The Republic of Mauritius has eased its COVID restrictions in response to a successful vaccination campaign and resultant low infection rate.
From Friday, the requirement for facemasks has been dropped except for when visiting hospitals, ports, airports and riding public transport.
Upon arrival tests for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers have also been waived.
Mauritius reopened its borders on 1 October 2021 and since then over 500,000 tourists have flocked to the paradise island.
The nation’s double vaccination rate now stands at over 90 per cent, and around two-thirds of all over 18 have also received
their booster shots.
Mauritius is seeing huge demand from international travellers who are choosing the sun-kissed jewel of the Indian Ocean for its stunning scenery, safety and security.
“We are extremely pleased to note that we have reached a milestone of over half a million visitors since October,” Arvind Bundhun, director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, said in response to the announcement.
“I am confident that our post-pandemic recovery is well underway, and with the easing of sanitary measures bookings for the second half of 2022 will be stimulated.”
Image: The Waterfalls of Chamarel, Mauritius (iStock/narvikk)