Alert for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency Declared in Victoria, Seychelles

Location: Seychelles

Dear U.S. Citizens,

The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius, has received notification this morning that the Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles has declared a State of Emergency following an explosion at the CCCL explosives store in the Providence industrial area and the surrounding areas, as well as major destruction caused by flooding due to heavy rains.

The Government of Seychelles has asked all residents, except citizens traveling and workers in essential services, to stay home or in a safe place to clear the roads for workers in the emergency services to carry out essential work.  In addition, the Ministry of Health has issued an alert warning members of the public not to go into the sea for leisure activities as a precautionary public health measure, until further notice due to contamination by flood water.

U.S. citizens in the affected areas should contact loved ones and/or update their status on social media.  Please monitor local news and local emergency instructions.

If you need immediate assistance, contact local authorities.

U.S. citizens in need of consular services such as lost or damaged passports or requests for repatriation assistance, are asked to contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis by emailing PTLconsular@state.gov.  If you have urgent issues or concerns, please call the emergency hotline at +230-202-4400.

Ensure you don’t miss information on consular services in Victoria by visiting step.state.gov and enrolling your presence in the Seychelles with STEP.

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Port Louis, Mauritius

o    4th Floor, Rogers House

o    John Kennedy Avenue

o    +230 202 4400

o    PTLConsular@state.gov

o    https://mu.usembassy.gov

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

o    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444