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Mauritius to reopen borders, National airline remains under administration

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Mauritius has confirmed it is reopening its borders to international travellers from July 15, opening in phases with the protection of the population remaining the priority in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first phase will be from 15 July running to 30 September 2021 and will enable fully vaccinated travellers to visit the island country albeit under tight restrictions to facilities within their resorts, including swimming pools and private beaches but can venture outside if they stay longer than 14 days and test negative from a PCR test.

In addition, travellers to Mauritius aged 18 years or over must undergo a PCR test between 5 and 7 days before departure and a negative result is required to travel to the island. Travellers will also have a PCR test on arrival at the airport in Mauritius and on day 7 and 14 of their resort holiday, as applicable.

The second phase will start on 01 October 2021 during which Access to the Mauritian territory will be allowed without restrictions upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.

Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to 14 days in-room quarantine for both Phases 1 and 2 until further notice.

Meanwhile, the collapsed national carrier Air Mauritius looks like it may not be returning to the skies anytime soon, at least for this year, after the administrators of the airline company Air Mauritius announced the postponement of a stakeholders meeting with the creditors scheduled for the end of this June.

The meeting is reportedly scheduled at the beginning of 2022 “at the latest”, with the negotiations continuing on the financial and structural position of Air Mauritius that would lead the airline to emerge from the crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic after the carrier was called to administration just over a year ago.

Air Mauritius is still officially in possession of a fleet of fifteen planes, even if in the spring it planned to reduce this number by half, keeping only four wide-body Airbus and three ATR72-500 aircraft. Its only current regular flights are to the island of Rodrigues with all passenger flights to Mauritius being prohibited at least until midnight June 30.

By Victor Shalton Odhiambo

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