Réunion Country Report
While the French state contributes the majority of capital transfers, local investment and tax incentives have brought in new private investment, particularly in tourism. Réunion benefits from European-grade transport infrastructure, good communications facilities, and strong regulatory and administrative support from metropolitan France. Réunion is also a regional leader in the fields of education (Indian Ocean University) and scientific research (epidemiology and meteorology). Labour costs are high for the region and environmental conditions can also be precarious: cyclones (November/December to April), an active volcano, and tropical diseases present the island with seasonal hazards.
The security environment is generally favourable to foreign investment. Petty crime can be a problem in the larger towns, but the Réunion police force – modelled on the French service – deals adequately with the risk. Réunion does not suffer from the same level of organised crime as other Indian Ocean islands enjoying tax haven status: as a French Overseas Department, Réunion is subject to the same laws, regulations, and enforcement provisions as any other French region. Although there is no known terrorist group operating in Réunion, the island has long been regarded by the French government as a possible target for Al-Qaeda and associated terrorist groups.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission and over one year of age.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
The island of Réunion enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures along the coast fluctuate between 21°C and 26°C. Between November and April the weather is hot and humid; it is slightly cooler the rest of the year. Cyclones can strike between December and March. Humidity levels are often high, particularly in coastal areas.
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