When will Mauritius open its borders due to COVID-19?

Updated on 28-8-2021! We are all waiting for when Mauritius open its borders for tourists and it is about time! Mauritius is ready to welcome you again from 15 July 2021 and 2 September with restrictions and a full opening of the island on 1 October 2021! The COVID-19 pandemic had a massive impact on the tourism industry worldwide. Of course, that is the same for Mauritius. Even though the country has been rewarded for their great efforts to keep COVID-19 under control, the infection returned to the island in early 2021. Tourism in Mauritius went to zero activity with closed borders in Mauritius. However, there is light at the end of this tropical tunnel, the island will welcome tourists again in 2021! Read here more about when, how and other tips to know.

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When will Mauritius open its borders due to COVID-19?

First of all, we would like to pay attention to the fact that Mauritius is one of the best countries worldwide for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many confirm that several countries could learn much from Mauritius. As confirmed by the World Health Organization, the island population could’ve been at great risk if COVID-19 would take over. Due to immediate action taken after the first infections, the country controlled the situation. However, with great risks for the economical situation and tourism industry. A full lockdown of the country closed borders and after reopening strict quarantine regulations for anyone entering.

The way the pandemic was controlled does concern many and the Mauritian residents have many different opinions. Even though the pandemic was under control, many Mauritians lost their jobs, did not have enough finances to take care of their families, lost their businesses (think of tourist guides, diving schools etc.) and have been living under strict regulations. Besides that, Mauritian families are widely spread around the globe and were not able to see each other for long times. That also counts for us.

Altogether, the island needs you when Mauritius open its borders again! And above all, the Mauritians need you! And admit it, you need a tropical break on a paradise island after all pandemic issues too. Lovely travellers visiting our travel blog, we are so proud and happy to welcome you back to our island!

Note: this blog post is last updated on 28 August 2021. All the information below is provided to you to our best knowledge, provided by the Mauritian government until this date. Please always double-check the information provided with your local government or embassies. Restrictions for travelling to Mauritius may vary per departing country.

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Phase 1: Open borders from 15 July 2021

15 July marks the first important date for Mauritius to open its borders! Before this date airplanes were not even flying to Mauritius. However, from the 15th of July, the borders are open again for the first travellers. There are restrictions to entering the country and also your stay. If you are more than happy to stay in the resort and take full advantage of a relaxing and peaceful holiday in beautiful tropical hotel surroundings this is the time to go! However, you will not have the freedom to explore the island. See a list of requirements below:

  • Before departure:
    • PCR test: required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test, completed between 5 and 7 days prior to boarding your last point of embarkation.
    • A valid airplane ticket to Mauritius
    • Proof that you purchased a stay package in on our the certified COVID-19 safe resorts.
  • During your stay as vaccinated guest:
    • Stay in one of the beautiful certified COVID-19 safe resorts
    • You can enjoy pretty beaches and have access to all the facilities the hotel offers
    • A PCR test will take place on arrival day and on the 7th and 14th day of your stay
    • If you show a negative test on the 14th day, you will be able to leave the resort and enjoy full freedom on the island.
  • During your stay as unvaccinated guest:
    • Stay in one of the beautiful certified COVID-19 safe resorts in a quarantine room, this includes meals and transfers
    • You will need to stay in your room for 14 days and have meals delivered to your room
    • A PCR test will take place on arrival day and day 7 and 14
    • If you show a negative test on the 14th day, you will be able to leave the resort and enjoy full freedom on the island.

Phase 1: Open borders from 1 to 30 September 2021 (NEWLY UPDATED 28-8-2021!)

It seems like it is going well with the current restrictions of allowing tourists back to the island again. The government announced a great new update! From 1 September 2021, you can leave your quarantine hotel after 7 days if you can present a negative PCR test. You will be able to explore the full island freely after only 7 relaxing days in the resort. A great way to relax and restore after your work-life and start your holiday in Mauritius with full energy to discover further!

See Mauritius Now for a full list of the COVID-19 certified hotels in Mauritius to stay in.

Phase 2: full reopening – open borders from 1 October 2021

The 1st of October is the day that country will fully reopen again for the outside world. Yes, the real Mauritius border opening date! A fantastic day for all travellers wanting to explore the island, or nationals to finally come home again. See below a list of the requirements per group:

  • Before departure:
    • PCR test: required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test, completed within 72 hours prior to departure to be allowed to enter Mauritius
  • During your stay as vaccinated guest:
    • Freedom to explore the island fully
    • Possibility to stay in any hotel of your liking
    • Access to any kind of attractions during your stay
  • During your stay as unvaccinated guest:
    • Required to book a quarantine hotel for 14 days, including transfer and meals to a COVID-19 certified safe resort
    • You will need to remain in your room during the first 14 days, also for your meals
    • PCR test on the day of arrival, followed by a test on the 7th and 14th day
    • Freedom to explore the island after a negative PCR test on the 14th day

Travel to Mauritius with these helpful websites

When Mauritius will open borders, it might be good to keep an eye on specific websites. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, and we see daily changes in regulations all over the world. Make sure that you are fully updated for a safe holiday en access to paradise island Mauritius. For this we use the following websites:

  • Mauritiusnow.com: provding you all the latest news about your trip to Mauritius.
  • My Mauritius travel: for travel updates as well as Mauritius travel inspiration.
  • COVID controls: this websites gives a very clear overview of all requirements and current local regulations per country. You can also search based on your travel history or country of departure to see if there is anything specific relating to you.

Plan your holiday to Mauritius

You came to our travel blog because you are interested in Mauritius? You found the right spot! As a Mauritian national proud to share the ins and outs of my beautiful island. Let us inspire you with our blogs providing you all the info you need:

If you spend a lot of time in some of these beautiful places, you might deal with a reverse culture shock when returning home. Also known as the travel blues! Would you like to know how to deal with the travel blues, or what they are? Check out: The Travel blues – 6 effective ways to overcome

So will you come over right away when Mauritius opens its borders? As always, we are much looking forward to connecting with travellers planning their trips to Mauritius. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us through Instagram or via the button below. We might even be able to help you with your itinerary or to bring you in touch with locals for some fun activities!

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