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Reunion

If you’re travelling to Reunion, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

COVID-19

A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Reunion.

See links below for details.

Link to: French Public Health Agency (Santé Publique)

Link to: WHO

French authorities have taken a number of measures in relation to coronavirus in Reunion. Gatherings of over 10 persons are prohibited, and it is obligatory to wear face masks in enclosed public places, and on public transport. Further information on measures in place in Reunion is available here. Cancellations are likely on long-distance transport, including flights.

A negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72h before boarding is required to travel to Reunion, and arrivals are requested to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival.

Reunion authorities advice (in French)

French government advice on COVID-19 (in French)

French Health Ministry information on COVID-19 (in French)

French Health Ministry advice for travellers returning from affected areas (in French)

Reunion Airport

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

Emergency assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Reunion, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, please contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000. You can contact the emergency services in Réunion by dialling 112.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Practical advice

  • Read our Know Before You Go travel guide for useful security tips when travelling abroad
  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal. 

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural disasters and climate

Climate

Réunion is a tropical island just above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Indian Ocean. It has good all year round temperatures. Réunion can experience heavy rainfall between January and March.

Cyclone

The cyclone season in Réunion normally runs from November to May. Cyclones can cause extensive damage to property. The authorities have a well-structured system of phased warnings and you should follow any advice issued by the local authorities. If you’re travelling to or living in Réunion, make sure you know what to do in the event of a cyclone.

Additional Information

Additional information

You can research further information on Reunion by reading these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:

Health

Travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

Check with your doctor a minimum of eight weeks in advance of departure to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, 0033(0) 1 44 17 67 00, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox. This mailbox will be monitored regularly.

Embassy of Ireland
12 ave Foch
75116 Paris
France

Tel: +331 44176700
Fax: +331 4417 6750

Monday to Friday 09:30-12:00

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