All You Need To Know About Visa Requirements For Mauritius

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Feb 05, 2019
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Mauritius is a country known for its pristine beaches, vibrant reefs, rugged mountains punctuated with lush rainforests and a number of hiking trails. This Indian Ocean island nation is one of the perfect destinations for honeymoons as well as vacationers. The reason Mauritius is so popular amongst international tourists is also because of its traveler-friendly visa policy. So, if you are tempted to laze around on the beaches of Mauritius or explore its forests, here is all you need to know about visa requirements for Mauritius. 

If you are wondering ‘do I need a visa for Mauritius?’, then this guide is for you! 

1. Which countries do not require a visa to enter Mauritius? 

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Mauritius allows citizens of more than 110 countries to enter Mauritius without a visa for a specific number of days. This time period will vary from country to country depending upon the inter-country relations. 

So, here is the list of countries that do not need a visa to visit Mauritius - 

  • United States
  • Canada
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Other than these 7 major countries, here are the ones exempted from visa procedure while planning a Mauritius vacation - 

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize. Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Rep. of Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic (ex Czechoslovakia), Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia Republic, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (South Republic), Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macau SAR, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco. Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Russian Federation (Russia), Samoa (Western), San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, St Kitts  and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tchad, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vatican, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

2. Who else can enter Mauritius without a visa? 

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Other than 110+ countries mentioned above, there are certain cases where a visa is not required to enter Mauritius. These scenarios are - 

  • If you are a citizen of Mauritius
  • If you are a spouse of a citizen of Mauritius
  • If you are a resident of Mauritius under the Immigration Act
  • The child/stepchild/lawfully adopted child of persons who are residents of Mauritius or those who are residents of Mauritius under the Immigration Act

3. Which countries are offered visa-on-arrival in Mauritius? 

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There are more than 65 countries right now eligible for Mauritius visa on arrival. This visa is generally valid for 2 weeks or 2 months. But, it may change according to a number of reasons including, but not limited to - purpose of your visit, a type of visa you are applying for, or countries you have visited before traveling to Mauritius. 

If you are a passport holder or citizen of any country listed below, you are eligible for visa-on-arrival for Mauritius - 

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Comoros, Central African Rep., Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Rep, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia (ex Yugoslav Rep.), Madagascar, Mauritania, Marshall Island, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Serbia , Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro).

Some of these countries may face additional scrutiny than others. 

4. Which countries require a visa to enter Mauritius?

Only 16 countries need to apply for a visa prior to travel. These are - 

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Korea (North), Laos, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Palestinian State, Saharawi Republic, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen. 

5. How to apply for a Mauritius tourist visa?

This is how Mauritius visa application form looks like - 

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If you are a citizen of a country that needs to apply for a Mauritius visa prior to travel, then you will need to visit the nearest consulate/Mauritius embassy. Keep in mind that physical appearance is necessary, and it may take up to or more than 5 working days to process the application

If you are still wondering how to get Mauritius visa, then it is necessary to contact Mauritius consulate in case of any queries or uncertainties for updated information. 

6. What are the requirements for a Mauritius visa? 

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If you are applying for a Mauritius tourist visa, you need a valid passport with an expiry date that is beyond the date of your intended stay. Even if it is not specified, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date of your departure from Mauritius. 

Other documents required for Mauritius visa are -

  • Visa application form filled and signed by the applicant.
  • 2 passport-sized photographs of the applicant.
  • Copy of data pages of the passport of the applicant. 
  • Return ticket booked in advance. 
  • Confirmed accommodation booking for the entire stay. 
  • Enough funds to cover the cost of stay i.e. at least USD 100 for per day.

Other than these documents, you may need to produce an international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever as well depending on the country you are traveling from or have visited recently. 

7. How much is the Mauritius visa Fee?

Tourist visa fees for Mauritius will change according to each country and is not refundable in most of the cases. So, it is necessary to check all the filled documents before submitting. 

Keep in mind that these points are applicable in case of tourist visa only. If you are applying for any other type of Mauritius visa, you will need to check the official websites for detailed information. 

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