The Canadian Government has joined the UK’s FCO in warning visitors about a spate of assaults and robberies on Côte d’Or Beach, on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles.

From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Crime

Petty crime, such as muggings, purse snatching and pickpocketing, is increasing in and around tourist facilities. Theft from parked cars and burglaries in hotels and private accommodations are also on the rise. Foreigners have been targeted. Avoid poorly lit areas after dark and do not travel alone. Keep your passport and valuables in a safe, and your accommodation’s windows closed and doors locked at all times.

Beaches

There have been a series of assaults and robberies on Côte d’Or Beach and in its vicinity, on the island of Praslin, since 2017. Attacks have happened both during the day and at night. Don’t walk alone in the area and be extremely vigilant at all times.

Theft is common on beaches. Avoid deserted beaches and solo trips to the beach, other than at major hotels. A beach security unit composed of police men and women patrols the main public beaches; however, don’t leave your bags unattended.

Hiking

Only hike with organised groups and be particularly vigilant in remote areas.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Road safety

Roads are generally well maintained, but are narrow and winding. They often have sheer drops and few barriers. Drive defensively, particularly after dark.

In the event of a traffic accident, remain at the scene until the police arrive.

When returning a rented vehicle, ensure that you receive written acknowledgement stating that the vehicle had not been damaged while in your possession. Purchase adequate car insurance.

Further advice can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/seychelles

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