Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Traveller Information and Advice

 Customs Procedures and Duty Free Allowances for Visitors to Seychelles

Passengers travelling to Seychelles should take note of the tax/duty free entitlements prior to entering the country in order to avoid unnecessary delays, financial penalties and or inconveniences at customs upon arrival. 

Travelers’ concession

The following are duty free allowances, presently in force for passengers entering Seychelles:

  • 200ml of Perfume and Eau de Toilette;
  • 2 litres of alcoholic beverages containing less than or equal to 16% alcohol (such as beer, wine and sparkling wine);
  • 2 litres of alcoholic beverages containing more than 16% alcohol (such as whisky, rum, gin and fermented or distilled liqueur);
  • 250 grams of tobacco product or 200 cigarettes. Tobacco product includes but is not limited to cigars, cheroots, smoking & chewing tobacco and snuff.

It is important to note however that passengers under the age of 18 years are excluded from item 2, 3 and 4 above.  

In addition to the above and on condition that the goods are for the personal use of the passenger and that the goods are not for sale or use as tradable goods, including commercial samples, passengers are entitled to: 

SCR 5,000 worth of other goods (for passengers aged over 18 years of age) or
SCR 3,000 worth of other goods (for passengers under the age of 18 years)

A passenger who brings items in excess of the allowances stated above will be required to pay the taxes due on the extra items brought into the country. Customs officers will request for any invoices/receipts of these extra items upon which the taxes to be paid will be calculated. 

A passenger who has exceeded his/her tobacco or alcohol allowance but upon arrival at the Airport terminal chooses not to pay the applicable duties on the excess goods and decides to throw his/her excess tobacco and alcohol in the bins or empty the bottle of alcohol on the floor will still have to pay the applicable duties on the goods because Customs will consider the goods that have been thrown away as the allowance and the excess is the goods that the passenger has kept as his/her allowance. 

Travelers Clearance Procedures
Arriving passengers in Seychelles are granted certain concessions. There is a green and red route system and signs give the concessions granted. Passengers must collect all of their baggage and then proceed to the green or red channel depending on whether they have goods to declare or not. The Red Channel is the “GOODS TO DECLARE” channel and the Green Channel is the “NOTHING TO DECLARE” channel. 

People who walk through the green route have made a declaration that what they carry is within the concessions provided by the law. There are heavy fines for false declarations, by passengers and importers. 

A passenger goes to the red Channel if he/she has any goods in his/ her possession, in quantities or values, in excess of the Travelers Concession listed above or which has any goods which are subject to import prohibitions or restriction. 

To download the complete list of Prohibited and Restricted Goods, CLICK HERE.

Non-declaration of goods in quantities or value in excess of Travelers Concession or which are prohibited or restricted, is a serious offence and may result in criminal prosecution, penalties being applied and or seizure of goods. If in doubt passengers are advised to proceed to the Red Channel.