Mauritius announces phased reopening, SA travellers subject additional entry requirements

Mauritius will reopen to international travellers from 15 July 2021, implementing a phased reopening strategy. During the first phase (15 July to 30 September 2021) vaccinated travellers will be able to travel to the island destination.

However, flights between Mauritius and South Africa will remain closed until further notice and fully-vaccinated travellers from South Africa will only be allowed to enter Mauritius from countries on the approved list, provided they have not been in South Africa for at least 14 days prior to boarding a flight to Mauritius.

Should they be allowed to enter Mauritius, they will be subject to the same health and safety protocols and travel restrictions as stipulated for the approved countries.

Clarity is still awaited on whether direct travel from South Africa will be allowed during the phased reopening.

A statement by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority also stated the following:

From 15 July to 30 September 2021

All travellers are required to provide the following documents before boarding:

  • A certificate of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered between 5 and 7 days prior to boarding at their last point of embarkation.
  • a valid air ticket to Mauritius and
  • Proof of purchase of a stay package in one of the certified COVID-19 safe resorts

Vaccinated Guests

  • Can holiday at one of the certified COVID-19 safe resorts
  • Travellers can access the beach and enjoy access to all hotel facilities, excluding the spa
  • Travellers will undergo a PCR test on the day of arrival day and on day 7 and 14 of their stay
  • A COVID negative PCR test on day 14, will allow travellers free access to go and explore the island

Unvaccinated Travelers (Mauritian Nationals Only)

  • Will be required to book a 14-day quarantine stay including meals and transfers in an officially designated hotel.
  • Travellers will be required to stay in their hotel room for 14 days and meals will have to have meals delivered to their rooms
  • Travellers will be required to undergo a PCR test on arrival day, 7 days into their stay and 14 days into their stay
  • After a negative PCR test on day 14, travellers will be allowed to freely explore the island and move to different accommodation or go home.

A list of approved hotels will are available on www.mauritiusnow.com  from 20 June 2021 for bookings.

Phase 2: 1 October

From 1 October onwards, there is no clarity on SA travellers entering Mauritius.

Vaccinated Guests

  • The island will reopen fully for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers will be able to stay at any of the island’s hotels
  • Travellers will be free to explore the island and its attractions
  • Travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure to be allowed entry into Mauritius

Unvaccinated Travelers

  • Travellers will be required to book a 14-day quarantine staty including meals and transfers in an officially designated hotel.
  • Travellers will be required to stay in their hotel room for 14 days and meals will be delivered to their rooms
  • Travellers will be required to undergo a PCR test on arrival day and on the 7th and 14th day of their stay
  • A negative PCR test on day 14, will grant travellers access to freely explore the island and move to different accommodation or go home.

For full details of entry requirements and safety protocols, visit www.mauritiusnow.com