As with any destination, those travelling to the Seychelles should be aware of the possible health risks. Medical care in the Seychelles is limited; there are hospital facilities, doctor practices, and dentists on Mahé, with smaller facilities on the other inhabited islands.
The exact addresses and telephone numbers can be found in any accommodation or on the Seychelles Ministry of Health website.
For your first aid kit, we recommend that you bring something to counteract allergies, colds, mosquito bites, diarrhea, indigestion, pain, and of course anything to treat against chronic problems you might have. Besides that, plasters (waterproof, preferably), and disinfectant spray for cuts and grazes may come in handy during your stay. You can purchase all of these items at home before you travel.
If you do happen to forget anything, you can find a list of all pharmacies in the Seychelles here:
Pharmacies on Mahé:
- Good Health Pharmacy, Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 to 17:00, closed Sundays, Phone: +248 4 325 144, Address: PO Box 931, Jivan's Complex, Mont Fleuri, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
- Central Point Pharmacy, Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00 , Saturdays, 8:00 to 14:00 Uhr, closed Sundays, Phone: +248 4 225 574, Address: Francis Rachel St, Victoria Mahé, Seychelles, Website
- NDEA HQ, Address: Mont Fleuri, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
- Lifecare Pharmacy, Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 to 18:00, closed Sundays, Phone: +248 2 619 018, Address: Palm St, Victoria, Seychelles, Website
- Eden Pharmacy, Opening hours: Monday to Firday 9:00 to 19:00, Saturdays, 10:00 to 18:00, Sundays 10:00 to 15:00, Phone: +248 4 324 999, Address: 103, Eden Plaza, Eden Island, Roch Caiman, Seychelles, Website
- D’offay Pharmacy, Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 to 19:30 Uhr, Sundays 9:30 to 13:00 Uhr, Phone: +248 4 247 488, Address: Palmont Commercial Building, Beau Vallon, Mahé, Seychelles, Website
- Anse Royale Pharmacy, Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00, Tuesday and Saturday, 9:00 to 13:00, Phone: +248 4 371 024, Address: South Coast Road, Shop 2, Anse Royale Complex, Anse Royale, Seychelles
- Behram's Pharmacy, Phone: +248 422 55 59, Address: PO Box 358, Palm Street, Ground Floor, Orion Mall Building, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Absolute Pharmacie Mahé, Phone: +248 251 12 03, Address: PO Box 1466, Bois De Rose Avenue, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, Email: email@example.com
- Medix Pharmacy, Phone: +248 432 36 58, Address: Victoria Arcade, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacies on Praslin:
- Pharmacy, Address: Cap Samy, Baie Saint Anne, Seychelles, Co-ordinates: -4.3374283, 55.7592416
Pharmacies on La Digue:
- Pharmacie, Address: La Passe, La Digue, Seychelles, Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 to 18:00, closed at the weekend
There is no danger of malaria or yellow fever in the Seychelles. People who are more than 1 year old who come from or have been in a known yellow fever region during the last six days must be vaccinated against it.
In general, the Seychelles is not home to any dangerous animals. Spiders and other creatures are harmless here. However, there are a few irritating creatures that you can protect yourselves from.
Sand flies are an example of creatures who live in all tropical regions of the world. These small bugs need humidity and warmth to survive. Therefore, you may encounter sand flies during your stay in the Seychelles. Beaches where lots of seaweed has washed ashore are typical spots where you might find them. In order to avoid being bitten by them, make sure you bring a thick beach mat or beach towel to sit on. If you use insect repellent, that can also help. If you do happen to be bitten, tea tree oil and zinc salves are good treatments against the bites themselves.
Mosquitos that are active during the day can carry Dengue Fever. However, infections in the Seychelles, especially concerning tourists, are extremely rare. However, we recommend regularly applying mosquito repellent during your stay. Clothes that cover your skin and bright clothing should also be sprayed with repellent, and can also protect against being bitten. If you do happen to be bitten during your stay, you can pay a visit to a doctor during your trip.
There are no dangerous animals in the Seychelles; anything you might encounter there, including spiders, reptiles etc. are harmless.
International Health Insurance
It is strongly advisable to have international health insurance, including repatriation insurance. This will protect against unforeseen illness costs during your trip. If, for example, you must be transported back to your country of residence for medical reasons, this would then cover these travel costs.