Mauritius opens international borders

Last month, Mauritius opened its borders to international travellers, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Phase 1 of reopening of the borders for the Indian Ocean Island, which runs until September 30 this year, allows vaccinated guests to stay in one of 14 chosen ‘resort bubbles’.

Holidaymakers 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 decision to reopen Mauritius’ borders, announced in  June,  came  following  the successful acceleration of the country’s vaccination programme. 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.

Travellers 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 travellers must also have a PCR test on arrival at the airport in Mauritius and on day 7 and 14 of their resort holiday, as applicable.

Air Mauritius and other global airlines will add additional flight capacity, which will increase in the lead up to the full reopening of 1 October 2021.

Phase 2 of the reopening of the borders, which takes place on October 1 this year, will allow vaccinated travellers 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 travellers, when returning to Mauritius.