Health Advice for the Seychelles

It is advisable for visitors to Seychelles to obtain travel health insurance, as medical care is expensive. It is also advisable for visitors to bring their own supplies of any prescription medication they may need, as well as basic supplies such as aspirin or contact-lens solution. Tap water is fine to drink on the main islands, but it is fairly chlorinated. Bottled water is widely available.

Seychelles is virtually free of tropical diseases. Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for persons traveling from an infected area, such as sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is not a problem, but because mosquitoes and sandflies are an irritating nuisance and can cause an allergic reaction in some people, it’s a good idea to take along plenty of insect repellent. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus (for which there is no known treatment) in early 2006 makes the avoidance of mosquito bites particularly advisable. The sun can be very strong, so use sunscreen liberally and wear a hat. Don’t forget to take along a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

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