We saw the Mauritius government announcing a phased plan for the reopening of the country's borders, following a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the beautiful island Réunion and French Polynesia are both welcoming visitors from all over the world, including the USA, with some travel restrictions in place.
Reunion Island, the overseas territory of the French Republic in the Indian Ocean, started easing its travel restrictions back in July. The mandatory quarantine has been lifted, and natural areas like beaches and volcanoes are open to tourists. Some requirements for entry are in place of course, and masks are mandatory. All passengers are required to bring a negative PCR test taken no more than 72h prior to departure. The test is optional for passengers under the age of 11. Passengers will also need to fill out a statement declaring they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed case.
Back in July, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and other French Polynesian islands started reopening to tourists from all countries without the mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, all passengers will be required to fill out a statement declaring they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed case. Also, passengers are required to bring a negative PCR test taken no more than 72h prior to departure. Unlike Réunion Island, the test will be optional only for those under the age of 6. Another requirement for French Polynesia is a health registration form that can be filled out on the Polynesian Electronic Travel Information System website that you can find here
. All passengers will receive a self-testing kit that will need to be taken 4 days after arrival into French Polynesia.
Saint Martin also reopened its border back in July to visitors from all countries. Like the other French overseas territories, all passengers are required to fill out a statement here
declaring they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed case. Also, passengers are required to bring a negative PCR test taken no more than 120h prior to departure.
For passengers coming from a high-risk country, 14 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu-like symptoms is mandatory. For passengers from a moderate risk country, the mandatory self-monitoring period is 8 days. Passengers in these categories will receive an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online. Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and keeping an eye out for any other COVID-19 symptoms.