Gradual Opening of Mauritian Borders as from 01 October 2020

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Last updated 29 September 2020

The Government of Mauritius has announced an easing of travel restrictions and a gradual opening of the Mauritian borders as from the beginning of October. Prior to this date, the authorities have accentuated the efforts towards repatriating Mauritian nationals stranded abroad, known as Phase 1. It is expected that some 9000 Mauritians will be brought back to the island during this process.

As from 1st of October 2020, entry to Mauritians will also be opened to non-Mauritians possessing valid residence and occupation permits, as well as tourists. Known as Phase 2, all incoming passengers will however be subject to a 14-day in-room quarantine in designated centres. Intending passengers should also present a negative PCR test result prior to embarkation and will undergo additional PCR tests upon their arrival and during the mandatory quarantine period.

As at date, Mauritius remains Covid-safe, with the absence of any local cases.  

Additional information is available on the following websites:

Quarantine Packages: Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority

Air Ticket: Air Mauritius & Emirates 

Mauritius Covid Safe since April 2020

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Mauritius has registered no Covid-19 cases in the Community since 26 April 2020. 

After undergoing a complete lockdown from 19 March to 01 June 2020, a large segment of the economic activities as well as schooling have since then resumed. 

To date, the countries borders remains closed, while an adequate sanitary protocol is being put in place in view of a future phased reopening. This is being developed with due consideration to guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and international best practices. The objective is to put in place an appropriate control mechanism that would prevent the re-entry of the virus in the country and its spread among the community.

To that effect, among the numerous measures being implemented, an Airport Covid-19 Laboratory is being set up to test all incoming passengers tos ensure that they are Covid free. 

At the level of the Passenger Terminal, all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of passengers and airport personnel upon the resumption of international commercial traffic. Particular efforts are also dedicated to the cleaning and disinfection of regular touchpoints and other sensitive surfaces in the building.

For now, domestic flights to the island of Rodrigues have restarted since July 2020.   

Currently, the pre-conditions for repatriated Mauritians and residents travelling back to the country, include systematic screening at source on departure and arrival, with embarking passengers undertaking a COVID-19 PCR test which is required to be negative and valid for 5-7 days prior to departure. 

The stance of the Government of Mauritius with regard to the reopening of borders is  that once all relevant sanitary protocols are finalised and the laboratory is operational, consideration would be given to the appropriate time for the reopening of our borders and operation of scheduled commercial flights. The lifting of border restrictions in other countries will also have to be taken into consideration.