The world is starting to reopen for tourism once again, with Mauritius the latest country to outline its plan for the rest of the year, welcoming tourists for the first time in 18 months.
The Indian Ocean nation will have a two-phase approach, aimed predominately at those who have been fully vaccinated. Starting on 15 July, a negative PCR test is required between 5 and 7 days before departure, with further PCR tests when you arrive and on day 7 and 14 of your holiday. For those who have been fully vaccinated, you’ll be able to enjoy all the facilities of the resort (which are open – spas are closed for example), and those who haven’t need to isolate themselves in their room for 14 days. If you’re staying longer than 14 days, once you have a negative result on that test, you’re able then to go out and enjoy the island. There will be a list of approved accommodation by the end of the month.
From 1 October, the window for a PCR test is reduced to 72 hours before departure and there won’t be the requirement to have tests on the island, and you’ll be free to explore the islands – so long as you have been vaccinated. The same restrictions apply if you haven’t been, it’s a mandatory hotel quarantine.
We await further information from the Mauritius Government with some of the finer details, as to while they imply the tests on the island may be free, it doesn’t confirm that.