Yacht Registration



A yacht must be entirely owned by the Seychellois citizen or a Seychelles body corporate either as an IBC or as a domestic company in order for it to use the Seychelles flag.

When a yacht is registered under a body corporate, the following documents are required:

  • Certified copy of the Certificate of incorporation
  • Certified Copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Builder's Certificate
  • Deletion Certificate (Where the yacht has been registered under the law of a foreign country)
  • Radio license, which will be required to be approved by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, and is licensed by the Seychelles Licensing Authority
  • Certificate Stating the Boat Seaworthiness
  • Bill of Sale
  • Colour Photo of the Yacht
  • State if Fishing Vessel or Pleasure Yacht (for fishing vessel approval should be sought by Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA)

The following classification societies are presently recognised by the Seychelles:

  • Lloyd's Register of Shipping (UK)
  • Bureau Veritas (France)
  • Nippon Kaiji Ryokai (Japan)
  • Det Norske Veritas (Norway)
  • America Bureau of Shipping (USA)
  • Germanischer Lloyd (Germany)

The following forms are required for Provisional registration of the Yacht:

  • Application for Registration of Ship as Seychelles Ship, Official Number and Call Sign
  • Declaration of Ownership
  • Application for a Telecoms/Radio License
  • Application for Activation of Maritime Mobile Earth Station

After a period of 90 days, the yacht will be permanently registered. The owner will need to submit further documentation:

  • An application for permanent registration
  • A Bill of Sale
  • Statutory Certificates
  • A Carving and Marking Note, which is issued by the Registrar of Shipping

The Government fee is applicable as follows:

  • Initial Registration Fee       US$500
  • Certificate              US$150
  • Annual Fees                                    US$300
  • Annual Telecommunication Fee      US$166

Seychelles is member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the group of non-aligned countries, the Indian Ocean Commission, and the International Maritime Organization, and vessels flying the Seychelles flag benefit from friendly treatment worldwide.

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