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Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and care free.

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

Before You Travel

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

We are happy to announce that our marina in the Seychelles is scheduled to reopen on the 31 October, 2020.

While the Seychelles are opening their borders to international travelers, certain  Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the country, before, and during your stay there. Please stay informed and follow all requirements: 

  • Present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test no more than 72 hours prior to departure to Seychelles. (For UK and FR only: Present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test no more than 48 hours prior to departure to Seychelles. Visitors from France and the UK are considered “special status countries” and are in Category 2 of the list of visitors from permitted countries. A compulsory 5-day quarantine must take place in a certified establishment which cannot be a non-certified hotel nor the yacht.) 
  • All visitors must apply for Health Travel Authorisation and present the Authorisation upon check-in and arrival at the airport.
  • Undergo a temperature check upon arrival at the base. The Skipper is required to log the health and temperature of each guest then report this information to the base via email, phone or radio daily. 
  • All guests must wear a face mask when using a transfer service. Please note: a 5-person vehicle may only transport up to 4 persons (driver and up to 3 passengers). The middle seat must remain vacant. 
  • Gov.UK  and the Seychelles Tourism website are good sources of information. 

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Address
Moorings (Seychelles) Ltd 
Eden Island Marina
PO Box 588
Eden Island
Mahe, Seychellles
Tel:(+248) 460-1330

Seychelles base map

Base Hours 
Monday to Saturday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embarkation / Disembarkation: 10:00am - 10:00am
Sunday & Public Holidays: 8:30am - 12:00pm in case of embarkation 

Time Zone
GMT + 4. 

Tourist Information Centre
Independence Avenue, Victoria - Tel: + 248 61 08 00
Seychelles Tourism Board, Mahé

General Information
Area: 283 sq. mi. (approx. 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC)
Population: 87,476
People: The Seychellois are extremely hospitable people and, for the most part, they live simple island lives. Nearly 90% of this mixed nation dwells on the main island, Mahé, with the remaining few scattered across the smaller islands.
Capital: Victoria
Time: GMT + 4. Four hours ahead of London. Nine hours ahead of New York (EST). Daylight savings time is not observed.
Language: Creole, English and French are spoken widely. Any of these will suffice at the major hotels, attractions, shops, banks, etc. Some members of the travel industry speak German and Italian.  Translation services when in the country are available.
Religions: Roman Catholic (82.3%), Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, other Christian, Hindu, Muslim, other non-Christian.
Currency: The Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
Electricity: Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug.

Tipping: Most charges (restaurant, hotel, taxis, porters, etc.) already include a 5% to 10% service charge or "tip." Additional tipping is not expected but some people round up to the next convenient amount, especially when paying by cash. 

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How to Get There

Arrival by plane at Seychelles International Airport. (Domestic & International Flights) Distance from Mahé Airport to the base is 5 km. The transfer takes approximately 5 minutes by car.

Taxis - The one way trip from the airport to the base costs from 100 SCR to 125 SCR (approximately 15€ - 20€). Max 4 pax with luggage. No reservation is necessary. Taxis are always available at the Airport.

Helicopter 
Zilair Seychelles:
Tel: + 248 37 51 00
Website: www.zilair.com

Airport
Seychelles International Airport: Mahe Airport Enquiries - 248 38 42 40.

Flights
Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 033 0332 1513* before you book your flights.

Air Seychelles
Aeroflot Soviet Airlines
Air Austral
Air France
Air Mauritius
Kenya Airways
Lufthansa German Airlines
Emirates Airlines
Qatar Airlines

Transfers 
Transfers from Seychelles International airport are not included in your charter price, so you must arrange or pay for your own on arrival (see below) or, for your convenience, you can add pre-paid return taxi transfers to your Moorings booking. Please contact your Moorings Holiday Planner who will be happy to do this for you. They cost £14pp. On arrival, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a sign displaying your name.
Distance from Mahé Airport to the base: 5 km
The transfer takes approx. 5 minutes by car.

Car Rentals
Avis, Europcar, Hertz and other companies are located at the airport. The average price is from 55 to 90€ per day with insurance.

Ferry Services
Commute between islands using the ferry companies listed below:
Inter Island Ferry Service: www.seychelles.net/iif Cat Cocoswww.catcocos.com

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: Charters start at 10.00 am or 4.00 pm (with a Sleep Aboard). Sailing instructions will be given beforehand at the welcome office. 
Briefing Times: Chart & Boat briefings will start at 9.00 am for the 10.00 am start time and 2.00 pm for a Sleep Aboard.

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
The base personnel will wait for clients until 7:00 pm. After 7:00 pm, you will find a sign at the reception with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and there will be a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be at your disposal the next day from 8:30 am and will then turn the boat over to you.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 10:00 am is the mandatory time when the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Provisioning
Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Mobile phones 
Check with your service provider for information about mobile coverage in this region.

Music/iPods 
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity 
Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
British and EU Citizens must have a full passport, valid for at least the duration of their stay in the Seychelles. British Citizens do not require a visa, a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration. Other nationals should check.

Customs Formalities: The duty free allowance for all liquors (including wine, beer, stout, ale and port) perfumes and tobacco is: 400 cigarettes or 500g of tobacco, 2 liters of Spirits or 2 liters of wine, 200ml of Perfume or Eau de Toilette.

Cruising Licenses
Please review the sailing and power boating requirements for the Seychelles while planning your charter vacation.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Drones
The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit http://www.scaa.sc/index.php.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Guide for additional information.

There is an airport departure tax of $40pp, which must be paid in U.S. dollars. This charge is sometimes included in the cost of an airline ticket (please check with your airline)

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
The Seychelles are generally risk-free of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B vaccines. However, please consult your doctor for the latest immunisation information before you travel.
A yellow fever certificate is required if entering from an area with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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