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ENTRY TO SEYCHELLES
 

 

    Passport Requirement

    Valid passports or other travel documents recognized by Seychelles are required for entry into Seychelles.

    The passport MUST be valid for the period of the intended stay until arrival in holder’s country of origin or residence.

     

    Visa Requirement

    Visa is NOT REQUIRED for entry into Seychelles regardless of nationality the person may hold.

    Visitor’s Permit will be issued on arrival in Seychelles.

    (Please refer to the requirements as listed in Item 3 - Visitor’s Permit for the grant of it.)

     

    Visitor’s Permit

    A visitor’s permit is issued on arrival in Seychelles to a person who comes for the purpose of holiday, pleasure, business visit, visiting friends or family and who –

    (a) is not a prohibited immigrant; and
       
    (b) is not the holder of a valid permit which entitles the holder to reside in Seychelles;
       
    (c) holds a valid return or onward ticket for duration of visit;
       
    (d) has confirmed accommodation;
       
    (e) has sufficient funds for duration of the stay. (Minimum of US$150.00 or equivalent per day and for persons being accommodated with friends or relatives, minimum of US$75 per day).
       

    A Visitor’s Permit may be granted for a period of visit according to the return air-ticket of up to three months. It can be extended for successive periods not exceeding three months at a time to a maximum period of twelve months, provided that the person still meets the criteria of a bona fide visitor.

    The visitor’s permit is issued free of charge for the first three months after which there is a fee of SR.5,000/- for extension covering each period of three months or any part thereof. Extension of Visitor’s Permit is also subject to (a) – (e) above.

     

    Gainful Occupation Permit

    A Gainful Occupation Permit allows the holder to be gainfully occupied in Seychelles and this could be as an employee or as a self-employed person.

    Applications for Gainful Occupation Permits should be submitted at least ten weeks before the employee is due to start work, and he/she must not enter Seychelles for the purpose of taking up employment prior to obtaining the Gainful Occupation Permit.

    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.

    There is a processing fee of SR. 1,000/ - for processing of the application.

    The fee for the whole duration of the permit being sought for is SR. 2,000/-per month or part thereof should also accompany the application.

    In considering an application for a Gainful Occupation Permit, the followings are taken into account:

    (a) the character, reputation and health of the prospective employee and where relevant, any member of his/her household to be endorsed on the permit;
       
    (b) the professional or technical qualification of the person to be employed;
       
    (c) the availability of the services of persons already exist in Seychelles;
       
    (d) the protection of local interest;
       
    (e) the economic and social benefit which the applicant / prospective employee may bring to Seychelles or enhance by his presence.
       

    Non-Seychellois wishing to set up business in Seychelles are advised to contact the Seychelles Investment Bureau (SIB) for necessary approval of their Business proposal. Contact email address : sib@seychelles.sc

     

    Residence Permit

    A Residence Permit is issued to a person who –

    (a) is not a prohibited immigrant;
       
    (b) has a family or domestic connection with Seychelles;
       
    (c) has made or will make special contribution to the economic, social or cultural life of Seychelles.


    The holder of a Residence Permit-

    (a) 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;
       
    (b) if the permit holder reside 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 SR.20,000 / - 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 or removal from Seychelles of the permit holder and his/her dependants;
       
    (c) if the permit holder reside in Seychelles for more than one month (in any year) he/she shall after 14 days of each anniversary of the issue of the permit, adduce evidence to the satisfaction of the Director General of Immigration that the permit holder has brought into Seychelles for his own use, foreign exchange through the Central Bank of Seychelles of an amount equivalent to not less than SR. 100,000/-;
       
    (d) Paragraph (b) and (c) shall not apply where the Director General of Immigration is satisfied that the permit holder or another person who forms the same household as the permit holder, has sufficient investment in Seychelles to cover the amount in subparagraph (c) or subparagraph (d) and (c) as the case may be;
       
    (e) During the term of the Residence Permit, the holder must explore opportunities for contributing to the economic, social or cultural life of Seychelles;
       
    (f) The holder of the permit shall not be entitled to free medical service in Seychelles or to any social security benefit under the Social Security Act, 1987 other similar Legislation;
       


    The holder of a Residence Permit is not permitted to be gainfully occupied in Seychelles. In case the holder is to be gainfully occupied in the country, a Gainful Occupation Permit is required (Please see Gainful Occupation Permit).

    A Residence Permit shall cease to be valid if the holder:-

    (a) is in breach of the conditions of the permit;
       
    (b) is convicted of an offence against the Immigration Laws; or
       
    (c) is deported from Seychelles.


    The holder’s minor dependants can be endorsed on the Permit.

    There is a fee of SR.1,000.00 for processing of the application.

    The fee for the Residence Permit is SR.150,000.00 for the main applicant and SR.75,000.00 for the spouse if applied at the same time.

    The fee for endorsement of each minor dependant on a Residence Permit is SR.25,000.00.