Mauritius will take its next step to fully reopening its borders on September 1st as the country relaxes restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers.
The director of MTPA Arvind Bundhun stated, “This is a major leap towards the full reopening of its borders on 1st October when vaccinated international travelers will be welcomed in without restrictions.
He further stated, “Visitors who present a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to embarkation will be able to explore the island freely from the moment they arrive”.
The Current Entry Restrictions
Mauritius is currently open to fully vaccinated tourists, but they have to spend 14 days at a certified COVID-19 hotel.
Travelers also will need a mandatory PCR test at the airport on the day of arrival, and a PCR test on day 7 and day 14. That’s three PCR tests in total.
Unvaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the country, but they currently have to spend 14 days in an official government quarantine hotel.
- Travelers won’t be allowed to leave their room
- Travelers will need a PCR test on day 7 and day 14
- After the negative PCR test, travelers can freely explore the island and move to new accommodation
The New Restrictions From September 1st
As of the 1st of September, vaccinated guests will only need to spend seven days in a special resort bubble hotel. After that, travelers are free to explore the island.
The new entry restrictions are a by-product of the fast vaccination rollout on the Indian Ocean island. More than half of the population have received their first vaccination dose, and 63 percent are fully vaccinated.
Travelers will have 14 different resort bubbles to choose from instead of the previous 14-day requirement.
Mauritius Will Fully Reopen Its Borders On October 1st
From October 1st, Mauritius will fully reopen its borders. The country will welcome vaccinated travelers with zero restrictions and be able to explore the island from the minute they land. Travelers will still need to show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.
This news should attract many travelers to the island as the nation becomes like much of the Western world — restriction-free for vaccinated travelers.
Mauritius is highly dependent on its tourism industry, and the government made the decision in January to vaccinate all of its tourism workers first to get the travel industry moving again.
However, the emergence of the Delta variant has slowed down the reopening. But although the country reopened in July, there are still strict restrictions on the border.
The COVID-19 Situation On The Ground
Mauritius managed to avoid the pandemic nightmare for the last 18 months after a very small wave of cases in March 2020. After that, the country recorded a handful of positive COVID-19 tests as the country locked itself from the world. The country has only recorded 8,000 cases since the pandemic began with only 27 deaths.
Recently, the country has started to see a spike in cases as it reopened its border in July. The country is currently averaging around 200 cases of COVID-19 per day. However, because the country has administered over 1.29 million vaccination doses, the country is ready to live with COVID-19.
The news that Mauritius is dropping its entry restrictions gives Americans another possible tropical destination before the year ends.
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