Entry & Exit Formalities
Entering Réunion is usually hassle free, with no visas required for many nationalities. Customs searches are generally quick and easy if they occur at all.
- The following items can be brought into Réunion duty-free: 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1L of strong liquor or 2L of liquor that is less than 22% alcohol by volume, 2L of wine, 50mL of perfume and 250mL of eau de toilette. Anything over the limit must be declared on arrival.
- There are restrictions on importing plants and animals, for which import permits are required.
- With regards to currency, anyone entering or leaving the island must declare sums in excess of €10,000.
Visas are not required for most Western nationals for stays of up to three months.
Though Réunion is a French department, it's not part of the Schengen treaty. The visa requirements for entry to Réunion are almost the same as for France, bar a few exceptions. For EU nationals, a national ID or a passport suffices. Citizens of a number of other Western countries, including Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand, do not need visas to visit Réunion as tourists for up to three months.
Other nationals should check with the French embassy or consulate nearest your home address to find out if you need a visa. For example, South African citizens need a visa to enter mainland France but don't require a visa for Réunion. For up-to-date information on visa requirements see www.diplomatie.gouv.fr.