Mauritius introduces one-year Premium Travel Visa
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have to stay confined and work from home has become more prevalent. To escape from the stress related to the pandemic and isolation, Mauritius gives foreigners the opportunity to come for a long stay in a COVID-safe environment with the Premium Travel Visa. You wish to work remotely while contemplating the sea or relax in a peaceful environment; the Premium Travel Visa provides you with this opportunity.
What is the Premium Travel Visa?
The Premium Travel Visa is applicable for a long stay, more precisely for a period exceeding 180 days in a calendar year. This Premium Travel Visa, valid for up to one year and renewable, aims to attract remote workers and professionals who are looking for a change of scene for themselves and their families, and retirees looking for a COVID-safe environment.
Foreign nationals who are planning to stay on the island for a cumulative period not exceeding 180 days in a calendar year, a tourist visa will be granted. In the case they want to stay for a longer period, they can submit an application for the Premium Travel Visa, provided then meet certain conditions.
In the midst of global travel disruptions caused by the COVID-19, this measure is intended to support the travel and tourism sector, one of the pillars of the Mauritian economy. With its modern telecommunications infrastructure and a reliable ICT connectivity, the island nation is an ideal spot for non-citizens to work remotely with peace of mind.
Who can apply for a Premium Travel Visa?
The non-citizens must come as tourists, retirees, professionals accompanied by their family willing to carry out business or work remotely from Mauritius, or parents of children studying in Mauritius. Furthermore, the Mauritian authorities have drafted a list (see below) of countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for a Premium Travel Visa.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Congo Brazzaville||Guyana||Macau SAR||Romania||Sweden|
|Argentina||Congo (DRC)||Hong Kong||Malawi||Rwanda||Switzerland|
|Bahamas||Czech Republic||India||Malta||San Marino||Tonga|
|Bahrain||Denmark||Ireland||Mexico||Saudi Arabia||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Brazil||France||Kiribati||New Zealand||Solomon Islands||UAE|
|Brunei||Gabon||South Korea||Norway||South Africa||UK|
|Burundi||Georgia||Latvia||Papua New Guinea||St Kitts and Nevis||Vanuatu|
|Cape Verde||Ghana||Liechtenstein||Poland||St Vincent & Grenadines||Zambia|
How does a person qualify for the Premium Travel Visa?
To qualify for the Premium Travel Visa, non-citizens must provide evidence of:
- their long stay plans;
- adequate travel and health insurance for the initial period of stay; and
- sufficient funds to cover for the cost of the stay.
Foreigners also need to :
- demonstrate that the main place of business and source of income is outside Mauritius; and
- provide documentary evidence to support application such as purpose of visit, accommodation etc.
To note that, under the Premium Travel Visa, non-citizens will not be allowed to enter the Mauritius labour market. To be authorised to carry out a professional activities or invest in Mauritius, foreign nationals staying in Mauritius under the Premium Travel Visa may apply for an Occupation Permit, or a Residence Permit as a retired non-citizen.
To extend their stay further, non-Mauritian citizens can obtain the Permanent Resident Permit, delivered through the acquisition of a residential property, developed under the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), Real Estate Scheme (RES), Property Development Scheme (PDS) or Smart City Scheme (SCS), of at least USD 375,000.
Health protocols to keep Mauritius COVID-safe
To keep Mauritius safe from COVID-19, the local Ministry of Health and Wellness has put in place a strict monitoring regime. Indeed, all passengers, citizens as well as non-citizens under the Premium Travel Visa, will have to go through the sanitary and health protocols established by the local authorities.
All passengers (including children and infants) planning to come to Mauritius must:
- produce a certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR done 5 to 7 days prior to the date of departure;
- produce the proof of purchase of a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine stay package, on a full board basis, with a pre-approved hotel;
- undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Mauritius; and
- undergo a PCR test one the 7th and 14th day following arrival at the hotel.
If a person’s PCR test reveals that he/she is COVID-19 positive, he/she will be shall be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment.
Why you should come to Mauritius
Mauritius has been, for many years, an international business destination, a business hub with renowned banks as well as financial and legal institutions. First in Africa in the last World Bank’s Doing Business Report, and on other international indices, Mauritius provides a conducive business ecosystem with modern infrastructure, allowing Premium Travel Visa holders to easily transfer their business operations to the island. Indeed, Mauritius has a dual legal system combining the advantages of Common Law and Civil Law, a bilingual (English and French) and skilled workforce, a simple and attractive tax system, and a free and democratic political system. Its strategic geographic location and convenient time zone is ideal for working remotely with Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East.
Mauritius is also well known among tourists as a holiday destination, with its warm climate, beautiful beaches, lush greens, and multicultural landscape. Despite having closed its borders for most of the year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country remains open to foreigners looking for short-term holidays but insists the 14-day quarantine requirements have to be observed.
Mauritius provides world-class leisure facilities, real estate properties and activities. This is why a large number of families, High-Net-Worth Individuals and retirees coming from South Africa, France, Germany, United Kingdom and other European countries chose Mauritius, favourable and secure living environment, as their second home. For the children, Mauritius offers a comprehensive education system with Anglophone and Francophone primary, secondary and tertiary private institutions. Medical services are also easily accessible with modern and well-equipped private hospitals.
The Premium Travel Visa provides them the opportunity to relocate to Mauritius and take advantage of the benefits the jurisdiction provides as a business hub, coupled with the security of a COVID-safe destination.
Sunibel is here to advise you
Since our inception, we have helped businesses and individuals to relocate to Mauritius, accompanying them and facilitating the relocation process, as well as providing concierge services for your stay in Mauritius.
You would like to know more about the Premium Travel Visa, filing the online application, booking an accommodation, opening a bank account, or tax implications, feel free to send us a message using the form below:
Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. 2020. Mauritius Is Open: Live And Work In The Covid Secure Indian Ocean Paradise. [online] Available at: <https://www.mymauritius.travel/articles/mauritius-open-live-and-work-covid-secure-indian-ocean-paradise> [Accessed 18 November 2020].
Economic Development Board Mauritius. 2020. Mauritius Premium Travel Visa. [online] Available at: <https://www.edbmauritius.org/premium-visa/> [Accessed 18 November 2020].
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