Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Mauritius easing COVID-19-related travel restrictions as of Sept. 20. Further reopening of country from Oct. 1.

Alert Begins 20 Sep 2020 11:17 AM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel disruptions

Summary
Authorities continue to implement some measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Sept. 20.

International Travel
A phased reopening of the country's borders is underway. Mauritian nationals will be able to travel back to Mauritius through September. Travel restrictions will be relaxed further from Oct. 1, when borders will reopen further and nationals, residents, and tourists planning long stays will be allowed to enter the country from several as yet undisclosed locations. It is likely that some restrictions on persons traveling from high-risk locations will remain in place. Authorities will require all passengers to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no more than five days before travel. All travelers entering the country will be subject to a health screening. Upon arrival, passengers will enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-approved facility. To facilitate travel, all travel bookings will be centralized at the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) website.

Domestic Measures
Restrictions have been largely relaxed in recent months. Persons who have had possible exposure to COVID-19 are subject to a 14-day quarantine at a government-approved facility. Facemasks are required on public transportation.

Background and Analysis
Mauritius' reopening is being facilitated to boost the economy, which relies heavily on tourism. Should the number of COVID-19 cases increase during the reopening phases, international travel and domestic restrictions may be reimposed.

Advice
Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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