The Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located in the vicinity of Victoria, is the only international airport gateway to the Seychelles. Air Seychelles is the country’s flag carrier and flies to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Paris, as well as Dar Es Salaam, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Antananarivo in Africa. International flights are also available from Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines), Nairobi (Kenya Airways), Dubai (Emirates), Abu Dhabi ([www] Etihad) and Doha (Qatar Airways), as well as regular charter flights from Frankfurt (Condor [www]) and Amsterdam (Martinair [www]).
The strict controls imposed on cruising yachts in the early 1990s have gradually been lifted and the rules and regulations are no longer as complicated. However, some restrictions remain in force, mostly for environmental reasons, as most islands are surrounded by coral reefs close to the surface.