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Mauritius Set to Fully Reopen its Travel Industry

Mauritius hopes to restart their tourism sector following devastating effects of the pandemic. The tourism driven destination has been praised for how they handled the Covid-19 protocols and is regarded as having one of the world’s best responses to the pandemic. With the implementation of strict quarantine measures and thorough testing protocols since the outbreak, there has been little to no disruption of social life in Mauritius since June 2020 with almost no known cases of community transmission. The country received a perfect 100 on the Oxford University Stringency Index, which tracks government policy and action regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. “With 50% of them being in the tourism sector. Government’s objective remains the restart of the tourism sector in the safest conditions. The country has seen an increase in demand from visitors looking to relocate to a Covid-safe environment for work, leisure, or retirement. The Premium Visa has been introduced for this purpose and allows for extended visits of 12 months with an option for further extensions,” MTPA said in a statement. The organisation revealed that entry restrictions and quarantine requirements are expected to be eased progressively based on the evolution of the pandemic and upon visitors having achieved immunity. The situation is being closely monitored with vaccination campaigns already started in Mauritius’s main tourism markets. It is expected that vaccinated visitors may soon be granted free access to the country.