Mauritius open to health tourism

Mauritius has officially reopened its borders to health tourists, but only for fully vaccinated travellers.

83% of the adult population in Mauritius is now double vaccinated, and the island is now seeing significant demand from international travellers.

Tourism is crucial to the country’s economy. The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) reports that tourism accounts for more than 25% of the nation’s GDP. It is actively promoting wellness tourism at wellness centres, spas and hotel spas.

Mauritius has recently invested millions of dollars in its hotels, infrastructure and visitor attractions, including refurbishing luxury hotels, spas and wellness centres, to provide health tourists with the very best in accommodation and amenities.

New priorities suggest that while happy to promote wellness tourism, medical tourism is no longer on the agenda for the country, at least for 2021.

It is mandatory for inbound travellers arrange COVID-19 insurance health cover (Mauritian citizens, resident permit holders and occupational permit holders are exempted).

To enter Mauritius, health tourists and tourists must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. COVID-19 testing is required upon arrival and on day five of any stay. Unvaccinated travellers can enter but have to quarantine in their hotel for 14 days.