Press release

Diplomatic Visa Waiver Agreement Signed with UAE: First Step Towards Waivers for All Passports

February 29, 2012

The Seychelles Government has signed a visa waiver agreement for Seychelles Diplomatic and special passports with the United Arab Emirates Government at a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on the 26th February.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, who was accompanied by the Seychelles Resident Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Dick Esparon, signed the waiver along with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under secretary, Mr. Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi.

“This waiver agreement is the first step in allowing Seychellois to travel more freely to the UAE,” said the Minister,

“It has always been a priority of the Government, and a mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to remove visa barriers for Seychellois travelers and to date, we can travel freely to 74 countries. We are confident that soon we will have the necessary agreements in place for all Seychellois passport holders.”

The Minister also explained that Diplomatic and Special visa exemptions agreements are concluded between Foreign Ministries while wider exemption agreements have to comply with local legislative procedures. However, the Minister reiterated that it remains at the top of his agenda in the pursuit of all bilateral relations between Seychelles and other countries.

Seychelles’ first diplomatic mission in the Middle East was inaugurated in November 2011 by President James Michel.

Diplomatic relations between Seychelles and the UAE were established on 18th December 1982.