After nearly 18 months, borders between South Africa and Mauritius are opening once again and the travel ban on South Africa has been lifted, effective 10th September and commercial flight operations will resume on 1st October 2021.

This welcome announcement comes as a large relief to many South Africans who have eagerly been waiting to travel to Mauritius for tourism, employment, or retirement purposes. The removal of restrictions is expected to provide the tourism sector with a major boost leading into the December holiday season.

The removal of the long-standing travel ban means that travelers from South Africa will no longer be required to spend 15 days outside of the country before being eligible to enter Mauritius.

Vaccinated travelers will have unrestricted access to the island provided they have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of embarkation.

Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to undergo a 14-day mandatory in-room quarantine at a designated facility.

Mauritius has worked tirelessly to meet its vaccination targets ahead of schedule in preparation for the second phase of full border re-opening on 1st October 2021. Protocols have been implemented to “keep both travelers and citizens as safe as possible from Covid-19 and the effects of the pandemic. Travelers can be assured of Government’s commitment to the health and safety of all travelers,” says Arvind Bundhun, Director of MTPA.

For more information, please visit the Mauritius Now website.