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Seychelles Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean just north of Madagascar, the island nation of Seychelles (composed of 115 islands; population 92,000), boasts generally pleasant travel conditions.

SECURITY

The country is safe overall, although travelers should take basic precautionary measures: do not let personal belongings out of sight (particularly at the beach), keep all valuable objects concealed when in public (jewelry, cash, etc.), do not photograph locals without their permission, never offer resistance if mugged, etc. It is advisable to avoid traveling alone at night; if this is not possible, keep a cell phone handy.

Travelers should also be aware that acts of piracy, which have increased in frequency over recent years along the Somali coast and in the Gulf of Aden, are now also reported in the Indian Ocean and in Seychellois waters. For this reason, pleasure boating is formally discouraged throughout Seychelles’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Some Western governments advises against nonessential travel to islands south and southwest of Mahé.

The number for emergency services on the islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue is 999.

POLITICS

The political climate is calm in this small and peaceful island republic. The next elections (presidential and legislative) are scheduled to be held in 2016. Nevertheless, demonstrations periodically occur and often turn violent. Avoid all areas where protests are taking place; if you find yourself in the immediate vicinity of a protest, take refuge in a large building (e.g. a hotel or museum).

HEALTH

Health conditions on the archipelago are decent. However, medical facilities are relatively scarce and some isolated islands have no doctors. In fact, there is only one hospital in the country, located in Victoria (capital; 26,000 residents). Furthermore, an absence of specialized laboratories makes certain diagnoses problematic. Travelers may have to leave the country if in need of specialized treatments.

While malaria is not present within the territory, the Seychelles was stricken by an outbreak of chikungunya (in 2006) and dengue fever diagnoses are not unheard of on the islands. Travelers are advised against swimming in fresh water due to the risk of contracting leptospirosis. Illnesses transmitted via food and water are also common; drink only bottled or purified water, eat only thoroughly-cooked foods, peel fruits and vegetables, and wash your hands regularly.

Climate

Seychelles enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round and is spared from cyclones. From October until March northwesterly trade winds bring heat (32°C) and humidity. The months of December and January are relatively rainy. The rest of the year temperatures are lower (24°C) and southeasterly winds regularly pass over the islands.    

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +248 Police: 999 Fire Dept.: 999 Ambulance: 999

Electricity

Voltage: 240 V ~ 50 Hz

Outlets:

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