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PROTOCOLS FOR TRAVEL TO MAURITIUS

Note please that regulations for entering Mauritius and then re-entering South Africa differ

ENTERING MAURITIUS:


Vaccinations:
  • All passengers (aged 18 years at time of travel to Mauritius) need to be fully vaccinated. Check that your party complies with regards to which vaccines the Mauritius Government recognises/accepts, as well as the timeframe in which travel is permitted post vaccination/s - read more here
  • NB: Pfizer-vaccinated passengers can only fly on the 15th day after their second dose; J&J-vaccinated passengers can only travel from day 29.
  • The vaccination certificate for each passenger must be presented at various times during the journey.
  • In the case of an adult passenger (aged 18 years+) who has had COVID-19 and has only had their first Pfizer vaccination: They must travel with a letter from their General Practitioner or Physician stating they have previously contracted COVID-19 and since recovered fully; they must also carry their vaccination certificate showing the details of their first vaccination and travel date must be at least 15 days after vaccination.
Completed forms:
  • It is recommended that passengers visit the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority’s website to complete the required documentation ahead of your departure to Mauritius. Complete the ALL IN ONE TRAVEL FORM.

THE JOURNEY THERE, AND BACK:

  • Please visit the relevant airline website/s for information pertaining to protocols for your flights:
       Air Mauritius
    NB: surgical masks are required for each passenger irrespective of age throughout the entire journey (transfers, time in airport, flight/s).
       South African Airways
       British Airways Comair
       FlySafair
  • Wearing a face mask and regular sanitising of hands is mandatory.

GETTING TO YOUR HOTEL, AND BACK TO THE AIRPORT:

  • If you have booked transfers as part of your Beachcomber package, a Mautourco representative will guide you from the arrivals’ hall to the designated transfer vehicle. Please ensure your mask is always worn correctly during your transfers.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL & DURING YOUR STAY:

  • On arrival at your resort (day 0) all clients will undergo an antigen test. Test results are produced within minutes and when a negative test result is received, guests are free to enjoy the facilities of the resort and venture out to explore the island. The cost of this test is covered by the Beachcomber group.
  • If an individual receives a positive test result, please view the FAQ page here for the procedures that will be followed.
  • Mauritian law states that hotel guests may remove their mask when on the beach, at the pool or when seated at a restaurant table or in the bar. In all other scenarios, please wear your mask. For more information - including protocols surrounding masks for younger children - please click here.
  • More information pertaining to your stay at a Beachcomber resort can be found here.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

  • Effective 25 April 2022 the mandatory requirement of travel insurance moved to being optional. It is our recommendation that no passenger travels abroad without adequate travel insurance cover.  
  • Beachcomber is unable to offer advice, nor consult, on matters pertaining to travel insurance, but we recommend that our passengers consider these insurers and speak directly to them for more information:
       Bryte Insurance Company Limited
       Travel Insurance Consultants

WHAT IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA?

  • Following the updated Government Regulations released on 05 May 2022, it is understood that travellers returning to South Africa are classed as vaccinated when they have received at least one dose of vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Any passenger aged 12 years and older on the day they arrive at a South African border post must produce one of the following:
    - a valid vaccination certificate;
    - a valid negative Antigen COVID-19 test result, obtained not more than 48 hours before departure;
    - a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test result, obtained not more than 72 hours before departure;
    - a valid certificate of a positive PCR COVID-19 test, dated less than 90 days prior to the arrival date in South Africa and more than 10 days prior to the travel date, together with a signed letter from a medical practitioner or physician, registered in South Africa, stating that the person has fully recovered from COVID-19, is not experiencing any new symptoms, and is fit to travel. 
  • Passengers under the age of 12 years on day of entering the SA border post are exempt from the above requirements.
  • Any passenger who can’t produce one of the above options will be offloaded from the flight. (Note that requirements pertain to the age of the traveller on the day of flying, not the age of the passenger when they travelled to Mauritius.) It is important to note that any passenger aged 12 – 17 years who tests positive on the PCR or Antigen test that is required for departure will – per Mauritian law – be required to isolate for a period of 7 days together with a parent or guardian. The hotel will bill the clients directly for this involuntary extension and those passengers who are flying home on Air Mauritius must please note that Air Mauritius will only transport 12 – 17 year olds who are able to produce a negative PCR or Antigen test at time of check in for their flight home.
  • Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has a contract in place with C-Lab and a staff member will travel to the resort to collect the specimens for the PCR or Antigen test if an appointment is made. The cost per person of an Antigen test is from MUR500 and a PCR test from MUR2,200 and is for the client's account.   
  • It is the responsibility of the client to book the appointment with the Guest Relations Desk for these tests and this must be done on arrival, or the morning after. Because the requirements differ country to country, the hotel staff/management don’t take responsibility for booking PCR or Antigen tests appointments for guests.  The guest must specify at time of booking the appointment which test is required and reconfirm the cost thereof.
  • Failure to confirm an appointment could see clients not being able to depart Mauritius as scheduled. Any costs relating to purchasing of new air tickets and additional nights at the hotel will be for the client’s account.
  • NB: It is the sole responsibility of the client to ensure the Antigen or PCR test appointment needed for departure from Mauritius is confirmed for the required day.
  • NB: Mauritian labs require up to 48 hours to process tests – it is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure their test is booked for the correct day & time
  • The South African authorities require a form to be completed per passenger ahead of their arrival back in South Africa: "Traveller health questionnaire: entry screening to South Africa (International travel)" - download it here.

Important: All information and website links were correct at the time this information source was last updated. Clients need to re-check this information source within 5 days of departure to ensure no changes/updates have taken place. The responsibility remains that of the passenger to verify all information prior to travel and ensure they comply with government, airline, and service provider protocols. In the case of children aged 12 – 17  years returning to South Africa who are exempt from producing a negative PCR test due to him/her being vaccinated: please note that the South African authorities consider individuals to be vaccinated 15 days after their J&J vaccination or Pfizer vaccination, not before. This information is based on travel from, and back to, South Africa. Should your country of origin or return differ, please check the requirements for the country in question. Last updated 06 May 2022 (V18).