Which tropical island has just opened 14 “resort bubbles” for vaccinated travelers?

Mauritius has just reopened its borders to international travelers after being closed for the past 16 months.

Vaccinated guests can choose to stay in 14 ‘resort bubbles’ where they will be allowed to use the facilities including the swimming pool and explore the beaches on offer. These hotels are already listed on the Mauritius tourism website at the choice of visitors when booking their stay.

Travelers will not be able to leave the resort because even vaccinated guests should remain in these bubbles for a quarantine period of 14 days. Those who stay longer than two weeks will be able to explore the rest of the island after negative PCR tests.

“Mauritius is delighted to welcome international visitors to our safe and secure environment on the island,” said the Hon. Steven Obeegadoo, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius and Minister of Tourism.

Visitors to Mauritius must undergo a PCR test between five and seven days before departure and a negative result is required to enter the island. Vaccinated travelers will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport on the seventh day and then on the 14th day of their vacation.

Unvaccinated guests will still need to book a 14-day stay at an official quarantine hotel where meals will be delivered to their room.

Mauritius Accelerated Vaccination Program

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality industry accounted for 24% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employed nearly a quarter of all residents. Besides numerous restaurants and bars, the island destination is well known for its beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs.

Without visitors, the Mauritian economy shrank by 15% in the last fiscal year, which means the country is keen on the return of tourism.

The decision to partially reopen its borders came after a successful acceleration of the country’s vaccination program. Upon deployment, tourism workers and hotel staff were categorized as frontline workers and prioritized with their immediate households.

In June of this year, Finance Minister Renganaden Padayachy said Mauritius aims to welcome 650,000 visitors over the next 12 months. But, with a full reopening not scheduled until October 1, the island’s tourism industry will have to wait a bit longer to fully rebound.

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