Mauritius signals phased reopening to international tourists

Mauritius is reopening to international tourists from July 15.

They must first stay in one of 14 safe “resort bubbles” which have been specially set up.

The Indian Ocean island, on the UK’s amber list for international travel, will be opening in phases.

Vaccinated travellers will be able to take a resort holiday on the island in the first phase, running from July 15 until September 30.

Holidaymakers will be restricted to their chosen hotel including the swimming pool and beach.

Travellers to Mauritius aged 18 years or over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

They must undergo a PCR test between five and seven days before departure and a negative result is required to travel to the island.

Travellers will also have a PCR test on arrival and on day seven and 14 of their resort holiday.

If guests stay for 14 days and have negative PCR tests during their stay in the resort, they will then be able to leave the hotel and travel about the island freely for the rest of their stay.

Air Mauritius, Emirates and other airlines are adding capacity from July 15, which will increase in the lead up to the full reopening on October 1.

Vaccinated travellers will then be allowed entry without restrictions upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority chairman Nilen Vencadasmy said: “Mauritius is delighted to be welcoming international visitors from 15 July 2021 with our 14 unique resort bubbles that allow international visitors to enjoy a safe and secure holiday experience.

“Mauritius has worked closely with hotels, airlines and tour operators to develop and prepare the resort bubble concept in advance of our full reopening on 1 October 2021.”

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