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Offline GregOnGS

My move to the Seychelles
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:37:08 am »
Iíve been asked on this forum about my decision to emigrate to the Seychelles so hereís a brief explanation.
Background: A few years ago my wife and I decided that as soon as the kids are out the house, weíre going to think of moving to another country. Not because of whatís happened or happening here in SA, weíve been fortunate not to have had any mishaps, been victims of serious crime, etc. We just want to travel, see and experience other places.
I have a UK & SA passport, although this hasnít made any difference to the Seychelles move now, it may make things easier when travelling from there later.
Why Seychelles? Besides being an idyllic island style destination and being a REALLY beautiful place, my brother-in-law has lived there for 7 years now working in the construction business and weíve been over to visit a few times now in the last 2 years, besides the airfares itís a cheap holiday. During our visits, weíve come to know most of the SA ex-pats there, most of which are in the marine tourism/leisure boat industry, well thatís my bread & butter. Iím an electronic/electrical technician whoís been working on oil rigs, drill ships, tug boats, cargo vessels, etc. for quite a while now.
So in a nutshell, the main hurdle is to find a local whoís willing to register a business for you without wanting too much profit out of your business, I suspect itís the same in every country though. It took me a year and three attempts to find the right (non-greedy) local. Once the business was registered, a GOP, Gainful Occupation Permit (work permit) is needed to get there. The position you are going to fill has to be advertised 3 times in the local paper and proof has to be given to the department of labour that no locals have the necessary skills to fill that position before they grant you a GOP.
This whole process has also cost quite a bit in administration fees which I intend to recover as company expenses but letís see what happens.

Incidentally, my flight is this coming Monday and I'm frantically packing and fixing house... more to follow soon....
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2019, 11:40:12 am »
Great Destination, good Luck with your Endeavor.
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2019, 12:33:04 pm »
Good luck. Your approach is better than Mike Hoars.  :imaposer:
 
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2019, 12:38:50 pm »
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awesome place  :thumleft:
 

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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2019, 12:59:57 pm »
Great - thanks for explaining. You know we want LOTS of pics right - especially the Seychelles.

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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2019, 01:05:09 pm »
@Bazinga moved to Seychelles last year. He manages a charter company's operations and is a qualified offshore skipper.
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2019, 01:39:07 pm »
Have you moved there lock stock and barrel?

My son is in Antigua busy getting qualified to work on boats, living on an island is not for sissies thats for sure, please keep the thread updated
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2019, 01:51:32 pm »
Wow, that sounds like an exciting adventure.

All the best of luck. Keep updating this thread.


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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2019, 03:42:19 pm »
Trust me, that GOP makes things MUCH cheaper, especially flights and ferry trips to Praslin and other surrounding islands.

I worked in Seychelles for a while. Our company did the design work for Eden Island, civil/structural engineering consultants.

I might even know your brother in law.

It's such a cool place.

Enjoy it, and good luck with the adventure.
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2019, 03:45:14 pm »
Just a tip... Dont go and fuck around at the (ex?) president's mansion on top of the mountain...

Those security guards dont take any shit.

It's no fun having an assault rifle stuffed in your face...

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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2019, 08:20:42 pm »
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2019, 08:31:09 pm »
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2019, 09:22:14 pm »
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2019, 03:07:08 am »
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2019, 06:31:36 am »
I think this might be an interesting story! Good luck!
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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2019, 01:49:02 pm »
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2019, 02:12:27 pm »
I forgot to ask what bike you will use there? A GS is kind of overkill isn't it?
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Re: My move to the Seychelles
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2019, 03:02:14 pm »
Funny enough, there are VERY few bikes on the island.

Only bike of substance that I saw, was an old XT600E
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