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Mauritius island

WELCOME TO MAURITIUS ISLAND 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ON THE ISLAND OF THE DODO BIRD FOR 2020

Novel Coronavirus outbreak

 

 

IMPORTANT TRAVEL ADVICE &  INFORMATION TO MAURITIUS 

Latest Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

 

18 September 2020

Mauritius has announced the phased easing of travel restrictions.

Borders will be open to Mauritian nationals,as from 01 October 2020 for all residents and tourists travelling to Mauritius for long stays.

What you need to know:

Who can fly ?

  • Priority will be given to persons of Mauritian nationality, businessmen and women, as well as long-term tourists.

Where to book – flight & Hotels? 

  • Travelers will be able to book tickets (Travel package) online here as from September 20.
  • The travel package include:
    • Accommodation, on a full-board basis, for the 14-day quarantine.
    • Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
    • Health costs including mandatory PCR tests.
  • Travelers will be able to choose from a range of Hotels
    •   3-star hotels, where prices start as from Rs 35 000
    • 4-star hotels ,with starting price of Rs 50 , 000
    • 5-star hotels where prices will vary
    • Packages for family, with double-room accommodation start as from Rs 59 000.
  • The government is closely monitoring the situation and working on the possibility to reduce the prices of quarantine fees.
  • Hotel bills will be paid on site
  • Air Mauritius and Emirates Airlines are scheduling regular flights connecting Mauritius to designated destinations
    • Flights may also be booked at the retail outlets, call centres and the websites of the airlines

What I need ? 

  • Passengers will have to undergo a PCR test 5 days prior to travel
  • Before boarding the aircraft, each passenger will be required to provide a negative PCR test result, which must be completed five days before boarding.
  • Sanitary protocols have to be observed before entering Mauritius
  • Upon arrival at the airport, passengers will undergo another PCR test in a laboratory specially created for this.
    • A passenger with a medical condition can be quarantined at one of two clinics on offer: Clinique du Nord and Wellkin Hospital. If he tests positive, he will need to be admitted to ENT Hospital to treat both Covid-19 and his illness
    • Passengers who test positive will be housed at ENT Hospital, the only treatment center for Covid-19 patients.

Days in quarantine ? 

  • Passengers will have to spend 14 days in quarantine.
    • Quarantine will take place in hotels from 3 to 5 stars.  This will be at the expense of the traveler. No one can remain in quarantine at their home or in their chosen location
    • Permission to leave the hotel rooms after 14 days only after a negative Covid results
  • All travelers should follow the strict sanitary protocols 

More Information on Covid-19

 

Mauritius international travel is scheduled to resume on October 1  and would resume fully later this year  subject to all conditions, including opening of borders and lifting of travel restrictions, being met. 

As from the beginning of October more flights will be scheduled to and from designated destinations. Mauritian Nationals, residents and holders of work/occupational permits will be given priority for travel to Mauritius. Passengers will be able to book their airline tickets and hotel rooms online.

The next phase will be the complete reopening of borders which will be considered based on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Full opening of borders is not defined yet

 

The island overcame Covid and the lockdown were terminated, with almost all activities resumed. Social distancing and other health restrictions stay in place. Bars, night clubs and school have also re-opened which is a positive sign. The last phase of the post-covid period will be the re-opening of the borders for international travel.

#MauritiusReopening

 

We are incredibly proud to announce that Mauritius is now COVID-FREE. We are humbled that the @wttc has recognised the efforts put in by Mauritian authorities and communities in the fight against #Covid19, and has thus labelled Mauritius as a #SafeDestination.” 

 

For the latest information about Covid-19, visit the following pages:

 

This page is regularly updated and we will continue to update our website as new information becomes available.

LINK TO NEW SAFETY MEASURES  – Download link 

Bonzour mo ban kamrade ! Tou korek? Welcome on the island of the dodo bird, Mauritius or Ile Maurice in French, Indian Ocean sunniest destination and an unspoilt, beach lover’s paradise that combines excellent urban experiences and natural activity options. Many times, we got ask the question – Are Mauritius African? – Are Mauritius Indian? – Are Mauritius black? Well the answer is Mauritius is a unique multicultural country, a cultural pot of African, Indian, European. Where is Mauritius? The island is located in the Indian Ocean, south of the Equator, east of Madagascar, between longitudes 57 16′ and 57 49′ east, and latitudes 19 58′ and 20 34′ south.

Where is Mauritius. Mauritius Map

Whether  you just landed from a straight flight with Air Mauritius or through Emirates or Singapore Airlines, every visitor is left speechless by the sapphire blue ocean, porcelain white sand beaches, and one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and shopping in Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius. And all this is just waiting to be explored. Visit Indian Ocean Sunniest capital and experience more than just amazing sunsets over the ocean. Mauritius is a favourite destination among honeymooners. Swim in one of the 50 white sand beaches and relax in one of the world’s best hotels. There are a number of hotels, from top luxury hotels to family budget. If you’re into photography or just an Instagram we listed ” the most iconic Instagram places to visit.

Mauritius have so much more to offer than Maldives or Seychelles. There are so many activities to do on the island, like hiking, zipline or mountain climbing. The most famous being Le Morne mountain. Check our top 10 activities btw ! Rent a car or travel by taxi, visit the island and don’t miss a spot. Check out the road trip along the south we wrote.  We also listed everything to know in our blogs. So plan your holidays in Mauritius

Regularly ranked in the top 10 world best destination, Mauritius is where you can watch an ocean sunset and sunrise (from le Pouce mountain you can see both) and never get bored with it. There are direct flights from Australia and Europe and a few African cities and Singapore and money connecting flights from major cities around the world.

Most people want to see a Mauritius Map before coming. We made it easier by pointing out the best places to visit.

Map of Mauritius Island

Map of Mauritius
FIND EXACT GPS LOCATION OF ALL OUR BEST SPOTS ON THE APP & GET THERE IN A CLICK

Where are the best beaches?

This is the most common question and we will not go in details into all the beaches. You can find the complete list here, but we put a list of our top ten:

Le Morne – South West

Choisy – North West

Pereybere – North West

Trou aux Biches – North West

Flic en Flac –  West

Blue Bay – South East

St Felix – South

Belle Mare – East

La Cuvette – North

Some less known beaches where you are guaranteed to see nobody but your shadow

Baie de Jackotet – South

Butte a l’herbe – East

Pointe d’Esny – East

Riambel – South

La Cambuse – South east

Albion – West

Some popular and hideaway places!

Places you would like to see, well I will list the most visited places and give you other places you might want to checkout.

Grand Bassin – South

Grand Baie – North

Pamplemouses garden– North

Port-Louis

Black River gorges ( nice road trip from Grand Bassin to Le Morne, going through black river gorges, chamarel, 7 coloured earth)

Visit Mahebourg (village in the south east)

Blue Bay marine park – South East

Notre Dame Auxiliatrice at Cap Malheureux

Kovil Montagne

Aapravasi Ghat – In Port Louis

 

A good way to discover the south is a road trip : Road trip along the south coast. Many more places you can visit are found here!

Best Activities to do in Mauritius 

So you are now looking to visit Mauritius and would like to prepare your trip ! I got you covered. Below is a list of activities that might interest you or check our Top 10 Activities . I put them in order of awesomeness and must do. You can click on the links for more details:

 

  1. Dolphin cruise/Swim
  2. Whale watching – Sperm whales cruise along the west coast all year round but come closer to the reefs in winter time (June – August) In August to November you can witness the migration of my favorite animals, the humpback whales.
  3. 7 Cascades hikes
  4. Catamaran cruises  –Best one is to ilot Gabriel then you have ile aux cerfs or ile aux benitiers.
  5. le Morne mountain climbing – That view at the top is your reward.
  6. Diving – Do you have a licence, if not, you will have to do an initiation.
  7. Canyoning – For the thrill seekers and nature lovers.
  8. Zipline – Few places you can do zipline, this will depend on your day and transport. I would recommend Domaine de l’etoile because of the huge park in a valley surrounded by mountains and the cool parcours.
  9. Sea plane tours at Le Morne or at Grand Gaube. *You can also be picked up anywhere at your hotel.
  10. Helicopter tours – Few options on tours and time available. Most popular is the “underwater waterfall” at Le Morne or the 1hr tour which covers the whole island and goes to the northen islands.
  11. Skydive – Because you want some adrenaline and want to see Mauritius from up there.

 

Some notes for your planning :

  • If you have a week in Mauritius, I would recommend you to pick one or two of the top 5.
  • Dolphin cruise/swim is very early in the morning  6am to 9am( because the dolphins leave for the open water after 10am) , so you can squeeze a trip to the south if you have a car or go to Casela. All dolphins cruise departs from the West coast, either Flic en flac, La Preneuse beach or Black River Jetty.
  • Catamaran cruise is a full day activity with food and drinks provided. You cant swim with dolpshins when you go on a catamaran. It is too hard to maneuver around them
  • Le Morne hike is also an early morning activity, finishing around 11am.

Important info about Mauritius 

  • Visa: Most countries are not required (90day holiday stay) Other purpose of visit please visit here
  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR) [ US$1 – Rp35]
  • Capital: Port-Louis
  • Language : English (official) French , Kreole
  • Time Zone : MUT (UTC+4)
  • Driving rules: Left side
  • International licence: You can drive on a valid licence from your country of origin
  • Calling Code: 230
  • Police emergency: 000

When is the best time to come 

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