A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Seychelles


The United States has maintained uninterrupted relations with Seychelles since its independence from Great Britain in 1976.

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U.S. Recognition of the Seychelles’ Independence, 1976.

The United States recognized the Seychelles on June 29, 1976, when representatives of the two states signed an agreement relating to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of a tracking and telemetry facility on the island of Mahe. The agreement was signed at the capital, Victoria, on the same date that the Seychelles attained independence from British sovereignty.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the U.S. Embassy in Seychelles, 1976.

Diplomatic relations were established on July 1, 1976, when the U.S. consulate at Victoria was elevated to Embassy status with Gregory Matson as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.

Closure of the U.S. Embassy, 1996.

The U.S. Embassy closed on August 30, 1996, and relations were conducted through the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius.

Re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Seychelles, 2023.

The U.S. Embassy re-opened on July 1, 2023, with Jim Donegan as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.


  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Seychelles
  • Department of State Country Information: Seychelles
  • Library of Congress Country Study: Seychelles