The Seychelles is an open visa-free country. You need no visa for a short stay on the Seychelles. When passing the border control you get the border crossing stamp on your passport and since that day you can stay freely in the country for 30 day maximum.

The visa-free policy of the Seychelles does not mean the entry for anyone. There are some requirements to be followed when entering the country:

  1. First of all, you should have no problem with your documents and with the law: your passport shall be valid during the whole stay in the country, you shall have no problem with the immigration service (e.g., illegal migration and the islands law violation). Also, at least one observation page should be black in your passport.
  2. You shall show your return ticket to guarantee your departure from the country within an allowable period. A border officer asked us to show a printed copy of our return ticket booking.
  3. You should have money enough for the whole period of stay in the country. At present, the immigration service website specifies $150/person a day. We were not asked to show money when passing the border control. Just in case, we recommend to have a statement of your bank account or enough money on you.
  4. You may be asked to say the address of your accommodation place. Just say the name and telephone number of your hotel or show a printed copy of your booking voucher.

Confirmation of the hotel accommodation

Now you know the requirements for your documents and return tickets. The hotel requirements are worth individual discussing. As we said above, one of the requirements of entry in the territory of the Seychelles is your accommodation address confirmation. You surely can say to the border officer any hotel address on the Seychelles, but there are some hidden pitfalls which you don`t know about if this is your first visit.

The Seychelles is not a country for flash-packers. Here are no hostels, almost no rented apartments, and a few existing should be booked in advance. Nobody holding a renting service board meets you at the airport. The Seychelles is a very expensive rest area, and you will have to take this into account when planning your travel. Of course, you may find a hotel after your arrival, but it is really cheaper to book it in advance, and remember that in the pick seasons there are no vacant rooms in the hotels.

Not to stay under a palm for the night, please, book your hotel in advance. All the more so that you can fill our form above and find a hotel for the lowest price just on our website.

Unusual stamp of the border control

A border control officer stamps your passport with an image in the form of the Seychelle national honor, sea coconut Coco del Mar. It really looks like a coconut, but as for me it looks like more something other

The Seychelles stamp in the form of Coco del Mar on the passport
The Seychelles stamp in the form of Coco del Mar on the passport. Photo by Andrew

Prolongation of your staying period

If you want to stay on the Seychelles for a longer time, you always can prolong your stay. You should apply to the migration service in the capital city of Victoria on the Mahé according to the coordinates:

Department of Immigration
Independence House
PO Box 430, Victoria
Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 4 29 36 36
Fax: +248 4 22 50 35
Email: info@immigration.gov.sc

You should arrive at the office at least a week before your stay period expiration. The stay may be prolonged for other three months for 5000 SCRs per person. If you want to stay longer, you should pay other 5000 SCRs per person, but your total stay in the country cannot exceed 12 months. The Seychellois like their guests and with money, but we should know where to draw the line.

The Seychelles long-stay visa

You should get a special visa for official stay in the territory of the Seychelles for a long period of time. It is referred to a work visa, a student visa, etc. Being travelers we have not gone into details. Please, contact the immigration service office (see above) for more information about the visa requirements.