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Mauritius drops pre-arrival Covid-19 tests for vaccinated travellers

Covid-19 testing on arrival in Mauritius is still required

Mauritius has relaxed its Covid-19 travel entry rules for international visitors. Fully vaccinated foreign tourists no longer need a negative Covid test before departure to the Indian Ocean island.

They previously had to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. However, Covid testing on arrival remains a requirement.

From 12 March 2022, travellers are required to present proof of health or travel insurance before boarding, and Covid-19 testing will be required on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers can then enter Mauritius without needing to quarantine.

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At least 28 days must have passed before travelling if the passenger has received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, and at least 14 days must have passed for all other vaccines approved by Mauritian authorities.

Children aged 17 and under travelling with a parent or guardian do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter Mauritius.

Non-vaccinated arrivals face seven days in quarantine in “accommodation of your choice”

A Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority spokesperson said: “This move will make it much easier for business and leisure travellers to visit this Indian Ocean island and is being warmly welcomed by the travel and hospitality industry in Mauritius.

“Demand from tourists and business travellers has soared following the reopening of its borders to international travel since last October, which coincided with the loosening of travel restrictions in many of Mauritius’ key markets.

“Travellers are choosing Mauritius for its beaches, mountains, lagoons and business opportunities but also for its safety and security. As it stands, 90% of Mauritius’ adult population is fully vaccinated and our booster dose campaign is at full swing.

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Tourism authority director Arvind Bundhun said: ‘We’re delighted that the Ministry of Health and Wellness has reviewed the sanitary protocol for visitors to Mauritius. Automatically this renders the experience of travelling to Mauritius far easier and more streamlined. We expect a further boost to tourism numbers as demand for travel to Mauritius is currently ramping up.”

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