Mauritius has lifted the travel ban on South Africans in what is expected to be a serious tourist boost for the island nation ahead of the December holiday season.
The lifting of the restrictions means that South Africans can now travel to Mauritius on licensed commercial flights without having to spend a fortnight outside the country, said Arvind Bundhun, director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).
“We welcome the decision of the Mauritian government. South Africa remains a local and priority market for tourism on the island. We are delighted to be able to resume our long-standing relationship after an 18-month travel ban. “
Authorized commercial flights between South Africa and Mauritius will begin on October 1, 2021 via Air Mauritius, Comair South Africa, SAA and Fly Safair and other carriers, he said.
From October 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from South Africa will be allowed to stay at any hotel, resort or accommodation of their choice and to roam freely around the island. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a state-designated quarantine facility.
“Mauritius has worked hard to develop and implement protocols that will protect travelers and citizens as much as possible from Covid-19 and the effects of the pandemic. Travelers can be assured of the government’s commitment to the health and safety of all travelers, ”Bundhun said.
“South Africans yearn for the Mauritius they know and love – white sandy beaches and clear blue seas and skies, our warm and friendly people, and so much more. Mauritius is ready and we look forward to welcoming South Africans to our beautiful country.
The full list of Covid-19 travel protocols and phases is available on the MTPA website here.
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