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Seychelles Facts

Political Climate
In 1964 the Seychelles' first political parties were formed, the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP), and the Democratic Party (SDP). The SDP won the 1966 and 1970 elections, defeating the socialist SPUP. In June 1976 the Seychelles gained independence from the United Kingdom and the two parties formed a coalition until June 1977 when Albert Ren carried out an almost bloodless coup.

Over the next 16 years of one-party rule, the Seychelles witnessed much political turbulence and saw two further failed coup attempts. Eventually, on 27 December 1991, the Constitution of Seychelles was amended to allow for the registration of political parties. Now Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF). Governs the Seychelles.


Geography
Roughly the size of France, covering 581,730 sq km., its neighbors are South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The country is 80% covered by the Kalahari, based on sand, though much of the area is grassed, scrub or lightly forested.

Capital ~ Gaborone
Victoria on Mahe Island

Languages
Official Language is English and French

Currency
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR) which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in 5, 10, 25 cents, and 1 and 5 Rupee denominations. Notes come in 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 Rupee denominations.


Banks
Exchanging foreign currency into Seychelles Rupees must only be done at banks, authorized money dealers at the Seychelles International Airport, or with the hotel cashier.

Banking hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:00am -2:00pm, and Saturday 8:00am-11:00am. All banks process traveler?s cheques and foreign exchange transactions. ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mahé and Praslin.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Seychelles.

People & Population
Seychellois are a blend of peoples of different races, cultures and religions. Its culture has been influenced throughout history by people of African, European and Asian origin. Some architectural design displays influences from Seychelles? French and British colonial heritage while others are more modern in nature. Local artists continue to exhibit diverse styles that echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the islands.


Climate & Best time to Travel
Seychelles? climate is always warm and without extremes. During the months of October and March, the sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, with average winds of 8-12 knots. January and February is the rainy season, May through September bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas. The Seychelles islands have a beautiful tropical climate all year long. It is always a good time for sailing and snorkeling. Hiking and Surfing are best May – September. Diving is best March – May and again in September – November. Fishing is best in October – April. For bird watchers April is (breeding season), May - September (nesting of Sooty Terns) October (migration)

Entry Requirements
There are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain a Visitor?s Permit valid for up to one month and immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

1) A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
2) Return or onward ticket
3) Proof of accommodation; including contact details
4) Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

Health
There is NO risk of contracting malaria, yellow fever, cholera or other common tropical diseases in Seychelles.

No vaccinations are required except in the case of yellow fever where a vaccination is required for travelers over 1 year of age who have come from, or passed through a partly or wholly infected area within the preceding 6 days.

Communications
Cable & Wireless and Airtel Payphones are available on the Inner Islands. Some Internet service is available. The international dialing code for Seychelles is 248.


Electricity
Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz.
Seychelles uses square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug.