Mauritius is offering free vaccine to long-term travelers

Mauritius is offering free vaccine to long-term travellers

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Mauritius has announced the expansion of its COVID-19 vaccination program to include long-term international visitors who are over the age of 18. Mauritius has been offering free renewable long-term visas and has now added another perk to facilitate their stay in the island nation. Reportedly, those willing to stay longer here will be included in the said vaccination drive.

This vaccination drive is a part of an effort to reopen its borders fully. Mauritius, being one of the world’s smallest countries by size, and located in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, is home to nearly 100 miles of white, sandy beaches, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, and much more.

Mauritius relies on tourism heavily to keep its economy afloat, and it has been welcoming digital nomads and retirees with long-term visa plans. In fact, under the Mauritius Premium Visa, international visitors can spend up to 12 months in the country, which is again renewable and is something the government hopes will motivate visitors to stick around and spend more time here.

Regarding the vaccine program, Mauritius stated that it will be providing all Premium Visa holders, who are more than 18 years old, with the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine manufactured in India. However, to qualify for the visa, one has to meet certain immigration requirements, and also ensure that they are generating income from outside Mauritius.

Further, they will need to have health and travel insurance, a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, and undergo quarantine for 14 days at an approved facility.

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