Mauritius & Seychelles Weddings - Essentials
Ceremony Options - Seychelles:
* A church wedding is possible in the Seychelles, but without a Civil Ceremony it is not recognised as being legal. The couple must therefore hold a Civil Ceremony prior to the religious one.
* Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in the country, but there are also Anglican and other Protestant churches, as well as smaller Muslim, Hindu and Bahá’i communities.
* Get in touch with the relevant religious body directly if you would like more information - see the Contacts section for numbers and emails.
* These may be conducted at a hotel (with permission from both the hotel and the Civil Registrar) or in a private and authorised place. The authorisation needs to be obtained from the Civil Registrar.
Ceremony Options - Mauritius:
Couples can marry in a civil or religious ceremony.
The wedding can take place in the grounds of their hotel, on any public beach on the island, on a boat, on a private island just off Mauritius, or even underwater!
Religious ceremonies can only take place between Monday and Friday and not on a public holiday.
Best time to marry?
Mauritius and the Seychelles are the ultimate year round destination, with temperatures rarely dropping below 24C/ 75F. Their seasons are opposite to the UK.
In the Seychelles two opposing trade winds generally determine the weather: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing.
Fairly warm and wind-free conditions can be enjoyed between the winds, throughout April and again in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November.
The best months to visit Mauritius are between May to early December (before the Christmas and New Year holidaymakers arrive!). January to April are the hottest months and can get a little humid. January & February are the peak cyclone months.
The temperature on the coastal areas varies between 22C in winter and 34C in summer. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South.
British citizens do not need a visa to enter Mauritius or the Seychelles.
However, travellers to the Seychelles must show the documents below to obtain clearance at the airport and to receive a Visitors Permit that will allow a stay of up to one month (can be extended):
1. A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
2. Return or onward ticket
3. Proof of accommodation; including contact details
4. Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay
For Mauritius, a visitor must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor’s visa is normally granted for a period of two weeks to one month upon arrival, to almost all holders of a valid passport, with one or two exceptions.
Better to be safe..
To get the most up to date official information about travelling to Mauritius and the Seychelles, click here to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth's Travel website.