Latest Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
NOTICE TO ALL TRAVELLERS TO MAURITIUS
All prospective passengers (including children and infants) travelling to Mauritius must possess the following documents:
- a certificate of a negative COVID – 19 PCR test administered between 5 and 7 days prior to the date of boarding at the last point of embarkation.
- a valid air ticket to Mauritius; and
- proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation, on a full board basis, at a designated hotel for a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.
Attention is also drawn to the fact that
- any arriving passenger will have to undergo PCR tests on day of arrival, day 7 and day 14 following arrival: and
- if a PCR test reveals that a person is COVID-19 positive, he shall be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment.
- Non-Mauritians must pay a fee of Rs13,500 per person to their hotel to cover for Ministry of Health costs (including three PCR tests administered in Mauritius) when purchasing their travel package.
Incoming passengers to Mauritius must download and fill their Public Health Covid-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form which must be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon their arrival.
The quarantine period in Mauritius will be extended from 31st March 2021 to 31st May 2021. Quarantine will therefore be mandatory for all passengers entering Mauritius until that date.
Port Louis, 26 January 2021 – Mauritius launches its Covid-19 vaccination programme today giving priority to frontliners including health care professionals, employees of the tourism industry as well as senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions. 50,000 front liners are being considered for the vaccination campaign with 50% of them being in the tourism sector. Government objective remains the restart of the tourism sector in the safest conditions possible.
Mauritius observes strictest Covid-19 protocols and is regarded as having one of the world’s best responses to the pandemic. Strict quarantine measures and thorough testing protocols have been in place since the outbreak with the hotel industry playing a key role in offering accommodation for confinements. The country received a perfect 100 on the Oxford University Stringency Index which tracks government policy and action regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
There has been little to no disruption of social life in Mauritius since June 2020 with practically no known cases of community transmission. As a result, the country has seen an increase in demand from visitors looking to relocate to a Covid-safe environment for work, leisure, or retirement. The Premium Visa has been introduced for this purpose and allows for extended visits of 12 months with an option for further extensions.
Entry restrictions and quarantine requirements are expected to be eased progressively based on the evolution of the pandemic and upon visitors having achieved immunity. The situation is being closely monitored with vaccination campaigns already started in Mauritius’s main tourism markets. It is expected that soon vaccinated visitors will be granted free access to the country.
The ultimate objective of the vaccination campaign is to inoculate 60% of the country’s population of 1.3 million to achieve herd immunity. The first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, arrived from Mumbai on Friday 22 January as a donation from the government of India. Doses required to complete the vaccination campaign are expected from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer with an initial consignment approved through the COVAX facility.
Updated Communique with regards to the spread of the "new coronavirus" (Covid-2019)
Following the continuous and rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus, the following precautionary measures have been adopted by the Mauritian Authorities:
- All travelers who come from or have been in transit in the following countries during the last 15 days will not be allowed to enter the Mauritian territory until 28th February 2021:
- South Africa
We wish to reassure that all precautionary measures are being taken to protect the residents of Mauritius and other travellers.
The Cabinet took the decision on Friday 15 January 2021 to extend the quarantine period in Mauritius from 15 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. Quarantine will therefore be mandatory for all passengers entering Mauritius until that date. Regulations will be amended accordingly by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Prohibition will also be extended until 31 March 2021, for aircraft and ships to enter Mauritius unless they are authorised by the local authorities.
Mauritius has announced the phased easing of travel restrictions. As from 01 October 2020, borders will be open to Mauritian nationals, residents and tourists travelling to Mauritius for long stays.
Passengers will have to undergo a PCR test 7 days prior to travel. Upon arrival in Mauritius, a 14-day quarantine will be mandatory at an establishment approved by the authorities.
A travel package will be made available online for passengers and will include:
- Accommodation, on a full-board basis, for the 14-day quarantine.
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
- Health costs including mandatory PCR tests.
To facilitate the process, a centralised booking platform, linking to airline and hotel sites, is being set up on the MTPA website at https://booking.mymauritius.travel and will be operational as from 20 September 2020.
Air Mauritius and Emirates Airlines are scheduling regular flights connecting Mauritius to designated destinations. Flights may also be booked at the retail outlets, call centres and the websites of the airlines.
The sanitary safety of travellers and of the Mauritian public is a topmost priority. Protocols following international best practice will be in force on board the aircraft, at the airport, for airport transfers, at quarantine locations and thereafter at hotels and all other public places.
Repatriation of Mauritian nationals will continue until the end of September.
As from the beginning of October more flights will be scheduled to and from designated destinations. Mauritian Nationals, residents and holders of work/occupational permits will be given priority for travel to Mauritius. Passengers will be able to book their airline tickets and hotel rooms online.
The next phase will be the complete reopening of borders which will be considered based on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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A dose of escapism is awaiting travellers in the Indian Ocean to capture Mauritius’ exotic richness, cultural diversity and delicate flavours. It is worth taking the plunge as a family-friendly destination and as a place where the adventurous and thrill seekers would not find elsewhere for this magical encounter. Mauritius is an excellent “beach and tropical combination” spot to get in touch with the local community wholeheartedly or to wait for mesmerising sunrise and sunset on white soft sands in a relaxed atmosphere.
Since April 26, no local cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Mauritius. This has prompted the government to remove sanitary containment from May 31, seen as a success of the most popular tourist destination in the Indian Ocean. The opening of several branches in Mauritius and the resumption of certain work activities in public and private sectors have started to operate on Monday 1st June. However, physical and social distancing measures, daily screening of body temperature, cleaning and disinfection of premises or sites, use of hand sanitizers and the wearing of masks remain in force.
Mauritian Prime Minister, Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, has considered plans to gradually reopen the economies, including the tourism sector, a key pillar of the Mauritian economy and as a remarkable tourist destination. Current analysis of the tourism industry, health and safety measures and economic impacts are taken into consideration, to ensure the best sanitary measures to welcome back tourists and travellers very soon. So far, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), has recognised the efforts put forward by the Tourism Authority of Mauritius which has implemented a series of compulsory health measures to activate the recovery tourist activities and for tourist operators to adapt to a better respond to the demands of consumers.
Wellness Tourism in Mauritius
Yoga, spa treats, meditation and rejuvenation therapy are some of the wellness retreats which will help you to move towards a healthier lifestyle. Travel to Mauritius is associated with the pursuit of enhancing one’s personal well-being, to make you believe that you are in a utopian dreamland. The island has world-class resorts and spas, located in beautiful and peaceful environment to bring solace to your body, mind and soul. It is one of the perfect destinations where you can bid goodbye to your stress and rejuvenate your senses.
WTTC recognizes Mauritius as a safe destination with regards to Covid-19
Mauritius is actively preparing to welcome tourists and travellers very soon. Everything is done to ensure that this takes place under the best sanitary conditions, notably because of the COVID-19. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the supreme authority representing travel and tourism in the world, has just recognized the efforts undertaken by the Tourism Authority of Mauritius which has implemented a series of compulsory health measures to activate the recovery tourist activities.
The WTTC brings together more than 200 CEOs, presidents, and directors of the world's largest travel and tourism companies, from all geographies covering all industries. The WTTC strives to promote travel and tourism as one of the largest economic sectors in the world, supporting one in 10 jobs (330 million) worldwide and generating 10.3% of global GDP. Over the past 30 years, WTTC has conducted research on the economic impact of travel and tourism in 185 countries.
Since April 26, no local cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Mauritius. This prompted the government to remove sanitary containment from May 31. This success of the most popular tourist destination in the Indian Ocean is to be attributed to the government, which, as of January, launched a series of measures following the evolution of the pandemic situation in the world. After the gradual closing of the borders, the application of strict containment measures, and isolation of the sick, followed by intensive contact tracing and tests, the country is now going to another phase while waiting to welcome its first visitors soon.
Mauritius: A Cultural Melting Pot
Experience the charm of Mauritius, which lies in its unique amalgamation of vibrant cultures and environment-friendly décor. Described as “the star and key” of the Indian Ocean, the island has been capturing the hearts and minds of many travelers. Many have allowed themselves to be seduced by the fabulous ocean views, or, danced to the groove of the Mauritian rhythm; the traditional dance known as the “Sega” and savoured the hues of flavours of the local cuisine. Mauritius is a magical retreat for once in a lifetime to adventure.
World-renowned tourist paradise, the Republic of Mauritius has not escaped the Covid-19 pandemic. However, whilst the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted more than 20,000 cases and 1,139 deaths in the group age of over 60 years, there will have been only 332 positive cases and only 10 deaths for the whole population, of which only five directly related to the coronavirus. As of Sunday, May 17, no new cases have been recorded in Mauritius for 20 days. The reasons for this control of the pandemic are to be found in the responsiveness of the Mauritian authorities and the effectiveness of a primary health system well-seasoned in dealing with epidemics such as malaria or dengue.
To put the records straight, Mauritius did not wait for the WHO to declare the coronavirus as a pandemic before implementing precautionary and control measures.
- As of January 23, passengers inbound from China are quarantined. A measure extended to other Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan thereafter. February 2 will be the outright ban of these nationals.
- On March 16, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announces the closure of the borders of Mauritius to the countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland from Wednesday, March 18 for a period of two weeks.
- On March 19, after the announcement of the first three cases of the Covid-19, the Prime Minister declared a state of national containment from the next day for 14 days. The entire economy is shut down except for essential services and a few grocery stores and pharmacies.
- Sanitary confinement will be tightened three days later and then extended for the first time until April 15, a second time on May 4 and finally a third time on June 1 with a gradual opening of certain sectors of the economy, from 15 May. The Prime Minister justified this extension so that the stabilization of the spread of the virus would not be annihilated by a second wave of the disease.
Mauritius’s success in controlling and stabilizing the coronavirus can, therefore, be explained by the importance attached to this pandemic by the Mauritian authorities. The closure of the borders first for the Asian countries affected by Covid-19 and then for the other countries and the quarantine of Mauritians and residents coming from abroad demonstrates the will to prevent the coronavirus from reaching the coasts of Mauritius.
We also note a desire for transparency and continuous communication with daily press conferences of the National Communication Committee of Covid-19 and regular interventions by the Prime Minister even when he was himself in self-isolation. An application, beSafeMoris, has also been launched for continuous information on the situation and the precautions to be taken.
In practice, the experience of health services for diseases such as malaria has greatly helped in monitoring contact tracing of people found to be positive. In addition, the centralization and creation of isolation units for people in need of intensive care has helped to minimize the spread of the virus. A policy also helped by the creation of quarantine centres to accommodate all returnees. It should be noted that there is a good synergy between the government and the private sector, including hotel groups which have made no less than eight hotels available to the government for quarantine purposes.
Finally, it should be added that Rodrigues Island, another part of the Mauritian Republic, located 600 km from Port-Louis, and also a popular tourist destination, recorded no case and that the sanitary confinement only lasted 14 days there.
If no case has been detected for 20 days, vigilance has not been relaxed and tests for the Covid-19 continue for all those who worked during the confinement period, including medical personnel, police, and employees of grocery stores. To date, 87,177 tests of Covid-19 have been performed and 149 people are still in quarantine.
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Mauritius has become coronavirus-free with no active case for the last 15 days. With less than 3% of the infected population, Mauritius is one of the countries in the Indian Ocean, where the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic has been controlled. In a health curfew for more than a month, Mauritius has contamination rate below the WHO forecasts and has recorded 332 coronavirus confirmed cases, 322 recoveries and 10 deaths.
Resumption in certain public and private sectors has started as from 15th May 2020 until the lockdown will be lifted entirely on 1st June 2020. However, Mauritius continues to implement strict measures to avoid any further spread or second wave of the Coronavirus. The sanitary curfew will continue to be in force, as well as the wearing of masks in public places. The alphabetical order is maintained for shopping and for other businesses and services.
Concerning public transport, strict guidelines and regulations have been taken for safer travel. Arrangements have been made to public transport operators to ensure the safety of the population for the services offered, such as hand sanitizer in buses, and people must continue to respect social distancing in order to minimise contact. Public and private employees can resume to their work with their Work Access Permits (WAP).
Mauritian boundaries closed for 15 days
Following three reported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius as at date and in line with the established protocols by the World health Organisation, the patients have been placed in isolation for treatment and proper case management.
The Mauritian Authorities have, consequently, taken the following decisions :
- As from 06H00 GMT (10h00 local time) this Thursday, 19 March 2020, borders will be closed for the next 15 days for all passengers (local and international) arriving on the territory.
- All passengers, Mauritian and International, arriving before this deadline, i.e. 06H00 GMT (10h00 local time), will be placed automatically in quarantine.
- Passengers who wish to leave the Mauritian territories are advised to contact their respective travel agencies or airline companies for flight re-scheduling.
Please note the following latest information concerning flights:
- Air Mauritius wishes to inform the public that no passenger will be uplifted on its flights to Mauritius. Flight schedules are currently being amended accordingly and the passengers travelling out of Mauritius will be informed of revised schedules in due course.
- For updated information on Air Mauritius flights, please visit their website: https://www.airmauritius.com/
- View Air Mauritius flights suspension.
- Flights from Mauritius to Dubai are unchanged for the time being. Two daily flights are operational.
- For updated information on Emirates flights, please visit their website: http://www.emirates.com/
- Flights from Reunion Island to Mauritius and Rodrigues Island have been suspended until 30 March 2020.
- For updated information on Air Austral flights, please visit their website: http://www.air-austral.com/
- No flights from Turkish Airlines are departing from Mauritius for 15 days as from Thursday 19 March 2020.
- For updated information on Turkish Airlines flights, please visit their website: http://www.turkishairlines.com/
- Flights from Mauritius to France are being maintained until Sunday 22 March 2020 for repatriation of French citizens. As from 23 March 2020, all flights on this line will be suspended.
- For updated information on Air France flights, please visit their website: https://www.airfrance.com
- Air Seychelles will be operating a special flight from Mauritius to the Seychelles on Sunday 22 March 2020.
- Flight details are as follows:
- All Seychelles residents in Mauritius wishing to come back to the Seychelles should contact Air Seychelles GSA in Mauritius on email@example.com or +230 5929 5735 / +248 260 5253.
- For updated information on Air Seychelles flights, please visit their website: https://www.airseychelles.com
Symptoms and Precautions
- Symptoms can include fever, cough and respiratory problems. However, these symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Please consult your doctor or go to the hospital immediately if you have been in countries at risk or been in close contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19, in the past 2 weeks and have started to develop the mentioned symptoms.
- Take care of your health and protect others by doing some major precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, hand-wash or hand-rub to kill viruses that may be on your hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the virus from entering your body.
- Always cover your mouth when coughing and nose when sneezing. This will protect other people around you from flu, cold and Covid-19.
- Always maintain distance when people are sneezing or coughing. This will help for a better practice hygiene.
More Information on Covid-19
For the latest information about Covid-19, visit the following pages:
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Republic of Mauritius Portal Page: http://www.govmu.org/English/Pages/default.aspx