Business file: Seychelles

Business file: Seychelles


Business/social hints

Appointments: should be made in advance.

Attire for business meetings: men and women should wear smart casuals.

Etiquette: it is customary to shake hands on meeting and taking leave. Business cards are exchanged after introduction.

Language: most executives speak English and/or French.

Laws: the minimum drinking age is 18 years.

Invitations: service charges are included in restaurant bills, therefore gratuities are not necessary.

Local time: GMT+4hrs.

Capital: Victoria.

Language: Creole, English and French.

Electricity: 240V AC 50Hz.

Int. direct dialling code: 248.

Driving: valid licence required.

Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR1 = 100 Cents)

Notes:SCR: 10, 25, 50, 100

Coins: SCR:1, 5.Cents: 5, 10, 25

Business hours

Banks: Monday-Friday 8.30am-2.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-11am.

Offices: Monday-Friday 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Shops: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-12pm.

Emergency Services

Police, Fire and Ambulance:999.


Casual lightweights with light rainwear throughout the year.


Compulsory vaccinations: yellow fever certificate if arriving from or travelling through infected areas or who have passed through partly or wholly endemic area within the preceding six days. Children under one year are exempt.


Tropical climate with warm and humid temperatures all year round. The year can be divided into two tradewind seasons. The southeast tradewind which blows fairly steadily from May until the end of September and the northwest tradewind from November until the end ofFebruary. The coolest period is between June and August and the hottest between December and April. Rainfall, in sudden sweeping downpours, is high and the wettest months are December andJanuary.

Victoria Temp C Humidity % Rain

Max/Min am pm (mm)

January 30 24 79 78 286

February 29 25 77 76 267

March 29 25 75 74 234

April 30 25 74 74 184

May 29 25 75 74 170

June 28 25 77 75 102

July 29 24 77 76 85

August 27 24 76 75 70

September 28 24 76 75 130

October 28 24 76 75 154

November 29 24 75 74 230

December 28 22 78 78 340

SeychellesInternational SEZ

Postal address: POBox 181, Victoria, Mahe.

Telephone: +248 373001.

Telex: 2239 DCA SZ.

Fax: +248 373222.

Transportation to citycentre: bus: fare SCR 3, journey time 20mins. Taxi: fare SCR 60.

Airport departure tax: SCR 100. Children under 12 years are exempt.

Flight information: tel 373001, available 24hrs.

Passport and Visas

Passports are required by all. Visas are required but not by nationals of the Seychelles. Other visitors must obtain a visitor’s permit which is issued on arrival and is valid for one month.


Import allowances

a) 200 cigarettes.

b) one litre of wine or spirits.

c) one small bottle of perfume.


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