Travel & Visa: Visitors travelling to Seychelles

Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel to this country. However, in accordance with guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as part of enhanced precautionary measures to prevent the importation of the Ebola virus in Seychelles,  the Government of Seychelles has, since 14 August 2014 and until further notice,  introduced Temporary Visa Requirements on nationals of both countries with registered cases of the Ebola virus and of bordering states deemed to be threatened by this virus. Countries affected by this temporary and precautionary measure are:

Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Equatorial, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Gabon and Central African Republic.

The visa application form can be downloaded from the following website: www.ics.gov.sc . The duly completed visa application form together with the valid passport should be transmitted to the following address:

Department of Immigration and Civil Status

Independence House

P.O. Box 430

Victoria

Mahé, Republic of Seychelles

Tel: + 248 429 3636  Fax: + 248 422 50 34  e-mail: mthelemaque@immigration.gov.sc

Nationals of the aforementioned countries are urged to apply for visa well in advanced (at least one month) prior to undertaking any plans to travel to Seychelles as otherwise entry into the country will be refused.

With the exception of Seychellois, nationals of other countries who travelled to these countries listed above will have to stay for a minimum period of 21 days in a country not included in this aforementioned list prior to entering Seychelles.

It is to be noted that although a visa is not required prior to entering Seychelles for any nationals, they should nevertheless have in their possession a valid passport or other travel documents recognized by Seychelles to be awarded entry into the country. The passport must be valid for the period of the intended stay until arrival back in the holder’s country of origin or residence with an extra validity of six months prior to expiry.

A stay visitor’s permit is issued on arrival in Seychelles to a person who comes for the purpose of holiday, business, visiting friends or family and who meet the following criteria:

a)      is not a prohibited immigrant;

b)      is not holder of a valid permit which entitles that holder to reside in Seychelles;

c)       holds a valid return or onward ticket for duration of the visit;

d)      has confirmed accommodation; and

e)      has sufficient funds for duration of the stay (minimum of US0 or equivalent per day).