Indian Ocean Island - COVID travel restrictions 09/2021
After months of cabin fever, travellers are ready to explore looking for wide open spaces and fresh air.
Will I need to take a covid test during my travels? Do I need to isolate on arrival? Vaccinated, unvaccinated, isolation, quarantine requirements, variants…
These are all questions being asked by travellers while borders are reopening and others remain closed for international travellers.
Here's a list of some Indian Ocean Islands ready and happy to receive tourist:
Limited international flights to and from Comores restarted on 7 September 2021.
- Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. If passengers arrive without the negative test, they must quarantine for 3-5 days while waiting for results from the local testing facility.
- Passengers must complete a "Health Form" before departure
Flights to Madagascar are suspended. Only medevac and repatriation flights are allowed. (08 September 2021)
Mauritius has opened its borders in stages for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. (15 July 2021)Stage 1: 1 – 30 September 2021
- Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Mauritius and enjoy a hotel holiday (certified COVID-19 safe hotels)
- A negative PCR test required from 3-7 Days prior to the last point om embarkation
- Free to explore the island after a negative PCR test on day 7
Stage 2: October 2021 Onwards
- Fully vaccinated travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours from the last point of embarkation
- Unvaccinated travellers to present a negative PCR test taken 3-7 days from the last point of embarkation and book a quarantine stay
To visit Reunion a traveller must:
- Be vaccinated at least 7 days prior to arrival or
- have a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point or
- have negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
In addition travellers have a moral and civic obligation to carry out a quarantine period of seven days, thus isolating themselves at home or in a place of their choice for a period of 7 days.
Seychelles is now fully opened to vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. (14 September 2021)
- A negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure
- Must have a valid health and travel insurance which should cover any coronavirus related quarantine, isolation, or treatment
- Visitors to apply for a Health and Travel Authorization
- Unvaccinated guest to self-isolate for 10 days
The Island of Zanzibar is open for international travellers except those from India. (01 July 2021)
- Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point (not applicable to travellers under 5 years old)
- Some travellers may have to pay for an antigen test upon arrival which will be at their own expense.
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