PORT LOUIS – 24 MARCH 2021
Mauritian authorities expressed confidence that the national vaccination campaign is on track and that the country will achieve herd immunity within the prescribed delay. This has been set as a precondition for the restart of tourism. The vaccination campaign started on 26 January. Up to now 117,323 persons have received a first jab repre-senting 17% of the targeted population. A threshold of 700,000 persons vaccinated has been set for the country to achieve herd immunity. Vaccination is free of charge for all Mauritians and visitors who are holders of the Premium Visa.
Government spokesperson, Dr Zouberr Joomaye stated in a press conference today, 23 March 2021, that Mauritius has secured an adequate supply of vaccines for the authorities to maintain the pace of vaccination. The phased easing of travel restrictions is expected as from the end of June 2021. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Mauritius has always upheld the sanitary safety of Mauritian nationals and that of visitors as a topmost priority.
Port Louis – 06 March 2021 at 17h30
ALL FLIGHTS TO MAURITIUS SUSPENDED FOR ONE WEEK AS FROM SUNDAY 07 MARCH 2021
The National Covid-19 High Powered Committee met today and took the decision to enforce travel restrictions to Mauritius for a period of one week with effect from midnight 06 March 2021. No passengers will be allowed entry or transit in the Republic of Mauritius. No passengers will be allowed entry in Rodrigues. Crew members will be allowed entry and shall have to strictly abide to the sanitary protocols set out by the Ministry of Health and wellness in Mauritius. The MTPA will keep the travelling public informed of developments.
We wish to reassure that all precautionary measures are being taken to protect the residents of Mauritius and other travellers.
The government of Mauritius has expanded its Covid-19 vaccination programme to include all citizens, residents and long-term international visitors over the age of 18.
Visitors holding the Premium Visa as well as residents of Mauritius holding a Work Permit, Residence Permit or Occupational Permit are eligible to receive their vaccinations free of charge.
Mauritius is the only country in the world which offers long-term visitor visas free of charge and a free Covid vaccine to holders of these visas. The expanded vaccination programme is part of the national campaign to continue keeping Mauritius Covid-secure and to allow the full reopening of international borders once herd immunity is reached.
Mauritius is using the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. MTPA are encouraging all those eligible to accept this offer and is working across the tourism sector to promote take-up. For further information on our national vaccination programme, our national response to COVID-19 and FAQs on the vaccinations please visit:https://health.govmu.org/Pages/default.aspx
Eligible international visitors should book their appointments by telephone by calling 2124464 between 0900 and 1500 from Monday 8th March 2021. Those with appointments must attend, and must bring their passport as well as documentation showing either their Premium Visa or Residency status. Vaccinations for international visitors will be carried out at the International Vaccination Centre, Mutual Aid Building, Port Louis.
Other national vaccination centres and mobile vaccination centres are open to Mauritian citizens aged 18+. Priority will be given to those aged over 60 and those with underlying health conditions.
Applications for Premium Visa are open
Mauritius’ Premium Visa allows international visitors to stay in Mauritius for up to 12 months to work remotely, retire or simply enjoy a longer holiday. The visa is renewable.
Applications for the Premium Visa are open to those currently in Mauritius on short-stay visas and those based internationally who wish to relocate to Mauritius for the long term. For further information on eligibility and application process for the Premium Visa please visit:https://mauritiusnow.com/premium-visa/