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Entry requirements & Visa

Personal security, customs services, entry requirements, visa

Entry Requirements and Visa

To visit the Seychelles Islands, you don’t have to have a visa, but you do have to have some documentation. When you arrive at the Seychelles Airport you must have your return ticket, evidence of accommodation including contact information, and proof of funding for your stay.

These documents will allow you to have a Visitor’s Permit, which will be issued by the Seychelles Department of Immigration when you arrive. A Visitor’s Permit is valid for the first month you are in the Seychelles. However, it can be extended up to three months. If you need to stay more than three months (up to 12 months), you will have to apply for a special visa. Seychelles officials can tell you which documents are necessary. For every three months you want to extend your stay, you will have to pay 1,000 Seychelles Rupees. This means if you need your Visitor’s Permit extended for six months, you will have to pay 1,000 Seychelles Rupees twice.

Customs Services

Though the import of weapons and pornographic materials is banned in the Seychelles, there are free duty allowances for items like tobacco, alcohol, and perfumes. Visitors may import duty free portable electronics, musical instruments, camera, and handheld gaming equipment.

Visitors are not allowed to import some items. To avoid any problems going through customs, you should not bring: radioactive substances, plants, parts of plants, biological specimens, and animals. The import of drugs, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and chemicals is also closely monitored.

To import such things, you will need an import permit or official permission in advance of your arrival. You may pay import duties with personal checks drawn on local banks, or with cash. The handling of import duties is not set up for credit card use at this time.

Personal Security

The Seychelles Islands have a very low rate of crime. However, in an unfamiliar environment, it is advisable to take reasonable precautions to be safe. Always stay alert, and avoid walking alone on isolated beaches. Swimming alone is also dangerous.

Like in most places, it is not advisable to carry large sums of cash or expensive valuable personal items with you. It is possible to attract unwanted attention with these things on your person. Never leave large sums of cash or valuable personal items in your room or anywhere else. Be extremely careful and conscientious of your surroundings. Your accomodation facilities often have personal safety options such as safes. It is advisable to ask about such things when you first book your trip to the Seychelles.

While many people from all over the world consider the Seychelles Islands to be a paradise on earth, and though the crime rate is low in the Seychelles, visitors must always take reasonable precautions to ensure their personal safety, and the security of the items they bring with them or purchase to take home. By learning of your hotel’s security provisions before hand, and by knowing what documentation you need to bring when you arrive in the Seychelles, you can go a long way towards ensuring your holiday in the Seychelles is a safe and delightful one.

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