Mauritius on Friday lifted its travel ban to and from South Africa – meaning vaccinated South Africans can now travel to that country on authorised commercial flights without having to spend 15 days in quarantine.
“We welcome the decision by the Mauritian government. South Africa remains a proximity and priority market for tourism on the island,” says Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.
“We are delighted that we will be able to restart our long-standing relationship after an 18-month ban on travel.”
Authorised commercial flights from South Africa to Mauritius will commence on 1 October 2021 namely Air Mauritius, Comair South Africa, SAA and Fly Safair.
From 1 October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa, will be allowed to stay at any hotel, resort or accommodation of their choice and move freely around the island.
Unvaccinated travellers will have to undergo 14 days quarantine in a state designated quarantine facility.
“Mauritius has worked hard to develop and implement protocols that will keep both travellers and citizens as safe as possible from Covid-19 and the effects of the pandemic,” said Arvind Bundhun.
“Travellers can be assured of the government’s commitment to health and safety.
“South Africans have been longing for the Mauritius they know and love, from white sandy beaches and clear blue seas and skies, to our warm and friendly people, and so much more.
“Mauritius is ready and we can’t wait to welcome South Africans back to our beautiful country.”
The government of Mauritius recently made it easier to obtain a residency visa by lowering the required property investment to $375 000 – from the previous $500 000.
The full list of Covid-19 travel protocols and phases are published on www.mauritiusnow.com