Summary

Seychelles experiences 2 seasonal changes throughout the year. Climate change has impacted the start and end of the seasons, making them less predictable, but in general the northwest monsoon season runs from December to March and the southeast trade winds make for a drier and slightly cooler season from May to September. Currents and waves are affected by this. Beaches which are safer at certain times of the year can be dangerous for swimming at other times. In general, the west coast is affected during the northwest monsoon and the east coast is affected during the southeast winds. Beaches at the southern tip are not recommended for swimming at any time. See swimming and ask hotel staff about the conditions before you visit the beaches in Seychelles.

Caution should be exercised when swimming, especially with children. Currents can be strong and drownings occur. See Swimming

The Public Health Authority in Seychelles reports that it has lifted travel restrictions imposed after the outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar.

Crime levels are rising and there has been an increase in break-ins, robberies, burglaries and opportunist thefts against residents, expatriates and tourists.

Recent months have seen a spate of robberies and attacks on and around Cote D’Or beach on the island of Praslin. Incidents have taken place both after dark and during daylight hours. Police have responded with increased foot patrols and have advised visitors to take care when walking in this area, particularly at night.

You should take sensible precautions to safeguard yourself and your possessions. See Crime

Piracy remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See Sea travel

Some UK networks don’t allow roaming in Seychelles. You can buy local SIM cards in Victoria. You should check with your UK service provider to make sure that you can use a different SIM card in your phone before you travel.

Most visits to Seychelles are trouble-free.

Although there is no recent history of terrorism in the Seychelles, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.