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Mauritius will offer ‘hotel holidays’ for vaccinated visitors

… but visitors must remain in their hotel for 14 days 

Mauritius has announced a phased opening for vaccinated travellers. The Indian Ocean tourist destination will start to welcome tourists from 15 July, but fully vaccinated travellers to Mauritius can only have what tourism authorities are calling a “hotel holiday”.

Visitors from any destination will be granted entry, provided they have received the second dose of their Covid-19 vaccination at least three weeks before arriving in Mauritius.

Mauritian authorities are recognising all vaccines authorised by the World Health Organisation, including those for emergency use. This means tourists who have received the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen/Johnson&Johnson, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines can visit.

All travellers must book a stay in an approved hotel, and must remain in their room until they receive negative results of an on-arrival PCR test, typically within six to 12 hours. Tourists can then use hotel facilities including beaches, swimming pools, water sports and golf courses. Spa facilities will remain closed during the first phase of reopening.

Travellers must take another PCR test on day five, six or seven, and anyone spending less than 14 days on the island won’t be able to leave their hotel grounds, other than to travel back to the airport.

Those spending longer than two weeks in Mauritius can roam freely after proof of a negative test on day 14. There is no minimum stay requirement for tourists, but all visitors must have valid travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment for the duration of their trip.

In October, Mauritius will enter the next phase of reopening. This will allow vaccinated tourists to travel to the island without waiting 14 days before leaving their hotel. Vaccinated travellers will be able to fly to Mauritius with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Unvaccinated travellers will be able to fly to Mauritius from October, but will have to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine, with no access to leisure facilities.

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