A few weeks back we saw South Africa officially reopen for tourism. Now, the Mauritius government has announced a phased plan for the reopening of the country's borders, following a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mauritius Easing Travel Restrictions
With the pandemic slowing down Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) announced a 3 stage plan for the reopening of the country. The first stage involved reopening the borders back in September. The second stage started at the beginning of October and international commercial flights resumed, with borders finally being open to tourists, residents, and nationals. The third stage will be a complete reopening of Mauritius' borders and will be carried out based on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Passengers arriving in Mauritius will be required to bring a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival, and undergo a 14-day quarantine at an establishment approved by authorities. Those going to Mauritius must download and fill a Public Health COVID-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form which must be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon their arrival. Passengers will also be required to take a PCR test on the day of arrival, and on day 7 and day 14 of the stay. If at any point, a passenger receives a positive test result, they will be transferred to a public medical facility.
All passengers traveling to Mauritius must possess the following documents:
-A negative PCR test taken no more than 7 days prior to arrival
-Valid air ticket to Mauritius
-Proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation, on a full board basis, at a designated hotel for a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine
-Download and fill a Public Health COVID-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form
and Passenger Locator Form
Back in May, the Mauritian authorities lifted lockdown restrictions and there are no restrictions on movement around Mauritius. However, social distancing and wearing face masks in public remains mandatory.