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Visa Seychelles and prebooking hotels

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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Hi,
Does anybody know if it's true that you need to book hotels/guesthouses/appartements before arriving in the Seychelles to get a visa? I know you need proof of funds (credit card I guess) and a return ticket, but prebooked hotels? That's former Sovjet Union style!

Does anybody has any experience on this?

Thanks!
Michael.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

According to this website (Seychelles Tourism Board):

Irrespective of the nationality of the visitor and his or her family members, there are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

1) A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
2) Return or onward ticket
3) Proof of accommodation; including contact details
4) Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Yep, I have seen that one.
Strange one as well: there are no visa requirements, yet there are those 4. Liked that one: it's like saying: we don't have rain today except between 10 and 4...just kidding.

Thanks Mojorob.
Still wonder if I need to book for the whole period of just one night is enough.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

I know you need proof of funds (credit card I guess) and a return ticket, but prebooked hotels? That's former Sovjet Union style!

Former Sovjet union style? It was still pretty much like that when I visited Russia a few years ago Actually, the Seychelles rule sounds a bit easier; it doesn't sound like it needs to be a hotel.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

LOL, yeah that's true for Russia still, but not for all former Sovjet Union republics.
Anyway, it seems that it really is needed I guess even if it's not a hotel. So skipping that country for sure. Thanks anyway.

6. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y

I visited Seychelles last year, arriving from SA. I was staying with friends so just put down their address on the standard immigration form you get on the plane. Nothing was checked, so really, you could just stick down any hotel address, chances are they will not check, or just book yourself into somewhere for the first night. Visa is issued at the airport, no problem at all...nothing like Russia!!!!!