In an attempt to boost tourism, the island nation of Mauritius, which is also a popular travel destination, has removed the mandatory PCR test requirements on all fully vaccinated passengers. Here’s what we know so far. By Anushka Goel
The popular island nation of Mauritius dropped the mandatory negative PCR test requirements starting March 12, reports the country’s travel portal. Under this new rule, those who are fully vaccinated and entering the country will no longer have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 result taken within 72 hours of departure, the report states.
Mauritius drops negative PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated tourists
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While the negative test results are no longer necessary, the country still has some other travel restrictions in place. These include COVID-19 testing on arrival, and tourists being mandated to possess a COVID-19 health insurance cover before they visit, reports iNews.
This move is aimed at making both business and leisure travel to the country easier, by welcoming guests with relaxed restrictions and warm hospitality. The Mauritius travel website quoted Arvind Bundhun, Director of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, as saying, “We are delighted that the Ministry of Health and Wellness has reviewed sanitary protocol for visitors to Mauritius. This automatically renders the experience of travelling to the country far easier and more streamlined. We expect a boost to tourism numbers as demand for travel to Mauritius is currently ramping up.”
Mauritius, being a country with varied landscapes – from beaches to mountains and lagoons – has attracted a large number of leisure and business travellers over the years. Amid the pandemic, people are looking for safer destinations to travel to, and 90 per cent of the country’s adult population is fully vaccinated, the tourism website adds. Along with this, the booster dose is also being administered, making travel even safer. Thus, ever since international borders started to reopen, travel to Mauritius has seen a steady rise.