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Seychelles Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Sometimes
Yellow Fever No*
Typhoid Sometimes
Rabies Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Malaria No

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving from an infected area.

Health Care

There is a large general hospital in Victoria and there are clinics elsewhere on La Digue, Mahé and Praslin, but medical facilities are limited. Visitors may obtain emergency treatment for a basic consultancy fee. Additional medical insurance is advised, including emergency repatriation; the number for medical emergencies is 151. There are several pharmacies in Victoria, and on other islands, government clinics are used. There are dental clinics on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Prices vary according to whether they are government clinics or private ones. Many hotels offer a 24-hour doctor on call services for guests.

Food and Drink

Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, if you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to drink bottled water rather than risk abdominal upsets. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Other Risks

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Sea swimming around the islands is generally considered safe, but watch out for strong currents; there are usually warning notices in place when this is the case. Anse Intendance, Anse Takamaka and Grand Anse are known to sometimes have dangerous tides and currents.

Being so close to the equator, the sunlight can be very strong; be sure to use sunscreen, keep hydrated and stay out of the sun between the hours of 1100 and 1500.