Electrical current is 220-240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs
are of the English type, with three square pins.
Creole, English and French are all spoken in the
Charges for most services include a service charge of between 5
and 10%, so tipping is therefore not obligatory. If service has
been exceptional a small tip on top of that would be warmly
Safety is not generally an issue in the Seychelles; violent
crime is unlikely and most visits are trouble-free. There have been
some incidents of theft and assault, but these are targeted mainly
at residents. Visitors should be vigilant, particularly after dark
in Victoria and in isolated areas. Avoid taking valuables to the
beach, where they could be pilfered by petty thieves. Women should
avoid walking alone on isolated beaches.
Homosexuality is illegal. Topless bathing is accepted on many,
but not all, beaches but nudism is unacceptable. Wearing camouflage
clothing is prohibited.
In the Seychelles, business is conducted relatively informally.
Men and women are not required to wear formal suits although a
smart appearance is advised. Business is usually conducted in
English or French. Business hours are generally 8am to 4pm Monday
The international dialling code for Seychelles is +248. The
outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g.
0044 for the United Kingdom). Direct lines to most countries are
available at most hotels. There is excellent GSM 900/1800 coverage
for mobile telephones, and most hotels offer a postal service,
email and Internet connection. There are Internet cafes in
Travellers to the Seychelles over 18 years do not have to pay
duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco; 1 litre of
spirits/wine; a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.
Prohibited items include drugs, narcotics, firearms and
spear-fishing equipment. It is forbidden to export unprocessed coco
de mer, shells, fish and live tortoises. A permit is required for
processed coco de mer.