Travelling to Mauritius? This page will let you to check whether or not you will have a need for a Mauritian visa and moreover guide you through the visa application procudure.
A Visa is an official acknowledgement issued by the Immigration Office/ Embassy/ Consular of Mauritius, indicating that your application to enter Mauritius has been reviewed by an Immigration Officer and that the officer has determined you are eligible to enter or transit in Mauritius for a specific purpose.
Types of Mauritian Visas
- Mauritian tourist visa is granted for a short period of leisure travel and no business activities permitted.
- Mauritian Transit visa, is valid for 3 days or less, for transferring through port in Mauritius to a third destination.
- On-arrival visa for Mauritius is given at a port of entry. This is different from not needing a visa at all, as the visitor sholud still get the visa before they can in fact seek to pass through immigration.
- Student visa for Mauritius, which permits its holder to study at an institution of higher education in Mauritius.
- Mauritian temporary worker visa, is for people to work in an organisation in Mauritius.
- Spousal visa or partner visa, given to the spouse, civil partner or de facto partner of a resident or Mauritian citizen.
- Mauritian business visa, is for participating in short term commerce in Mauritius.
- Mauritian Marriage visa is given for a lengthy time prior to civil partnership wedding based on a proven relationship with a citizen or resident of Mauritius.
Exemption from Visa:
- Citizens of Mauritius
- The child or step child or lawfully adopted of persons who are residents of Mauritius or those who are residents of Mauritius under the Immigration Act
- Holders of Diplomatic Passports other than those issued by the Government of Afghanistan, Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan and Yemen
- Persons who are residents of Mauritius under the Immigration Act
- The spouse of a citizen of Mauritius
- Persons who intend to remain in Mauritius only during the stay of a vessel by which they arrive or depart
- Crew of Laissez-passer issued by the United Nations, SADC or from internationally recognized organizations
Who requires a Visa to visit Mauritius?
- All those coming from countries which are exempted from visa requirements- Refer to Visa Requirement table below.
- All persons coming to Mauritius for purposes other than tourism, visit or business need to apply for a Visa/permit before undertaking any travel.
Additional Information on Mauritius Visa:
- Non-citizens travelling to Mauritius without a visa (if required) may be repatriated to their country of origin or residence at the transporting carrier's cost.
- Any person who stays in Mauritius after the expiry of the period, for which he obtained a visa or entry permit as the case may be, shall commit an offence and shall be liable for prosecution by a Court of Law.
- Non-citizens travelling to Mauritius as tourists/visitors are not allowed to engage in any gainful activities or apply for extension of visa to follow studies/training courses.
- Any person who wishes to seek employment or to engage in any gainful occupation in Mauritius will not be allowed to enter Mauritius unless he is the holder of valid residence permit and a work permit issued by the Mauritian Authorities.
- Prospective students are advised to travel to Mauritius only after their application for study/training in Mauritius has been approved.
- Non-Citizens coming to celebrate their marriage in Mauritius should comply with the requirements of Civil Status Act.
- A non-citizen coming to get married to a Mauritian should fulfill the requirements under the Civil Status Act.
- Non-citizens coming to Mauritius for business may apply for an Occupation Permit to Passport and Immigration Officer through Board of Investment as Investor, Self-Employed and Professional.
A transit Visa may be granted to a passenger travelling to a third country provided he:
- leaves by the first available connecting flight
- has valid onward ticket
- has confirmed departure
- has adequate funds to meet the costs of transit, and
- is eligible to enter onward destination
*If transit exceeds 24 hours, visa should be obtained before traveling.
**Nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Liberia, Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen should obtain a visa before travelling to Mauritius even on transit.
Visa Admission restrictions
The Government of Mauritius does not recognize passports issued by the following Governments:
- The homelands of Botsphutatswana, Ciskei, Transkei, Venda or any other homeland existing in the Republic of South Africa
- Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
However, holders of such documents may apply for an entry permit and should not undertake any travel without prior authority.