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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 east of Kenya, and is easily accessible by air with daily international flights to the island of Mahé.

Getting to the Seychelles

The Seychelles is easily reached by air from the following locations…

From Australia and New Zealand: The most convenient route to the Seychelles is via Dubai. Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Air India and Air Seychelles fly weekly to Mahé, with connections from all major Australian airports.

From the UK: Emirates, British Airways, Middle East Airlines, Kenya Airlines, Olympic Airlines, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways offer flights to the Seychelles.

From the USA: Qatar Airways, United Airlines, Emirates, Continental, US Airways, Air France and Delta offer flights from Los Angeles. American Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and British Airways offer services from New York.

Flights also depart from Atlanta and San Francisco on United Airlines, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, British Airways and Continental Airlines.

Flight time to the Seychelles

Brisbane to Seychelles is 22 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Seychelles is 21 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Seychelles is 21 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Seychelles is 18 hrs 35 min, with connecting flight

Auckland to Seychelles is 26 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Seychelles is 12 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Seychelles is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Seychelles is 23 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Seychelles International Airport is located 8km 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: 17 April, 2019

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