Visa requirements in Mauritius

Visa requirements are subject to change and it is advisable to call the Passport and Immigration Office for confirmation.

People coming from certain countries are exempted from visa requirements and for people coming from the non-exempted countries are either granted visa on arrival or  it has to be obtained prior to travel.

Persons Exempted from Visa:
(a)  Citizens of Mauritius;
(b)  Persons who are residents of Mauritius under the Immigration Act;
(c)  The Spouse of a citizen of Mauritius;
(d)  The child or step child or lawfully adopted child of persons referred to at (a) and (b) above;
(e)  Holders of Diplomatic Passports other than those issued by the Government of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen;
(f)  Crew of a vessel travelling on duty or in transit to join another vessel;
(g)  Holders of Laissez-passer issued by the United Nations, SADC or from other internationally recognized organizations, and;
(h)  Persons who intend to remain in Mauritius only during the stay of a vessel by which they arrive and depart.

Who Needs a Visa?

All persons coming from countries which are not exempted from visa requirements

All persons coming to Mauritius for purposes other than Tourism, Visit or Business need to apply for a visa/permit before undertaking any travel.

Visa is Required prior to Travel for persons coming from the following countries:

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

Persons coming from the countries below for tourism purpose are granted Visa for Sixty Days on Arrival *
Albania Ethiopia Niger
Armenia Guinea Palau
Azerbaijan Guinea Bissau Panama
Belarus Guatemala Peru
Bhutan Haiti Philippines
Bolivia Honduras Sao Tome & Principe
Bosnia & Herzegovina Indonesia Senegal
Burkina Faso Jordan Serbia
Cambodia Kazakhstan Sri Lanka
Cameroon Kyrgyzstan Rep. Tajikistan
Colombia Lebanon Taiwan
Central African Rep. Liberia Thailand
Costa Rica Macedonia Timor Leste
Ivory Coast Mauritania Togo
Cuba Marshall Island Turkmenistan
Djibouti Micronesia Uzbekistan
Dominican Republic Moldova Uruguay
Ecuador Mongolia Venezuela
El Salvador Morocco Vietnam
Equatorial Guinea Nepal Serbia & Montenegro
Eritrea Nicaragua  

Persons coming from the countries below for tourism purpose are granted Visa for two weeks  on Arrival *
Algeria Madagascar Nigeria
Comoros Myanmar (Burma)  

No visa is Required* for Persons coming from the countries below for tourism purpose
Angola Grenada Qatar
Antigua and Barbuda Guyana Romania
Argentina Hong Kong Rwanda
Australia Hungary Russian Federation
Austria Iceland Samoa (Western)
Bahamas India San Marino
Bahrain Ireland Saudi Arabia
Barbados Israel Seychelles
Belgium Italy Sierra Leone
Belize Jamaica Singapore
Benin Japan Slovenia
Botswana Kenya Slovakia
Brazil Kiribati Solomon Islands
Brunei Darussalam Korea (South Republic) South Africa
Bulgaria Kuwait Spain
Burundi Latvia St Kitts and Nevis
Canada Lesotho St Lucia
Cape Verde Liechtenstein St Vincent & Grenadines
Chile Lithuania Suriname
China Luxemburg Swaziland
Congo (Brazzaville) Macau SAR Sweden
Democratic Rep. of Congo Malawi Switzerland
Croatia Malaysia Tanzania
Cyprus Maldives Tchad
Czech Republic Malta Tonga
Denmark Mexico Trinidad & Tobago
Dominica Monaco Tunisia
Egypt Mozambique Turkey
Estonia Republic Namibia Tuvalu
Fiji Nauru Uganda
Finland Netherlands Ukraine
France New Zealand United Arab Emirates
Gabon Norway United Kingdom
Gambia Oman United States of America
Georgia Papua New Guinea Vanuatu
Germany Paraguay Vatican
Ghana Poland Zambia
Greece Portugal Zimbabwe

* A visa only allows the holder to travel to Mauritius up to the port of entry and not admission into Mauritius. It is only after examination at the port of entry by an immigration officer who will then decide whether to grant admission into Mauritius and the length of stay irrespective of whether you are from exempted countries or not


a) 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

b) 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.

c) 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.

d) 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.

e) Prospective students are advised to travel to Mauritius only after their application for study/training in Mauritius has been approved.

f) Non-Citizens coming to celebrate their marriage in Mauritius should comply with the requirements of Civil Status Act.

g) A non-citizen coming to get married to a Mauritian should fulfill the requirements under the Civil Status Act.

h) 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.

i) Visas and Extensions of stay are issued free of charge.

Website of the Passport & Immigration Office