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Seychelles - Consular Information Sheet
November 30, 2000

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. The principal island of Mahe has a population of about 78,000. The two other islands with significant permanent populations are Praslin and La Digue. Facilities for tourism are generally well developed.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are required. A one-month entry visa may be obtained upon arrival, and it may be extended for a period up to one year. There is an airport departure tax of $40.00, which must be paid in U.S. dollars. For further information, travelers should contact the Permanent Mission of the Seychelles to the United Nations, 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400C, New York, N.Y. 10017; telephone (212) 972-1785.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: U.S. citizens should avoid crowds, political rallies, and street demonstrations and maintain security awareness at all times. It is dangerous to swim alone at isolated beaches, especially after dark, due to strong currents.

CRIME INFORMATION: Petty crime is a problem. Violent crime against tourists is rare. Travelers who keep valuables in hotel safes and who close and lock hotel windows at night, even while the room is occupied, are less likely to be at risk.

The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the pamphlets, A Safe Trip Abroad and Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa, for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. Both are available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs web site at http://travel.state.gov.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical facilities in the Seychelles are limited, especially in the isolated islands where doctors are often unavailable.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide for payment of medical services outside the United States. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas may face extreme difficulties.

Please check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies overseas, including provision for medical evacuation, and for adequacy of coverage. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Please ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas hospital or doctor, or if you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death.

Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure, Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, available via its web site at http://travel.state.gov and autofax service at (202) 647-3000.

OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s international travelers' hotline at telephone 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or by visiting the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning the Seychelles is provided for general reference only, and it may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

In the Seychelles, one drives on the left side of the street. Roads are generally well maintained, but they are narrow and winding. Drivers should exercise caution due to a lack of shoulders and inadequate street lighting. Speed limits range from 25 to 50 miles an hour. Drivers and front seat passengers are required to wear seat belts. There are no laws regarding child safety seats.

The Seychelles Ministry of Health operates an ambulance service on the islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue that can be summoned by dialing 999. Assistance on the more remote islands is limited. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Health at P.O. Box 52, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles; telephone (248) 388 000; e-mail: mohps@seychelles.net.

Public transportation by bus is good, but tends to be crowded during rush hours, and usually requires several transfers to reach a desired destination. Taxis are also available.

Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Fair
Availability of Roadside/Ambulance Assistance: Fair

For additional information about road safety, including links to foreign government sites, please see the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs web site at http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html. For specific information concerning Seychelles driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, please contact the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism via e-mail at dgtmtca@seychelles.net or the Seychelles Tourism Marketing Authority via e-mail at seychelles@aspureasitgets.com.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service by local carriers at present, nor economic authority to operate such service between the U.S. and the Seychelles, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Seychelles’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of the Seychelles air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at telephone 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA web site at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact the DOD at telephone 618-229-4801.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: The Seychelles customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning the temporary import to or export from the Seychelles of items such as firearms, spear-fishing equipment, and fruits and vegetables. Warm-blooded animals must undergo a minimum quarantine period of six months. It is advisable to contact the Permanent Mission of the Seychelles to the United Nations in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating the Seychelles law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in the Seychelles are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Many of the outer islands of the Seychelles are extremely isolated, and travel by ship to these areas, including for rescue attempts, may be impossible in stormy weather. The outer islands have no airstrips to accommodate air traffic.

Recent amendments to the Seychelles foreign exchange laws mandate that visitors must settle their hotel bills with a credit card. If visitors want to settle their hotel bills in Seychelles rupees, they must show proof of acquisition. If won at a casino, the visitor should show a casino receipt as proof.

CHILDREN’S ISSUES: For information on international adoption of children and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet site at http://travel.state.gov/children’s_issues.html or telephone (202) 736-7000.

The U.S. Embassy in the Seychelles closed August 30, 1996, and consular responsibility transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius, located at Rogers House (Fourth Floor) on John F. Kennedy Street in Port Louis. The telephone numbers are (230) 208-2347 or (230) 202-4400; fax (230) 208-9534 or (230) 202-4401. The Embassy web site is http://www.usembassymauritius.mu; e-mail: usembass@intnet.mu.

There is a U.S. Consular Agency in Victoria, Seychelles which provides limited services - such as distribution of forms and information. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in the Seychelles are encouraged to register at the Consular Agency and to obtain updated information on travel and security in the Seychelles. The agency is located at Victoria House, Victoria, Mahe; telephone (248) 225-256; fax (248) 225-189; e-mail: usoffice@seychelles.net. The international mailing address is Victoria House, Box 251, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles.

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