the global rate (1.1% in 2003). 
• HIV is spread primarily through heterosexual sex in Seychelles.
• As of the end of 2003, there were less than 200 people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Seychelles. However, recent data from the Seychelles Government indicate that the number may be on the rise. 

Transmission of HIV can be prevented by avoiding: sexual contact with a high-risk partner; injecting drug use with shared needles; non-sterile medical injections; unscreened blood transfusions.
Note: There is a risk of exposure to unsafe blood and blood products in Turkmenistan. Travelers may need to specifically request the use of sterilized equipment. Additional charges may be incurred for the use of new syringes in hospitals or clinics.
• The threat of HIV/AIDS should not be a primary concern for the traveler. However, there may be a concern for a subset of travelers who may be exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, through contact with the body fluids of another person or their blood. Although travel has contributed in a general way to the global spread of AIDS, fear of traveling because of this disease is not warranted.

Accidents & Medical Insurance: Accidents and injuries are the leading cause of death among travelers under the age of 55 and are most often caused by motor vehicle and motorcycle crashes; drownings, aircraft crashes, homicides, and burns are lesser causes.
• Heart attacks cause most fatalities in older travelers.
• Infections cause only 1% of fatalities in overseas travelers, but, overall, infections are the most common cause of travel-related illness.
• MEDICAL INSURANCE: Travelers are advised to obtain, prior to departure, supplemental travel health insurance with specific overseas coverage. The policy should provide for direct payment to the overseas hospital and/or physician at the time of service and include a medical evacuation benefit. The policy should also provide 24-hour hotline access to a multilingual assistance center that can help arrange and monitor delivery of medical care and determine if medevac or air ambulance services are required.

Brucellosis: Low risk. This disease, however, may be acquired by ingestion of unpasteurized dairy products.

Chikungunya Fever: A massive outbreak of chikungunya fever has affected the island countries in the southwest Indian Ocean (Réunion, Mayotte, Mauritius, and Seychelles). An outbreak, with over 5,000 cases, was reported from the Seychelles in 2005 and 2006. Travelers to the Seychelles returning France and other European countries have also reported this illness. This mosquito-transmitted viral illness is common in the Indian Ocean and many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash, and joint pain. Acute Chikungunya fever typically lasts a few days to several weeks, but as with dengue, West Nile fever, and other arboviral fevers, some patients have prolonged fatigue lasting several weeks. No deaths related to chikungunya infection have been conclusively documented in the scientific literature.
• To prevent this disease, and other arboviral illnesses, you should take measures to prevent mosquito bites. Insect-bite prevention measures include applying a DEET-containing repellent to exposed skin, applying permethrin spray or solution to clothing and gear, and sleeping under a permethrin-treated bednet at night.
• Other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and malaria, can be confused with chikungunya fever.

Dengue Fever: This disease is endemic. The risk of dengue is considered to be low but outbreaks of disease have been reported, especially during the rainy season. Dengue fever is a mosquito-transmitted, flu-like viral illness widespread in the Indian sub-Continent. Symptoms consist of sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash. A syndrome of hemorrhagic shock can occur in severe cases. 
• Dengue is transmitted via the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Aedes mosquitoes feed predominantly during daylight hours. All travelers are at risk and should take measures to prevent daytime mosquito bites. Insect-bite prevention measures include applying a DEET-containing repellent to exposed skin and applying permethrin spray or solution to clothing and gear. 
• There is no vaccination or medication to prevent or treat dengue.
A dengue fever map is found at:

Hepatitis: All travelers not previously immunized against hepatitis A should be vaccinated against this disease. Travelers who are non-immune to hepatitis A (i.e. have never had the disease and have not been vaccinated) should take particular care to avoid potentially contaminated food and water. Travelers who will have access to safe food and water are at lower risk. Those at higher risk include travelers visiting friends and relatives, long-term travelers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation.
• Hepatitis E may be endemic but levels are unclear. Sporadic cases may be underdiagnosed or underreported. Transmission of the hepatitis E virus (HEV) occurs primarily through drinking water contaminated by sewage and also through raw or uncooked shellfish. Farm animals, such as swine, and also deer and wild boar, may serve as a viral reservoirs. (HEV is one of the few viruses which has been shown to be transmitted directly from animals through food.) In developing countries, prevention of hepatitis E relies primarily on the provision of clean water supplies and overall improved sanitation and hygiene. There is no vaccine.
• Hepatitis B is hyperendemic. The overall hepatitis B (HBsAg) carrier rate in the general population is estimated at >8%. Hepatitis B is transmitted via infected blood or bodily fluids. Travelers may be exposed by needle sharing and unprotected sex; from non-sterile medical or dental injections, and acupuncture; from unscreened blood transfusions; by direct contact with open skin lesions of an infected person. The average traveler is at low risk for acquiring this infection. Vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended for: persons having casual/unprotected sex with new partners; sexual tourists; injecting drug users; long-term visitors; expatriates, and anybody wanting increased protection against the hepatitis B virus.
• Hepatitis C is endemic at a low level with a prevalence of 0.8% in the general population. Most hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread either through intravenous drug use or, in lesser-developed countries, through blood contamination during medical procedures. Over 200 million people around the world are infected with hepatitis C - an overall incidence of around 3.3% of the population of the world. Statistically, as many people are infected with HCV as are with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis has been reported in this country. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection acquired by exposure to water contaminated by the urine of infected animals, chiefly rats, pigs and dogs. In the Seychelles, the chief animal hosts are rats, dogs, raccoons, and deer. The disease causes flu-like symptoms and rash, sometimes complicated by meningitis, jaundice and kidney failure. Most risk occurs after heavy rainfall or flooding. Visitors to rural areas and in contact with freshwater in canals, lakes and rivers may be exposed to infection. People engaged in surface water sports, such as rafting, may also be at risk. Walking barefoot may increase your risk.

Malaria: There is no risk of malaria in Seychelles.

Poliomyelitis (Polio): Polio vaccine is not recommended for any adult who completed the recommended childhood immunizations. Polio has not been reported in recent years. Travelers who extend their trip to continental Africa, however, are advised to be fully immunized against this disease. In this case, a one-time dose of IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine) is recommended for any traveler >age 18 who completed the primary childhood series but never received an additional dose of polio vaccine as an adult.

Rabies: The Seychelles are considere rabies-free. All animal bite wounds, however, especially from a dog, should be thoroughly cleansed with soap and water and then medically evaluated for possible post-exposure treatment.

Travelers' Diarrhea: Tap water meets World Health Organisation standards, but most visitors prefer to drink bottled water, which is widely available. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled and meat well cooked before being eaten. A quinolone antibiotic, or azithromycin, combined with loperamide (Imodium), is recommended for the treatment of acute diarrhea. Diarrhea not responding to antibiotic treatment may be caused by a parasitic disease such as giardiasis, amebiasis, or cryptosporidiosis.

Tuberculosis (TB): Tuberculosis is highly endemic in Seychelles with an annual occurrence greater than or equal to 40 cases per 100,000 population. it is a major public health problem, exacerbated by the high incidence of HIV and AIDS in this country. Tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted following inhalation of infectious respiratory droplets. Most travelers are at low risk. Travelers at higher risk include those who are visiting friends and relatives (particularly young children), long-term travelers, and those who have close contact, prolonged contact with the local population. There is no prophylactic drug to prevent TB. Travelers with significant exposure should have PPD skin testing done to evaluate their risk of infection.

Typhoid Fever: Typhoid fever is the most serious of the Salmonella infections. Typhoid vaccine is recommended by the CDC for all people (with the exception of short-term visitors who restrict their meals to hotels or resorts) traveling to or working in sub-Saharan Africa, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur through food or water. Current vaccines against Salmonella typhi are only 50-80% protective and do not protect against Salmonella paratyphi, the cause of paratyphoid fever. (Paratyphoid fever bears similarities with typhoid fever, but the course is generally more benign.) Travelers should continue to practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions, even if vaccinated.