Mauritius Covid Safe since April 2020

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Mauritius has registered no Covid-19 cases in the Community since 26 April 2020. 

After undergoing a complete lockdown from 19 March to 01 June 2020, a large segment of the economic activities as well as schooling have since then resumed. 

To date, the countries borders remains closed, while an adequate sanitary protocol is being put in place in view of a future phased reopening. This is being developed with due consideration to guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and international best practices. The objective is to put in place an appropriate control mechanism that would prevent the re-entry of the virus in the country and its spread among the community.

To that effect, among the numerous measures being implemented, an Airport Covid-19 Laboratory is being set up to test all incoming passengers tos ensure that they are Covid free. 

At the level of the Passenger Terminal, all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of passengers and airport personnel upon the resumption of international commercial traffic. Particular efforts are also dedicated to the cleaning and disinfection of regular touchpoints and other sensitive surfaces in the building.

For now, domestic flights to the island of Rodrigues have restarted since July 2020.   

Currently, the pre-conditions for repatriated Mauritians and residents travelling back to the country, include systematic screening at source on departure and arrival, with embarking passengers undertaking a COVID-19 PCR test which is required to be negative and valid for 5-7 days prior to departure. 

The stance of the Government of Mauritius with regard to the reopening of borders is  that once all relevant sanitary protocols are finalised and the laboratory is operational, consideration would be given to the appropriate time for the reopening of our borders and operation of scheduled commercial flights. The lifting of border restrictions in other countries will also have to be taken into consideration.