Authentication of Documents

The Foreign Affairs Department is the Designated Competent Authority for the Authentication and Legalisation of documents issued in Seychelles for overseas use.

Documents from Government Offices require an apostille before they can be authenticated. Private documents, including copies of original documents, should be notarised and then apostilled before authentication by the Department.


The Supreme Court is the designated office for Apostilles and is done at the Supreme Court, Ile du Port, for SCR 250.00.

  1. Processing fees and timings
  1. Personal documents | SCR 100.00 per document

These include, but not limited to:

  • Affidavits
  • Civil status certificates: birth, death, marriages and celibacy/no impediment
  • Educational certificates
  • Police character certificates
  1. Corporate documents | SCR 300.00 per document

These include, but not limited to:


  • Certificates of collation
  • Certificates of Good standing
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Contracts of employment
  • Gainful Occupation Permits (GOP)
  • Photocopies of passports
  • Other notarised documents

Walk-ins are accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only from 08.30 – 12.00hrs and 13.00 – 15.30hrs.

Documents are processed and ready for collection two business days from being submitted.

At the moment, only CASH is accepted as the method of payment.

Please ensure that your documents are presented correctly (notarised and/or apostilled).  You should contact the Consular office first or seek independent legal advice if unsure.


Ordinary Passport

Matters related to the Seychelles Ordinary Passport and its renewal are taken cared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs – Immigration and Civil Status Department.

Following the introduction of biometric passports in November 2022, Passport applicants will now have to be physically present in Seychelles and apply in person at the Passport Office in Victoria. Filling in an application form is no longer necessary.

The Passport Office will then collect the applicant’s bio information, which includes photos for facial recognition, fingerprints and a digital copy of their signature.  Although applicants are no longer required to have two passport-sized photos with an application form, they will still need to prove their identity with one of the following documents: National ID card, birth certificate, certificate of citizenship (if applicable), and surrender their old passport for renewals.

The passport processing fee is SCR 750.00 and is delivered after 72 working hours.

Further information on the Ordinary Passport can be accessed on the Immigration and Civil Status Department’s website or by email to

Diplomatic and Official Passport

The Foreign Affairs Department is responsible for administering Diplomatic and Official passports reserved for Senior Government Officials and Diplomatic representatives.   This is in line with the existing Policy for Diplomatic and Official Passport (insert link of policy for transparency?)

Applications should be addressed to the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs with the following documents:

  • Letter from the Head of the Organisation confirming the post of the proposed bearer;
  • Completed Diplomatic/Official Passport Application Form; (download here)?
  • Existing Diplomatic/Official Passport (valid/expired);
  • For new applicants; a copy of the bio-data page of the current Ordinary Passport

Consular Assistance to Seychellois Nationals

Travelling overseas

Seychellois travelling abroad should get information for their travels, including the latest information on entry requirements for coronavirus, safety and security, and travel warnings.

Visa Information

Seychelles bolsters one of the most powerful passports in the region, not requiring a visa before arrival.  The Foreign Affairs Department is continuously engaging for visa waiver agreements.

The following list is provided solely as a guide for Seychellois travelling abroad. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on visa requirements is correct and up to date.  Given that these requirements often change at short notice; you should check personally with your travel agent or the Consular office to ensure that the information is accurate for your specific purpose before departure.

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Returning to Seychelles

Seychellois nationals returning to Seychelles must apply for entry through the Travel Authorisation (TA) platform at The TA is mandatory for all individuals, including nationals and foreign nationals entering Seychelles by Air.

  • Valid Seychelles passport
  • Selfie or passport-type photo
  • Contact information
  • Details of your arrival flight into Seychelles

Seychellois citizens travelling on a foreign passport should still apply using the Seychellois Citizen option on the TA platform to avoid paying the EUR 10 fee.  In addition to their foreign passports, a copy of one of the following documents proving Seychellois citizenship should be uploaded in the Required documents section:

  • Seychelles passport (expired passports are also acceptable)
  • National Identity card,
  • birth certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship

The passport to complete the TA should be the same one used to travel to Seychelles.

General Consular Assistance to Seychellois Distressed Abroad

The consular office can provide information, advice and consular assistance to Seychellois nationals. The Consular office is supported by Seychelles Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates around the world.

What can we do

  • We can issue Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) if you have lost your passport overseas.
  • We can request financial assistance on your behalf from your friends or relatives.
  • We can notify your friends or relatives if you have been injured abroad.
  • We can assist in arranging the repatriation of the remains and personal belongings of the deceased.
  • We can assist in the event of natural disasters, civil disorder, or terrorist attacks in a foreign country.

What we cannot do

  • We cannot pay for your medical, accommodation, or travel expenses.
  • We cannot provide you with loans or cash (including for repatriation of remains or personal effects)
  • We cannot intervene in civil or commercial disputes.
  • We cannot act as your guarantor or sponsor.

One should always be mindful of and respect foreign countries’ local laws and customs, which may differ from those in Seychelles.

The Consular office shall ensure that you have access to a consular representation ensuring humane treatment and confirm that you are not denied any legal assistance to which you may be entitled.

We will assist you with a list of lawyers abroad and pass on information on the progress of your case to your family.

However, we cannot pay your legal fees, including fines or posting bail. We will not intervene in your legal case and disregard the host country’s laws to ensure your release.

Travel Insurance

Seychellois travelling abroad is strongly advised to subscribe to international travel insurance matching the various risks attributed to their destination and purpose of travel.

Consular Assistance to Visitors

The Consular office also provides information, advice and general consular assistance to visitors.

Visitors Distressed, Including Arrest and Detention Whilst in Seychelles

Seychelles is a relatively safe country, and visitors are encouraged to remain conscious of the measures put in place to keep for their safety and, as such, exercise a normal level of precaution.

Seychelles laws may differ from your country of origin, particularly laws on consuming and smuggling controlled drugs with severe penalties.

In such events, our consular officers, in consultation with the relevant authorities, may provide you with advice and shall also contact your respective government representative and your next of kin.

Visa Requirements for Seychellois

The Consular office also provides information, advice and general consular assistance to visitors.

Travelling to Seychelles – Entry Requirements

Seychelles is open to the world, and a visitor’s permit is issued on arrival for the intended stay. There are currently no restrictions or requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations and negative COVID-19 tests.

Entry by Air and Sea

Although no visa is required, all visitors must apply for entry through the Travel Authorisation (TA) platform at

The TA is mandatory for all individuals, including nationals and foreign nationals entering Seychelles by Air.

Visitors applying for a TA are subjected to EUR 10 fee per person. Applications can be made 72 to 12hrs before departure, and the following are required:

  • Valid passport
  • Recent passport picture OR a selfie picture taken during the application process
  • Contact details (home address, telephone, email)
  • Travel information (arrival flight or boat number, seat or cabin number, departure and arrival airports or ports, date of departure with initial flight in case of corresponding flights)
  • The information on ALL the certified accommodations you will be staying at
  • A valid travel insurance with full medical coverage for the duration of your entire stay in Seychelles
  • Credit or debit card information

Yellow Fever vaccination

A Yellow Fever vaccination (International certificate) is required only when a person has resided in or recently visited a country where yellow fever is endemic or where a person has transited in a Yellow Fever endemic country (airport only) for more than 12 hours.

Planning Your Stay in Seychelles

Information on planning your stay, including helpful information for tourists, can be found on Seychelles Tourism’s website: