(The) Seychelles – often referred to as a paradise on earth, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off East Africa.
Seychelles is also remarkable because about half its landmass is reserved for national parks and reserves, preserving its nature.
But what can you do in Seychelles? A lot.
You could enjoy the beach life in Mahé and visit Beau Vallon Bay. Or perhaps the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market. Maybe the Praslin National Park in Praslin?
And if you want to see massive turtles, Aldabra is the place to be.
As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in Seychelles. In fact, you will most likely share your experiences online.
Before you do so, be aware that international roaming can be expensive, especially in Seychelles because of its remoteness.
So, what are your local or travel eSIM options for Seychelles?
You can get an eSIM for Seychelles for as little as 9.50 USD to 44 USD from Airalo (Laziocom) & Holafly.
I will also introduce you to a few global eSIMs that be used in Seychelles and 80+ other countries, including Seychelles' neighbors, for competitive rates.
Original publication: 3rd of November 2022. Last updated: 30th of November 2022.
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Airalo Laziocom eSIM for Seychelles
Airalo is the most popular eSIM platform, covering around 190 countries (more than any other eSIM platform out there).
That is because it is the largest and oldest eSIM platform worldwide.
Airalo has an eSIM that can be used in Seychelles: Laziocom.
Travel eSIM providers like Airalo set up roaming agreements with local mobile operators.
But do not get too worried about the term roaming – you will not get a 3000 USD roaming bill.
What Airalo does, and basically all mobile operators do, is partner up with a local mobile operator so that their customers can still stay connected when abroad.
In Seychelles, the Airalo Laziocom eSIM uses the Airtel Seychelles network up to 4G/LTE (no 5G NR yet).
Be aware: most travel eSIMs, including Airalo's Seychelles Laziocom eSIM, are data-only eSIMs, so you cannot call or text with them (nor can you receive any calls or SMS).
- Seychelles/Laziocom 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.
Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Laziocom eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.
So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Laziocom 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.
Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Seychelles soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.
I can already tell you that Airalo has the cheapest eSIM options for Seychelles this guide.
What makes things even more pleasant is that you can top up your eSIM when it is expiring or when you are out of data without the need to purchase a new eSIM.
But you may think that a local SIM card or eSIM will (still) be cheaper than Airalo or any other travel eSIM.
And you are right – that is true in most cases.
However, you will have to deal with the Seychellois SIM card registration laws.
(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).
Most mobile operators in Africa will only sell you (overpriced) tourist SIM cards (when available) or the most expensive plans because of “mandatory new plan requirements” (which are often lies to take more of your money).
- Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
So yes, you could get cheaper plans, but the question is if you can actually get them.
Oh, you should also be aware of the following, you can get up to 4G/LTE connections with the Airalo Seychelles Laziocom eSIM, your speeds will most likely not be faster than someone using a local SIM card.
That is because you are roaming on the Airtel Seychelles network instead of being a native customers
But that does not mean you will have (extremely) slow speeds – just (slightly) slower than native customers.
Anyway, the Airalo Seychelles Laziocom eSIM is fantastic and is the eSIM I, and many Phone Travel Wiz readers, recommend the most.
The eSIMs are affordable, the data allowances can be tailored to your needs (1 GB only, but unlimited top-ups are available) & you will have a smooth network experience (in most cases).
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Holafly eSIM for Seychelles
Holafly is one of the many travel eSIM resellers and is one of the popular ones.
In June, they started offering unlimited data plans for some its eSIMs, making Holafly unique.
And these unlimited data eSIMs can be used in various East– and Southeast Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.
Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in Seychelles… yet.
I say yet because Holafly's goal is to offer unlimited data plans for every country it covers: 150+ countries.
And I can tell you that I get positive emails multiple times a week from Phone Travel Wiz readers that have used the unlimited data plans in East- and Southeast Asia, Europe & North America; they love these eSIMs.
For now, you have only one Holafly Seychelles eSIM (which uses the Airtel Seychelles network (as well)):
- Seychelles 6 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 44 USD/47 EUR/34 GBP/67 AUD/59 CAD
As expected, you cannot use 5G NR (yet) with the Holafly Seychelles eSIM, nor can you call and text (it is a data-only eSIM).
Moreover, you cannot top up or extend the validity with the Holafly Seychelles eSIM – so you need to buy another eSIM when you are out of data or the eSIM expires; you have to purchase a new one.
But you can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the Seychelles eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ 😏.
- Check out my Holafly reviews
Local Seychellois eSIM for Prepaid Customers
If you want the best and full network experience, including being able to call and text, you want to get a local eSIM.
You have two mobile operators in Seychelles: Airtel Seychelles and Cable & Wireless Seychelles.
Currently, no Seychellois mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.
For more information about the plans offered by by the Seychellois mobile operators, check out my Seychelles SIM card buying guide.
International eSIM for Seychelles & More Countries
Okay, I went over the Seychelles travel eSIM options offered by Airalo & Holafly.
As expected, these eSIMs can only be used in Seychelles and not in neighboring Kenya, Madagascar or Tanzania.
So what if you plan on visiting any of those countries, or you are on a world tour and wish to use one eSIM in multiple countries – do you have any other options?
Yes, you do. Airalo have regional, global & international eSIMs covering at least 80 countries; some include Seychelles too.
So let's see which multi-country eSIMs can be used in Seychelles and other countries, including Seychelles' neighbors.
Airalo Hello Africa eSIM
Like Asia, the Caribbean, Europe & Latin America, many readers tend to visit multiple African countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one.
The Hello Africa eSIM can be used in 27 countries in Africa:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa)
- Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)
- Eswatini (Swaziland) 1
- Guinea 1
- Ivory Coast
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
1 on 3G only
Below is an overview of how much each Hello Africa eSIM costs:
With the Hello Africa eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
As you can see, the Hello Africa eSIM cannot be used in Seychelles (yet).
However, as many who visit Seychelles do not just stay in Seychelles (they often go to Madagascar or Tanzania as well), you can consider it.
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Seychelles (Airalo vs. Holafly)
I introduced you to various travel eSIMs that can be used in Seychelles.
So, which eSIM do I recommend the most? Here is my recommendation order:
Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly – a code is unnecessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.
Buying a SIM Card in Seychelles
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Seychellois SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.
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