The visa issue has long been a brake on the development of tourism in the Indian Ocean and in particular to the Reunion Island.
The exponential development of foreign trips for Asian residents attracts the envy of almost all of the tourist destinations. Since 2013, the new Chinese Government officially opened the country's borders in outbound tourism. Although the visibility of the island of Reunion is still shy on this market, it is for the destination to diversify its customer base. Reunion may need to open up to new markets emerging and to meet the problems posed by the decline in the flows coming from France and Europe, due in large part to the economic crisis that impacted these countries.
After many negotiations carried out by the president of the Regional Council of Reunion Didier Robert, by the Senator Jacqueline Farreyrol and the president of the IRT Patrick Serveaux with the French government, the exemption of visas for Chinese and Indian travellers wishing to attend Reunion, has now been formalised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius by the Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve and Minister of the overseas George Pau-Langevin. The Ministerial Decree of 27 June 2014 just endorse the opening and development of the local tourism sector to the Chinese and Indian markets.
This ministerial order echoed that of February 7, 2013, acting on the exemption of short stay visa for South African holidaymakers wishing to get to the island. A device that has been direct consequence an increase of 33% of the South African visitors to the destination.
The decree of 27 June 2014 modifying the decree of 26 July 2011 on the documents and visas required for entry of foreigners on the territory of Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Reunion and the community of Saint-Pierre -and-Miquelon.
Visa exemption applicable to holders of a passport which is affixed a multiple entry visa which is valid for between six months and five years issued by a French consular authority.
To enter the territory of the department of Reunion: Visa Waiver for stays of less than fifteen days for nationals whose travel and stay are organised through an approved agency.
Visa exemption applicable:
- · To the holders of diplomatic passports;
- Holders of a passport which is affixed a multiple entry visa which is valid for between six months and five years issued by a French consular authority;
- For entering the territory of the department of Reunion: for stays of less than fifteen days duration for nationals whose travel and accommodation are arranged through an approved agency.