Working and Living in Seychelles

Labor market

You can find work in the hospitality industry or tourism, but usually have a lot of work for little money. The Gainful Occupation Permit allows a person who is not a citizen of the Republic of Seychelles to pursue gainful employment, self-employed or as an employee of a company or organization.

The application for such a permit must be submitted at least ten weeks before the planned start of work. It is not permitted to enter the country with the intention of taking up gainful employment without first obtaining a work permit.

According to countryvv, the application can either be made by the person who wants to do the job or by their potential employer. When processing the application, the following criteria are taken into account:

  • Character, reputation and health of the applicant / the person to be employed,
  • the professional or technical qualification,
  • their financial resources,
  • the possibility of having the same work carried out by people who are already in the country,
  • the protection of local interests,
  • the economic or social benefit of the activity to the Seychelles.

Application, forms and information at
Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status
Independence House
PO Box 430, Victoria
Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 29 36 36
Fax: +248 22 50 35
Email: [email protected]

Information on job vacancies can be obtained from the Ministry of Economic Planning & Employment. They will be happy to advise you on vacancies and the application process.

Ministry of Economic Planning & Employment
Employment Services Bureau
PO Box 1097
Independent House Victoria,
Mahé Seychelles
Tel: +248 67 62 50
Fax: +248 61 07 95
Email: [email protected]

It is advisable to contact the Seychelles Immigration Service to find out more about immigration formalities and a work permit.

Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status
Independence House
PO Box 430, Victoria
Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 29 36 36
Fax: +248 22 50 35
Email: [email protected]

Cost of living

You can use the information on the following page to calculate your travel costs:

You would need around € 3,832.66 in Victoria to maintain the same standard of living that you could have in Berlin with € 3,700.00 (assuming you rent in the cities).

  • Consumer prices in Victoria are 6.63% higher than in Berlin (without rent)
  • Consumer prices including rent in Victoria are 3.59% higher than in Berlin
  • Rental prices in Victoria are 3.17% lower than in Berlin
  • Restaurant prices in Victoria are 33.92% higher than in Berlin
  • Food prices in Victoria are 18.82% higher than in Berlin
  • The local purchasing power in Victoria is 78.22% lower than in Berlin

Average Cost of Living in Victoria (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)

Restaurant Ø € Price € Price from / to
Food, price w. restaurant 16.45 12.29-52.14
Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people. 55.34 36.87-84.73
Local beer, 0.5 l 3.65 2.00-5.05
Imported beer, 0.33 l 3.07 2.59-4.61
cappuccino 3.42 1.96-5.05
Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l) 1.22 0.91-2.00
Water (0.33 l) 0.76 0.52-2.00
Food Ø € Price € Price from / to
Milk (1 L) 1.42 1.19-1.54
White bread (500g) 1.20 0.57 – 2.53
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.55 1.19-4.61
Eggs (12) 2.72 2.15-3.10
Local cheese (1kg) 9.30 6.32-12.29
Chicken breast fillet (1kg) 8.26 4.75-10.74
Beef (1kg) 15.90 5.70-18.95
Apples (1kg) 3.99 3.38-4.61
Bananas (1kg) 2.54 1.84-3.16
Oranges (1kg) 1.06 0.81-1.23
Tomatoes (1kg) 4.65 4.61-4.74
Potatoes (1kg) 1.93 1.23-2.63
Onions (1kg) 0.95 0.92-0.99
Lettuce (1 head) 0.79 0.66-0.92
Water (1.5 l) 1.16 0.99 – 1.26
Bottle of wine (middle class) 9.01 6.58-12.29
Local beer (0.5 l) 2.11 1.16-3.29
Imported beer (0.33 l) 3.00 2.21-3.62

Average cost of local transport, utilities, clothing, leisure, education of Victoria (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)

Mode of Transport Ø € Price € Price from / to
One-time ticket 0.45 0.45-0.46
Monthly pass 19.45 13.70-25.83
Taxi base amount 6.30 3.26-15.77
Taxi 1 km 3.24 2.46 – 6.53
Ancillary housing costs Ø € Price € Price from / to
for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc. 59.36 31.48-97.81
1 minute prepaid mobile tariff 0.27 0.13-0.31
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL) 97.01 64.94-130.51
Clothes, shoes Ø € Price € Price from / to
Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 54.95 31.54-90.65
Summer dress (Zara, H&M,… 89.25 15.77-119.20
Nike sports shoes, middle class 84.26 50.54-157.71
Leather business shoes 69.56 30.72-130.42
leisure time Ø € Price € Price from / to
Fitness center, month / adult 55.92 31.54-99.34
Tennis, 1 hour on weekends 4.82 4.73-4.92
a movie ticket 4.89 4.73-9.84
training Ø € Price € Price from / to
Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child 344.21 195.63-640.38
International primary school per year and child 3,869.87 2,150.55-6,308.32

Average rental prices / purchase and salaries of Victoria (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)

Monthly rental price Ø € Price € Price from / to
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center 831.89 675.89-1044.11
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center 598.48 474.88-757.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center 1,712.88 1,424.53-1986.71
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center 1,176.85 993.36-1339.22
Purchase price of apartments Ø € Price € Price from / to
Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase 978.59 652.09 – 1,577.09
Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase 2,535.61 1,261.66-4,809.55
wages Ø € Price € Price from / to
Average monthly salary (after taxes) 546.20

Real estate acquisition and investments

Foreign nationals or foreign legal entities can purchase or lease land in the Seychelles. You can also buy shares in companies that own real estate. This requires special government approval, which is issued after thorough examination and is valid for 1 year.

The application will only be approved if it is accompanied by a proposal for the development of the property. If the property is intended as a holiday home, the normal transfer tax of 4%, 30% of the purchase price up to 50,000 SR and 10% on the purchase price in excess of 50,000 SR must be paid.

In addition, the foreigner must deposit a sum specified in the decision in euros or dollars in a Seychelles currency account. The foreign currency is exchanged for rupees and must be used by the purchaser of the property for the development of the property.

In the case of investments in tourist or industrial real estate, the tax of 30% of the purchase price and the obligation to bring foreign currency into the country for the development of the property do not apply.

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Emigration and Living Seychelles

Poisonous plants and animals, tropical diseases and hurricanes (because they are outside the cyclone belt) are virtually unknown here. The crime rate is extremely low. Still, the islands are mainly for retirees, financially independent, entrepreneurs and investors.

In a time zone that coincides with most of the working hours of the major financial centers and with excellent connections by ship or plane to Europe, the USA, Asia and Africa, the Seychelles are a perfect location for doing business.

An efficient telecommunication system, the extensively developed Port Victoria and a well-developed infrastructure with attractive investment incentives form the ideal business environment for investors. For long-term stays or emigration, you should have a good enough command of either French or English.

Working and Living in Seychelles