The Reunion Island is growing in popularity with South African travelers for its exceptional experiences in culture, romance, gastronomy, well-being, adventure and outdoor activities.
Reasons why Reunion is a great option for South African Holidaymakers
– Only a short flight away – Air Austral flies to Reunion 2 x weekly
– South African Passport Holders do not need a visa
– Delicious food with a tasty mix of European and African influences
– Breath-taking scenery
– One of the world’s most active volcano
– A destination for all: couples, families, young and old
– France at your doorstep, with an island twist
– Leisurely times on the beach as well as perfect playground for active holidays
– Safe, secure and top-notch medical facilities
– Great weather all year round
For curious South African travelers, Reunion offers much more than a beach holiday, although beaches, water sports and endless lazy days are definitely on the menu, if you choose – with no need for visas and regular direct flights.
Air Austral, the French airline of the Indian Ocean, is the only airline to offer direct non-stop flights between Reunion and Johannesburg twice a week – Sundays & Wednesdays with an additional flight on Fridays during holiday season. They also offer connections to, and from, many neighboring airports in the Indian Ocean.
Enjoy the comfort of all-leather seats in either Premium Economy or Economy class on board. Not only has the recent lifting of the visa requirement for South African passport holders made it possible for South Africans to have a trouble-free stay in Reunion Island, but it has also made it easier for them to combine their stay with other destinations: Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte, Comores, Seychelles, Paris, Chennai, Bangkok, and Perth.
Distance Reunion – South Africa : 2833 km
Flight time Saint-Denis – Johannesburg : about 4h10min
Time difference: Reunion is 2 hours ahead
Tips and advice to properly prepare your carry-on baggage.
Carry-on baggage : solid or flexible bag (sport bag for example) solid or flexible bag (sport bag for example) which is not checked in hold.
The maximum free hand-baggage allowance including your personal item is : 10 kg
Checked Luggage specs:
length max. : 55cm
height max. : 45cm
width max. : 20cm
PLUS one personal item : laptop-sized bag, handbag or briefcase…
Label your bag outside and inside with your : full name and surname, cell number, plus your address at destination, email; Check in as many items as possible in your checked-baggage and keep in your hand-baggage only what you absolutely need for your comfort during the flight; Pack in your hand-baggage the valuable items, important documents, jewels and money : travel documents, keys, cameras. Keep medication and medication orders;
Do not take under your responsibility any baggage of unknown person.
Advice to prepare your checked-baggage.
YOUR FREE CHECKED-BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE – (MEDIUM HAUL FLIGHTS including South Africa)
The baggage allowance on Air Austral is 25kgs in Economy class and 30 kgs in Premium Economy class with an unlimited number of pieces. Your free checked-baggage allowance is mentioned on your e-ticket.
For example : You can travel with 2 pieces of baggage : one weighing 12kg and the other 13kg, or less.
Baggage : solid or flexible bag which is checked in hold. (sport bag for example). Cartons and boxes are accepted under certain conditions and may be refused at check-in if not properly packed.
Sum of the three dimensions (length x width x height) must not exceed 300 cm
FREE CHECKED-BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE:
Cabin Maximum weight – 10 kg with maximum dimensions 115cm
Golf equipment – One bag per passenger. Free transport if the weight does not exceed 20 kg. Beyond, you will need to pay an extra fee per additional kilogram. The content may be verified at check-in.
Diving – One bag per passenger – Free transport if the weight does not exceed 20 kg. Beyond, you will need to pay an extra baggage fee per additional kilogram. A scuba certification will be required. The content may be verified at check-in.
Included in your free checked baggage allowance. Beyond this allowance, you will need to pay an extra fee per additional kilogram with a maximum fixed fee of 30€.
Surfboard Included in your free checked baggage allowance. Beyond this allowance, you will need to pay an extra fee per additional kilogram with a maximum fixed fee of 20€.
Free flight (paragliding…) Free transport if the weight does not exceed 20 kg. Beyond, you will need to pay an extra baggage fee per additional kilogram.
Bicycle (adult) Included in your free checked baggage allowance. Beyond this allowance, you will need to pay an extra fee per additional kilogram with a maximum fixed fee of 20€.
Bicycle (child) Free of charge
Preparing your bicycle – Bikes must be packed in a protective bag or bike box :
Fix the handlebar sideways
Deflate the tyres
Excess Baggage Fee – EUR5 per kg – subject to change without notice. If you purchase excess baggage up to 24 hours beforehand you will get a discount of 30% – so you pay EUR3 per kg.