Seychelles Guide

Seychelles Guide

Country data

Location: East Africa

Time zone: CET + 3 (during summer time: CET + 2)

Total area: 455 km²

Land area: 455 km²

Water area: 0 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 491 km

Capital: Victoria

Regions: 25
Anse aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Etoile, Anse Royale, Au Cap, Baie Lazare, Baie Sainte Anne, Beau Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Cascade, Glacis, Grand Anse Mahe, Grand Anse Praslin, Inner Islands, La Riviere Anglaise, Les Mamalles, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Pointe Larue, Port Glaud, Roche Caiman, Saint Louis, Takamaka

Telephone code: 00 248 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 m

Population

Population: approx. 91,500 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.9% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 201

Life expectancy: 70 (male), 79 (female)

Official language: English, French, Creole

Religions:

  • 76% Roman Catholic
  • 11% Protestants
  • 13% other

Climate

The tropical climate of the Seychelles brings high humidity and pleasant temperatures of 25 ° C all year round.

The most pleasant months are in summer from May to October, as the rain falls less often than in winter and only in short showers.

Seychelles

Most of the rain, often very heavy, falls in the winter months from November to February. It is very hot at this time, with temperatures around 30 ° C.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Seychelles rupee (SCR)

Classification: 1 Seychelles rupee = 100 cents

ATMs: Available in Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

International credit cards: These are accepted by larger shops.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts. A declaration is required from an equivalent value of 2,000 SCR.

In the tourist sector, bills often have to be paid directly in foreign currency.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

A written permit is required for the export of sea coconuts (Coco de Mer), which can also be obtained from an authorized dealer.

The following items are prohibited:

  • all kinds of weapons
  • Harpoons
  • Drugs
  • Plant flowers
  • Fruit Vegetable
  • Meat products

Travel advice

There is a very high risk of pirate attacks and hijacking in the coastal areas.

It is strongly recommended to exercise extreme caution.

Economy

After an insolvency in 2008, the country’s economy has recovered.

Tourism is the largest branch of the economy and brings over two thirds of foreign currency into the country.

Due to the fish-rich waters, a strong fishery could develop.

Industries: fishing, coconut processing, shipbuilding, tourism

Natural resources: fish, coconut, cinnamon

Land use:

  • Usable land: 2%
  • Grain cultivation: 13%
  • Pasture area: 0%
  • Forests: 11%
  • other: 74%

Plants

The vegetation of the Seychelles is of a diversity that you will not find in any other country on earth.

Preserving the environment, with almost 1,000 different plant species, is a very high priority for the government. Many species that are native here are only found in the Seychelles.

Many areas of the country have been declared nature reserves and reserves.

Animals

With around 4,000 animal species, the animal world is also very numerous. The sea creatures are particularly diverse.

Due to the remoteness of the archipelago, these could develop in large numbers.

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