Travel Restrictions Updates

Mauritius has implemented travel restrictions on flights arriving from South Africa to Mauritius, due to the latest scientific data on the new covid-19 variant.

Mauritius implements further arrival restrictions for travel from South Africa

  • Inbound flights from South Africa cancelled from 28 November 2021
  • Additional arrival PCR tests and mandatory 7-day in-room hotel quarantine
  • Restrictions applies to arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini

(Port Louis, 28 November 2021) Mauritius island has put enhanced entry restrictions on planes arriving from South Africa to Mauritius, effective immediately, in light of the most recent scientific research results about the spread of the new Covid type, Omicron, reportedly found in South Africa.

This decision was adopted to safeguard the citizens, residents, and tourists of Mauritius' continued safety.

On Saturday, November 27, travellers flying MK852 from Johannesburg to Mauritius will be subjected to an enhanced health check. Passengers will be subjected to an in-room, hotel quarantine period of at least 7 days in addition to the PCR testing performed upon arrival in Mauritius.

On Sunday, November 28th, Air Mauritius will conduct one outbound flight from Mauritius to Johannesburg. Until further notice, incoming flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, and Eswatini are restricted. Until further notice, cargo flights will continue.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will coordinate further emergency repatriation flights for Mauritian citizens, residents, and Occupational Permit Holders.

A spokesperson for Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority commented: “We acknowledge the significant disruption which results from such measures, particularly for the 176 passengers who arrived on MK852 on 27 November 2021 but they are essential to ensure the health and wellness of all. The passengers involved are being given all possible support in these difficult times for all.”

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