Can I travel to Mauritius?
Last updated: 3 October 2021
Yes, Mauritius is now open! If you are vaccinated you will not need to quarantine, however you will need to demonstrate proof of a negative PCR test.
Read on below for more information on the requirements and what’s on offer when you visit this beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean.
- Official guidelines: On arrival in Mauritius travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must present a negative molecular or antigen test taken in the 48 hours preceding entry into Mauritius and fill in a digital localisation form. They must also self-isolate for 5 days, at the end of which they must take a rapid antigenic or molecular swab test for COVID-19 and test negative for release.Vaccinated travellers are exempt.
- From 1 October, Mauritius have removed restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists. Travellers must, however, present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the last point of embarkation. See the Mauritius Now website for full details.
- Mauritius will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
- Testing: 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
- Quarantine for unvaccinated tourists: Unvaccinated tourists are allowed to enter but must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in an official quarantine hotel.
- You will need to stay in your hotel room for 14 days and meals will be delivered to your room
- You will have a PCR test on your day of arrival, day 7 and day 14
- After a negative PCR test on day 14, you can freely explore the island and move to new accommodation or to your home
- Other local guidelines: Bars, restaurants, shops and nightclubs are all open but with social distancing measures and reduced capacities in place. Public transport is running, however may be limited services in some regions. Face masks are required when within enclosed environments, on public transportation, and when a social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be respected.
Best time to go?
You can expect warm temperates year-round but October is the best time to visit the island for warmer and drier weather. December to April is rainy season so are best avoided if you’re looking for long days in the sunshine.
- In the South and Southwest, take in the spectacular scenes at Seven Colored Earths and Chamarel Waterfall, as well Black River Gorges National Park with stunning hiking trails, bursting with wildlife
- In the East, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches and the Vallée de Ferney, a large nature reserve for guided hikes and boat trips
- In the North, enjoy the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and the island’s capital, Port Louis.
And for families?
With so many resorts to suit all budgets, Mauritius offers great value family holidays with a host of excursions, shallow, calm waters plus activities ranging from tennis to snorkelling. For older children, Mauritius is great for exploring and of course, watersports. For more inspiration, take a look at the Small Explorer’s piece on why Mauritius is so great for families.
Getting back into the UK
Mauritius is on the UK’s Amber List, considered a low risk country. Howeerll travellers must take a pre-departure test three days before return as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day two of their return. Unvaccinated travellers must also self isolate for 10 days and take a second PCR test on day eight. An optional extra day five test can be taken, with a negative result allowing unvaccinated travellers to “test out” of quarantine. The day eight PCR test must still be taken regardless of the result of the optional day five PCR test.
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