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The most innovative countries in the world in 2022 – Mauritius retains its first position in Sub-Saharan Africa

THE MOST INNOVATIVE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD IN 2022, MAURITIUS RETAINS ITS FIRST POSITION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA – WWW.EDBMAURITIUS.ORG


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According to the 2022 Global Innovation Index (GII), Mauritius retains its first position in Sub-Saharan Africa and secures the 45th position globally by gaining a noteworthy 7 places. Click here to view the ‘Global Innovation Index 2022’.

Mauritius is the highest ranked country in Africa owing to the strength of its institutions and market sophistication. Meanwhile, the government is accelerating investment in tech incubators, research-business collaboration, and tax incentives for R&D investment.

Apart from group leaders China, Bulgaria and Malaysia, Turkey (37th) and India (40th) are the two other middle-income economies to make it into the top 40. Thailand (43rd), Mauritius (45th), the Russian Federation (47th), Viet Nam (48th) and Romania (49th) make into the top 50, but with only Mauritius moving up the ranking this year.

The GII evaluates the innovation performance of 132 economies highlighting their innovation strengths and areas for improvement and the ranking is based on performance across seven pillars namely Institution, Human capital and research, Infrastructure, Market sophistication, Business sophistication, Knowledge and technology outputs and Creative outputs. The index tracks the most recent global innovation trends against the background of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, slowing productivity growth and other evolving challenges.

Click here to learn how Mauritius maintains its position as a leading magnet for Innovation in Africa & is ranked as the 45th most innovative economies globally.

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Mauritius is open to everyone!

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  • Mauritius is open to everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated
  • No testing is needed before flying to Mauritius
  • No testing is needed on arrival
  • Unvaccinated travellers no longer need to self-isolate on arrival
  • You do not need to wear a face mask during your holiday. It is only recommended in airports, during airport transfers and on public transport, plus in all public and private healthcare facilities, including hospitals and pharmacies.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of people travelling together
  • Prior to travel, it is recommended that all travellers fill out the Mauritius All in One travel form, which you can access via the link below. It will generate a PDF document with a QR Code. Please print a hard copy of this completed form and present it to Health Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport. If you have not filled out the All in One travel form, foreign nationals must fill out an Immigration Disembrakation Card on arrival at the airport.

ALL IN ONE TRAVEL FORM

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Mauritius scoops three leading destination awards at 2022 World Travel Awards for Indian ocean region

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Mauritius further eases COVID restrictions as tourism demand increases


Mauritius Now – uptodate information

(Port Louis, 29 June 2022) The Republic of Mauritius has announced a further easing of Covid restrictions in response to its successful vaccination campaign and resultant low infection rate. From Friday July 1st, the requirement for facemasks will be relaxed. However, it will be mandatory to wear facemasks in public areas such as hospitals, port, airport and public transport. Moreover, upon arrival tests for fully vaccinated passengers have been waived. For unvaccinated passengers tests upon arrival are maintained.

Mauritius reopened its borders on October 1, 2021, and over 500,000 tourists have subsequently flocked to the paradise island. The nation’s double vaccination rate now stands at over 90 percent, and around two thirds of all over 18 have also received their booster shots.

Mauritius is seeing huge demand from discerning international travellers who are choosing the sun-kissed jewel of the Indian Ocean for its stunning scenery, safety and security.

Responding to the latest easing of Covid measures, Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, said: we are extremely pleased to note that we have reached a milestone of over half a million visitors since October 01. I am confident that our post-pandemic recovery is well underway, and with the easing of sanitary measures bookings for the second half of 2022 will be stimulated.”

Sanitary restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have eased as from 01 July 2022.

(a) The wearing of face masks will no longer be compulsory in public places other than in hospitals and across all other health services, in public transport and in certain closed spaces. Moreover, there will be no restrictions on the number of people allowed, to public, private and religious gatherings including weddings and funerals and places of worship.

(b) Citizens Advice Bureaus, Village Halls and Community Centres, public beaches, nightclubs, bars, horse racing activities, among others, will be reopened. A copy of the GIS Press Communiqué is attached for information.

(c) As from 01 July 2022, regardless of vaccination status, travellers do not need to present a negative PCR test before flying to Mauritius. Travellers do not need to test on arrival or self-isolate.

(d) It is recommended that all travellers fill out the Mauritius All in One Travel Form which is available on the mauritiusnow.com website (https://safemauritius.govmu.org).


NOTAM A0030/22 issued on 11 March 2022 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:


Please see below the latest COVID entry requirements for Mauritius.


You may wish to note that the requirement of PCR test 72 hours prior to travel has been lifted.


WHEREAS PURSUANT TO SECTION 4 OF THE QUARANTINE ACT 2020, A QUARANTINE PERIOD IS IN FORCE IN MAURITIUS ON ACCOUNT OF THE


COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND NOW THEREFORE:


1. ALL ARRIVING PASSENGERS SHALL:


1.1 TAKE A HEALTH INSURANCE COVERING COVID-19 EXCEPT FOR MAURITIAN NATIONALS AND OCCUPATION/RESIDENT PERMIT HOLDERS.


1.2 COMPLETE THE MAURITIUS ALL IN ONE TRAVEL FORM AND FILL THE DISEMBARKATION FORM.


1.3 WEAR A SURGICAL OR N95/FFP2 MASK DURING THE FLIGHT, AT THE AIRPORT AND WHILE COMMUTING TO THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE.


1.4 MAKE FREQUENT USE OF HAND SANITIZER DURING THEIR TRANSIT AT THE AIRPORT.


1.5 ABIDE BY ALL SANITARY HEALTH CONDITIONS AS LAID DOWN IN THE PROTOCOL SET OUT BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR TRANSFER AND STAY AT THE DESIGNATED HOTELS OR OTHER ACCOMODATIONS.


2. THE FOLLOWING PASSENGERS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS FULLY


VACCINATED:


A) HAVING BEEN ADMINISTERED AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE WITH A FULL COURSE OF ANYONE OF THE FOLLOWING VACCINES:


ASTRAZENECA (VAXZEVRIA OR COVISHIELD), COVAXIN, MODERNA, PFIZER BIONTECH, SINOPHARM, SINOVAC, SPUTNIK V, OR


B) HAVING BEEN ADMINISTERED AT LEAST 28 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE WITH A JANSSEN VACCINE, OR


C) HAVING PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 AND THEREAFTER, HAVE BEEN VACCINATED WITH ONE DOSE OF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED VACCINES ATLEAST 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR


DEPARTURE TO MAURITIUS.


2.1 FULLY VACCINATED PASSENGERS BOOKED AT A REGISTERED HOTEL


SHALL:


-TAKE A COVID TEST ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL


2.2 FULLY VACCINATED PASSENGERS NOT BOOKED AT A REGISTERED HOTEL


SHALL:


-TAKE A COVID TEST ON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT


2.3 FULLY VACCINATED PASSENGERS WITH NEGATIVE TEST RESULT TAKEN ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL OR THE AIRPORT WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR HOTEL OR THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE.


2.4 FULLY VACCINATED PASSENGERS WITH A POSITIVE TEST RESULT TAKEN ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL OR THE AIRPORT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A 7 DAY SELF ISOLATION EXCEPT UPON PRODUCTION OF A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE SHOWING RECOVERY FROM COVID.


3. PASSENGERS WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED SHALL SELF ISOLATE FOR 7 DAYS.


4. PASSENGERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WHO ARE:


4.1 ACCOMPANYING A VACCINATED OR UNVACCINATED ADULT WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO THE ADULT.


4.2 TRAVELLING ALONE WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME CONDITIONS AS A VACCINATED ADULT.

6 January 2022 Travel Ban Lifted
As of Friday 7 January 2022, the Covid-19 travel ban imposed by the Republic of Mauritius on the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia will be lifted and commercial passenger flights from these countries to Mauritius can resume.

NOTAM A0172/21 issued on 01 December 2021, which entered into force on 01 December at 1205 hours and will remain valid until 31 December 2021, 23H59 EST. Kindly note that Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia have been added to the list. Under the NOTAM, no commercial passenger flight will be allowed from South Africa to Mauritius. Any person having been physically present in the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia within the last 14 days preceding the date of arrival in Mauritius will not be allowed entry or transit in Mauritius.

Please take note of the following information:

Repatriation flights will be organized shortly from South Africa for Mauritian citizens and Occupational and Residence Permit holders, and they will be subject to strict sanitary protocols, including quarantine. The following conditions will apply:

all passengers must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding;
all passengers will be subject to a mandatory PCR test upon arrival at the airport;
they will be taken to a dedicated quarantine hotel by authorized transport operators and will have to follow all travel-related health instructions;
quarantine for fully-vaccinated people will be for 7 days in a dedicated center, followed by 7 days of self-isolation according to the criteria of the existing quarantine protocol. Unvaccinated passengers will be placed in a quarantine center for 14 days;
PCR tests will be done on Day 7 and Day 14;
if all PCR tests are negative, passengers will be able to return home and resume their usual activities;
if a passenger is positive, they will have to stay in their quarantine room for 10 days and allowed to leave only when the PCR test is negative;
if the PCR test is still positive, the passenger will be tested every 3 days; and
contact cases will be quarantined for 7 or 14 days, depending on the vaccination status.

NOTAM A 0170/21, issued on 26 November 2021, which entered into force on Sunday 28 November 2021 at 20:00 and remain valid until 31 December 2021, 23:59 EST. Under the NOTAM A 0170/21, the following conditions will apply:

(i) No commercial passenger flight will be allowed from South Africa to Mauritius; and

(ii) Any person having been physically present in the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Lesotho within the last 14 days preceding the date of arrival in Mauritius will not be allowed Entry or transit in the Republic of Mauritius.

Also attached is a Press Release, dated 26 November 2021, issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, which adopted a series of measures following the identification of a new COVID-19 variant (B.1.1.529) in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Mauritius eases out travel protocol for Vaccinated Travellers as from 1st October 2021

Full opening of the island!
You must be fully vaccinated to freely explore our island and its attractions throughout your holiday
It is mandatory to arrange COVID-19 insurance health cover (Mauritian citizens, resident permit holders and occupational permit holders are exempted)
To enter Mauritius, you must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.
COVID-19 testing will be required upon arrival (day 0) and on day 5 of your stay
HOTEL STAY

Plan your holiday, staying in one of our hotels on the island
You can book through your tour operator, travel agent or directly with the hotel reservation
To enter Mauritius, you must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.
It is mandatory to arrange COVID-19 insurance health cover (Mauritian citizens, resident permit holders and occupational permit holders are exempted)
For hotel stays a mandatory antigen test is required on arrival at your hotel (day 0) and again on day 5 of your stay. These will be chargeable subject to your hotel policy
You can explore the island after you receive a negative result from your antigen test on day 0
All travellers must fill out the mandatory health forms before or during your flight to Mauritius. To save time, you can fill out the ALL IN ONE FORM link below. This will generate a PDF for you to print, sign and take with you. Please hand to immigration and health officials on arrival at Mauritius airport.
https://www.mauritiustravelform.com/?equid=bb5e68e0-a946-4cf7-bda7-ec1eb1f21c7b

Addition info:

https://mauritius-airport.atol.aero/passengers/travel-tips/faq

 

Mauritius Now

Republic of Mauritius (govmu.org)

Visit the island of Mauritius – official Mauritius tourism website (mymauritius.travel):


Press Release 24 August 2021

With the successful vaccination rollout, travel protocols for vaccinated travelers are being further relaxed. As from 1st September, vaccinated guests would spend only 7 days in a special ´resort bubble´ hotel before going out to discover more of the Indian Ocean paradise.

The approved Covid-19 safe resorts are available at: www.mauritiusnow.com The percentage of vaccinated people are as follows:

First dose/total population: 63%

Fully vaccinated/total population: 56%

Arvind Bundhun, Director of MTPA, said: “This is a major leap towards the full reopening of its borders on 1st October, when vaccinated international travellers will be welcomed in without restrictions. Visitors who present a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to embarkation will be able to explore the island freely from the moment they arrive”.

The Mauritian government took the decision in January to prioritise tourism workers and hotel staff in the vaccine rollout to ensure visitors will be welcomed into a safe and secure environment in Mauritius.

Airline capacity from Europe and the Middle East is currently provided by Air Mauritius, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Kenya Airways and British Airways.

International visitors can currently book their ´resort bubble´ holidays either via tour operators or directly with the hotels. Unvaccinated travellers are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period in a designated quarantine hotel.

For full details of entry requirements and safety protocols, visit www.mauritiusnow.com which is currently being updated following this major decision.

 

AS FROM 1ST OCTOBER ONWARDS
Unvaccinated Travellers

Book a 14-day quarantine including meals and transfers in an officially designated hotel.
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 arrival day and on days 7 and 14
After a negative PCR test on day 14, you can freely explore the island and move to a different accommodation or go home.

We will relay related information from the relevant authorities as the situation evolves, and hope to welcome you to our beautiful Mauritius soon.

FAQs

Where to stay in Mauritius

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: NOTAM A0116 / 21, issued on 29 June 2021

Any person having been physically present in the Republic of South Africa, Mayotte Island or Brazil within the last 15 days preceding the date of arrival in Mauritius will not be allowed entry or transit in the Republic of Mauritius, save for exceptional cases as may be approved on a case to case basis. In such case, arriving passengers shall undergo 14 days quarantine in a state designed quarantine facility followed by a 7 days self-isolation and shall comply to any special sanitary conditions imposed by the Ministry of Heath and Wellness.

 

beSafeMoris – Raising awareness for a safer Mauritius

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COVID-19 Travel Updates | Mauritius Conscious


Mauritius further eases Covid restrictions as tourism demand increases

(Port Louis, 29 June 2022) The Republic of Mauritius has announced a further easing of Covid restrictions in response to its successful vaccination campaign and resultant low infection rate. From Friday July 1st, the requirement for facemasks will be relaxed. However, it will be mandatory to wear facemasks in public areas such as hospitals, port, airport and public transport. Moreover, upon arrival tests for fully vaccinated passengers have been waived. For unvaccinated passengers tests upon arrival are maintained.

 

Mauritius reopened its borders on October 1, 2021, and over 500,000 tourists have subsequently flocked to the paradise island. The nation’s double vaccination rate now stands at over 90 percent, and around two thirds of all over 18 have also received their booster shots.

 

Mauritius is seeing huge demand from discerning international travellers who are choosing the sun-kissed jewel of the Indian Ocean for its stunning scenery, safety and security.

 

Responding to the latest easing of Covid measures, Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, said: we are extremely pleased to note that we have reached a milestone of over half a million visitors since October 01. I am confident that our post-pandemic recovery is well underway, and with the easing of sanitary measures bookings for the second half of 2022 will be stimulated.”

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Mauritius in the spotlight at Bulles Cardin awards

Held for the very first time during the 75th Cannes Film Festival, the Prix Bulles Cardin Awards, an initiative of Rodrigo Basilicati Cardin, nephew of the well-known fashion designer Pierre Cardin, took place on the 18th May 2022 at his iconic residence Palais Bulles in Théoule-sur-Mer, one of the most beautiful Riviera locations.
 
Themed around sustainability and designed to reward projects or personalities who have contributed significantly to ecological development, this evening aimed at educating and raising public awareness on the urgency of adopting sustainable practices and constitute one of the series of projects initiated by Rodrigo in memory of Pierre Cardin. As the satellite images acquired by the European Copernicus programme were projected, climate phenomena such as ice melt in Alaska, deforestation in Brazil and rising sea level in the Maldives was brought to the attention of those present.
 
The island of Mauritius was in the spotlight as a three-minute video on the sustainable practices and the government’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse effect by 40% by 2030 was screened for the French press and media, partners and business associates present. Finding the right balance between a growing tourism industry and a sustainable development was among the questions being asked.

Reported in numerous renowned French press and media in the like of TF1, France TV, France 2, M6, Cannes Radio, Vogue, Forbes, Madame Figaro, Gala, Elle, Paris Capitale, Le Monde, L’Officiel and Le Point, this evening at Palais Bulles was a real success.

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
4th Floor,
Victoria House,
St Louis St,
Port Louis 11302
Mauritius
 

MAURITIUS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT BULLES CARDIN AWARDS

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Meeting at the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius in Germany, 15.03.2022

Meeting with H.E. Ms Christelle Sohun,  Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius in Germany, 15.03.2022  with Mr.Christo Bushev, Deputy HC Mauritius in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Mauritius rum wins first place in global awards

Rum from the Mauritian cane is worth gold – from more than 280 sugarcane spirits from 43 countries, New Grove Emotion Rum from Mauritius was crowned #1

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New Grove Emotion rum . Fine connoisseur or simple lover of rum and spirits, if this name meant nothing to you so far, know that now, you risk hearing about it, and no doubt even welcoming it to your table. And for good reason: this Mauritian rum won first prize at the International Sugarcane Spirits.

The New Grove Emotion (Oldest Rum aged Since 1969) was awarded the Golden Cane, the competition´s highest distinction. The latter tends to become the most prestigious in the world in the field of cane spirits, in order to promote the cultural richness and plurality of this industry.

This Mauritian rum, which stands out thanks to its fruity and powerful essence, its pastry and buttery notes and its hints of citrus fruit and sweet spices, seduced the members of the jury composed of 40 experts, from 17 countries and four continents. A new format as well, since it is based on patient tasting: the judges tested the samples for a month. Suffice to say that it was heavy.

A significant recognition since more than 280 cane spirits, from 43 countries, divided into 16 categories (craft rums, pure juice or molasses rum…) were registered for this very first edition. The gold medal represented the 2 nd position. The latter was awarded to “HSE Très Vieux Rhum Agricole VSOP ” from Martinique, followed by “ Savanna Single Cask Grand Arôme Chai Humide 12 ans” rum from Reunion Island.

This victory heralds bright days for the New Grove brand. A 100% Mauritian distillery, which produces light or traditional rums. Health!

www.lexpress.mu/article/388499/new-grove-emotion-elu-meilleur-rhum-monde

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National confinement declared from 10 march to 25 march 2021

ALL FLIGHTS TO MAURITIUS SUSPENDED 

Tuesday, March 9, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced that the country will be in total lockdown from 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 10 until March 25. International and domestic inbound and outbound passenger flights have been suspended until 25 March 2021. Cargo flights will continue.

https://mauritiusnow.com/covid-safe-travel-in-mauritius/

https://www.mymauritius.travel/mauritius-travel-alerts

beSafeMoris – Raising awareness for a safer Mauritius

 

TEMPORARY CONFINEMENT DUE TO COVID-19

(A)     Complete Confinement on 10 March 2021

  • No activity and the population in the Island of Mauritius to remain indoors.
  • Essential services that will operate on 10 March 2021 :

(a)                Health services.

(b)                Fire services.

(c)                Police services.

(d)                Petrol facilities.

(e)                Security services.

(f)                  Pharmacy services.

(g)                Retail distribution chain.

  • Activities not authorised/ Access not granted :

(a)                Transport services.

(b)                Public places including beaches.

(c)                Markets, cinema, discotheque, gymnasium and hairdressing salons.

(d)                Cultural and sports activities.

(e)                No public gathering (religious or socio-cultural).

(f)                  Commercial centres, shopping malls, shops, meat shops, food courts, restaurants.

(g)                Banks.

  • Restriction on the number of persons attending marriages and funerals.
  • The COVID vaccination exercise will not be held.  A new calendar is being worked out.

(B)     Thursday 11 March to Thursday 25 March 2021

  • Services that will operate but access will be in alphabetical order :

i)                    Supermarkets

ii)                   Shops

iii)                 Bakeries

iv)                 Superettes

v)                   Banks

vi)                 Meat shops.

 

  • Alphabetical order will be as follows –

(1)                A – F  :  Monday and Thursday

(2)                G – N  :  Tuesday and Friday

(3)                O – Z  :  Wednesday and Saturday

  • The above services will be closed on Sunday.

 

  • PSAC Examinations will be postponed to a later date.
  • Cambridge International Examinations will be held as scheduled.
  • Activities not authorised/ Access not granted :

(a)                Transport services.

(b)                Public places including beaches.

(c)                 Markets, cinema, discotheque, gymnasium and hairdressing salons.

(d)                Cultural and sports activities.

(e)                No public gathering (religious and socio-cultural).

(f)                  Commercial centres, shopping malls, food courts, restaurants.

  • Restriction on the number of persons attending marriages and funerals.

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Mauritius travel updates

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 THE ESSENTIALS

  • You will need a PCR test 5 to 7 days before departure
  • You must travel with the original PCR certificate
  • On arrival in Mauritius, you will have a PCR test at the airport
  • You have to stay at a hotel that has been pre-approved by the Mauritian authorities
  • You must book a quarantine stay package that includes pre-approved accommodation, group hotel transfers and full board
  • You must quarantine for 14 days in your hotel room
  • You will have a PCR test on day 7 and 14 at your hotel
  • If your PCR test on day 14 comes back negative, you are free to explore the island
  • Many of the island’s attractions and experiences are open for business
  • https://booking.mymauritius.travel/

TRAVEL UPDATES

26 JANUARY 2021

MAURITIUS LAUNCHES ITS COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Port Louis, 26 January 2021 – Mauritius launches its Covid-19 vaccination programme today giving priority to frontliners including health care professionals, employees of the tourism industry as well as senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions. 50,000 front liners are being considered for the vaccination campaign with 50% of them being in the tourism sector. Government objective remains the restart of the tourism sector in the safest conditions possible.

Mauritius observes strictest Covid-19 protocols and is regarded as having one of the world’s best responses to the pandemic. Strict quarantine measures and thorough testing protocols have been in place since the outbreak with the hotel industry playing a key role in offering accommodation for confinements. The country received a perfect 100 on the Oxford University Stringency Index which tracks government policy and action regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

There has been little to no disruption of social life in Mauritius since June 2020 with practically no known cases of community transmission. As a result, the country has seen an increase in demand from visitors looking to relocate to a Covid-safe environment for work, leisure, or retirement. The Premium Visa has been introduced for this purpose and allows for extended visits of 12 months with an option for further extensions.

Entry restrictions and quarantine requirements are expected to be eased progressively based on the evolution of the pandemic and upon visitors having achieved immunity. The situation is being closely monitored with vaccination campaigns already started in Mauritius’s main tourism markets. It is expected that soon vaccinated visitors will be granted free access to the country.

The ultimate objective of the vaccination campaign is to inoculate 60% of the country’s population of 1.3 million to achieve herd immunity. The first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, arrived from Mumbai on Friday 22 January as a donation from the government of India. Doses required to complete the vaccination campaign are expected from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer with an initial consignment approved through the COVAX facility.

25 JANUARY 2021

Following the continuous and rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus in UK and South Africa, the following precautionary measures have been adopted by the Mauritian Authorities:

Any person having resided in United Kingdom or South Africa or with a history of travel to and from United Kingdom and South Africa within the last 15 days will not be allowed entry or transit in the Republic of Mauritius until 28th February 2021.

We wish to reassure that all precautionary measures are being taken to protect the residents of Mauritius and other travellers.

18 DECEMBER

The Cabinet took the decision on Friday 18 December 2020 to extend the quarantine period in Mauritius from 15 January 2021 to 15 February 2021. Quarantine will therefore be mandatory for all passengers entering Mauritius until that date. Regulations will be amended accordingly by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

  • UK
  • South Africa

We wish to reassure that all precautionary measures are being taken to protect the residents of Mauritius and other travellers.

NOTICE TO ALL TRAVELLERS TO MAURITIUS

Updated Communique with regards to the spread of the “new coronavirus” (Covid-2019)

Following the continuous and rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus, the following precautionary measures have been adopted by the Mauritian Authorities:

  • All travelers who come from or have been in transit in the following countries during the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the Mauritian territory until 28th February 2021:
    • UK
    • South Africa
    • Japan
    • Brazil

We wish to reassure that all precautionary measures are being taken to protect the residents of Mauritius and other travellers.

All prospective passengers (including children and infants) travelling to Mauritius must possess the following documents:

  1. a certificate of a negative COVID – 19 PCR test administered between 5 and 7 days prior to the date of boarding at the last point of embarkation.
  2. a valid air ticket to Mauritius; and
  3. 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.

Attention is also drawn to the fact that

  • any arriving passenger will have to undergo PCR tests on day of arrival, day 7 and day 14 following arrival: and
  • if a PCR test reveals that a person is COVID-19 positive, he shall be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment.
  • Non-Mauritians must pay a fee of Rs13,500 per person to their hotel to cover for Ministry of Health costs (including three PCR tests administered in Mauritius) when purchasing their travel package.

Incoming passengers to Mauritius must download and fill their Public Health Covid-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form which must be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon their arrival.

Download Public Health Covid-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form

Download Passenger Locator Form

IF YOU ARE A MAURITIAN CLICK HERE

OTHERS CLICK HERE

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Mauritius introduces premium travel visa for long stays

Mauritius, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, has introduced a Premium Travel Visa, valid for a period of one year, renewable, to welcome esteemed travellers seeking to prolong their feeling of wellness arising from the gorgeous turquoise blue sea with silky sand beaches, tropical lagoons, the lush greens, the warmth and friendliness of locals, all in a COVID-safe destination.

The experience of natural beauty and balanced lifestyle that could only be encountered on a rare holiday has now been made available under the Premium Travel Visa to any non-citizen who intends to stay in Mauritius for a maximum period of one year as a tourist, retiree or a professional willing to come with his/her family and carry out his business or work remotely from Mauritius.

See more here: www.edbmauritius.org/premium-visa 

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