In April 2021, Seychelles joins other African islands, such as Mauritius and Cape Verde, in
introducing a digital visa to digital nomads. These unique remote worker visas, known as
the Workcation Retreat Program, were a step to boost the tourism sector and overall economy of
Known for its white sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, and lush rainforests, Seychelles is a
bucket list travel destination for most. The archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off
East Africa, is one of (if not the) wealthiest countries in Africa and offers an escape from it all.
The digital nomad visa is valid for one year; however, it is not renewable. It exempts such
workers from paying local income tax, saving them hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars when
living and working in Seychelles.
Before you bask in the sunshine and explore these east African islands, here are the requirements
for the Workcation Retreat Program.
- Although there is no set income requirement, you must prove that you can support
yourself financially. This is a definite boost to digital nomads as many other digital
nomad visas require a certain income.
- Your work remotely must be as an employee or freelancer.
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of applying.
- When applying you must show a or booking reservation or address of accommodations in
- Last but certainly not least is nomads must have health insurance coverage. This coverage
while in Seychelles must include COVID-19 coverage.
The steps to apply for the visa are done online and straightforward as the documentation needed
is a passport copy, passport photos, proof of remote work, bank statements from last six months,
health insurance policy with COVID-19 coverage, address of accommodations and flight
reservation for onward travel.
Once these documents are gathered, you complete the application form on the official website
and submit a €45 application fee. Approval usually comes in a couple of weeks.