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New Premium Visa for Mauritius

Mauritius has introduced a new Premium Visa, valid for a period of one year and renewable. This measure was announced by the Mauritius cabinet last Friday to encourage eligible visitors come to Mauritius for long stays. Meanwhile, the highest sanitary standards and protocols are being maintained to ensure the sanitary safety of visitors as well as nationals and to ensure that Mauritius remains a COVID-safe destination. This measure offers a lifeline for the travel and tourism sector in Mauritius amidst global travel disruptions following the outbreak of COVID-19. It is an opportunity for operators of the Mauritius tourism sector to come up with innovative packages to attract visitors as well as digital nomads. The island is deemed COVID-safe and, with its modern infrastructure, would be an ideal spot for them to work remotely in all serenity. The Premium Visa allows for visitors from countries listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Passport Regulations. The following categories of visitors are eligible:
  • Repeat tourists who had planned to retire and migrate to Mauritius before  the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Retirees seeking a COVID-safe haven.
  • Investors and professionals who wish to come with their family and work remotely from Mauritius. They also have the possibility to offer this facility to their staff members.
  • Visitors who have children studying in Mauritius.
In order to qualify for the Premium Visa, visitors must provide evidence of their long stay plans and must have adequate travel and health insurance for the initial period of stay. The visitor’s main place of business and source of income should be outside Mauritius. They will not be allowed to enter the Mauritius Labour Market. All other entry requirements for Mauritius will also apply.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Why work from home when you can work from Mauritius? For all it’s evils Covid has made us see the world with new eyes. Really I could have a sort of mid-life Gap Year working away on my lap-top but chilling out on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches too. Who knows I might even manage a round or two on some of the Indian Ocean’s best golf courses?

  2. If you’ve been lucky enough to go to Mauritius you probably know that Mark Twain was the first of a million visitors to call it a paradise. I think people are going to be queuing up to spend a year in Mauritius.

  3. What a strange world we live in. There was a time when places like Barbados and Mauritius were inviting us for 10 or 14 days holiday. Now they are inviting us to go and work there for a year … maybe it’s not such a bad idea!

  4. What a great way to help the country’s tourism industry as well as provide a safe haven from Covid. I know I would like to get away from where I am right now. I don’t feel safe and afraid to venture out for long periods of time. With Mautiritus offering a place to even stay longer periods while working remotely, is really enticing. I would venture a guess that a lot of countries will be offering a similar type of travel visa and requirements to get people to travel. It is indeed a strange world we live in nowadays.

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