12-14 May 2019 The Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Mauritius 

Visa Information

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.

Transit Visa

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:

  • Taiwan
  • 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.

  • Lillian Musyoka, Country Manager Kenya, outstations & Offl ines – Precision Air

    With a dynamic airline industry, I was expecting to learn more on cost management and business improvement and this was met.
  • Bongani Lukhele, Airport Director – Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority

    My objective was to meet and interact with external stakeholders and suppliers in the airline industry - this was met.
  • Olivier Theilig, MTU Maintenance

    The one to one session was the most valuable part of the event.
  • Matthew Miller, Business Development Manager - ACS Aviation Solutions

    The one-to-one meetings were very valuable.
  • Tayeb Rostami, Project Manager - Air BP

    Really great idea to have the one-on-one session, extremely productive. Overall this has been a really excellent conference, especially in terms of networking, very well organized by AFRAA and many thanks to everyone involved.
  • Latimer Mwaniki, Managing Consultant African Civil Aviation Commission

    Excellent forum for aviation stakeholders
  • Iyabo O. Sosina, Secretary General African Civil Aviation Commission

    It was a pleasure for me to have been part of the Convention and I must confess that I had a fruitful and enjoyableexperience. The programmme was well coordinated. Well done!
  • Eng. Ahmed Mokhtar, GM, Marketing - EgyptAir Training Center

    I congratulate AFRAA on the success of the Aviation Convention and the unbelievable efforts exerted during preparation.
  • Tim Bingham, General Manager - World Fuel Services

    The event was very well organized and the content of the presentations were very insightful. It is one of the few conferences I have attended in recent times that has proved worthwhile.
  • Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi, IATA

    Very well organised event as usual for AFRAA and great networking opportunities
  • Mrs. Aduke Atiba, Landover Co. Ltd

    Very good job overall and conference is very useful/practical in approach. I believe more key decision makers in the airline industry should have been in attendance; as the issues discussed had strong policy implications and not totally operational in nature
  • Mrs. Shingai Dhliwayo, Air Zimbabwe

    Great platform, Well organized
  • Mr. Tom Bright Amooti, DAS Handling Company Juba

    Great Networking opportunities! The convention was well arranged and planned well. Thanks AFRAA team for your coordination.
  • Mrs. Blessing Amiandamen, Medview Airline

    Information and Networking – yes this was achieved
  • Mr. Waltie Kleinhans, Flamingo Inflight Services

    Networking, learning and gathering information related to the industry. Yes, this was met.
  • Mrs. Carla da Silva, Air Mauritius

    Networking, understanding updates on the industry issues, maintain abreast of aviation challenges, opportunities and key issues – yes was met
  • Ms. Shornette Rodrigues, Travelport

    Recently joined the air commerce team so needed to understand how my role is linked to the industry as a whole. Yes, objective met
  • Mr. Kelvin Kaisi, Flamingo Inflight Services

    My main objectives were to get exposure on latest trends, understand the African Aviation market better and to network. They were met
  • Mrs. Safia Abdulhamid, Zanzibar Airports Authority

    To meet different airlines which are not operating to our airport and invite them. Objective was met
  • Mr. Bruno Boucher, Lufthansa Consulting

    Good set up, good organisation
  • Mr. Sibusiso Nkabinde, ATNS

    Comprehensive list of topics and discussions. Also a unique gathering of stakeholders
  • Ms. Loyiso Jiyana, Air Chefs

    The pricing/fare management masterclass
  • Mr. Lawrence Tsimane, Air Botswana

    Rockwell Collins' presentation during the masterclass
  • Mr. Semou Diouf, Egnos Africa

    Statistics. True discussion on current problems
  • Mr. Moitry Joel, Thales Avionics

    Quality/knowledge of presenters
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