Seychelles Company (IBC)


Seychelles IBC (International Buiseness Company) - is the most popular type of offshore corporation available in Seychelles. As most other classic offshore companies, Seychelles IBC is a tax-free corporation designed for engagement into all forms of international business, with no reporting and minimum record-keeping requirements.


A Seychelles IBC is, by definition of the law, not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits. It is also exempt from stamp duties on transfer of property and any exchange controls. Effectively, a Seychelles IBC is a completely tax-free corporation as long as it complies basic rules of operation.


In order to qualify as an IBC, a Seychelles company must satisfy the following operational criteria:


  • It may not carry on business in Seychelles;
  • It may not own real estate in Seychelles;
  • It may not do banking, insurance and registered agent business.


More details about Seychelles IBC advantages...


Complete package for Seychelles International Business Company


What we need from you to register a company ?

  • details of at least One Shareholder (natural person or company)
  • details of at least One Director (natural person or company. Can be the same as Director.)

Our registration fee includes both Registered Office and Registered Agent in Seychelles as well as all company documents.


*** For additional charge you may appoint our Nominee Director or/and Shareholder. Please, specify in the order form if you need nominees.



What you get for the above price


This complete package includes everything to meet registration requirements and to have your company registered with your own Director(s) and Shareholder(s). After registration you'll receive the following:


  1. Registered address for 1 year
  2. Registered agent for 1 year
  3. Certificate of Incorporation
  4. Memorandum and Articles of Association
  5. Minutes of the first meeting of Directors
  6. Share Certificates
  7. Combined Register of members


Additional services and documents may be ordered too (including Nominee Director and Nominee Shareholder). Please, specify on the order form.

Annual Renewal


Every year you have to renew your company to continue trading and to keep your company in Good Standing.


The cost of Annual Renewal is 375 GBP and includes:


  1. Registered address for the next 1 year
  2. Registered agent for the next 1 year
  3. Franchise Tax for companies with Authorized Share Capital of up to 100'000 USD*


Additional Charges


If you ordered Nominee services, these have to be also paid for according to your original order.


* Most Seychelles companies would have standard Authorized Share Capital of 100'000 USD. However, if you registered a company with Authorized Share Capital of more than 100'000 USD the price of Annual Renual will be different.


Main Advantages of Seychelle IBC


Minimal formation requirements

Only one Director and one Shareholder required and this may be a natural person or a corporate body. The same person (company) can be both Director and Shareholder.


Time scale

Incorporation of Seychelles IBC takes only 2-5 working days from receipt of the documents.


Zero Taxation

As long as you qualify to be an International Buiseness Company (do not carry out business in Seychelles itself, do not owe property in Seychelles on the name of your company, do not perform insurance, banking or registered agency business), you're not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits. A shareholder of a Seychelles IBC is also not subject to any tax on his income derived from the IBC. These provisions are enshrined into Article 109.(1) of the Seychelles IBC Act.



Incorporation documents do not carry the name or identity of any shareholder. Secrecy is generally is one of the key features of the Seychelles International Business Company as details of the company beneficial owners, directors and shareholders are not part of public record. At registration of a new IBC, the Registrar of Companies does not require any data whatsoever on who is the actual beneficial owner of the new company. This information is only known to the licensed Registered Agent of the company and is kept in complete confidentiality.


Cost effective

Incorporation cost is one of the most competitive compared to other offshore jurisdictions.


Paid up capital is not required

A Seychelles IBC is not required to have any minimum paid-up capital in order to start its business operations. Any amount of authorized capital can be stated in the IBC formation documents, as per equirements of the owners.





The IBC has proven to be the most popular product being offered by the Seychelles. This product can be compared advantageously with its counterparts in the BVI and other jurisdictions. The IBC is incorporated under the Seychelles International Business Companies Act of 1994 and regulated by SIBA.


Why choose a Seychelles IBC


  • Confidentiality
  • No statutory requirement for details of the Director, Secretary, Shareholder and Beneficial Owners to be filed with the Registry of International Business Company of Seychelles.
  • All details of Directors, Secretary, Shareholder and Beneficial Owner are filed with the Registered Agent only.
  • No Public access to details of the Company Officers, Shareholders and Beneficial Owners even if a search for the company is conducted at the Registry
  • Nil taxation in Seychelles


An IBC is a: 


  • Non tax resident in Seychelles.
  • Is not taxed in Seychelles on foreign sourced income.
  • Is not taxed in Seychelles on profits made by the IBC.
  • There is no stamp duty payable upon the transfer of shares in Seychelles.


Fast Turnaround Time


  • Same day incorporation and preparation of documents (if instructions are received within reasonable time)
  • Easy Access to Courier companies such as DHL, FedEx for quick dispatch of documents.
  • Favorable Time zone to process documents.


Bearer shares allowed


  • Bearer shares are permissible
  • Unlike the BVI there is no statutory requirement for a custodian guardian to be appointed in relation to bearer shares


Possible to open Offshore Corporate Bank account in Seychelles


EU Savings Tax Directive


  • The European Union Savings Tax Directive is aimed at information exchange between the countries forming part of EU. This applies to EU member states and dependent territories - in regards to UK this applies to the offshore centers such as BVI, Anguilla, Turks & Caicos, Caymans, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, etc. EU Savings tax directive only applies to natural persons and not corporations. Seychelles is not a member of the EU and not a dependent territory of the UK.


Versatile in its use


An IBC can be used for any objects or purpose as long as it is not prohibited by the IBC Act or any other Law of Seychelles.


Examples of use of an IBC:


  • Asset Protection
  • Investment Holding Company
  • Appointed as a Director, Secretary and shareholder of another IBC.
  • Trading company.
  • Appointed as a General Partner of a Seychelles Limited Partnership.
  • Marketing Company.
  • Consultancy Company and others.


Less expensive than in other jurisdictions


  • Considerable cheaper in relation to Government registration fees and  fees of the Registered Agent than its counterparts elsewhere





Registered Agent in the Seychelles


  • Seychelles Licensed Corporate Services Provider 


Registered Office in Seychelles


  • Must be in Seychelles 




  • 1 or more Directors are permissible
  • Can be Corporate or Natural person Director(s)
  • No requirement for Seychelles Resident Directors to be appointed
  • Professional Director(s) may be appointed at the Client’s request)




  • Optional and not mandatory
  • Can be Corporate or Natural person Secretary.
  • No requirement for Seychelles Resident Secretary to be appointed
  • Professional Secretary may be appointed at the Client’s request




  • 1 or more shareholders may be appointed
  • Can be Corporate or Natural Person Shareholders
  • No requirement for Seychelles Resident Shareholders
  • Nominee shareholders maybe appointed at the Client’s request


Authorized share capital


  • Any amount is permissible
  • Standard currency is USD but any other foreign currency is permissible


Issued Share Capital


  • Any amount can be issued
  • All issued shares must be paid up or else it will be legally flawed and may affect voting rights


Restrictions in the use of an IBC


An IBC cannot


  • Carry on business in Seychelles
  • Own an interest in immoveable property or a lease of immoveable property situated in Seychelles except if it holds a lease of property to be used as office from which to communicate with members or records and books of the company are prepared and maintained
  • Carry on banking as defined in the Financial Institutions Act, 1984
  • Carry trust business
  • Carry on business of insurance or reinsurance
  • Carry on business of providing registered office for companies


Permitted use of an IBC in Seychelles


An IBC can however do the following acts in Seychelles:


  • Make or maintain deposit with person carrying on business in Seychelles
  • Retains/ hire attorney, counsel/auditor/bookkeeper, trust companies, investment advisers or other similar persons carrying on business in Seychelles
  • Prepare and maintain books
  • Hold Directors and members meetings
  • Hold a lease of property for sole use as an office from which to communicate with members or where records and books of the company are prepared and maintained
  • Hold shares, debt obligations or other securities in an IBC or domestic company
  • Hold bonds, treasury bills & other securities issued by Government of Seychelles or Central Bank
  • Hold shares, debt obligations and other securities in a company owned by Seychelles Resident, or IBC or domestic company
  • Own or manage vessel registered in Seychelles under the Merchant Shipping Act, or an aircraft so registered under Civil Aviation Act 1949


Possibility of re-domiciliation and continuation


  • Can be re-domiciled and continued in Seychelles from another jurisdiction as a Seychelles IBC
  • Can be re-domiciled and continued in a foreign jurisdiction from Seychelles as another entity
  • Can be converted and continued in Seychelles as a Special License Company


Non Tax Resident in Seychelles


  • Nil taxation in Seychelles on foreign sourced income
  • Nil taxation in Seychelles on profits made by the IBC
  • No stamp duty payable upon the transfer of shares in Seychelles




  • Affairs of the Company are mainly conducted by Directors’
  • Shareholders’ Meeting is a requirement whenever there is a substantial disposal of the IBC’s asset (by more than 50%)
  • Meetings can be conducted anywhere in the world including in Seychelles
  • Meetings can be conducted by telephone as long as all parties are able to hear and recognize each other


Statutory Records


It is a requirement for the IBC to maintain:


  • Register of Directors
  • Register of Members
  • Register of share Transfers


Registers must be kept at the Registered Office of the IBC or any other place as determined by the Director





  • No requirement for the IBC to file its audited account and annual returns with the Registrar of Seychelles International Business Companies.


Annual Renewal


  • To keep the company into good standing it must be renewed with the Registry upon the company’s anniversary date.
  • Late renewal will incur penalties.
  • Non renewal will result in striking of the IBC from the Seychelles Registry’s List.
  • However restoration of the company into good standing is permitted within 3 years (penalty fees applicable)




Due Diligence (click here to read)


The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 kmē and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million kmē in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.  Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands.


Seychelles’ location outside the cyclone belt, in a time zone whose working hours overlap with those of major financial centres, its excellent sea and air connections with Europe, USA, Asia and Africa make it an excellent place to conduct business.


An efficient telecommunications system together with other advantages such as the extensive facilities available at its harbour, Port Victoria, and a well-developed infrastructure with attractive investment incentives, offer the ideal business environment to investors.