Information for Patients
Healthcare services are free of charge for the citizens of Seychelles and there is adequate maternity and child healthcare services available. The majority of the complicated medical procedures are carried out in the main government hospital in Mahe. Patients seeking specialized treatments may be encouraged to travel abroad for appropriate treatment, such as to South Africa or Kenya.
Foreign residents of the country may be expected to pay a fee for their treatments and prescriptions. This is usually expected to be in cash. The purchase of a comprehensive health insurance prior to travelling to Seychelles is recommended.
Tourists visiting Seychelles are expected to pay for any treatment they get. For these purposes, there are numerous private general practitioner clinics available. Due to the remote area in which Seychelles is located in, travellers might consider purchasing evacuation insurance or having access to funds in case of an emergency where medical evacuation may be necessary.
Information for Health Care Professionals
The official languages of instruction in Seychelles are English, French and Seychellois Creole.
Many of the doctors and healthcare workers in Seychelles are recorded to be foreigners. Doctors seeking to relocate in Seychelles must be registered with the Seychelles Medical and Dental Council. Applicants must prepare official documentation, proof of medical qualifications with transcripts, as well as a letter of recommendation. All information on how to register as a medical practitioner can be found at https://s-mdc.org/how-to-register/.
Information for Travelers
Due to the diversity of background of healthcare personnel, English is the main language spoken within hospitals.
Two infectious outbreaks that are consistently being reported are Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, and chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease.
If a traveller has previous visited a country prevalent to yellow fever, it is a mandatory requirement that they present a validated International Certificate of Vaccination when entering Seychelles. Other recommended but not mandatory vaccinations are typhoid, measles, DPT, rubella and polio.
In case of an emergency call 999. In this circumstance, residents and tourists will be admitted to the government-run hospital in Victoria.
Link to the Ministry of health website for Seychelles: http://www.health.gov.sc/