COVID-19 – Reunion Island

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/26/21

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight. 

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

Reunion (France) has confirmed 59,048 cases of COVID-19. The curfew was lifted on October 4th.  Face masks are mandatory indoor and outdoor, in crowded areas, such as markets, public transportations, and stadiums. Click here (French) for details. The majority of businesses are open.  Gatherings, outdoor activities and picnics are now allowed with the limit of 10 people.  The Health Pass is mandatory for access to places of leisure and culture (theaters, cinemas, museums, night clubs); cafes, bars, and restaurants.  For details on the Health Pass, please click here (French).

Fully vaccinated travelers need proof of vaccination and a negative COVID PCR test performed in the 72 hours before departure.  A negative PCR test of less than 72 hours are required for all passengers. Click here (French) for details.  Travelers who are not vaccinated must show they are essential travelers with a compelling reason for travel to and from Reunion (France).  Click here (French) for details.

COVID-19 Testing

  •   Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Reunion (France)? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes 
  • Individuals in Reunion may obtain COVID-19 testing at multiple locations after consulting a medical professional and obtaining a prescription. Cost of approximately 85 Euros must be paid in full by the patient. Visit the Regional Health Agency – Reunion COVID-19 Testing (French) for additional information.  
  • Test results are sent electronically or via SMS.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of France approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Reunion (France) for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes

Details are available on Santer.fr website.  

  • Which vaccines are available in Reunion (France)? Pfizer-BioNtech and Johnson & Johnson
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

 Fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID PCR test performed in the 72 hours before departure.  A negative PCR test of less than 72 hours is required for all passengers. Travelers who are not vaccinated must show they are essential travelers with a compelling reason for travel to and from Reunion (France).  Click here (French) for details.

Individuals travelling to Reunion (France) over the age of 11 must present the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Negative COVID-19 test results 72-hours prior to boarding.
  • The contact-tracing assistance form 
  • A statement that they do not present symptoms and have no knowledge of contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 
  • Visitor permits and visa duration may be eligible for extensions of up to six months. Click here (French) for details.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Passengers arriving from mainland France are not required to quarantine, however, those arriving from other territories in the Indian Ocean with active coronavirus infection, who receive permission to enter, may be subject to seven days of self-quarantine.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Masks are required in public spaces, including public transportation.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Non-compliance of mask regulations may result in a fine of 135 Euros.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services are available by appointment only at the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Embassy Port Louis has resumed limited non-immigrant visa services.