Press release

Press communique from Foreign Affairs on its updated travel advisory to South Africa

September 9, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise all Seychellois Travelling to South Africa that they can do so as long as they remain vigilant and take extra precautionary measures irrespective of their whereabouts.

The Department would like to caution all Seychellois citizens residing in South Africa and visitors planning to travel to South Africa to avoid the areas where there is unrest and to encourage them to be on alert at all times.

We further advise that the following areas are to be avoided at all times: In Pretoria its Central Business District and Marabastad and in Johannesburg in the Central Business District as well as the Hillbrow, Turfontein, Jeppestown, Jeppestreet, Malvern and Tembisa areas. All other provinces are generally quiet although usual precaution when travelling to South Africa remains necessary.

The Diplomatic Corps, including the Seychelles High Commission in Pretoria, met with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa this morning and has been reassured of the South African governments commitment to put an end to the unrest and to work towards finding a lasting solution.

The Department has received assurances from the  Seychelles High Commission in Pretoria that the Universities where Seychellois are currently studying remain largely quiet and far from the troubled areas. The High Commission is in contact with most of the Seychellois students there and is keeping them regularly updated on any developments. It is also in regular contact with its other government offices in South Africa, principally the STB Offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and its consular office in Durban.

Anyone wishing to contact the High Commission for further information can do so on its consular hotline: +27 604 907 952 or email us on

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the High Commission of the Republic in Pretoria  will continue to monitor the situation, and keep the public informed accordingly.