Passports must be valid at least until the date of departure. Visas are required by most Commonwealth nationals. Prohibited imports include food; and plants and animals, and parts of plants and animals, except where prior permission has been granted by the relevant authorities.
Traffic drives on the left. Visitors holding a foreign driving licence are allowed to drive.
Scheduled and chartered flights operate between some of the islands. There are taxis on Mahé and Praslin, and rates are government-controlled.
Prevalent diseases where appropriate precautionary measures are recommended include dengue fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.
There were 230,000 tourist arrivals in 2013.