Travel & Visa: FAQ

What is a Visa?

A visa is basically an endorsement in the passport or other travel document made by a (Diplomatic Mission/Consular) official of a Government to indicate that the bearer has been granted authority to enter or re-enter the country concerned. A visa, transit visa or a visa exemption for a country does not guarantee admission to a country. The final decision rests with the competent authorities at the port of entry in the country concerned. A valid visa is required each time a passenger enters or re-enter a country where visa is required. The date of validity shown on visa must be respected.

Applying for A Visa

It is entirely up to the visa applicant to satisfy the visa officer of a foreign immigration authority or a foreign diplomatic representation that he/she is a bona fide visitor. As visa procedures and requirements vary from country to country it is always advisable for applicants to contact embassies, consulates or issuing authority of the country they wish to visit. Please see list of diplomatic and consular representative of Foreign Countries.

Where to apply for a Visa?

Application can be made in person at diplomatic missions or consular posts represented in Seychelles or by mail or commercial courier to the nearest representative of the country concerned.

How long do I have to wait for a visa?

The length of time for the processing of a visa application varies from country to country : from 48 hours in some cases and up to 3 months in others. In all cases it is advisable to apply as early as possible.

What do I have to provide to obtain a visa?

The requirements for Visa generally vary from country to country and below are the most common ones:

  1. i.           Relevant Application Form
  2. ii.            Return/onward airline ticket and full itinerary
  3. iii.           Confirmation of hotel reservation
  4. iv.           Passport with validity for at least one year
  5. v.           Recent passport size photographs6. Evidence of medical / travel insurance
  6. vi.           Evidence of funds. This may be in the form of bank statements, traveler’s cheques or bank drafts
  7. vii.           Letter from your employer confirming your leave
  8. viii.           Evidence of enrolment at school
  9. ix.           Letter of invitation or support from family, friends or business contact in country concerned
  10. x.           Processing fee (each country charge different amounts) and is usually non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the visa application
  11. xi.           Be in possession of a valid visa (if required) for next destination

 

The requirements for Visa generally vary from country to country and below are the most common ones:

  1. i.           Relevant Application Form
  2. ii.            Return/onward airline ticket and full itinerary
  3. iii.           Confirmation of hotel reservation
  4. iv.           Passport with validity for at least one year
  5. v.           Recent passport size photographs6. Evidence of medical / travel insurance
  6. vi.           Evidence of funds. This may be in the form of bank statements, traveler’s cheques or bank drafts
  7. vii.           Letter from your employer confirming your leave
  8. viii.           Evidence of enrolment at school
  9. ix.           Letter of invitation or support from family, friends or business contact in country concerned
  10. x.           Processing fee (each country charge different amounts) and is usually non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the visa application
  11. xi.           Be in possession of a valid visa (if required) for next destination