The gorgeous tropical destination of Mauritius will reopen its borders on July 15th to international travelers.
The island confirmed it will reopen in stages from July 15th to vaccinated travelers, offering holidaymakers the opportunity to plan honeymoons and vacations. Although the island will take its first reopening step on July 15th, the island expects to have achieved herd immunity and zero restrictions by September 30th.
The Entry Requirements
All visitors will need proof of vaccination before they enter the country. However, for the initial 14 days, people will still need to quarantine for 14 days in COVID-19 safe resorts. The country will list a selection of COVID-19 safe resorts on June 20th.
Tourists will have a selection of hotels, and once they’re in quarantine, they can use the hotel’s beaches, water sports, golf courses, swimming pools, and much more. Travelers won’t be allowed to leave their hotel room until they’ve received proof of a negative result on arrival, which often takes around 6-12 hours.
Nonetheless, travelers will also require a full PCR test between five to seven days before they arrive in the country. In addition, the government will need a negative PCR on day seven and day fourteen of their quarantine.
Mauritius will accept all vaccinations authorized by the World Health Organization, and these include:
- Johnson & Johnson
Furthermore, all travelers who have not received a vaccine can’t enter the country. But, if you’re bringing children under 18, they don’t need to have been vaccinated. Instead, they must undergo PCR testing.
If you’re looking to explore the island freely, you are fully able to explore the island after 14 days. Also, there is no minimum stay on the island as the country looks to bring back visitors and boost its economy. If you’re a digital nomad, you can choose to stay in Mauritius for months.
The only requirement is having travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related health issues for the entire duration of your stay.
Phase 2 Reopening
Phase 1 is between 15th July the 30th of September, but the country will begin phase 2 from October 1st. The phase 2 reopening will allow travelers to enter the country with zero restrictions and full freedom.
Furthermore, travelers will not need to spend 14 days in a hotel resort, and they will be allowed to explore from the minute they go through immigration.
However, after October 1st, visitors will need a PCR test 72 hours before they land in Mauritius. In addition, Mauritius will open for unvaccinated travelers, but unfortunately, they will still need to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days, and they won’t be able to use the hotel facilities during their 14 days.
The Current COVID-19 Situation
Mauritius has won praise from many countries because of its successful handling of the pandemic. Despite being one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, it was able to contain the spread of the virus during the start of 2020.
The country was also one of the world’s first countries to open for long-term travelers and offer free vaccines to those on long-term stays. The country has only recorded a total of 18 deaths in the past 16 months, including a total of 1,556 cases. That makes the country the 193rd worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it one of the best success stories.
Although the country won’t drop all restrictions in July, you’ll still be able to enjoy luxury resorts for 14 days. Once you’ve completed the 14 days, you can stay on the island for as long as you want.
Mauritius is very popular for honeymoons and tropical vacations, so travelers can begin booking dates after October 1st with no quarantine on arrival. However, if travelers don’t mind spending a couple of weeks in a gorgeous resort, you can visit from July 15th.
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