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Why do I need an offshore bank account in Seychelles? Opening a bank account in Seychelles is the key to tax saving and money protection.

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Open an offshore bank account in Seychelles

Seychelles is the main financial center in Africa and a jurisdiction with top bank secrecy for countries that have not signed any bilateral agreement of automatic exchange of financial account information. In addition, Seychelles is a tax-free country for businesses and individuals who are not residents of the island. The main Seychelles banks are specialized in financial offshore services. Therefore, Seychelles is characterized by hosting the majority of importing and exporting companies in the world that carry out commercial exchanges between Europe, Africa and Asia. Opening a bank account in Seychelles without a physical presence is quite simple. Carrying out international trade activities with other countries, that is, with Chinese or Indian companies, due to proximity these will be more familiar in paying an invoice to a bank account in Seychelles than in any another country. Another reason why this jurisdiction is one of the most requested among international companies is the legal security and political and financial stability that offers Seychelles.

Banking secrecy and automatic exchange of financial account information 

By now Seychelles has signed 36 bilateral agreements of automatic exchange of financial account information. Seychelles together with other countries is committed to eliminate bank secrecy for individuals and companies that hold non-resident bank accounts in the banks of all participating countries. What does this mean? On 29th of October 2014, in Berlin an agreement was signed with the purpose to exchange automatically the information on bank accounts opened by non-residents in other countries. By now the automatic exchange of information agreement has been signed by more than 100 countries (the countries that have signed information exchange agreement), however it doesn´t mean that the bank account information will be exchanged between all of them. That is, if two countries do not show a mutual interest in sharing banking information of their citizens between them and therefore do not sign a bilateral agreement, the OECD cannot force them to proceed with the joint exchange of information. For example, Seychelles has signed the automatic exchange of information agreement but will not exchange financial account information with all other participants and will only do so with the countries with which it has signed an additional bilateral agreement. Currently Seychelles has signed this agreement with 36 countries. You can see the updated information following this link (bilateral automatic information agreements).

The bilateral agreements signed by Seychelles will affect the citizens of 36 jurisdictions, in particular those who hold non-resident bank accounts, eliminating completely the idea of financial secrecy and anonymity. The banking confidentiality of the rest of the countries that have not signed the bilateral agreement with Seychelles will not be affected, that is, the foreign banks will never report their financial information to the tax authorities of their resident country. The new regulations for the exchange of information have created many problems for and between some of the countries. The intention of European Commonwealth countries such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom was that all countries signed bilateral agreements with each other, but after all things did not go that way. In a real world it is hard to imagine Israel signing a bilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of financial information with Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia or the Arab Emirates. Due to the "non-fiscal conflicts" that exist between these countries it makes it very difficult or even impossible for them to work together on elimination of banking secrecy.

Bilateral agreements with Seychelles

Year 2017Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Year 2018No bilateral agreement has been signed in 2018.


It is completely legal to open an offshore bank account in Seychelles. An individual or a company that wants to develop an international business or simply to move its money offshore in order to achieve more security will not be committing any crime. If a physical person is a citizen of a country that has signed a bilateral agreement with Seychelles, it is advisable for him/her to inform his/her tax authorities about the intentions to open a non-resident account in Seychelles, and then through double taxation agreements deduct the income taxes in his country of residence. If, on the other hand, the bank account has been opened by a resident company (registered in Seychelles) or non-resident company (for example, registered in Belize) the beneficial owner will not be obliged to repatriate the dividends of the company annually and therefore will be able to keep all the generated earnings on his offshore bank account in Seychelles without paying income taxes. The owner of the company will have to pay the income taxes only when he transfers the money to his country of residence but in case if he wants to keep it on the account for further business investments or just as a security deposit legally the generated profits will still belong to the company and the beneficial owner doesn’t have to pay tax on this amounts. With time the company might go through the international expansion requiring corresponding expenses. Consequently, the dividends would decrease and logically the income taxes that the beneficial owner will have to pay in his country of residence would decrease correlatively.

Advantages of opening a bank account in Seychelles

The main advantages of opening a bank account in Seychelles are the following:

  • Opening an offshore bank account Seychelles is legal.
  • Bank secrecy and anonymity are guaranteed for the citizens of those countries that did not sign a bilateral agreement with Seychelles.
  • The possibility to open business and personal offshore bank account in Seychelles remotely. 
  • High expertise level, online banking platforms with the possibility to request any type of financial service: foreign currency accounts, credit cards, letters of credit, accounts to invest in the stock market, payment gateways, credits.
  • Professional financial advises for great fortune owners.
  • Low maintenance rates
  • Banks in Seychelles are extremely regulated.
  • Once the requirements are fulfilled it takes 10-20 days to open the account.

Bank commissions in Seychelles

Approximate bank commissions and minimum deposit
Maintenance of bank account
350 Euros/year
Wire Transfer IBAN/SEPA
60 Euros
Wire Transfer SWIFT
60 Euros
Debit or Credit card
70 Euros/card
Customer support in following languages
English, French, German
Minimum deposit
50.000 Euros


*The customer can open a bank account in any international legal currency they want, (Euro, Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc etc)

*All the management at the opening of bank account do not need a physical presence in the country, all efforts will be made through e-mail and / or registered mail.

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    in Seychelles
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    with or without physical presence
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    with online banking 24/7 included
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    in the name of the individual or company
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    in English
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    to any part of the world
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    certified by a notary
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    certified by a notary
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    electricity, water, gas, telephone or bank statement
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    in English
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    Articles of incorporation of the company, memorandum of association, register of directors, registered shares certificates and for companies registered more than one calendar 1 year ago "Certificate of good standing"

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