Mauritius is opening it’s borders

Mauritius travel advice

Mauritius now has a phased re-opening of its borders to UK tourists who have been fully vaccinated as set out below.

Via Beachcomber 22.6.21 

Phase 1 – Arrivals 15 July to 30 September 2021

VACCINATED GUESTS

Fully vaccinated guests can enjoy a luxury Mauritius holiday with Beachcomber Tours.

Enjoy one of our hotels with SAFE protocols
Relax on the beach and use the hotel facilities, excluding the spa
You will have a PCR test on your day of arrival, day 7 and day 14
After a negative PCR test on day 14, you are free to go and explore the island

Pre-Departure & Flight

You will need a negative PCR test taken between 5-7 days before your departure to Mauritius. It is important that you have travel insurance which includes COVID-19 cover. You will also require proof that you are fully vaccinated and you must be fully vaccinated for a minimum of 3 weeks before entering Mauritius. Children under 18 are currently exempt from vaccination and will not need to undergo a PCR test. During your flight to Mauritius you will be asked to complete health forms for your arrival.

Arrival and Transfers

On arrival into Mauritius, you will have your temperature taken and undergo a PCR test. The results of this test will be made available within 6 to 12 hours and sent to you at your chosen hotel by SMS. Mautourco will transfer you to your hotel. Wearing a mask is compulsory on the transfer and the windows will be open.

At your Resort
After check-in you will be required to stay in your room until the results of the airport PCR test are received. Meals will be served in your room if required. If the PCR test is negative, you will be allowed to move freely within the hotel premises. Guests will be required to maintain social distancing during their stay while circulating in the hotel premises. You will be able to remove your mask at the beach, at the swimming pool and when seated at a table or at the bar.

In the restaurants, there will be no buffet. You will be able to remove your mask when seated, but must put the mask back on if you get up or go to the washroom.
At the bar, during musical entertainment, seated customers may remove their masks.

Watersports are allowed without masks. In the case of activities such as gymnastics, yoga, aquagym, etc, a distance of two metres must be kept between each guest.
The hotel gym will be open in compliance with sanitary protocols, and by prior appointment only.
Shops will be open and the maximum capacity will be shown on the door. Guests must wear a mask within the shop.
Nightclubs will not be operational.
The spa service will not be available during this period.

Access to golf courses will be allowed. You can use an approved vehicle if required to access the course and use of a golf cart is permitted.
For safety reasons, tourists and locals will be allocated separate days on the golf course.
Kids’ and teens’ clubs will be operational in strict compliance with sanitary protocols.
You may access the hotel’s designated beach area, but may not walk further along the beach or exit the hotel’s main entrance.

Testing during your stay

Guests will have mandatory PCR tests on day 7 and day 14 of their stay. This will be carried out in your hotel room. After 14 days, if you are negative and all other people in the hotel are negative, including staff, you will be allowed to leave the hotel and explore the island. If guests require PCR tests during their stay in order to fly, they will be conducted in the guest’s hotel room and be collected by the private clinic at their own expense.

Returning to the UK
If you depart Mauritius within 14 days of your arrival, you will be taken to the airport through a sanitary corridor by approved transfer agents, allowing minimal contact between passengers and residents. Currently Mauritius is still on the UK Government’s AMBER list.

Returning from an Amber Country

You can travel to an Amber list country so long as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) advice allows for non-essential travel

10-day quarantine at home
Complete a Passenger locator form
Pre-departure test within 72 hours of your flight home. This test needs to be taken in your holiday destination.
A PCR test is taken on days 2 and 8 of your arrival back into the UK. You can release early after five days if you take a further PCR test on day 5 (if it is negative). Travellers may not use NHS tests and must book and pay for their tests before flying home.

What if there is a suspected or confirmed case at my hotel?

If one or more guests test positive in the resort, the people who remain negative will have to, at the end of their 14 days, after their negative PCR test on day 14, isolate themselves for 7 days in the place of their choice in Mauritius (same hotel, other hotel, rented villa, home). You will have to strictly observe the self-isolation measures that will be explained to you. If the PCR test on day 7 of your self-isolation is negative, you will be able to return to your normal activities in the community. If you do not wish to undergo quarantine and/or self-isolation, return to the country of origin will be possible, within a sanitary corridor.

If you test positive, it will be compulsory for you to be taken to a care centre with the Rapid Response Team. This will be a hotel/hospital if you are asymptomatic and have no risk factors, or a stay at ENT if there are risk factors and/or your are symptomatic. Repatriation by air ambulance is permitted.

If a positive guest is accompanied by relatives, they will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days in a part of the hotel, which will be dedicated to this activity and will be geographically separated from the resort part. This quarantine area will be managed in partnership with the health department or the relatives of the positive person will be sent to a quarantine hotel, managed by the health department and of the same category as the initial hotel. If the quarantined clients wish, they can be escorted to the airport during the quarantine period to return to their country, according to the health corridor principle.

Phase 2 – Arrivals from 1 October 2021

VACCINATED GUESTS

Full opening of the island!
Enjoy a stay in one of our beautiful resorts
Freely explore our island and its attractions throughout your holiday
You must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from the UK to be allowed entry to the island.

Unvaccinated Guests
For both phases, unvaccinated guests will have to undergo in-room quarantine on arrival in Mauritius for 14 days.

You must book a quarantine stay in an official quarantine hotel, including meals and transfers
You will be required to stay in your hotel room for 14 days and meals will be delivered to your room
You will undergo a PCR test on your day of arrival, day 7 and day 14
After a negative PCR test on day 14, you can freely explore the island and move to new accommodation or go home