As of Oct. 15, authorities in Mauritius have maintained eased travel restrictions, which came into effect, Oct. 1. However, authorities continue to implement some measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
A phased reopening of the country's borders is underway. Under Phase 2 of the country's three-phase reopening plan, Mauritian nationals, residents with a permit, individuals working in Mauritius, and long-term tourists from approved countries have been allowed to enter Mauritius since Oct. 1. Travelers to Mauritius will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days before arrival in the country. Travelers will be quarantined for at least 14 days at a government-approved hotel. Travelers arriving in the country will also need to take at least three tests, including one on arrival, another on day seven, and a final test on day 14. Travelers who test positive will be transferred to a government-run medical facility. All travel bookings will be centralized at the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) website.
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.
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.