Travel Advice

Frequently Asked Questions

– VACCINATION QUESTIONS –

 

Who will be allowed entry to Mauritius and do I need to be fully vaccinated?

Mauritius is open to most countries, subject to our entry requirements.

All other passengers who are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Mauritian authorities will be allowed to freely explore the island.

If you are unvaccinated, you must self-isolate for 7 days in accommodation of your choosing. You will need to take an antigen test on day 7 of your stay. If you test negative, you can freely explore the island from day 8.

Prior to travel, it is recommended for all travellers to fill out the digital Mauritius All in One travel form, which you can access via the link below. It will generate a PDF document with a QR Code, which must be presented to Health Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport. At the moment, you also need to fill out the Immigration Disembarkation Card, which will be handed to you during your flight to Mauritius. Please submit this to the Immigration Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport.

All in One Travel Form

 

What does fully vaccinated mean?

Travellers must be fully vaccinated to enter the country without quarantine. They must meet one of the following conditions:

  • be fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the Mauritian authorities. The second dose, if applicable, must have been administered 14 days before arrival. One can only travel from day 15;
  • have received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine or Sputnik Light vaccine
    at least 28 days before travel. One can only travel on day 29;
  • have an official documentation proving that you have already had COVID-19 and have had either a 1 dose vaccination before contamination or  have had a post-infection vaccination 14 days prior to travel (one can only travel from day 15) or have had a post-infection vaccination for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or Sputnik Light vaccine 28 days prior to travel (one can only travel at day 29);
  • be a minor aged under 18 years old who is currently exempted from vaccination and travels with his/her family.

If I am vaccinated do I need a PCR test to enter Mauritius?

You do not need to present a negative PCR test before flying to Mauritius.

You will need to test on arrival in Mauritius.

If you are staying in a hotel, you will need to have a mandatory antigen test on arrival at your hotel (day 0). This may be chargeable, subject to your hotel’s policy. If you are vaccinated with Sputnik Light, you will be required to take a PCR at the airport, rather than your hotel.

If you are staying at any other accommodation such as a villa, guesthouse or AirB&B, or returning home you will need to take a free antigen test at the airport on arrival in Mauritius.

 

Can I travel to Mauritius unvaccinated?

Yes, you can. You will need to take a free antigen test.

If you are unvaccinated, you must self-isolate for 7 days in accommodation of your choosing. You will need to take an antigen test on day 7 of your stay. If you test negative, you can freely explore the island from day 8.

 

What vaccines have been approved?

The National COVID-19 Vaccination Committee in Mauritius has approved the following vaccines for those wanting to enter Mauritius:

AstraZeneca: Covishield
AstraZeneca: Vaxzevria
Covaxin
Johnson & Johnson
Moderna
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
Sinopharm
Sputnik V
Sinovac- CoronaVac
Novavax: Nuvaxovid / Covovax
Sputnik Light

 

Will a digital vaccine passport be available?

For the moment, a vaccine card is valid. The Mauritian government is working on a digital version.

 

If I’ve had COVID-19 and recovered, do I need to be fully vaccinated to travel to Mauritius?

You need to have an official documentation proving that you have already had COVID-19 and  have had either a 1 dose vaccination before contamination or  have had a post-infection vaccination 14 days prior to travel (one can only travel on day 15); and 28 days for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or Sputnik Light vaccine (one can only travel on day 29).

 

Will hotel staff be vaccinated?

All hotel staff, as well as their immediate family, have been vaccinated

 

– COVID-19 TESTING QUESTIONS –

Can I fly to Mauritius if I have recently tested positive for COVID-19?

No. If you have tested positive within the seven days before departure, you are not allowed to board a flight to Mauritius

Will I need a PCR test at the airport?

If you are staying at a hotel there will be no PCR testing at the airport. An antigen test will be carried out at the hotel on arrival (day 0). This may be chargeable, subject to your hotel’s policy. However, if you are vaccinated with Sputnik Light, you will be required to take a PCR at the airport, rather than your hotel.

If you are staying at other accommodation on the island or returning to your home, you will be required to take a free antigen test on arrival at the airport (day 0).

 

Will I have to undergo COVID testing during my holiday?

If you are staying at a hotel, an antigen test will be carried out at the hotel on arrival (day 0). This may be chargeable, subject to your hotel’s policy. However, if you are vaccinated with Sputnik Light, you will be required to take a PCR at the airport, rather than your hotel.

If you are staying at other accommodation on the island or returning to your home, you will be required to take a free antigen test on arrival at the airport (day 0).

 

If I need a PCR test, how much will it cost?

If travellers are departing Mauritius and require a PCR test to enter a different country, or require an additional PCR test during their stay, they will need to incur the costs. Additional PCR tests cost between Rs 2500 – 3500.

 

 

– TESTING POSITIVE WHILE STAYING IN A MAURITIUS HOTEL –

 

What if I test positive for COVID-19 during my hotel stay?

Positive Antigen test

Any guest who has tested positive via an antigen test will be asked to stay in isolation in a designated room until a PCR test is carried out by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the result is obtained. Quarantine-type room service must be provided during the waiting period.

Guests with a negative PCR test result may return to their room and be considered COVID-19 negative.

Positive PCR test

If the PCR test result is positive, the client must be transferred to the area of the hotel used for COVID-19 positive cases. The Ministry of Health and Wellness, under the responsibility of the RPHS, must be notified and will check whether the guest does not face any medical risk. If such is the case, the person in question must stay in isolation for 7 days without their family if he/she is asymptomatic. If a fully vaccinated guest tests positive but can produce a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID-19, they do not have to self-isolate for seven days.

After the 7-day period of isolation, the positive person will be allowed to leave self-isolation without a COVID-19 exit test.

If the COVID-19 positive person shows worrying clinical symptoms or has demonstrated a significant risk of developing a severe case on medical examination, he/she must be hospitalised in the public or private healthcare facility of his/her choice.

Relatives accompanying a positive guest do not have to self-isolate.

 

What if I test positive and require hospitalisation?

If a person tests positive during his/her stay, the infected person must self-isolate for at least 7 days in a room in the specific, geographically separated part of the hotel designated for this purpose, without leaving for any reason. If a fully vaccinated guest tests positive but can produce a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID-19, they do not have to self-isolate for seven days.

However, hospitalisation will be imperative if required, following the assessment of the person’s medical condition by the Ministry of Health personnel for all SARS-CoV-2 infected patients.

Such a person may be admitted to a treatment centre, public hospital or a private clinic depending on his/her medical condition.

Positive guests are authorised to fly abroad by medical aircraft at their expense, provided that their doctor in charge considers that they are transportable.

 

What if someone in my group tests positive?

Relatives of the infected person do not need to self isolate.

 

I live in Mauritius (Mauritian, occupation permit holder or residence permit holder). Am I allowed to enter a hotel in Mauritius?

You can enter one of the hotels in Mauritius if you are fully vaccinated by one of the following methods:

  • You have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, followed by the booster dose. Please note, the booster dose should have been administered before 4 April 2022 and within six months of you having your second dose.
  • You have been vaccinated with one dose of Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine or one dose of Sputnik Light vaccine, followed by a booster dose. Please note, the booster dose should have been administered before 4 April 2022 and within six months of you having your second dose.
  • After testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, you have received a dose of a licensed vaccine. This must have been administered after 40 days of testing positive, but within 6 months of testing positive.
  • Local guests who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated may enter the hotel provided they present one of the following:
    – A negative PCR test result within 7 days of check-in
    – A detailed medical certificate from a panel of two Government Medical Officers stating that they cannot be vaccinated

 

– INSURANCE QUESTIONS –

 

Do I need insurance to travel to Mauritius?

Travel insurance is advisable but not mandatory at this time.

 

– CHILDREN AND FAMILIES –

 

Will children need to do COVID testing?

Children do not need to present a negative PCR test before flying to Mauritius.

Do children need to be vaccinated?

Children under 18 years old are exempted from vaccination. Children over 5 years old must wear masks in the mandatory areas.

Will kids’ and teens’ clubs and babysitting services be available?

Access will be allowed to the kids/teens’ club in compliance with sanitary protocols, with mandatory closing time during the day for full disinfection and compulsory pre-registration.

The number of children will be limited at all times (with a defined maximum number of children per staff member) with a preference for outdoor activities.

Babysitting service is allowed, provided that the babysitter and his/her immediate family members living in the same household have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days beforehand (28 days if a Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

 

 – GUEST EXPERIENCE INSIDE THE HOTEL –

 

How will guests get from the airport to their accommodation?

Passengers will be taken to their hotels by a DMC, a taxi or other means of transportation. Our approved DMCs will run separate transfers for both hotel guests and those staying in a quarantine hotel.

 

Will guests need to wear a mask?

Yes. Guests will need to wear a mask while moving around the hotel. You won’t have to wear one while relaxing around the pool or on the beach, while seated at the restaurant or bar.

 

Will dining be affected during my holiday?

Buffets and á la carte meals will be available. Physical distancing measures will be put in place and guests must wear a mask if moving around the restaurant.

 

Will the spa, golf courses and activities such as watersports be available?

Hotel spas (excluding the hammam and saunas) and in-room treatments are available.
The hotel’s fitness room can be accessed in compliance with sanitary protocols, with disinfection after each guest’s visit.
The majority of activities, including kitesurfing, scuba diving and windsurfing, will be allowed, subject to sanitary protocols.
Golf access will be allowed and the use of golf carts is permitted. Wearing a mask is compulsory in confined common areas, such as the changing facilities, clubhouse and walking around the restaurants.
Nightclubs are not allowed to operate.

 

 –  GROUP ACTIVITIES AND FUNCTIONS –

 

Can I travel in a group or get married?

Group activities will be limited to 50 people. You can get married on the island.

 

– GUEST EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF THE HOTEL –

 

Can guests explore the island during their holiday?

From October 2021 onwards, vaccinated travellers can freely explore the island throughout their stay. Local sanitary protocols must always be followed.

 

– GENERAL PROTOCOLS ON THE ISLAND –

 

What are the sanitary protocols when exploring the island?

All travellers must adhere to the local sanitary protocols when exploring the island. These include wearing of face masks, hand sanitising and social distancing.

 

 

– TESTING FOR COVID-19 IN MAURITIUS WHILE STAYING IN OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS –

 

What is the definition of ‘other accommodation’

‘Other accommodation’ refers to places to stay other than a hotel. This could be a self-catered villa, AirBnB, B&B, guest house or your home if you are a resident of Mauritius.

How do I get my test results?

All vaccinated travellers staying in other accommodation must have an antigen test on arrival at the airport (day 0). You will be told your results at the airport. After a negative test result, you can freely explore Mauritius.

 

What if I test positive for COVID-19 during my stay in other accommodation?

If your antigen test is positive and you are asymptomatic, you will have to isolate for 7 days within your accommodation. You will be contacted by the authorities. COVID-19 positive cases must self-isolate in a different room from their accompanying persons. If a fully vaccinated guest tests positive but can produce a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID-19, they do not have to self-isolate for seven days.

If the COVID-19 positive person shows worrying clinical symptoms or has demonstrated a significant risk of developing a severe case on medical examination, he/she must be hospitalised in the public or private healthcare facility of his/her choice.

 

What if I test positive and require hospitalisation?

If a person tests positive during his/her stay, the infected person must self-isolate for at least 7 days. If a fully vaccinated guest tests positive but can produce a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID-19, they do not have to self-isolate for seven days.

If the COVID-19 positive person shows worrying clinical symptoms or has demonstrated a significant risk of developing a severe case on medical examination, he/she must be hospitalised in the public or private healthcare facility of his/her choice.

For emergencies you can contact 8924.

What if someone in my group tests positive?

If you have COVID-19. you must self-isolate in a different room from your travelling companions.

Travelling companions of a COVID-19 positive guest do not have to self-isolate.

 

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