The Seychellois passport is currently ranked 26th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 154 countries. This grants it an overall higher mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Seychellois passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities to worldwide prime destinations. Seychellois passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 75 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are Thailand, the United States and Australia.
The Seychelles passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Seychelles passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Seychelles passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 122 Seychelles passport visa-free countries, 29 Seychelles visa-on-arrival countries, and 3 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Seychelles passport holders can enter a total of 154 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Seychelles passport ranks 26 in the world.
Separate from these Seychelles visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 75 additional destinations which Seychelles passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The island Republic of Seychelles is a former British colony consisting of 26 districts. The most important districts are Anse Etoile, English River and Anse Boileau. The country is an archipelago situated in the Indian Ocean just northeast of Madagascar. The country has a surface area of 459 square kilometers. Its terrain is defined by volcanic mountains and flat coral reefs. Its climate is tropical marine with a cooler season during the southeast monsoon and a warmer season during the northwest monsoon.
The overall population is over 98,462 million people. The capital of the country is Victoria, which is also the most populous city with more than 26,000 inhabitants. Other major cities are Anse Boileau, Bel Ombre and Beau Vallon. The country’s largest airport is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) with over 750,000 annual passengers. The airport provides access to worldwide destinations.
Until today, Seychellois culture is still influenced by the colonial heritage. The main religion on the archipelago is Christianity. The official languages are Seychellois Creole, French and English. The nation’s legal system is based on the English common law, the French civil law and the customary law. The government form is a presidential republic. The current chief of state and head of government is the elected president Wavel Ramkalawan.
The official currency is the Seychellois Rupee (SCR), with a current exchange rate of SCR 12.79 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $2.9 billion. This makes it the 3rdt smallest economy amongst the African countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $30,486. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and industry sector. Tourism plays an important role as GDP contributor, employing more than a quarter of the citizens. The government does try however to further diversify by investing into offshore financial services, information technologies and renewable energy.
The Seychelles are an incredibly popular tourism destination. The country is filled with a variety of natural tourist attractions. It is known for its vast beaches and nature. There are two UNESCO world heritage sites scattered around the county. Some of the major destinations include Curieuse Island, La Digue Island Anse Lazio, the Morne Seychellois National Park, Baie Lazare, the Beau Vallon Beach and the capital Victoria. The Seychelles more than 384,000 tourists visiting every year from all over the world.