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Full country name: Republic of Seychelles
Area: 455 sq km
Population: 87,476 (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Victoria
Language: Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2%
Religion: Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6%
Government: Republic
Time Zone: UTC+4
Dialing Code: 248
Electricity: 240V 50 Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 20,800

Budget: USD6-15
Mid-range: USD15-50
High: USD60+
Budget: USD20-60
Mid-range: USD60-120
High: USD160+

Geography: The Seychelles archipelago, which consists of 115 islands, is located in the Indian Ocean. The islands fall in two main physical types. The closest neighbors of Seychelles include Madagascar, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Reunion, Comoros and Mayotte. The main island, Mahe, and some other islands of the central group are formed from granite, and have mountainous terrains with flat coastal strips. The outer islands are made up of corals, from reefs to atolls. These are generally smaller and almost entirely flat. Only a few of the islands are inhabited.

Climate: The climate of Seychelles is tropical, therefore it is almost always warm, and the weather varies little throughout the year. The temperature seldom drops below 24 C or rises above 32 C, therefore Seychelles is worshiped by beach lovers. The best time to visit Seychelles is between October and March, when the sea is calm and the weather is warm and humid. In January - February the islands receive rains.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight clothing is recommended throughout the year, since the temperatures are constant. Be aware that the tropical sun is very hot, and you should protect yourself from the heat by packing sunglasses, a hat and a lot of sun-block lotion. Beach wear should be worn only in the beaches and by the pools. Most restaurants, hotels and casinos require long trousers for the evenings.

Social conventions: Tourism is carefully controlled to protect the unspoilt charm of the islands. The Seychellois are very hospitable and friendly. When invited for a meal, a small gift is appreciated. Casual wear is widely acceptable, and formal clothes are only worn by churchgoers. Beachwear should only be worn on the beaches and by the pools.

Food & Drink: The local Seychelles cuisine reflects Indian, French, Chinese and African influences. The typical food preparation includes lots of spices, coconut, rice, breadfruit, milk, and a variety of seafood, like burzwa or red Snapper, Kingfish, smoked Sailfish, Tuna steaks, local prawns curried in sweet sauce or grilled in garlic butter, chauve-souris or curried fruit bat, and Octopus curried in fresh coconut cream. Such ingredients as ginger, pepper, coriander, lemongrass, and fresh herbs are widely used. Some of the unforgettable local dishes include the tamarind chutney, spicy shredded green papaya salad, and coconut fish curry. Curry, one of the most popular Seychellois dishes, is sometimes accompanied by rice and fresh vegetables. A wide range of local beverages can be found in Seychelles, such as: wine, seybrew (local beer), local teas, or soft drinks.

Health: Immunization against hepatitis A and typhoid are highly recommended when traveling to Seychelles. Visitors are advised to bring the prescribed medication, as well as sun block and mosquito repellent, since the local supplies are erratic and costly. You should take precautions against mosquito bites due to the risk of dengue fever and the Chikungunya virus spread by bites, especially during the rainy season. Walking barefoot on roads and paths is not recommended, since there is a risk of leptospirosis. Medical facilities are limited, therefore travel health insurance is essential.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
Jun 3 Corpus Christi
Jun 5 Liberation Day (Anniversary of 1977 Coup)
Jun 18 National Day
Jun 29 Independence Day
Aug 15 Assumption/La Digue Festival
Jun 3 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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