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Traveling to Seychelles and need to apply for a Seychelle visa from India?
Not sure where to start or what the requirements are for Indian citizens?
No stress! Today I'll discuss the most important points of the Seychelles visa for Indians and how you can apply for one.
No. Unlike most countries that require foreigners to have a visa to gain entry, Seychelles is actually a visa-free country.
This means that foreigners are not required to apply for Seychelles or carry a visa when traveling. Therefore a Seychelles Visa for Indians is not needed for a short stay.
However, upon reaching Seychelles you must get a visitor's permit. In this blog, we will try to stick to the 'Visitor Permit’ most of the time to not get confused.
Before we jump into the "how to," let's discuss the visa basics:
So at some point, you must have asked yourself do I even need a visa for Seychelles? Well, let's find out.
Seychelles is a visa-free country for Indian citizens meaning that no prior visa is required to enter the country.
But, as I said earlier, there is a visitor’s permit that you will get upon arrival in Seychelles.
You can get a visitor permit if you are visiting Seychelles for the purposes of a holiday, business, or visiting friends and family.
Keep in mind that your visitor permit is only valid for a limited time but can be extended if you find the Seychelles lifestyle to be just perfect for you.
No, there is no eVisa or visa on arrival available as Seychelles is visa-free.
Instead, you will still need to apply for a Travel Authorization and Digital Passenger Declaration on the Seychelles government website before traveling.
And upon landing, you will get your visitor's permit from the port of entry.
Worry not, I will explain everything in this blog.
There are several Seychelles visas you can apply for as an Indian passport holder so let's take a look:
Seychelles Tourist/Visitor Permit:
This visitor permit is issued to Indian citizens who wish to enter Seychelles as a tourist, visiting friends and families. With this permit, you will not be allowed to work. The nice thing about this visitor permit is that you can get it on arrival.
Seychelles Residence Visa:
A Residence visa will be issued to you if you have a family member or domestic connection with a Seychelles citizen or will be investing in the country,
Seychelles Work Visa:
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who want to work or for business purposes. There are also subcategories for this visa, like cultural, sport, and various other reasons.
Seychelles Study Visa:
This visa is issued to Indian nationals who wish to pursue further education or are enrolled in a registered educational institution in Seychelles.
There are no Seychelles visa or visitor permit fees for Indians or any other nation.
The visitor permit is granted free of charge for the first 3 months but if you wish to get an extension, you must pay the extension fee of Sr. 5,000 or approx. INR 30,000.
There is no processing time involved as there is no visa that you need to apply for.
Also, you will get the visitor permit at the airport or seaport in Seychelles so there is no processing time involved.
For tourism purposes, Indians can stay in Seychelles for a maximum of 30 days, yet this duration of stay can be extended for another 3 months.
There will always be visa requirements. I know it's a daunting task, but I will take you through the whole process, so let's get into it.
So as you know there is no Seychelles visa.
But you would need to carry some travel documents to get your visitor’s permit:
And meet some requirements:
When you are going to apply online. You will need to scan the following documents in digital format to be able to upload them online.
The passport requirements are quite simple.
There are certain requirements that you will need to follow when taking photographs for your visa. You can use the Atlys visa photo tool to get a perfect photograph.
Well, you will need to have a minimum of USD 150 (approx. INR 12000) for each day you stay in Seychelles.
Apart from that and other expenses such as flight tickets and Permit fees, there are also the costs of food, transportation, and accommodation while you are in Seychelles.
On average, the daily cost for an Indian in Seychelles is INR 12,500, with one week in Seychelles amounting to INR 87,400 and a month being INR 750,000.
The requirements for miners are not all that different from the normal visa.
For all travelers aged 12-17
One of the following valid COVID-19 certificates:
For all travelers under 12 years of age
I can only assume you feel overwhelmed with soo much information. But finally, we are in the application process.
So let's go through everything you will need to know about how you will need to apply.
Before you can travel to Seychelles you will need your travel authorization.
To start, visit the Seychelles government webpage.
Now that you are on the page, you will see in the center of the page an orange rectangle that says apply. Now click on it.
Now a square block will appear, and it will ask you if you are a Seychelle citizen or all other travelers.
You will need to select all other travelers to move to the next section.
This new square will tell you how to apply. You will need to read this section.
At the bottom of the square, you will see a green proceed button. Click on it after you have read the section.
In the next section in the square, you will have to read the declaration of consent. After you have read everything, you will have to select one of the small square blocks that asks you.
You will need to select one of them and then click on proceed.
The next square will ask you to select if you are:
An individual applicant or are you in a group applicant?
Click on the one you prefer.
The next square will ask you to select your nationality. Then you will need to click on the green proceed button to get to the next page.
This is the last page, and this is where you will need to fill in all your information like:
After filling in all the information, click on continue, and then you are all done.
To check your Seychelles visa status, you will need to visit the Seychelles government webpage.
On the page, you will see a rectangle on the left that says Travelers, and in green, you see check status.
Click on check status.
On the next page, you will have to fill in your:
Once you have filled in all the information, you will just need to click on the green button that says check status.
The Immigration Seychelles process will start after you leave the plane and enter the terminal building. You should have all your travel documents with you. You will have to fill out an application for your Visiters permit.
After this, you will have to present yourself before the immigration Seychelles officer at the border entry when you arrive (either by air or sea). You will be asked questions regarding your visit to Seychelles and explain the purpose of your visit. You must take it upon yourself to ensure you have everything with you.
Once the immigration officer has all the information, they will stamp your passport and give your documents back to you.
I'm sure by now you must be tired of all the COVID-19 regulations, but it is all a part of life now, so let's take a look.
Yes. Most visits to Seychelles are trouble-free. However, there have been instances of break-ins, robberies, burglaries, and opportunist thefts against residents, expatriates, and tourists.
Crime is generally non-violent, but bags have been snatched, cars were broken into, and tourists robbed while walking at night. You should take sensible precautions to safeguard yourself and your possessions.
When traveling to Seychelles, you should also remember that each country has there own laws and regulations.
Taking Drugs or smuggling are serious offenses in Seychelles. Topless sunbathing is uncommon and not tolerated on some beaches. Nudism is not acceptable.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Seychelles. However, local attitudes vary, so public displays of affection may be best avoided or at least discreet. Same-sex marriage is not currently permitted by law.
The best time to travel to Seychelles is between the months of December, January, July, and August. This is when the weather is at its best, and there are a lot of festivals happening, particularly in December and January.
As you can imagen, there are a lot of amazing attractions to discover in Seychelles, so I will list a couple for you:
If you are a solo female traveling to Seychelles, you will not face any problems. But that said, you should always be visual and try avoiding late-night evenings to be on the safe side.
There are always items that you need to have when traveling. I think you know this, but just a reminder that these will be some of the most important items.
And now you know what about the requirements.
Since you do not need a visa, you can book your flight and start packing for your trip!
Yes, you can. To stay in Seychelles for longer than your Visitor Permit allows, you will need to apply for an extension which can cost about (INR 23,000). Although do keep in mind that this price is subject to change.
The extension granted will only be for an additional 3 months.
To extend your visitor’s permit, you must first download the extension form. Visit an immigration office in Seychelles, pay the visa fees of SR. 5000, and submit your form and your passport.
No, you will not need a flight ticket before you apply for a Seychelles visa.
Yes. It is good practice to have a printout of all your relevant document when traveling to Seychelles just to be on the safe side because you never know what can happen.
For tourism purposes, Indians can stay in Seychelles for a maximum of 30 days; however, it can be granted for 3 months in some cases.
And you can also extend the visitors permit for a maximum of additional 3 months.
Yes, you can get a visa on arrival; however, you will first need to apply for travel authorization before traveling to Seychelles.
If you are traveling to visit your friends or family, you will need to apply for your travel authorization before traveling to Seychelles. Then you can get your visa on arrival when arriving in Seychelles.
No, unfortunately, you can not visit other countries with your Seychelles visa.
Applications can only be made up to 5 days prior to your arrival date in Seychelles.