Travelling to Mauritius? Then you might qualify for a free Covid-19 vaccination on arrival

WT Writer
Mar 14, 2021

Travellers with plans to stay in Mauritius for a long period of time may now qualify for a free Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccination.

The government of Mauritius will update it’s Covid-19 vaccination programmes to include long-term visitors to the islands, it was revealed last week.

Those travelling to the popular Indian Ocean destination with a premium visa who are 18 years of age plus will quality, as the country rolls out plans to reopen the borders fully.

Allowing non-nationals to stay for up to 12 months, anyone applying for Mauritius’s premium visa will need to prove plans for a long-term stay for the purpose of a vacation – not work – only. They will also need valid health and travel insurance.

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Certain travellers to Mauritius will qualify for Covid-19 vaccinations once arrived. Credit | Pixabay

Those planning to stay for less that 180 days will qualify for a tourist visa over a premium visa, however.

The decision to offer travellers the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine – the same being offered to citizens and residents –is the first of its kind.

At the time of writing, a lockdown has been imposed across the country in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19. But the move will be rolled out in hopes to boost international tourism when the borders do fully recopen.

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