Seychelles Digital Nomad Visa

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Rounded Seychelles Flag IconSeychelles has its own digital nomad visa called the “Workation Retreat Program,” which has been in effect since April 2021.

The Seychelles program offers two options: for employees and self-employed nomads.

The application price is just $45, and the visa is good for one year, extendable for another six months.

About The Seychelles Digital Nomad Visa

The Seychelles digital nomad visa will allow digital nomads to live in the island country for one year as part of the country’s Workation Retreat Program.

Just like most digital nomad visas, the Seychelles option is open to foreign employees and freelancers who can operate remotely, as well as self-employed visitors who own a business outside of Seychelles. The Seychelles nomad visa allows you to stay in the country for up to a year while working remotely.

When your application for the Seychelles nomad visa is granted, you will be issued a workation permission, which also serves as a temporary residency permit, allowing you to live in the country temporarily.

Tax avoidance is one of the benefits of working as a nomad in Seychelles. You will not need to pay personal income, local income, or business tax while residing in the country as a remote worker. Furthermore, you are not required to pay tax or customs taxes on personal effects or work equipment.

Eligibility Requirements for Digital Nomads in Seychelles

Seychelles Coat of ArmsThe following are the eligibility requirements for the Seychelles nomad visa:

  • Self-employed individuals – If you are self-employed and run a business outside of Seychelles, you are eligible for the nomad visa.
  • Employed individuals – employed individuals and freelancers who may operate remotely can apply for the Seychelles digital nomad visa.

Seychelles Country Landscape Photo

The Advantages of Working as a Digital Nomad in Seychelles

Working as a digital nomad in Seychelles has several advantages, including:

  • Tax exemption. As a digital nomad in Seychelles, you are not required to pay any municipal income tax, personal income tax, or business tax. Furthermore, you are excused from paying tax and customs duty on work equipment and personal effects.
  • Easy to obtain. Obtaining a Seychelles digital nomad visa is simple. You only need to apply online; the application is completed in a few minutes; there aren’t many documents required; and you only have to wait a few weeks.
  • Reasonably priced application fees. A Seychelles digital nomad visa is fairly affordable. You must pay a one-time cost of only €45 ($46.07).
  • Quiet and relaxed lifestyle. The people of Seychelles are easygoing, kind, calm, and good-natured. They are kind to tourists in addition to being kind to each other. If you are invited to their home, bring a small gift; it is customary there.
  • A variety of food. There’s something for everyone, from fresh fish to locally grown fruits, spicy curries to sweet fried bananas. The cuisine of the Seychelles is a blend of South Asian, Chinese, Malagasy, European, and Western African influences. Traditional dishes include fresh grilled fish, salted fish, coconut curry, lentils, and many others.
  • Great weather. The weather in Seychelles is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the beach, go climbing, or explore the lush rainforest. The weather is sunny and humid, with intermittent showers, with an average temperature of 270 degrees Celsius. This weather is great for individuals who want to escape the cold.
  • Low living expenses. When compared to other large cities, Seychelles is affordable for a single consumer, with one month’s spending estimated at around $1,273. A month’s living expenses in Seychelles might be roughly $2006 for a couple, and $3548 for a family of four.

Seychelles, officially known as the Republic of Seychelles, is made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles has long drawn visitors due to its stunning beaches, nice population, and tranquil, relaxing lifestyle. Furthermore, digital nomads have access to coworking spaces and cafes where they may mingle and work.

Seychelles Visa Requirements For Digital Nomads

The following documents are needed for remote workers to apply for a digital nomad visa in Seychelles:

Employees

  • A Valid passport
  • Provide documentation to prove your employment (A letter of employment)
  • Show proof of income or wealth, with minimum income to be able to support your living expenses
  • Have a current medical and travel insurance policy.
  • A temporary onward ticket for the length of the visit.
  • Provisional evidence of confirmed lodging.
  • Covid-19 health insurance coverage
  • A negative PCR test certificate (for the HTA)

Self-Employed

  • Valid Passport.
  • Provide documentation proving you are a business owner or proving your self employment.
  • Proof of income or wealth, bank statements
  • Have a current medical and travel insurance policy.
  • Provisional onward ticket valid for the duration of the visit.
  • Provisional evidence of confirmed lodging.
  • Valid medical Covid-19 health insurance coverage
  • A negative PCR test certificate (for the HTA)

How Do I Apply for a Seychelles Digital Nomad Visa?

You must apply for a Seychelles digital nomad visa online through the Workation Retreat Program website. You must do the following:

  1. Gather the necessary documentation. The list of the documents you require is under “Requirements for Seychelles Digital Nomad Visa” above.
  2. Apply for a Visitors Workation Permit. To participate in the program, you must apply for the Visitors Workation Permit (VWP) at least 60 days before entering Seychelles. You can apply online.
  3. Apply for a Health Travel Authorization. After your VWP has been certified, you can complete your application for entry into Seychelles by requesting a Health Travel Authorization (HTA). You can apply online.
  4. Pay the application cost. There is a one-time cost of €45 for the joint application of VWP and HTA.
  5. Receive the one-of-a-kind THA document. The THA document will have the ‘Seychelles Workcation Retreat’ program logo, ID number, and amber color code.

Frequently Asked Questions

The application includes a one-time charge of €45 ($46.07).

The processing period for a digital nomad visa in Seychelles is unclear. The application will be handled within a few weeks.

The Seychelles digital nomad visa allows you to reside in the country as a digital nomad for one year, with the possibility to renew for another six months or longer.

When you apply for the Seychelles digital nomad visa, you must pay a one-time processing charge of €45.

The processing time for the Seychelles digital nomad visa varies, however it usually takes several weeks. To avoid delays, make sure your requirements are full and that you provide accurate information on the visa application form.

Individuals in Seychelles are subject to a personal income tax rate that is imposed on numerous types of income, such as labor, pensions, interest, and dividends. Individuals earning up to SCR (Seychelles rupee) 8,555.5 per month pay 0%, those earning between SCR 8,555.5 and 10,000 per month pay 15%, those earning between SCR 10,000 and 83,000 per month pay 20%, and those earning over SCR 83,000 pay 30%.

As a digital nomad in Seychelles, you are not required to pay any municipal income tax, personal income tax, or business tax. Furthermore, you are excused from paying tax and customs duty on work equipment and personal effects.

Individuals who are in Seychelles on a Workcation visa face some restrictions. Profiting from local entities is prohibited for distant workers and self-employed individuals.

This means that engaging in a local collaboration or job is not permitted. Individuals who are employed or self-employed are not permitted to serve the local population or tourists in the country. If they are interested, they should seek advice from the Seychelles Investment Board.

Follow this link to apply online for the Workcation Program in Seychelles. There, you can apply as an individual or as a group. The process is fairly simple, and the website walks you through all of the processes required for the application to be successful.

Individuals who want to apply for the Workcation program must do so at least 60 days before coming in Seychelles and no later than two weeks after arriving.

While on the Workcation Program, you can rent out a room at a reduced rate in Seychelles. If you prefer to rent a property on your own, you should budget $1,579 USD (1,550.00 €) for a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center and $1,833.00 USD (1,800.00 €) in the center. A one-bedroom apartment costs on average $652.00 (640.00 €) outside of the city center and $934 (920.00 €) within the city center.

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