Authorities in Mayotte have reimposed the territory's state of health emergency as of Oct. 17. to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The move comes less than one month after the original state of health emergency expired. New measures have been announced, and other existing restrictions extended.
- Facemasks are compulsory in most public areas, businesses, and on public transportation.
- Public gatherings of more than six people are prohibited. Exceptions are made for specific events, such as approved demonstrations, funerals, markets, and guided tours.
- Stringent health measures are in effect for restaurants, including allowing no more than six people to be seated at a single table and enforcement of social distancing of at least one meter (3.3 feet) between people in public areas.
- Authorities continue to advise working from home where possible.
- Health checks are in place at ports of entry.
- Broad restrictions on nonessential travel to Mayotte from areas outside of the European Union (EU) and several non-EU European states remain in place. Exceptions are made for certain types of travelers, including French nationals, health practitioners, cargo handlers, and diplomats.
- Persons older than 11 years of age arriving in the territory must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 with a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.
- Persons approved for travel from locations within the Indian Ocean may be subject to seven days of self-quarantine. Persons traveling between Mayotte and other locations with active COVID-19 transmission, including Reunion and other countries in the Indian Ocean, must provide proof that the travel in question is essential.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Individuals affected by the restrictions should consider postponing planned travel. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. 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. Reconsider and reconfirm non-emergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
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.