Mauritius has joined only a handful of countries pushing vaccine tourism schemes.
The Mauritian government has now expanded its Covid-19 vaccination programme to include all citizens, residents and long-term international visitors over the age of 18. Visitors holding the premium visa as well as residents of Mauritius holding a work permit, residence permit or occupational permit are eligible to receive their vaccinations free of charge.
According to the government, Mauritius is the only country in the world to offer free vaccines to long-term visitors, defined as those staying or working in the country for 12 months or more.
Applications for the premium visa are open to those currently in Mauritius on short-stay visas and those based internationally who wish to relocate to Mauritius for the long term.
Mauritius is currently dishing out Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs to the population in a bid to make the nation Covid-19-secure, thereby boosting its vital tourism and hospitality sector.