Published on : Wednesday, August 18, 2021
As Covid-19 vaccination programs worldwide have been increased, parts of the south-western Indian Ocean are all set for tourism renewal, with Mauritius leading the race. Mauritius is a tourism-dependent island which will re-open its borders completely from October 1st.
The South African and Mauritius national carriers which have been under administration as Covid-19 had clipped their wings are now joined by Qantas and Emirates in actively planning to bring international travel back to the region with gradual recommencement of existing routes and the introduction of new ones.
In the coming days, what might turn out to be the new normal, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers will be allowed to visit Mauritius, however, the options in terms of accommodation available to those who are not vaccinated are limited to few government-approved quarantine hotels with guests required to remain in their hotel rooms for a fortnight as well as on days seven and fourteen, undertake polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Only after completing quarantine and returning a negative PCR test on day fourteen will unvaccinated travelers then be permitted to exit their hotel rooms. On the other hand, vaccinated travelers are completely free to stay where they prefer and to travel freely in the country, however on the subject of presenting a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure for Mauritius.