COVID-19 Travel Updates | Mauritius Conscious
If you are planning to come on holidays to Mauritius we recommend that you check with our team regarding the latest travel requirements and restrictions set forth by the authorities before your travel.
Updated 27th October 2020 / 11h00 GMT+4
On the 23rd of October 2020, the Government of Mauritius took the decision to:
1. Introduce a new Visa Scheme, to be called Premium Visa for a period of one year, renewable, to encourage eligible foreigners to come for a long stay in Mauritius.
The Premium Visa would allow non-citizens from eligible countries to come to Mauritius. The new visa would target, amongst others, the following categories of noncitizens –
(a) repeat tourists who had planned to retire and migrate in Mauritius before the COVID-19 pandemic;
(b) retirees in countries where COVID-19 is putting them at risk and who could be convinced to ride out in a safe destination;
(c) investors/professionals willing to come with their family and carry out their businesses or work remotely from Mauritius or offer their staff this facility; and
(d) those having their children studying in Mauritius.
In order to qualify for the Premium Visa, the visitors must have proof of their long stay plans and sufficient travel and health insurance for the initial period of stay. The following criteria should also be met:-
(i) applicants should not enter the Mauritius Labour Market;
(ii) the main place of business and source of income and profits should be outside Mauritius;
(iii) documentary evidence to support the application such as the purpose of visit, accommodation etc.; and
(iv) other basic immigration requirements.
2. Extend the mandatory 14-days in-room quarantine for all incoming travellers in Mauritius from 31st October 2020 to 30th November 2020.
Updated 1st October 2020 / 11h00 GMT+4
All passengers travelling to Mauritius for the month of October 2020 must possess the following documents:
- a certificate of a negative PCR test administered not more than 7 days prior to the date of embarkation;
- a valid air ticket to Mauritius;
- 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; and
Additionally, kindly note that all arriving passenger will have to undergo PCR tests on:
- the day of arrival,
- day 7 and
- day 14 following arrival;
and if a PCR test reveals that a person is COVID-19 positive, he/she shall be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment.
Updated 18th September 2020 / 17h00 GMT+4
On the 18th of September, the authorities announced the easing of travel restrictions to Mauritius. As from the 1st of October 2020, the borders of Mauritius will be open to:
- Mauritian nationals,
- residents, and
- tourists travelling to Mauritius for long stays.
Travellers will have to undergo a PCR test 5 days prior to their travel. Upon arrival in Mauritius, a mandatory 14-day quarantine will have to be observed at an approved hotel property.
To facilitate this easing of travel restrictions, a travel package will be made available for travellers and will include:
- accommodation on a full-board basis for the 14-day quarantine.
- airport transfers.
- the costs of the mandatory PCR tests.
Air Mauritius and Emirates Airlines are scheduling regular flights connecting Mauritius to designated destinations. Flights may also be booked directly on the websites of the airlines.
Updated 14th September 2020 / 11h00 GMT+4
On the 11th of September 2020, the Monitoring Committee for COVID-19 held a press conference and announced the following; as from October 1st, 2020, scheduled flights will be operated for:
- Mauritians abroad needing to come back to Mauritius
- Those who have an Occupational Permit and need to reenter Mauritius
- Those who have a Residence Permit and need to reenter Mauritius
- Tourists that will stay more than 14 days in Mauritius
It was also mentioned that the cost of quarantine will be borne by the traveller (cost starting as from USD1300)
Additionally, it was mentioned that the authorities will soon release a list of the hotels ranging from 3 to 5 stars into which travellers will be able to quarantine.
Updated 1st September 2020 / 11h05 GMT+4
On the 31st of August, the Prime Minister of Mauritius announced an extension in the border closure of Mauritius. He announced that the opening of the borders will be done in 3-phases, namely:
- Repatriations of Mauritian Nationals stranded overseas will continue until the 30th of September 2020.
- As from the 1st 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.
- The international borders of Mauritius remain closed for arrivals until the 31st of October 2020.
Based on the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in Mauritius and in the world, the authorities will further decide and communicate on the reopening of the border of Mauritius to the world.
Updated 24.08.2020 / 12h45 GMT+4
The Prime Minister of Mauritius announced on the National Assembly held on the 18th August 2020 that the date to open the borders of Mauritius for commercial purposes hasn’t been defined yet. A best-in-class Covid-19 laboratory is currently been built at the airport, where PCR tests will be conducted to all incoming passengers to the territory. The PM mentioned that the laboratory will need to be fully-operational before confirming any status on the opening of borders, and that a few weeks are still required for the said laboratory to be fully-functional.
According to the Prime Minister, “the needs and benefits of travel must be weighed against the risks associated with the spread and a resurgence of cases which would require a reintroduction of confinement”. For him, the current border restrictions and the mandatory 14-day quarantine implemented for repatriated citizens coming from overseas, have been vital protection measures the government has taken to minimise the risk of Covid-19 virus proliferation in Mauritius. Read more here.
Commercial flights to Rodrigues Island from Mauritius remain open since July 2020. No test is required from Mauritian residents to travel between the two destinations.
Flights between Reunion Island and Rodrigues remain suspended until further notice.
French citizens remain able to travel to Reunion Island and other French island territories. The necessary documents and procedures are listed on the regional carrier website, Air Austral.
Flights between Mauritius & Reunion island remain suspended until the 13.09.2020
Updated 05.08.2020 / 10h30 GMT+4
In his last press conference, the Prime Minister announced that Mauritian borders will remain closed to commercial flights and ships until the 31st of August 2020. This also includes the closure of commercial activities for the national carrier Air Mauritius until the same date. Click here for more information.
The government of Mauritius is still working on a safe protocol to open its borders to travellers from abroad. No official information has been shared yet regarding COVID-19 health certificate requirements or quarantine procedures upon arrival.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) recognised the efforts undertaken by the Mauritius Tourism Authority, which implemented a series of compulsory health measures to activate the recovery of tourist activities. Read the press release here
Commercial flights to Rodrigues Island have restarted from Mauritius Island since July 2020. Citizens and Residents of Mauritius can now enjoy this paradisiac destination in all safety!
Reunion started welcoming travellers from mainland France and other French territories since June 22nd 2020. Travellers are requested to take a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours preceding the boarding of the plane, in order to be granted access to the French territory without quarantine requirements. Other necessary documents are listed on the regional carrier website, Air Austral.
Flights between Mauritius & Reunion island remain suspended until the 13.09.2020.
Updated 20.07.20 / 10h30 GMT+4
Monday 15th June 2020 marked the full de-confinement in Mauritius. No new domestic COVID-19 cases have been reported since 26th of April 2020.
Beaches, markets, gyms, casinos, discos and public gardens are now accessible to the public. Although social distancing in public transportation will no longer be in effect, wearing masks in public is still mandatory. Schools & Universities will resume normally as from Wednesday 1st July 2020.
No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Rodrigues since the curfew was lifted in 15th April 2020.
Repatriation flights are still process for local citizens however commercial flights will not resume until July 2020.
1 new imported case of COVID-19 has been reported in Reunion Island on Monday 15th June 2020.
Travelers are requested to check their carrier schedules for the latest updates and work directly with the carrier or travel agent to arrange or reschedule their travels.
Updated 29.05.2020 / 20h00 GMT
Mauritius will be lifting the national curfew on Sunday 31st May 2020.
The island will be stepping into the deconfinement plan, following rigorous sanitary procedures as businesses will resume their commercial activities. Restaurants, markets, malls and places of worships will be authorized to the public, as long social distancing is respected.
The island counts 3 active imported cases of COVID-19, from repatriated citizens who are quarantined since 25th May 2020.
Mauritian borders will remain closed until further notice. Only repatriation and cargo flights are authorized since this time of writing.
As of the time of writing, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Rodrigues since the curfew was lifted in 15th April 2020.
All economic activities resumed progressively including the opening of the octopus fishery season.
Repatriation flights are in process for local citizens however commercial flights will not resume until July 2020.
As of the time of writing, Reunion island has confirmed 471 cases of COVID-19.
2nd June 2020 marked the phase 2 of the national deconfinement plan, which will be implemented for 3 weeks. Economical activities will resume taking into consideration the social distancing and sanitary regulations. Although there are still active cases in Reunion, the island has been classified as green zone.
France has implemented non-essential travel policies in regards to lifting progressively the travel ban with all the French-administered territories outside Europe, such as Reunion Island. Travelers are required to fill-in corresponding forms so as to obtain their travel certificate.
View the official travel guidelines here
Updated 14.05.2020 / 09h00 GMT
Mauritius announced virus-free after total recoveries. No active cases were recorded as time of writing, marking 11th May 2020 as the day where no active cases were recorded for 15 consecutive days.
The government is working on The Covid-19 Bill and The Quarantine Bill to help the island get back on track by implementing policies to support businesses and ensure the safety of citizens when the lock down will be lifted.
Updated 05.05.2020 / 09h00 GMT
The national curfew in Mauritius has been extended until the 1st of June 2020, with some services re-starting operations in a phased manner as from the 15th May. Schools will reopen doors on the 1st of August 2020 and international borders will remain closed until further notice.
The total number of infected cases in Mauritius has stopped at 332, out of which 316 patients have recovered. There has been 0 new cases registered in the last 8 days, while the government is running a mass testing campaign with all front-lines. There are only 3 active cases in Mauritius as of time of writing.
Updated 07.04.2020 / 08h00 GMT
The curfew which was implemented on 23 March in Mauritius was extended till 15 April 2020.
Air Mauritius, the national airline has suspended all international commercial flights until 30 April 2020, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the travel restrictions to Mauritius and most destinations to which it operates.
For more information, visit the page here: Air Mauritius Press Release
Updated 24.03.2020 / 08h00 GMT
A Curfew Order, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 across Mauritius and to make citizens respect the national containment protocol, was implemented on Monday 23 March 2020 at 20h00 local time until Thursday 2 April 2020 at 20h00 local time.
Rodrigues Island is also in national lock-down since 21.03.2020 for 14 days.
Updated 20.03.2020 / 08h00 GMT
In an effort to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 in Mauritius, with the aim to limit the spread of the virus, the Prime Minister urged the citizens to stay at home. He cautioned that economic activities and transport services will be reduced to the strict minimum.
Mauritius will be in national lock-down for 2 weeks as from 20/03/2020.
Updated 19.03.2020 / 10h00 GMT
Three cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Mauritius, the night of 18.03.2020, following tests conducted on travelers for which they have been reported positive.
Following the confirmed cases, access to Mauritius for all passengers including Mauritian nationals at the airport will be denied for the next 15 days. Similarly, all cruise ships will be denied access at the Port.
A lock-down of all academic intuitions is in place since 19.03.2020 (pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools; technical and professional training centres; and tertiary institutions) as a preventive measure until further notice.
Updated 17.03.2020 / 15h00 GMT
At the time of writing, there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
Reunion Island has confirmed 9 cases of COVID-19. Following the guidelines of WHO preventing the pandemic spread, Reunion Island will be in locked-down as from 17.03.2020.
Although Mauritius & Rodrigues Islands are still considered as a safe zone to travel, they remain vulnerable to the COVID-19.
The government has therefore extended travel restrictions applicable for 14 days as from 17.03.2020, for the following countries: Reunion, European Union, UK, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland.
For more information about countries listed as travel bans visit the Travel Alerts page of the Mauritius Tourism Board.
Updated 03.06.2020 / 09h00 GMT
Mauritius & Rodrigues Island
These health measures have been based on guidelines of the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health and Wellness. It has been implemented to support the deconfinement plan in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
- Daily Screening of body temperature with a thermal gun prior to entering local premises (offices, shopping malls etc.)
- Provision of hand sanitizers in all strategic areas in all public and commercial outlets
- Wearing a mask and respecting physical distancing is mandatory
- Demarcations are implemented in public areas to ease the physical distancing
“Contact-tracing” procedures are in place and people who have been in contact with COVID-19 cases in Reunion are being assessed thoroughly through self isolation and daily health monitoring.
Social distancing and wearing a mask is mandatory. The health measures of World Health Organisation are also implemented in the island.
Updated 05.05.2020 / 09h00 GMT
- Everybody is to wear a mask in public in Mauritius
- Social or religious gatherings, outdoor activities as well as shopping centers, restaurants and other commercial establishments remain closed. Work from home is encouraged.
- Social distancing measures are to be respected at supermarkets, shops and pharmacies, which residents can visit on assigned days following an alphabetical order (2 times per week per family). Temperature control and the use of anti-bacterial remains mandatory at the entrance of every supermarket.
- Flu clinics have been installed at the entrance of every hospital to screen the symptoms of personnel and patients on a daily basis.
- A total of 18,959 PCR tests and 26,275 Rapid Antigen Tests have been done as at date. No new cases have been reported in the last 8 days.
- One hundred passengers have been set in quarantine for 14 days, as part of the repatriation efforts of stranded citizens in France, South Africa and India.
Updated 24.03.2020 / 08h00 GMT
Travel restrictions have been extended in view of the national lock-down and curfew in Mauritius. Mauritian borders are now closed for 15 days. Air Mauritius has been granted special authorization by local authorities to operate specific inbound flights and carry passengers to Mauritius. All passengers will be placed automatically in quarantine. Read more about the official press release from Air Mauritius here
Till this date, 25 quarantine centers have been made available in Mauritius. More information on the quarantine centers here
Updated 17.03.2020 / 15h00 GMT
Preventive measures are implemented in Mauritius and Rodrigues to avoid COVID-19 outbreak.
In-line with recommendations of the WHO, IATA, and other authoritative bodies, passengers arriving to Mauritius from all destinations are being screened by health authorities. Passengers displaying symptoms are also being subject to more thorough examination.
Read more about the meticulous precautions set by Air Mauritius and local authorities in the Air Mauritius COVID-19 FAQ page
Four quarantine centers are actually in Mauritius for observation purposes. Travelers who have had possible exposure to COVID-19 (based on their past travels in affected destinations) are placed into hospital quarantine for approximately 14 days.
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From the creation of Mauritius Conscious as a sustainable travel company 4 years ago, we’ve always let our hearts guide us in taking actions to positively contribute to the destinations we promote.
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With the aim to support local businesses bounce-back to a more resilient “New Normal”, we are delivering on-site, sustainable workshops to companies needing that extra push to navigate these awkward times. Get in touch with Romina at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling at your organization.
We are monitoring closely with our local government about the opening of borders situation, and updating this page constantly with COVID-19 related news in our destinations.
In an era of climate emergency, I never thought I would be writing to you about (yet) another global threat, but we are adjusting our sails to this new challenge. Today, I write this letter to open a dialogue with you.
I won’t pretend that everything is fine. After months of the COVID-19 spreading throughout the world, the impact has also made it to our office, juggling with the mere mission of our business. Gerald and I started up this venture with the aim to help travelers admire and preserve the beauty of the places they visit, while empowering the green-preneurs and local micro-to-small enterprises that safe-guard our Islands’ heritage. In times when Mauritius and Reunion borders are closed to travelers and the world population is self-quarantined, our mission can start to feel more like a hope.
But as Doc from Back to the Future said “Everything will be fine at the end, Morty. And if it is not fine, it’s because it’s not the end yet.”
So in the same spirit of our mission, Mauritius Conscious Travel adapts to the world’s breaking news. Keeping in mind our travelers’ safety, but also their plans for retreat and amusement once the situation calms down; prioritizing our Partners’ needs for economic support, and focusing on our contribution to society as sustainability change-makers. Staying true to this we’ve adapted our Terms & Conditions to give you peace of mind, and we keep looking and working on opportunities to stir our local micro-economies.
After all, our trips are designed to take individuals out to remote places in the wild, well away from the crowds.
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