With a group of 115 islands, Seychelles is a country lie northeast of Madagascar and is one of the most beautiful places to be an expatriate. The capital is Victoria Seychelles and has just over 26,000 inhabitants. The country is a member of the African Union. Expats and visitors alike living in Seychelles will find several cultural destinations such as The Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple, the ruined youth village of Cap Ternay and Seychelles Natural History Museum. The beaches in Seychelles are some of the best in the world. With clear blue skies, you will find the scenery along the coastline is breathtaking and this country can deliver a laid-back lifestyle for expatriates and visitors.
The climate in Seychelles is tropical rainforest and July and August are the coolest months throughout the year. French and English are official languages in Seychelles.
Dining Options in Seychelles
Seychelles cuisine is greatly influenced by French, African and Indian traditions. You will find the first class French food at La Plage Restaurant, which is next to the beach with a great view of the sunset. As you would expect with being surrounded by the ocean, seafood is a very common dish. Curry is also a common dish that you will find on the islands.
Shopping in Seychelles
Tea and perfume are locally-made products. It has been reported that Mahe has shopping malls that sell indigenous souvenirs and authentic art crafts. There are also many great markets such as Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, where you can buy fresh fruit, spices, tuna and little gifts. However, most people don’t travel to Seychelles for shopping.
Healthcare in Seychelles
With free medical care provided in Seychelles and private healthcare facilities have been popping up in recent years. According to Seychelles News Agency, there are presently 14 private medical practices, 7 private dentists and 7 privately owned pharmacies in the country. Travellers and expats going to Seychelles should be aware of the possible health risks as tropical diseases may be present. Since medical care is limited to the islands, we recommend obtaining international health insurance with medical evacuation coverage if you plan to live in Seychelles.
Safety & Security in Seychelles
Generally speaking, Seychelles is a safe country. However, expats and travellers should bear in mind that never walking alone on isolated beaches or goes swimming. Also, you should pay attention to your personal belongings and not leave valuables unattended on the beach or when you are visiting the capital.
Obtain International Health Insurance before travelling to Seychelles
Because of the state of the local health system in Seychelles, expatriates will want to obtain a comprehensive global health insurance policy from a large and respected insurer that Expat Financial can source. We can also source expat life and disability cover for expats in the country. It is vital that expats obtain adequate evacuation coverage as any major illness or injury will probably require medical evacuation to South Africa or Europe.
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to live or travel in Seychelles:
- International Health Insurance for Seychelles
- Group Benefit Plans for Expatriates
- Life and Disability Insurance for Expats