The Seychelles authorities stressed that the official platform for obtaining valid Travel Authorizations procedures is the Seychelles Electronic Border System (SEBS), exclusively accessible through its official Government Website, Seychelles Electronic Border System – Official Government Website (govtas.com), where a standard application fee of €10 is charged per application. Travelers are warned that applications made by a third-party may not be accepted by the SEBS platform.
Speaking of the situation, the Director General for Destination Marketing at Tourism Seychelles, Mrs Bernadette Willemin, mentioned that the Seychelles Immigration Department and the Tourism Department are alert to the presence of these third-party websites.
“Travelers disembarking reported paying for their travel authorizations, with some not initially processed, resulting in additional payments. It is important to highlight that these websites operate with fees significantly higher than the standard 10 euros processing fee. It is our duty to remind visitors and international partners to use our official website for travel authorization, urging caution and staying informed to prevent potential dissatisfaction,” said Mrs. Willemin.
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Mrs. Willemin emphasized that these third-party websites could put travelers at risk, possibly causing problems during embarkation or requiring repayment for authorization processing upon arrival. This might lead to extra costs for visitors and, unfortunately, create dissatisfaction while also affecting the reputation of our destination.
If travelers come across these websites, they are urged to report such activities promptly to the authorities in Seychelles through the Tourism Department via its website seychelles.com.
The Director General for Destination Marketing affirmed that Tourism Seychelles is committed to ensuring a secure and enjoyable experience for all visitors. By using the official Seychelles Electronic Border System, travelers can confidently acquire valid Travel Authorization, protecting themselves from potential scams.