Reunion authorities continue to implement measures to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Oct. 18. Officials placed the territory under a renewed state of health emergency Oct. 17. New measures have been announced, and other existing restrictions extended.
- Stringent health measures for restaurants, including no more than six people at a table, and social distancing measures of at least one meter (3.3 feet) between people in public areas, will be enforced from Oct. 19. Bars and restaurants must close by 0030.
- Public gatherings of more than six people in public are prohibited from Oct. 19. Exceptions will be made for specific events, such as approved demonstrations, funerals, markets, and guided tours.
- Facemasks are compulsory for persons over 11 years old in many public areas and on public transportation.
- Meetings and team sports are prohibited through at least Oct. 30.
- Cruise ships may not call on ports.
- Health checks are in place at ports of entry.
- Broad restrictions on nonessential travel to Reunion from areas outside of the European Union (EU) and several non-EU European states remain in place. Exceptions are made for certain traveler classes, including French nationals, health practitioners, cargo handlers, and diplomats. Persons older than 11 years of age arriving in the territory will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test received no more than 72 hours before boarding. There is no quarantine requirement. Persons approved for travel from locations within the Indian Ocean may be subject to seven days of self-quarantine.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements well before departure. 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.