Yacht registration in the Seychelles.

High international acceptance, membership in reputed organisations and streamlined processes add to the advantages of the Seychelles as place to register a yacht.


The registration of vessels in Seychelles is governed by the Merchant Shipping Act of 1995. Seychelles is the perfect choice for luxury boat registration, because of its modern facilities, streamlined registration process and attractive tax-planning opportunities.

The Seychelles have ratified a number of international maritime conventions and the Seychelles are a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the group of non-aligned countries, the Indian Ocean Commission and the International Maritime Organisation.

To register a pleasure vessel in Seychelles, one would have to consider the following requirements:

  • Vessel maximum age is 15 years. If the boat is very well maintained, the limit may be increased to 25 years.
  • Ownership is allowed by a Seychelles citizen or an IBC incorporated under the 2016 Act.
  • If the vessel is abroad, it can be provisionally registered by the Seychelles diplomatic mission abroad for 90 days with possible extension for another 90 days.
  • A permanent registration can be obtained without first applying for provision and a discount of 30% is granted for second registration within a year.
  • Parallel registration is allowed but requires consent of flagging country, owner’s consent and provision of charter-party (if any).

Interested in the registration of commercial freight or bare-boating?

Operating out of Seychelles territorial waters is exempt from taxes. When registering a second ship within 12 months of the first registration, owners are entitled to a discount of 30% on second ship. And parallel registration is possible and can be flagged by both registries.

In addition to all the above, Seychelles is member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the group of non-aligned countries, the Indian Ocean Commission, and the International Maritime Organization. Ships flying the Seychelles flag get friendly treatment worldwide!

Get in touch with Hensley&Cook, the number 1 Yacht Registrar in the Seychelles to know more about boat registration in the Seychelles.

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