Visa free countries for Seychelles Passport, the most powerful passport in Africa

Holders of Seychelles’ passport have the most powerful passport in Africa, a 2017 travel ranking reports.

According to the, Seychellois nationals can visit 96 countries visa-free and 30 with issuance of a visa on arrival, bringing the total to 126.

Mauritius is second in Africa with 118 countries, and South Africa in third place with a visa-free score of 90.

Visitors to Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, also have an easy time travelling, as they do not have to apply for a visa in advance; travellers are given a visitor’s permit upon arrival. The island nation is one of 13 countries ranked first as a welcoming country.

Since the island nation is open to all other countries, it is constantly in discussion with countries to get visa waivers.

“There are various countries that we have contacted and we are taking all the opportunities given to raise the question [of signing a visa waiver],” said Jean-Claude Adrienne, the Director for Consular Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Adrienne added that there might be other countries to sign the visa waiver this year.

Globally, Seychelles is ranked 25th, a position that has not changed since 2016.


  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bosnia and Herzgoniva
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Croatia
  7. Cyprus
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Denmark
  10. Estonia
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. Germany
  14. Georgia
  15. Gibraltar
  16. Greece
  17. Holy See
  18. Hungary
  19. Andorra
  20. Iceland
  21. Ireland
  22. Italy
  23. Latvia
  24. Lithuania
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Malta
  27. Moldova
  28. Monaco
  29. Montenegro
  30. Netherlands
  31. Norway
  32. Poland
  33. Portugal
  34. Romania
  35. Russia
  36. Serbia
  37. Slovakia
  38. Slovenia
  39. Spain
  40. Sweden
  41. Switzerland
  42. Turkey
  43. Algeria
  44. Botswana
  45. Comoros
  46. Egypt
  47. Kenya
  48. Lesotho
  49. Malawi
  50. Madagascar
  51. Mauritius
  52. Mayotte
  53. Mozambique
  54. Namibia
  55. Nigeria
  56. Reunion
  57. South Africa
  58. Swaziland
  59. Tanzania
  60. Tunisia
  61. Uganda
  62. Zambia
  63. Zimbabwe
  64. Bangladesh
  65. Cambodia
  66. China
  67. Hong Kong
  68. Fiji
  69. India
  70. Indonesia
  71. Republic of Korea
  72. Malaysia
  73. Maldives
  74. Macau
  75. Philippines
  76. Singapore
  77. Solomon Islands
  78. Sri Lanka
  79. Vanuatu
  80. Antigua and Barbuda
  81. Bahamas
  82. Barbados
  83. Belize
  84. Bermuda
  85. Dominica
  86. Ecuador
  87. Jamaica
  88. Saint Kitt and Nevis
  89. Saint Lucia
  90. Saint Vincent and the Grenaldines
  91. Trinidad and Tobago
  92. Uruguay
  93. Oman
  94. UAE

Negotiations are ongoing with some of those countries to allow visa free entry for all passport types, including with the United Arab Emirates which the Seychelles government says it is currently finalizing negotiations on the matter.

Currently, only citizens holding Seychelles diplomatic and special passports can enter in the UAE without a visa as part of a visa waiver agreement which the Seychelles government signed in 2012.

From 16th July 2015 Thursday onwards Seychelles passport holders will no longer require the visa to travel in UAE. As the agreement of visa waiver signed between UAE and Seychelles in last year will come into effect.

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The Seychelles Minister foreign affairs said on the afternoon of Monday, all the internal process related to visa waiver had completed.

The Seychelles citizen will now, from the date of arrival to UAE he can stay and travel for up to 90 days without any visa.

It is also to be noted that Seychelles citizens will not be allowed to take part in any work, study or in any profession, without following any corresponding laws related to these activities in UAE, said in the released statement.

The coming of visa waiver would herald a new opportunities to the people of both countries, it will enhance people to people contact, trade and tourism between the both countries, said Seychelles President James Michel while commending the excellent relationship between both the countries.

Seychelles, a conglomeration of 115 islands in Indian Ocean archipelago with a population of 90,000 has become the first African country joining the list of 40 countries that do not require a visa to travel in UAE.

According to Seychelles national bureau of statistics, there were 9,039 trips made by Seychelles citizens to UAE, followed by Mauritius (6,353) and South Africa (5,286) out of the total 35,431 overseas trips made by the Seychelles nationals.


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