Mauritius Drops Pre-Arrival Negative PCR Test Requirements from Today

Mauritius Drops Pre-Arrival PCR Test Requirements from Today

In what will come as excellent news for travellers worldwide, the Republic of Mauritius has announced it will be dropping the requirement for all incoming visitors to present a negative PCR test before being allowed into the country.

The Republic of Mauritius, the island nation in the Indian Ocean known for its seemingly endless miles of white sandy beaches, has become far more accessible from today.

Previously, those wanting to visit the beautiful part of the world needed to prove a negative PCR test result, which needed to have been taken within 72 hours before departure. However, this is no longer the case, with the Ministry of Health and Wellness announcing that this requirement has been removed.

Across the world, countries have begun removing restrictions as they find ways to ‘live with’ COVID-19. Mauritius’ move now makes things easier for business and leisure travellers to visit this Indian Ocean Island, and as expected, the decision has been broadly welcomed by those working in the hospitality sector.

Since last October, the demand from tourists and business travellers has soared following the reopening of its borders to international travel, which coincided with the loosening of travel restrictions in many of Mauritius’ key markets, and this influx will no doubt continue to rise given the latest announcement.

A private cabana on a white sandy beach

Mauritius is one of the world’s best holiday destinations mainly due to its incredible beaches, stunning mountains and lagoons, business opportunities, and renowned safety and security. As of the time of publishing this article, data shows that 90% of the Mauritian adult population has now been fully vaccinated, and this is due to the country’s highly-successful ongoing booster dose campaign.

The Director of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority Arvind Bundhun said, “We are delighted that the Ministry of Health and Wellness has reviewed the sanitary protocol for visitors to Mauritius. Automatically this renders the experience of travelling to Mauritius far easier and more streamlined. We expect a further boost to tourism numbers as demand for travel to Mauritius is currently ramping up.”

If you’re planning a trip to Mauritius in 2022, here is a couple of ideas for you to consider.

Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa villa

Family Time Together™ at Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa – Mauritius
Take a wellness trip away with the whole family to the idyllic shores of Mauritius with our Family TimeTogether™ programme. The Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa resides on the sparkling southern coast of the island, surrounded by 35 acres of tropical gardens and lush greenery.

As a family, you will enjoy exhilarating water sports on the teal waters, your favourite films at the open-air cinema or a calming Hatha Yoga session as a family together in both a fun and enriching experience. Facilities also include the holistic Shanti spa, swimming pool and multiple restaurant choices. With so many activities to choose from, this will be a fantastic wellness holiday for the whole family.

LUX Grand Baie Resort & Residences beachfront pool from above

LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences
Grand Baie Resort & Residences are a newcomer to the Mauritius tourism scene, opening its doors in December 2021. It is promoted as a new generation boutique-style resort and offers immersive dining concepts, sophisticated beachside living, high-level fitness and wellness facilities, all designed for the discerning traveller.

Local architect Jean-Francois Adam spearheaded the resort’s design, and Kelly Hoppen CBE designed the interiors. The resort offers suites, villas, residences and penthouses, each feeling like a designer’s holiday home in the tropics.

There is eight-six LUX* (65 sqm) Junior Suites, twenty LUX* Pool Residences made up of 180 sqm two-bedroom residences and 325 sqm three-bedroom residences. In addition to this are seven 240 sqm pool villas, two 3-bedroomed penthouses with private pool and the 3-bedroom, 420 sqm grand pool villa. To add to the luxury feel, the Grand Beach Pool Villa, Pool Penthouse and Pool Villas call to benefit from private butler service.

For more information on what to do in the country and places to stay, please visit the country’s official tourism website

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Natasha Godbold

Creative Director / Writer

Natasha is a co-founder of Luxurious Magazine® and has undertaken the role of Creative Director. She is a keen photographer and regularly accompanies Paul on hotel and restaurant reviews. Born in Moscow, Natasha like her husband Paul has experienced living in multiple countries around the world. She is bi-lingual and has degrees in English Language and English Literature. Natasha covers all aspect of the luxury industry in her work. Her hobbies include health and fitness, culture and learning about nature and animal welfare.

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