South Africans will once again be able to travel to Mauritius as the Indian Ocean island has lifted its travel ban. From the 1st of October, the specific bans against arrivals from South Africa will be removed, and tourists will be welcomed once again.
Prior to this, travellers from South Africa had to spend 15 days outside of the country before being allowed to enter Mauritius’ borders.
Travel to Mauritius in October
From October, South African tourists can visit Mauritius provided they meet the requirements depending on the category they fall into:
Vaccinated travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers can explore the island, and book any accommodation they choose. A negative PCR test must be presented on arrival, but otherwise no other restrictions are in place. The PCR test must be be taken no more than 72 hours from the last point of embarkation.
Unvaccinated travellers: An in-room hotel quarantine stay is required for unvaccinated travellers. The 14-day stay must be at one of the official quarantine hotels, and must be booked in advance. Arrivals need to present a negative PCR test dated between 3-7 days from their last point of embarkation. Depending on the length of stay, travellers will be tested again on day 7 and on day 14. If the final test result is negative, then the visitors are free to explore the island.
All travellers must follow the PCR testing requirements, including children and infants.
All travellers must download, print out and complete the following documents to hand over to officials on arrival:
Who is Flying to Mauritius?
The following airlines have been authorized to operate direct commercial flights between the two countries: Air Mauritius, Comair South Africa, SAA, and FlySafair. Air Mauritius has already resumed flights between Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport and O R Tambo International Airport, South Africa’s main hub, in Johannesburg. Comair is scheduled to resume flights on the 30th of November. Alternatively, routes via Kenya, and Reunion island are also viable options for South African travellers.
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The following vaccines are recognized by Mauritian authorities:
- AstraZeneca: Covishield
- AstraZeneca: Vaxzevria
- Johnson & Johnson
- Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
- Sinovac- CoronaVac
Mixed vaccinations are also accepted provided the travellers provides proof of both doses. Children under the age of 18 are currently exempt from vaccination requirements.