THE NEW PREMIUM VISA
Our country’s early success in controlling the COVID-19 spread has been a result of a vigorous, decisive, and highly effective response to the pandemic. Mauritius enjoys today an enviable position on the international scene, that of being a COVID-Safe destination.
As things stand at present, the economic impact of the protracted shutdown of the global tourism industry is likely to keep playing out over the coming months. With travel initially brought to a screeching halt, this global disruption has proven how important travel and tourism is to our economy, an industry that accounts for, directly and indirectly, more than 20% of our GDP. Nothing can change the reality of the global pandemic, but as a COVID-Safe destination we can leverage possible benefits.
This could be the perfect time for us to rethink and reinvent our tourism strategy to make the industry more resilient. The launch of the Premium Visa is aimed at triggering tourism demand; re-activating tourism and adapting to evolving consumer needs. With the gradual easing of flight restrictions, this new concept will help rebuild the trust of travellers seeking a safe holiday destination or chart a way for those seeking a retreat while remaining professionally productive or retiring in a secure environment.
What is the Premium Visa?
The Premium Visa is issued to eligible non-citizens seeking to stay in Mauritius (individually or with their families) for an initial period of more than 6 months up to a year, with the option to renew. It is an appealing invitation to travel to Mauritius, to work remotely in safe haven, take a sabbatical or begin the journey to retirement while relishing an exotic luxury lifestyle in a COVID-Safe environment.
In order to qualify for the Premium Visa, the applicant must have proof of his/her long stay plans and travel and health insurance for the initial period of stay. The following criteria should also be met:
How to get your Premium Visa?
Applying for the Premium Visa is a relatively swift online procedure with no charges applicable. The online portal is accessible from the website of the Economic Development Board. Starting with the basics, the following is required: