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Mauritius to ease restrictions on fully-jabbed visitors from September

Mauritius will halve the time that fully vaccinated visitors must spend in “resort bubble” hotels from September 1.

Previously, double-jabbed travellers had to remain in the “resort bubbles” for two weeks but from next Wednesday they will be allowed to move around the country after one week.

The country’s authorities set aside 14 safe “resort bubble” hotels around the island for international tourists to book from July 15.

Currently, about 56% of people in the Indian Ocean island nation are fully protected against Covid-19.

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) director, Arvind Bundhun, called the move to cut time spent in hotels “a major leap” as the country prepares to lift all restrictions on vaccinated travellers from October 1.

Visitors who arrive from October 1 and present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure will be able to “explore the island freely from the moment they arrive”, Bundhun added.

Non-vaccinated visitors must complete a 14-day quarantine period in the designated hotels. Visitors will stay in their room and meals will be delivered to them.

British Airways is one of several carriers offering flights to Mauritius from Europe and the Middle East.

Mauritius is on the amber-list for entering England and therefore fully vaccinated passengers returning to the country must take a Covid-19 test on or before day two after they arrive home.

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