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Moving to the Seychelles? Here's our expat guide...

Moving to the Seychelles? Here's our expat guide...

Living in Seychelles


Seychelles experienced a tug-of-war of between France and Britain disputing for colonial control in the early 19th century. They gained independence from the Brits back in 1976. The smallest African country by population, Seychelles makes up for that by bringing in expatriates from the four corners of the earth to bask and be enthralled in the picturesque beauty of their landscape. With a total of 115 islands, Seychelles has a number of uninhabited ones that truly captivates the tourists’ imagination for luxurious island hideaway. If you’re getting your sandals and tanning lotion ready for the trip, don’t miss out on some information you’re going to need.

Seychelles

Expat Clubs


There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Seychelles and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 


International School Seychelles
ISS delivers a strong British-based curricular programme from the Early Years to the Sixth Form and a tradition of academic success; a broad range of enrichment and enhancement opportunities for students – who are incredible young people from a kaleidoscope of different nationalities and backgrounds; experienced staff who are dedicated to their students; and parents who truly care about the school and are always keen to give help and support. These combine to create a vibrant multi-national community of learners within the wonderful culture and setting that is the Seychelles.
Curriculum: British
Address: PO Box 315, Mont Fleuri, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: (+248) 461 0444
Fax. (+248) 461 0460
Email: admin@iss.sc
Website: iss.sc
 
Seychelles Polytechnic
Seychelles Polytechnic offers post-secondary education and training programmes at Certificate/Diploma/Advanced Level.
Address: P.O Box 77, Anse Royale, Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248 371188
Email: polymail@seypoly.edu.sc , seypoly@hotmail.com
Website: www.seypoly.edu.sc

Local News in English


The Seychelles Nation
This is an English-language site that covers local news and events.
Website: www.nation.sc
 
Seychelles-eNews
News on current affairs and politics of Seychelles, western Indian Ocean and Africa.
Website: www.seychellesweekly.com

Country Information 


Location: Africa
Capital City: Victoria
Currency: Seychellois rupee
Language: English, French
Calling Code: +248
Internet TLD: .sc

Electricity: Seychelles runs on 240V 50Hz. The Public Utilities Corporation, a government-owned corporation, provides the electricity for the country.
Address: Electricity House, PO Box 174, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248 4678 000
Website: www.puc.sc
 
Emergency Numbers:   
Rescue Services: 999
Fire: 4 28 99 50
Police: 133
Country Information
en.wikipedia.org

Embassy Information


embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/seychelles

Residents Visa and Work Permit information


There are no visa regulations in place to enter Seychelles for up to three months; this visitor permit is renewable, not exceeding three months at each renewal, for a maximum of twelve months. Conditions state that foreigner:
  • is not a prohibited immigrant; and
  • is not  holder of a valid permit which entitles that holder to reside in Seychelles.
  • holds a valid return or onward ticket for duration of visit;
  • has confirmed accommodation;
  • has sufficient funds for duration of the stay. (Minimum of US$ 150.00 or equivalent per day.
Expats will have to obtain a residence permit, or a Gainful Occupation Permit GOP, to stay in the country for an extended period and also take up employment. The application can be done by the expat, in case they are self-employed, or the Seychelles employer at the Director General of Immigration. For detailed information please visit the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website >>

Accommodation


Seychelles is made of 115 islands, however only those in Inner Seychelles are inhabited. The most populated of these is Mahe. It has 90% of the population and is also where the largest aiport is located. Within Mahe, expats would definitely settle in the capital Victoria. Time has seemingly stood still in Victoria as most infrastructures are colonial.
Tour sites are plentiful in the city. Getting around is also relatively easy, and at times wouldn’t need a car. Locals here like to use bikes to get to places. Given the touristy nature of Victoria, and Seychelles in general, apartment rentals can be considered steep, with rent prices starting $400 a month for a single bedroom unit. 

Driving License


Foreigners may use their domestic license and an international license to drive legally in Seychelles for up to 3 months. Beyond this, for legal residents, they will have to obtain a Seychelles license through the Seychelles Licensing

Authority:
Address: P.O Box 3, Orion Mall, 5th June Avenue, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: 4283444
Fax: 4224256
Email: enquiry@sla.sc
Website: www.sla.gov.sc
 
Procedure:
  1. Fill a driving license application form.
  2. Attach a certificate from the Commissioner of Police that the applicant is capable of driving and fully controlling the vehicle in respect of which the application is made or a valid foreign driving permit.
  3. License fee of SR 500 for 10 years.

Healthcare


The healthcare facilities in Seychelles is limited to the major islands; beyond these it can be few or non-existent. The government provides free healthcare to all residents. Yellow fever is prevalent, expats are urged to get precautionary vaccinations before travel.

Insurance Companies

SACOS
SACOS Insurance Company Limited is responsible for the selling and underwriting of all non-life insurance products and it handles all general insurance claims. The company also liaises with International Reinsurers for the placement of large risks.
Address: PO Box 636, SACOS Tower, Palm Street
Tel: +248 429 50 00
Fax: +248 422 44 95
Email: info@sacos.sc
Website: www.sacos.sc
 
Hospitals

Hopital General de Victoria
Address: Mont Fleuri, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248  388 000
 
Nord East Point Hospital
Address: Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248  388 535
 
Victoria Hospital
Address: P.O. Box 52, Mont Fleuri. Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248  388 000
Fax: +248 224 792
 
 
 

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