The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
Currency: Seychellois rupee
Population: 89,173 (2013) World Bank
University: University of Seychelles
Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel to this country. However, it is to be noted that although a visa is not required prior to entering Seychelles for any nationals, they should nevertheless have in their possession a valid passport or other travel documents recognized by Seychelles to be awarded entry into the country. The passport must be valid for the period of the intended stay until arrival back in the holder’s country of origin or residence.
A stay visitor’s permit is issued on arrival in Seychelles to a person who comes for the purpose of holiday, business, visiting friends or family and who meet the following criteria:
a) is not a prohibited immigrant;
b) is not holder of a valid permit which entitles that holder to reside in Seychelles;
c) holds a valid return or onward ticket for duration of the visit;
d) has confirmed accommodation; and
e) has sufficient funds for duration of the stay (minimum of US150 or equivalent per day).
Passports: To enter the Seychelles, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by nationals.
Visas: Visas for the Seychelles are not required by nationals as long as they have an onward or return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and organised accommodation for the duration of their stay.
A visitor's permit, valid for up to three months (but often a month initially), is issued free of charge on arrival.
Transit:Passengers in transit must have tickets with reserved seats for their onward journey.
Sufficient funds: All travellers should have proof of funds to cover their stay, which is considered to be at least US$150 per day.
Extension of stay: You can extend your visitor's permit for a period of up to three months from the date of issue and for successive periods not exceeding three months at a time to a maximum period of 12 months. There is a fee of Rs5,000 (approximately £290) for each three-month extension (the first three months are free). You must apply at the Department of Immigration at least a week before your current permit expires.
Entry with children: Single parents are sometimes asked for documentation proving their parental responsibility.
Entry with pets: If you are coming to the Seychelles as a visitor, bringing your pet isn't an option, as animals can only be imported for a minimum period of six months. If you are planning on staying longer, you must obtain an import permit. Your animal requires an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate and a veterinary health certificate. Depending on your country of origin, your pet will also need to undergo a period of quarantine of two weeks to six months.