Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Seychelles

AfricaSeychellesVisa & Passport Requirements for Seychelles

Regardless of the nationality of the visitor and their family members, there is NO visa requirement to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be presented for immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

  • A valid passport valid on the date of entry into and departure from Seychelles.
  • Return or onward flight ticket
  • Proof of accommodation; including contact details
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

Holders of a “Kinderausweis” issued to German minors (up to and including 15 years of age) may enter Seychelles, provided that this travel document contains a photograph of the minor concerned.

Presentation of all the above documents will enable you to obtain a visitor’s permit, which will be issued to you upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration.

The visitor’s permit is initially valid for the visiting period of up to one month. It may be renewed for a period of up to three months from the date of issue, and may be further renewed for successive periods of not more than three months each, up to a maximum period of twelve months, provided the person continues to meet the criteria of a bona fide visitor.

The residence permit is issued free of charge for the first three months; thereafter, a fee of SCR 5,000 is charged for each renewal for each three-month period or part thereof.

For all visa exemptions and extensions, as well as other immigration issues,contact

Immigration Department
House of Independence
PO Box 430, Victoria
Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 4 29 36 36
Fax: +248 4 22 50 35
E-mail: [email protected]

Customs

Import regulations :

Free importation (tobacco and alcoholic beverages only for persons 18 years and older) by passengers if intended for personal or domestic use:
– 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco;
– 2 liters of alcoholic beverages;
– 2 liters of wine;
– 200 ml of perfume ;
– Sports equipment to the value of 500 SCR;
– Jewelry and items made of precious metals to the value of 500 SCR;
– other personal effects to the value of SCR 3,000.

The following goods are also exempt, but may be required to pay a deposit in SCR, which will be refunded in SCR upon re-export if the re-export takes place within 6 months from the date of arrival: Video cameras and other camera equipment, musical instruments, sports equipment, portable electronic or electrical equipment, and other recreational equipment.

Restricted: Tea, seeds, plants, meat and meat products, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Prohibited: Dangerous drugs, narcotics, firearms, harpoon fishing equipment, swords, camouflage clothing, pornographic literature, movies, dvds and any other items prohibited by law.

More information on regulations :

Seychelles pre-trip plant import permit and phytosanitary document issued by the national phytosanitary agency of the country from which the plant originates are required for all plants and plant products. All fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, bulbs, seeds or other unprocessed plant products must be declared to Customs and submitted for quarantine inspection. Any imports involving plants or plant products are strictly enforced under import controls in compliance with the Seychelles Plant Protection Act. For more information, please contact the National Plant Protection Office (NPPO).

Imports of all meat and meat products are subject to the import regulations of the Seychelles Veterinary Authority.

Export Regulations :

Restricted: coconut shells (unprocessed), shellfish, live and processed fish and live turtles. Processed coco de mer requires an export license issued by the Ministry of Environment. All exports require an export license. For application forms, contact: Policy and Strategy Division, Ministry of Finance, Liberty House, PO Box 313, Victoria, Seychelles. Exports are exempt from business tax and require only a documentation fee of SCR 25 per document.

Pets :All animals entering Seychelles require an import permit issued by the Veterinary Office. Applications should be addressed to Director General, Animal Health Division, MENR (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources), P.O. Box 166, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles. The importer must provide the following information: – Name and address of exporter; – Details of proposed shipment; and – Breed, sex, age of animal. No birds, with the exception of the African gray parrot (provided it has been a family pet for one year), are allowed for import. By law, all imported animals must be tested upon arrival for a period of : 14 days for cats and dogs from countries or areas certified as rabies-free; 30 days for animals from countries or areas where canine rabies is well controlled, if accompanied by a rabies antibody neutralization test with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml. Period of 180 days in the case of animals arriving from rabies-affected countries.
Regulations for customs clearance of baggage :

Luggage is cleared in the first entry point in Seychelles, it is also for passengers taking domestic flights to other islands such as Praslin, La Digue, Desroches, Bird, etc.

Exception: baggage of transit passengers whose destination is outside Seychelles, if the onward flight is within 4 hours.

Currency

Currency Import Regulations :

Local currency (Seychelles Rupee – SCR) and foreign currency: no restrictions. However, amounts over USD 10,000 (or equivalent) must be declared upon entry.

Currency Export Regulations :

Local currency (Seychelles Rupee) and foreign currency: no restrictions. However, amounts exceeding 10,000 USD (or equivalent) must be declared upon exit.