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How to get to Seychelles

Comprising 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is located just north-east of the island of Madagascar, about 1600km (994mi) east of Kenya, and is easily accessible by air with daily international flights to the island of Mahé.

The most convenient route to the Seychelles is by air to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located 11km (6.8mi) southeast of the capital city, Victoria, on Mahé Island. You can also fly direct to Praslin Island from London Heathrow.


Flight times to the Seychelles

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to the Seychelles.

Within the Seychelles: Air Seychelles operates daily inter-island flights and charter flights. The route between Mahé and Praslin islands sees around 20 daily return flights, just a 15-minute hop.

Helicopter Seychelles also offers shuttle flights between Mahé and Praslin and La Digue (eight minutes) as well as smaller resort islands.


From the United States: Etihad, Air Seychelles, Emirates, British Airways and Air France offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Seychelles.

Atlanta to Seychelles is 24 hrs 05 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Seychelles is 22 hrs 24 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Seychelles is 25 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Seychelles is 23 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Seychelles is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Seychelles is 23 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Seychelles is 22 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Etihad, Air Seychelles, Emirates, British Airways and Air France offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Seychelles.

Toronto to Seychelles is 24 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Seychelles is 24 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Seychelles is 23 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Etihad, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines and Air Seychelles offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Seychelles.

Adelaide to Seychelles is 20 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Seychelles is 20 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Seychelles is 19 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Seychelles is 18 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Seychelles is 18 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Emirates, Singapore Airlines and SriLankan Airlines operate the most convenient flights to the Seychelles.

Auckland to Seychelles is 22 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: SriLankan Airlines and Singapore Airlines operate regular flights to the Seychelles.

Singapore to Seychelles is 9 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Emirates, British Airways, Swiss and Qatar Airways offer some of the most convenient scheduled flights to both Mahé and Praslin islands.

London to Seychelles is 10 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France offers the most convenient flights.

Paris to Seychelles is 10 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in


Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) is located 11km (6.8mi) south of Victoria on the island of Mahé. Hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged transport for guests. Taxis and hire cars are also available.


Entry requirements

All foreigner nationals must have a passport valid for the duration of their visit, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds to cover their stay (a minimum of US$150 per day), and proof of accommodation.

No visa is required, instead a one-month visitor's permit is issued on arrival and may be extended on application for up to 12 months.


Getting around

There are paved roads only on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue (elsewhere the roads are sand tracks). Buses and taxis are cheap and abundant on these islands. Hire car is available. Traffic drives on the left. Bicycles are also available for hire.

Between islands – Air is easiest with an efficient network of scheduled and charter flights from Air Seychelles. The route between Mahé and Praslin sees around 20 scheduled return flights a day, just a 15-minute hop.

Helicopter Seychelles offers shuttle flights between Mahé and Praslin and La Digue (eight minutes) as well as resort islands.

A fast catamaran ferry service operates between Mahé and Praslin and private schooners provide frequent inter-island connections between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Water taxis link La Digue to Praslin (15 minutes). Or you can travel to Mahe by ferry (three hours).


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Latest update: How to get to the Seychelles: 24 May, 2019


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