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Visa Information

Seychelles is a visa-free country which means that there are no visa requirements for any persons wishing to travel. Although a visa is not required to enter Seychelles, visitors should nevertheless have in their possession a valid passport or other travel documents recognized by the government of Seychelles in order to gain entry. The passport must be valid for the period of the intended stay until arrival back in the holder’s country of origin or residence.

A visitor’s permit is issued on arrival in Seychelles to travelers visiting for the purposes of holiday, business, visiting friends or family and who also meet the following criteria:

  • is not a prohibited immigrant;
  • is not a holder of a valid permit which entitles the holder to reside in Seychelles;
  • holds a valid return ticket or ticket for onward travel for the duration of the visit;
  • has confirmed accommodation; and;
  • has sufficient funds for the duration of the stay (minimum of US$150 or equivalent per day).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to work in Seychelles?

A Gainful Occupation Permit (GOP)/Work Permit allows the holders to be gainfully occupied in Seychelles and this could be an employer or as a self-employed person. The application for the GOP should be submitted at least ten weeks before the employee is due to start work, and he/she must not enter the country for the purpose of taking up employment prior to obtaining the GOP. The application form is to be completed by the person seeking the permit in the case of a self-employed or by the prospective employer.

What are the fees for a GOP?

The fee for processing the application is SR1000/ and the fee for the whole duration of the permit being sought for is SR700/- per month and should also accompany the application.

Who is eligible for a Residence Permit?

A Residence Permit is issued to a person who:

  • is not a prohibited immigrant;
  • has a family or domestic connect with Seychelles;
  • has made or will make special contribution to the economic, social or cultural life of Seychelles.

What are the requirements for a Residence Permit?

The holder of the Residence Permit must during the validity of the permit reside in Seychelles for at least five days during each twelve months of the term of the permit. Furthermore, if the permit holder resides in Seychelles for more than one month (in any year) he/she shall keep a deposit with a bank in Seychelles or provide a bank guarantee to the Director General of Immigration, of not less than SR20,000/- and allow the Director General of Immigration to draw on the deposit or call on the guarantee for the purpose of meeting expenditure incurred by the government in connection with the care, treatment or maintenance within or removal from Seychelles of the permit holder and his/her dependants. The fee for processing the application is US5/- and the fee for the resident Permit is SR50,000/- for the main application and SR25,000/- for the spouse if applied at the same time. The fee for endorsement of each minor dependant on a Residence Permit is SR1,000/. For more information and relevant documentation regarding immigration issues please contact: info@immigration.gov.sc

How to access a Student Permit?

A Student’s Permit is issued to a person who is to pursue studies in Seychelles and who can show proof that he/she ‐would be enrolled as a student in an approved educational institution; and has sufficient funds to meet the expenses that he/she would incur while residing in Seychelles. A processing fee of Sr. 1,000/‐ is payable on submission of the application. The fee for the permit is Sr. 1,500/‐ which is valid for the duration of the academic studies. Please note that a student permit does not allow its holder to work in Seychelles.

For more information and relevant documentation regarding immigration issues please visit: http://www.ics.gov.sc/

Useful Contacts

Planning a holiday to Seychelles?

Seychelles Tourism Board (STB)

PO BOX 1262 | Botanical House
Victoria | Mahe | Seychelles

T: +248 4671300
E: info@seychelles.travel

Website: https://www.seychelles.travel/en/


Do you want to invest in Seychelles?

Seychelles Investment Board (SIB)

2nd Floor
Independence House Annex
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel: (+248) 429 5500
Investment Helpline: 261 5500 / 281 5500
E-mail: investinseychelles@sib.gov.sc


You require further immigration-related info?

Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport

Department of Immigration and Civil Status
Independence House
PO Box 340
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel: [248] 4 293 600
Fax: [248] 4 225 035
Email: info@immigration.gov.sc
Website: www.ics.gov.sc