As the Indian subcontinent shifted northwards to collide with Asia, a group of islands got left behind and went on to make up the Republic of Seychelles. Seychelles is located right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, between India and the east coast of Africa. While all the other islands of the world are of biological or volcanic origin, these are the only granitic islands in the world, with some unique rock formations. The islands comprising the Republic of Seychelles cover an area of 455 square kilometres. There is also an Exclusive Economic Zone covering 1.4 million square kilometres of the western portion of the Indian Ocean.
Seychelles, with its rich history and legendary beauty, is often referred to as ‘heaven on earth' or the ‘last frontier'.
Seychelles Country Guide
Seychelles presents an amalgam of Indian, African, European and Chinese cultures. The native language, Creole has its roots in French; the cuisine is basically French but uses Indian spices and Chinese methods. The music here traces its origin to African rhythms and their dances draw liberally from Europe. This combination has resulted in the Sega beat, a song and dance unique to Seychelles and the other islands of the Indian Ocean.
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Visitors’ passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival at Seychelles.
Entry visa into the Seychelles is provided free on arrival irrespective of your nationality. However, you need the following;
A ticket for onward or return journey on arrival.
Proof of reserved accommodation for the duration of the visit and proof of adequate funds: between US$ 100 and US$ 150 per day.
A visitor’s permit that is issued on arrival, when the above two criteria are met. This visitor’s permit is issued for a period of one month and may be renewed one week before its expiry, only if the visitor holds a valid open onward or return ticket.
Avoid the disappointment of a booking being made for you. Make your booking before you travel.
Tourists in transit must have confirmed reservations for their onward journey.
The Immigration Division of the High Commission will provide information about regulations governing temporary residence and issue the required visitor’s permits.
US citizens that need to renew, add pages, change name, or just get a new US passport, can Apply for a New US Passport here.
SCR or the Rupee is the currency of Seychelles. 1 Rupee is made up of 100 cents. Find out the latest Seychelles currency exchange rates at Oanda.com.
Currency exchange can be done at the airport at Mahe, at Seychelles hotels or at the banks. There are currently no restrcitions on currency exchange in the Seycheles. Banks also convert traveller’s cheques into local currency. Major banks on La Digue, Praslin and Mahe have ATMs.
Nuovo Banq, Habib Bank, Banque Francaise, Bank of Baroda and the Barclays Bank have branches in Seychelles. They convert both currency and traveller’s cheques.
The most widely accepted foreign currency is the Euro or US dollars. Most hotels, restaurants, shops and guest houses accept all major credit cards – Diners Club, American Express, MasterCard and Visa – as well as traveller’s cheques.
You can also pay your bills in seychelles rupees.
Full name: The Seychelles
Population: 81,100 people
Total Area: 455.3 sq km (176 sq miles).
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +4 hours
Capital City: Victoria (Mahé). Population: 71,000 people (2005).
To view the current time in the Seychelles, click on this link to TimeAndDate.com.
Seychelles is made up of 115 islands that cover a mere 455 square kilometres in the western region of the Indian Ocean. The Republic lies to the south of the equator (between 4 degrees and 10 degrees) and 1600 kilometres from the east coast of Africa. It also lies well outside the tropical cyclone belt and is relatively free from storms. With a comfortable temperature of 29 degrees Celsius all round the year, Seychelles is the place for ‘sun loving people’!
Fruits and vegetable are sold in the market and in instances near the road by small farmers. Do wash all fruits thoroughly before eating. All tap water in Seychelles are treated but it is advisable to get bottled water.Sun block creams are also advised while travelling in the sun. If you are visiting Seychelles during the monsoon, remember to carry insect repellent as a guard against dengue fever. Avoid walking barefoot when doing trails and tracks.
The Republic of Seychelles, or Seychelles as we know it, is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. It is located between 4 degrees and 10 degrees south of the equator, and lies at a distance of 480 kilometres to 1600 kilometres from the east coast of Africa. The Seychelles are located in the Indian Ocean, between Africa and India, and 1,600km (990 miles) east of Kenya.
To view a map of the Seychelles, click on this link to WorldAtlas.com.
Seychelles is predominantly Roman Catholic, but there are Protestant and Anglican churches as well. The Seychellois are enthusiastic church goers. Passionate about their Sunday Mass, they turn up dressed in their best so that they can outshine the others!
Seychelles also has Bahais, Hindus and Muslims in Mahe, La Digue and Praslin. These communities have their own places of worship and coexist peacefully as people of the Republic of Seychelles.