Passport validity, visa and other travel requirements
It is strongly recommended that, before leaving on a trip, you check the entry and travel requirements with the competent authorities of the destination(s) you intend to visit and/or the country/countries where you will be in transit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess all required travel documents according to the specified standards.
Some countries additionally require that the passport is valid for a minimum period beyond your trip — usually six months. For instance,
Originating from Mauritius: Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
To Mauritius: Passport must be valid beyond the intended period of stay in Mauritius.
In addition to your return ticket and a valid passport, some authorities also require a visa, a health certificate,insurance cover or other documents such as a hotel reservation or your host's contact information (exact address and telephone number).
Some authorities require that you leave at least two side-by-side blank pages in your passport for visa on arrival.
Visit the IATA Travel Centre before your trip for information about travel requirements of the countries you will be visiting or transiting. You must especially check with the relevant authorities of those countries.
For foreign nationals travelling to India
Online Visa Application
Visa applications have to be made online. All visa applicants are required to do the following :
a. Log on to the website http://indianvisaonline.gov.in
b. Select the Mission as Mauritius-Port Louis, if you are a citizen of Mauritius
c. Fill in all the mandatory items marked by red star (*) and obtain a print out of the application
d. Applicants are then requested to produce the print out of the application along with their passport, two passport size photographs, and other required supporting documents at the visa counter of the High Commission.
Visa exemption for Indian and Chinese nationals travelling to Reunion
Chinese and Indian nationals no longer need a visa for stays of up to 15 days. To organise their stay, they have three options:
They may buy an entire package tour (flight + accommodation) from a travel agency in China or India offering Reunion Island as a destination.
This agency will then contact an incoming agency on Reunion Island with a licence to request visa waivers.
Or they may apply to an incoming agency on Reunion Island which can also sell a package tour (list on our website: http://resa.reunion.fr/en/practical-information/our-points-of-sale-on-the-island/managementcompanies.html).
Or they may book their flight directly with the airline and apply to a local agency with a licence to organise their stay (accommodation, activities, transport on the island etc.)
Choose one of these three options to benefit from professional advice, and thus enjoy a top-quality holiday on our island, as well as the handling of administrative formalities regarding the visa waiver.
View the list of agencies registered as tour and holiday operators (ROVS) ATOUT France with a licence to proceed with these formalities: https://registre-operateurs-de-voyages.atout-france.fr/web/rovs/recherche [Available in French]
Should your stay exceed 15 days, you will need to apply for a visa at the French consulate or embassy.
You may also go on a 24-hr visa run to Mauritius then come back to Reunion Island, provided you organise your second stay via one of the three options detailed above.
The maximum duration of authorised stay on Reunion Island is 90 days per 6-month period for up to 15 days at a time.
Please note, given that Reunion Island is not part of the Schengen area, so a visa for mainland France is not valid. Please consult a French embassy or consulate.