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Mauritius Has Some of the Most Gorgeous Beaches on Earth — and It's Enticing Remote Workers With a New Long-stay Visa Program

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 10/29/2020 Jessica Poitevien
a tree next to a body of water: The new visa allows visitors to stay for up to a year and can be renewed. © Romeo Reidl/Getty The new visa allows visitors to stay for up to a year and can be renewed.

When you work from home, that home can be anywhere. So, why not set up shop on a tropical island? With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing more people to work remotely, Mauritius has become the latest addition to a growing list of countries that have introduced new long-stay visa programs to attract remote workers. 

a group of palm trees next to a body of water: Romeo Reidl/Getty © Provided by Travel + Leisure Romeo Reidl/Getty

The new Premium Travel Visa for Mauritius is available to all non-citizens and valid for up to one year, though it can be renewed. Travelers interested in an extended stay must arrive to this island nation as a tourist, retiree, or as a professional traveling with their family and intending to work remotely. 

Applicants must also show proof of their long-stay plans and have travel and health insurance coverage for the initial part of their stay. As with most programs in the new wave of long-stay visas, visitors in Mauritius are not allowed to enter the country’s workforce and must have a source of income outside of Mauritius. Other supporting evidence that must be supplied include details about the applicant’s purpose of visit and their accommodations, as well as other basic immigration requirements.

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Mauritius is an island nation located off the eastern coast of Madagascar, and it normally draws visitors with its tropical lagoons, soft-sand beaches, and hiking opportunities in lush green forests.  

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the island nation has had 439 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths. All incoming travelers are required to complete a 14-day quarantine at an approved establishment. Travelers must also provide proof of a negative PCR test administered no more than seven days prior to the departure date of their flight to Mauritius, as well as undergo tests on the day of arrival and again on days seven and 14 of their stay, Lonely Planet reports.

The online platform with applications for the Premium Travel Visa is not yet available, but will be soon, according to government officials. For more information, visit the official website of the Mauritius Economic Development Board.

Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but always on the lookout for the next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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