Passengers entering and leaving Seychelles must submit their embarkation and disembarkation forms digitally, according to a top government official on Friday.
Passengers must fill out all their personal and travel information on the Seychelles Electronic Embarkation System (SEBS), which was previously done on yellow paper.
Alain Volcere, Principal Secretary for Immigration and Civil Status, stated, "We want to digitalize the embarkation and disembarkation processes as much as possible so that things move faster while eliminating long queues."
Seychelles is taking steps to digitize airport embarkation fully.
The physical embarkation paper has been in use in Seychelles for over three decades; the new system is part of Seychelles' transition to digital platforms, which includes the recently introduced electronic ID.
The Seychelles E-Border app can be installed from the Apple or Google Play stores or the website www.seychelles.govtas.com to access the digital embarkation platform.
"Those leaving Seychelles must complete the form seven days before departure, while those entering the country must fill it out within 72 hours of arrival, as is already the case when filling out the current form on the website," said Francis Vadivello, the officer in charge of the Airport Immigration Service.
There will be no cost for Seychellois citizens, but there will be a €10 fee for non-Seychellois entering the country. According to Volcere, the new digitization of the embarkation and disembarkation forms is being done on the Seychelles Electronic Embarkation System, managed by the Swiss company Travizory.
"Travizory refers to the contractor who maintains the SEBS rather than a different system." As a result, only one form with all necessary information will be required," explained PS Volcere.
Meanwhile, the digital shift will not affect immigration workers, who can do their jobs more efficiently because less time will be required to enter all of this information into their systems manually to enter all of this information into their systems manually.