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Coronavirus: a message to our customers
If you are due to travel shortly we will be in touch to support and guide you, based on current Foreign Office advice.
 
If you are ready to start planning you next holiday, our 'Book with Confidence' pledge has been created to give you peace of mind. For new bookings made before 31 December 2021, we will not charge if you need to move your holiday dates or change to a new destination due to Covid-19, up to 60 days prior to travel. You can move your holiday to any time up to 31 December 2022 or 12 months from your departure date, whichever is later*. If you are unsure of your future travel plans when you need to make this change, we will provide you with a 100% travel credit note.
* Terms and conditions
We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect any seasonal differences. Sometimes non-refundable deposits are required by local suppliers, which would be specified prior to booking. If you are unable to travel, we would secure a credit note for future travel from these suppliers, but you would not get a cash refund for these items. Flights that have already been issues will be subject to the rules of your airline. All other terms and conditions remain as standard.
 
If you are looking to travel closer to home, our sister company Auriel Holidays – offers a wide range of tailor made holidays in the UK, Europe & worldwide.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director
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Travel guide to Seychelles

Passports
Your passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you may be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
British, European & USA citizens do not require a visa for holidays < 90 days.
Health
Seychelles does not have malaria, tsetse fly or yellow fever. There are no compulsory health requirements, unless you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (eg Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda), in which case a valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory & must be presented at the airport to gain entry. Airport transits of < 12-hours are exempt. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before travel. If you are over 60 years of age and your doctor advises against a yellow fever vaccination, you must carry a letter from your doctor that states this. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters and always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations. Vaccinations sometimes advised: Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB.
Currency
Seychellois Rupees (SCR) - many hotels, restaurants & shops accept EUR euro. Take small denominations as these are useful for tipping. Note that GBP pounds and USD dollars are NOT accepted. VISA and Master cards are widely accepted, but not American Express or Diners Club. It is therefore not necessary to take local currency, unless you are planning an extended stay. if you want some local currency, this can be withdrawn from the Barclay Bank cash machine at Mahe airport on arrival, or purchased from the Currency Exchange at the next counter, but do not make the mistake of queueing at the Barclays counter, as they do not sell currency & will merely point you to the cash machine. As you will not be able to swap back any surplus currency once you get home, remember to do this at the airport before you leave.
Language
French, English and Creole
Time Zone
GMT + 4 Hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Current COVID protocols: 
(a) Negative PCR test < 72 hours. 
(b) Negative test, flight & hotel details to be emailed to visitor@health.gov.sc prior to arrival. 
(c.) Negative test to be produced pror to boarding. 
(d) Face masks to be worn on aircraft & in most public places. 
(e) Airport temperature checks & health screening on arrival. 
(f) Mandatory travel insurance, with Covid cover. 
Note: These can change at short notice, so please do check the latest situation prior to departure. Pack an adequate supply of hand sanitiser & face masks, as these may be difficult to obtain locally. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
 
Baggage – if you are flying on a light aircraft to one of the smaller islands (but excluding Praslin), your luggage must be packed in soft sports bags, usually restricted to 15 kg. Rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods and will be left behind. 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security, as any device that does not switch on cannot be check and may need to be surrendered. 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and if you plan to use travel apps such as Google Translate or Google Maps, ensure you check your data package with your provider in advance. Alternatively turn off date roaming to avoid large phone bills. Be aware that some areas may not have mobile or WiFi coverage. 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. 
 
Clothing – casual light clothing is advised including T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen and flip-flops. Water shoes are very useful in many places, to protect your feet from sharp coral. Swimwear should not be worn away from the beach. Sanitising hand cleaner and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses. 
 
Medicines - if you travel with prescription drugs, carry an adequate supply in their original bottles/packaging & keep them in your hand luggage, as if lost they may be difficult to replace. 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). We suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
 
Plugs – type G (flat 3-pin, same as UK). 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
 
Water – tap water is considered safe to drink in the main towns, but drink only bottled water in undeveloped areas. 
 
Food – delicious Creole seafood is served, as well as a wide variety of international cuisine. However be aware that hotel food is extremely expensive in Seychelles, if not included in your package, so stock up on snacks at a local shop on Mahe, especially if travelling to a small island where some shops are not allowed to serve foreigners to protect the hotel trade. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for. 
 
Taxis – these are available in Mahe and Praslin, but negotiate your fare in advance to avoid being ripped off. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left, but be aware the roads across the islands have very sharp swithback turns. Any valid European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature. 
 
Safety – Seychelles is a relatively safe destination, take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash, passport and a spare credit card in your hotel safe. 
 
Tipping – this is not compulsory, but if you want to tip because you have received good service, we suggest the following per couple: 
- guides: €10 per day. 
- porters: €1 per bag. 
- waiters: no tipping is required, as 5 to 10% service fee is automatically added to your bill. 
It is not necessary to tip drivers doing short transfers (eg to the airport). 
 
Displays of affection - Seychelles is one of the more LBGT-friendly African nations, but we advise all our clients, gay and heterosexual, to be sensitive to cultural differences. 
 
FCO Travel Advice - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.