Carrying grocery/ fruits through immigration

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Rahul asked 5 months ago

Last updated on September 20th, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Hi Priyanka
I will soon be visiting Seychelles with my family. We have rented a self catering villa. As we prefer to cook food ( Indian ), we would like to take ration such as wheat flour, lentils, ghee, fruits etc. I read somewhere that it is prohibited to take plant/animal products in Seychelles [ custom and immigration guidelines ]. Did you face any problem ? or Did you buy the rations in Seychelles itself ?
Thanks
Rahul

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Priyanka answered 5 months ago

Hi Rahul,
I had myself taken rice, dal, oil and other grocery items.They should not be an issue. However, if you carry vegetables and fruits; that could be an issue. Carrying 1 or 2 is okay (we carry 1-2 fruits many times for our kiddo); but most of the countries do not allow fruits/ vegetables to be carried on board. We faced this issue in Dubai when we bought an exotic fruit to get to India. However, they were very few and we were allowed after we had a few in front of them to assure it was only for personal use.
As regards finding grocery/ fruits/ veggies in Seychelles; Mahe has many well-stocked supermarkets, but Praslin has few (we stayed in Anse Kerlan and had MAS Supermarket across the road). Check my post (Veg food options in Seychelles) to know about prices etc. Grocery is quite expensive there.
On a different note, your villa mostly won’t have rolling pins/ tawa etc if you plan to make rotis. Why don’t you try ready to eats? We carry MTR ready to eats, Chef Baskets pasta. They are easy to carry and don’t take time to cook. You would want everyone to relax on a holiday and not get much into cooking etc. You can always make rice and have with these ready to eats.
Hope it helps!
Priyanka

Rahul answered 5 months ago

Thanks Priyanka for the information and wonderful blog. I have few more query regarding renting a car in Syechelles. 
Is Indian driving license sufficient for renting a car there ?
What is the price per day for a hatchback ? Is insurance covered in rent or extra ?
It would be great if you can recommend some car rental agency in Mahe.
 
Thanks
Rahul

Priyanka answered 5 months ago

Hi Rahul,
Indian licence works in Seychelles. We hired a small manual transmission car for 40 EUR per day. I would suggest you write to your vacation rental guys for a car hire and get a quote in advance. I have heard people pay up to 60 EUR if they walk-in. In Praslin we got the car for 2 days in 80 EUR. In Mahe, we got a good deal from our vacation rental host. We paid her 160 EUR for 3 and a half days of car and pickup/ drop from the airport. Hire a small car because the roads are narrow, especially in Praslin. Also, most of the roads are ghat roads. Unless you are comfortable driving on ghat roads, use bus.
As regards insurance, it is little complicated in Seychelles. The deductible can be anywhere between 500 – 2000 EUR depending on the kind of insurance. What it means is; if the car is in an accident; you will need to pay the deductible from your side. Any charges above the deductible will be paid by the insurance company. There are incidents where people have been forced to pay the deductible even for small damages (check posts on TripAdvisor). 
We booked with Praslin Holiday Car Rental: http://www.seychelles.travel/en/accommodation/praslin-holiday-car-rental/68848. This was in Praslin.They charged us 40 EUR per day for Kia Picanto and had 2000 EUR as the deductible. As mentioned, we booked through our host in Mahe so do not have rental agency’s number.
Hope it helps!
Priyanka

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