Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation has opened its borders to international travelers, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated, from 15th July 2021. The country has a plan to reopen in two phases.
In the 1st Phase Mauritius reopening the borders from 15th July until September 30, 2021, allows vaccinated guests to stay in one of 14 chosen ‘resort bubbles’.
Tourists will be able to enjoy facilities within their chosen hotel including the swimming pool and beach. If guests stay for 14 days and have negative PCR tests during their stay in the resort, they will then be able to leave the hotel and travel around the island freely for the rest of their stay, exploring the island’s many attractions. However, for shorter stays, they may leave the resort earlier and travel back home.
The approved COVID-19 safe resorts are available on: www.mauritiusnow.com
The decision to reopen Mauritius’ borders, announced in June, came following the successful acceleration of the country’s vaccination program.
International tourism represents a large amount of the island nation’s GDP and the Mauritian government took the decision in January to include tourism workers and hotel staff as frontline workers to ensure visitors will be welcomed into a safe and secure environment in Mauritius.
Hon. Steven Obeegadoo, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius and Minister of Tourism, said, “Mauritius is delighted to be welcoming international visitors into our safe and secure environment on the island. We are in a unique position to be able to allow international visitors, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated, to our resort bubbles and quarantine hotels before allowing guests to experience the island’s attractions.
“The safety and security of Mauritian citizens, residents, and those visiting the island is paramount and we are grateful to those who have cooperated throughout the pandemic to make this possible. The acceleration of our vaccination program has enabled us to partially reopen our borders and we look forward to fully opening our borders in October.”
Travelers to Mauritius must undergo a PCR test between five and seven days before departure and a negative result is required to enter the island. Vaccinated travelers must also have a PCR test on arrival at the airport in Mauritius and on days 7 and 14 of their resort holiday, as applicable.
Air Mauritius and other global airlines will add additional flight capacity from July 15, 2021, which will increase in the lead-up to the full reopening of October 1, 2021.
2nd Phase of the reopening of the borders, which takes place on October 1, 2021, will allow vaccinated travelers to enter Mauritius without restrictions upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.
International visitors can book their resort holidays either via tour operators or directly with the hotels. Other hotels have been confirmed as full quarantine hotels which will only be open to unvaccinated travelers when returning to Mauritius.