Mauritius has opened its borders to international travellers – both vaccinated and non-vaccinated, as previously announced.
Vaccinated guests can stay in one of 14 designated “resort bubbles” during Phase 1 of the border reopening, which spans from July 15 to September 30, 2021. Guests who stay for more than 14 days and have negative PCR testing during their stay will be able to leave the hotel and move freely around the island for the remainder of their stay. They may, however, leave the resort earlier and return home for shorter stays.
Steven Obeegadoo, Mauritius’ Deputy Prime Minister 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 programme has enabled us to partially reopen our borders and we look forward to fully opening our borders in October.”
The decision to reopen Mauritius’ borders was made in June after the country’s immunisation campaign was successfully accelerated. The Mauritian government decided in January to include tourist employees and hotel staff as frontline workers to ensure visitors are welcomed into a safe and secure environment in Mauritius. International tourism accounts for a significant portion of the island nation’s GDP.
Travelers to Mauritius must take a PCR test five to seven days before departure, with a negative result required for entry. Travelers who have been vaccinated must additionally have a PCR test upon arrival in Mauritius, as well as on days 7 and 14 of their resort vacation, if appropriate.
From July 15, 2021, Air Mauritius and other international carriers will expand flying capacity in the run-up to the full reopening on October 1, 2021.
The second phase of the border reopening, which begins on October 1, 2021, would allow vaccinated travellers to enter Mauritius without restrictions if they provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.