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 as of 13 March, 2015 revised the list of countries whose citizens require visa prior to arrival in Seychelles to include only those countries with registered cases of the Ebola Virus. Therefore, citizens of only the following countries still require visa to enter Seychelles:
Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Conakry.
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
P.O. Box 430
Mahé, Republic of Seychelles
Tel: + 248 429 3636 Fax: + 248 422 50 34 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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).