• David Sanmi

Mauritius to start welcoming back tourists from July

Popular vacation destination, Mauritius is set to welcome back tourists from July in what will be the first phase of a carefully planned reopening.

The Indian Ocean nation is going to start allowing vaccinated holiday makers into its borders from July 15. The invitation is open to all visitors from all over the world, provided they have had their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine three weeks before their arrival.

All vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are recognized, including the ones from Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen/Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac or Sinopharm.

Children under the age of 18 do not need to be vaccinated but will undergo PCR testing on arrival.

Holiday rules

Unlike pre-pandemic times, visitors to Mauritius will have to observe some rules when in the country. They must reserve a stay in one of the recognized hotels where they will shelter in place until their PCR test is confirmed negative. This however is going to be a short stay as the results would be ready under 6 to 12 hours.

Once cleared, the tourists are free to use the hotel facilities like the beaches, swimming pools and golf courses. But to be able to leave the hotel premises, the tourists will have to take another PCR test on the fifth, sixth or seventh day and get a negative result. Tourists who plan to spend less than 14 days in total won’t be able to leave their hotel premises.

All visitors are required to possess travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment.

Second Phase

Starting from October, Mauritius is opening the phase two of reopening the country. Vaccinated tourists will be free to leave their hotels and explore the island without any waiting periods but they will still have to take a PCR test.

Unvaccinated tourists will be welcome but will undergo a two weeks quarantine at their hotel, during which period they won’t be able to use the hotel leisure facilities.

Mauritius has been one of the least affected countries, ranking number 193, which is by no means a mean feat as it a tourist destination. It has been praised for its handling of the virus. It recorded 1,566 cases and 18 deaths. It also plans to offer travelers that are staying long free vaccinations.

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