Mauritius reopens to vaccinated tourists

Mauritius has reopened its borders to vaccinated tourists, health tourists and medical tourists after being closed for 16 months.

The reopening is part of a two-phase strategy to attract tourists to the Indian Ocean island economy whose recovery hinges on a tourism revival.

The government aims to achieve herd immunity of 60% of the population by 30 September and if it does this a full re-opening is planned. The country will begin Phase 2  from October 1 which will allow travellers to enter the country with zero restrictions and full freedom.

The country expects to attract 325,000 tourists in the second half of the year, according to Statistics Mauritius. Annual tourism numbers in 2019 of 1.4 million included 12,000 medical tourists and a similar number of health tourists.

No travellers who have not received a vaccine can enter the country.

Mauritius is also promoting itself to digital nomads who work remotely only for customers or their business is not on the island. Digital nomads and long-stay travellers can get free Covid vaccinations. Both must have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related health issues for the duration of stay.