Visa requirements in Mauritius
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:
|Korea (North)||Saharawi Republic|
Persons coming from the countries below for tourism purpose are granted Visa for Sixty Days on Arrival *
|Bolivia||Honduras||Sao Tome & Principe|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||Indonesia||Senegal|
|Central African Rep.||Liberia||Thailand|
|Costa Rica||Macedonia||Timor Leste|
|Equatorial Guinea||Nepal||Serbia & Montenegro|
Persons coming from the countries below for tourism purpose are granted Visa for two weeks on Arrival *
No visa is Required* for Persons coming from the countries below for tourism purpose
|Antigua and Barbuda||Guyana||Romania|
|Brunei Darussalam||Korea (South Republic)||South Africa|
|Burundi||Latvia||St Kitts and Nevis|
|Cape Verde||Liechtenstein||St Vincent & Grenadines|
|Congo (Brazzaville)||Macau SAR||Sweden|
|Democratic Rep. of Congo||Malawi||Switzerland|
|Denmark||Mexico||Trinidad & Tobago|
|France||New Zealand||United Arab Emirates|
|Gambia||Oman||United States of America|
|Georgia||Papua New Guinea||Vanuatu|
* 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