Mauritius reopens for vaccinated travellers with ‘resort bubbles’

Mauritius reopens for vaccinated travellers with ‘resort bubbles’

Mauritius has now opened its borders to international travellers. It reopened its border after remaining closed for 16 months due to COVID pandemic. Reportedly, before the pandemic hit in March 2020, the country’s tourism and hospitality industry raked in around 24 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), which employed nearly a quarter of the workforce. However, in the last financial year, the Mauritian economy shrank by 15 per cent, thereby leaving it in desperate need for tourists to return.

As such, this comes as welcoming news to both travellers and locals there.



Reports have it that during the first phase of the reopening of its borders, which ends on September 30, 2021, Mauritius has set up 14 ‘resort bubbles’, in which vaccinated guests can opt to stay when in the island. Mauritius Tourism has already listed 14 ‘resort bubbles’ on their website that are COVID safe, and which customers can check out and opt for the one that fits their requirement.

Mauritius reopens for vaccinated travellers with ‘resort bubbles’

As per the guidelines, guests will be able to make the most of their vacation in their chosen facilities, which will have features like beach access and swimming pool. In the first phase, inoculated guests, who have a negative RT-PCR test and stay in the resort for 14 days, will be allowed to leave the hotel and travel around the island, following another test. They will then be allowed to explore the island’s many attractions at the same time. However, those visiting the island for a shorter period of time, will have to remain confined to the resorts, from where they will have to head back home after checking out.

Regarding the COVID rules, those travelling to Mauritius, will need to undergo a RT-PCR test between five and seven days before departure, whereas a negative result is required to enter the island. While vaccinated guests will also have to get their test done on arrival at the airport, as well as on day 7 and 14 of their resort holiday, as applicable. Global airlines, including Air Mauritius, will add additional flight capacity from July 15, 2021, which will increase in the lead up to the full reopening of Mauritius from October 1, 2021.

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