# Mauritius welcomes the first wave of tourists after lifting quarantine restrictions
Today, the Republic of Mauritius formally reopened its frontiers, loosening restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. From the minute they land in Mauritius, tourists will be able to openly discover and experience the island’s idyllic beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and lagoons.
Mauritius is among the world’s most successful countries regarding its Covid-19 countermeasures, with an average of 83 percent of the island’s adult population now receiving two jabs of covid-19 vaccines. International travelers are coming to Mauritius for its breathtaking landscape, stability, and safety.
As the first airplanes with tourists on-board landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport today, there have been cheerful celebrations to welcome them. “This is a fantastic day for Mauritius island, and we are thrilled to be able to welcome travellers back to our wonderful nation,” said the Deputy Prime Minister Steven Obeegadoo, who was present on-site to greet the visitors. We can confidently lift restrictions today thanks to the governments global best practices strategy of vaccinating our population first before fully reopening the island.
“International tourism is an essential part of the Mauritian economy, but so is the citizens health and wellbeing, and thanks to our approach regarding covid-19, we are able to reopen our borders to international travellers today as planned due to the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Right at the beginning of the pandemic, Mauritius rapidly and efficiently responded to the threat of Covid-19. The government was able to keep infection rates exceptionally low by instituting an early lockdown and rigorous quarantine measures, so we were able to put our gradual reopening plan in place right on schedule by focusing the vaccination of our tourism professionals alongside healthcare personnel.”
“Tourism contributes about more than 25% of our country’s GDP and employs many thousands of individuals be it directly and indirectly, so we are extremely delighted to welcome visitors to our island at the start of the high season,” said Nilen Vencadasmy, chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA). To ensure the well-being of our population, it was essential that we adopt strict health regulations, and we continue to remain attentive in making sure that all required protection measures are in place to protect travelers and the local community.
“I am convinced that every one of our committed tourism professionals in the industry will be delighted to see tourists returning to our Mauritius.”
Mauritius hotels and airline bookings have skyrocketed in the last few weeks, prompting the inclusion of more international commercial flights to satisfy the demands. British Airways, Emirates, Air France, South African Airways, Air Austral, Air Seychelles, Turkish Airlines, Keyan Airways, Edelweiss, Austrian Airlines, and Mauritius’s national flag carrier Air Mauritius are just some of the handful of major airlines that fly to Mauritius.
Click Here to view the official Communique of the Government of Mauritius.
## Mauritius reduces the quarantine period for vaccinated travelers from 1st September 2021
Following the successful national vaccination program, travel protocols have been reduced.
As of the 1st of September, vaccinated guests would only spend 7 days inside ‘Resort bubble’ hotels before being able to move around the island freely to discover its beauty.
The list of COVID-19 resorts is available here Mauritius Quarantine Hotels and COVID19 Safe Hotels
Below is the percentage of people vaccinated in Mauritius as of 24 August 2021:
first dose: 63%
fully vaccinated: 56%
The Director of the MTPA, Mr. Arvind Bundhun said that “This is a major leap towards the full reopening of its borders on 1st October, when vaccinated international travelers will be welcomed in without restrictions. Visitors who present a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to embarkation will be able to explore the island freely from the moment they arrive”.
The Mauritian Government has since January 2021 given priority to tourism workers and hotel staff for vaccination to ensure that visitors of the island are welcome in a safe and secure environment.
Flights from Europe and the Middle East are currently provided by Air Mauritius, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Kenya Airways and British Airways.
Travellers can now book their ‘resort bubble’ holidays with licensed tour operators or directly with the hotels. Unvaccinated travellers are required to complete a 14-day quarantine at designated hotels and resorts.2022-04-23T06:38:45.851Z
# Colours, Sights and Sounds - Divali symbolises victory over spiritual darkness
## Cultural Mauritius
Mauritius offers the possibility of sinking into the local culture with its various religious and non-religious celebrations, overwhelmed with colours, sights, sounds and tastes.
Beyond its splendid white beaches and fine luxury resorts, festivals are a great way to experience the local culture of the island as they showcase typical art, music and food, revealing the country’s rich diversity and its history.
## Diya and Rangoli
Anyone looking for a cultural experience in the month of October or November in Mauritius should not miss Divali, the festival of lights. Indian cake-tasting, fireworks, spectacular shows are just some of the things to enjoy during this heritage festival.
Divali is the biggest and brightest Hindu festival celebrated in Mauritius. At dawn, Mauritians of Indian origin, join in the tradition of baking vegetarian Indian delicacies that they share with neighbours, family and friends.
At dusk, all houses, yards and staircases are lit with diyas which are earthen lamps and electric lights fringe window frames, and are wrapped around trees, instilling a festive ambience.
Home entrances bear hand-made rangolis, in which patterns are created with ground rice and coloured flour, an art form originating from the Indian sub-continent, believed to bring good luck.
Divali symbolises victory over spiritual darkness and is observed as a national holiday.
# National Parks in Mauritius
**Table of Content**
- Bras D’Eau National Park
- Black River Gorges
- Ebony Forest
Our island is not only well-known for its sandy beaches and tropical island life but also for the Fauna & Flora and endemic plants in national parks in Mauritius.
If you want to experience forest life, here are some national parks in Mauritius that you can visit during your [holidays](https://www.mauritius.com/discover/best-places-to-stay-in-mauritius-island).
## Bras D’Eau National Park
In 2011, Bras D’Eau was established as the second terrestrial National Park of Mauritius. Located in the northeast of the country, it is one of the most popular sites for trekking. Once you get deep inside the forest, you will encounter exotic trees such as Tecoma and Eucalyptus as well as birds like Kestrels, woodpeckers, and flycatchers.
There are also ruins of sugar mills and the Mauritius radio telescope.
“The name Bras D’Eau is derived from winding water stretching inland from the sea.”
## Black River Gorges
We have mentioned this several times in our previous articles but [Black River Gorges](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3f-1kKTmRg) remains an iconic and famous park among Mauritians. With several indigenous plants, birds, bats, and waterfalls, it is like rich biodiversity.
You can start your trekking from the entrance of Petrin which is located on the route to Grand Bassin. Following the trails, you will be able to feast your eyes on magnificent trees and hike to the waterfalls. The park is open every day till around 5 pm.
## Ebony Forest
This is like killing 2 birds with one stone! The [ebony forest](https://www.ebonyforest.com/) is just next to the 7 coloured earths in Chamarel. It is a protected endemic site where you can even volunteer in their conservation program and bring a positive impact.
By visiting Ebony forest you will be able to:
- Plant a tree
- Bird watching
- Hiking into the endemic wildlife
- Guided safari jeep
- Trekking into the forest
- Exclusive sundowner at the viewpoint
·22 Apr 2022
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Local businesses perspective as Mauritius reopens
While economists across the world offer a grim forecast for the global economy, we are tiptoeing towards the revival of local businesses. Adventure parks are reopening and locals clad in their winter gear are seizing the opportunity to have a break before school starts.
We are reminded of the reopening phase as each shop and business is equipped with a thermometer for a temperature check and hand sanitiser. Face masks remain compulsory in public places and locals are adjusting to the new normal.
Mauritians stranded abroad are all now being assisted to fly back to the island. It has been a challenging journey for many in coping with lockdown measures.
A break from the news
As the Arctic warms up and the heat waves hit Europe, Mauritius is blessed with cool weather this winter with the occasional drizzle on the plateau, the ideal weather for family gathering and Sunday meals.
The winter fav here is ‘halim,’ a vegetable and meat stew with oriental flavours topped with chives giving the dish an exciting brightness.
We, at mauritius.com, are navigating the new protocol setup by the local authorities to welcome our guests for a memorable experience in Mauritius.
# Places to visit in Moka during your holidays
The Moka village has been wonderfully developed and constructed for the locals, with amazing sceneries. It is also the home to the President of Mauritius.
## Eureka House
[Eureka house](https://www.eureka-house.com/) was once a grand mansion in the year 1800 has now been transformed into a historical museum. This majestic place hosts various antiques, furniture and has 109 doors along with servant quarters!
Fancy a good coffee and an amazing breakfast?
Head over to [Moka’z](https://www.facebook.com/MokazMRU/) which is located in Helvetia and treat yourself to one of the best food there!
We assure you that once you taste what’s on the menu, you will never forget the flavours!
## Hike at Le Pouce Mountain
One of the most popular [hikes in Mauritius](https://mauritius.com/discover/trekking-and-hiking-in-mauritius/) can be done at Le Pouce, the third-highest mountain on the island.
The hike offers one of the most stunning views of the capital: Port Louis, as well as of Moka and the high grounds of Plaines Wilhems.
## L’Escale Creole
[L’Escale Creole](https://www.escalecreole.net/) - Mauritian authentic cuisine and culture in the same place. You will have a magnificent culinary experience to help you discover our Mauritian culture and local food.
Beautifully nestled in a garden, you will taste homemade dishes prepared by this family restaurant. Local dishes like “vindaye poisson”, “rougaille” and chicken curry will be present along with exceptional hospitality and service.
# When is Maha Shivaratri festival in Mauritius?
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MAHA SHIVARATRI PILGRIMS
**PHIL COUSTINEAU (The art of pilgrimage)**
_“In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim.”_
Located in the centre of the island, [Grand Bassin](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SzH4j8RmD0) is a crater lake, which is surrounded by rich and verdant nature. Its waters abound with fish and eels.
Fringed by whitewashed Hindu temples, it attracts thousands of pilgrims in the month of February each year. The Maha Shivaratri Festival will be held on the 01th of March 2022.
Maha Shivaratri, the night of Shiva is a Hindu festival to honour [Lord Shiva](https://www.timesnownews.com/spiritual/religion/article/lord-shiva-and-his-nineteen-avatars-all-you-need-to-know/727337#:~:text=imperfections%20and%20illusions-,Lord%20Shiva%20is%20one%20of%20the%20towering%20deities%20of%20the,Vishnu%20is%20the%20%22protector%22.&text=This%20Hindu%20deity%2C%20in%20a,the%20form%20of%20a%20Linga.), one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Shiva is also believed to be the energy in every living being.
The celebration is preceded by a few days of fasting, thought to detoxify the body and aid meditation. It is interesting to note that fasting in Hinduism is referred to as having a plant-based diet for each meal.
Pilgrims often carrying the Kawars, cross the length and breadth of the island to reach Grand Bassin. For a week or so, the Kawars offer a spectacle of colours dotting the main streets around the island.
Participating in the pilgrimage is a unique experience. One can easily slip into meditation while listening to the chants. A sense of oneness and peace can be felt during the festival.
Volunteers set up tents in their yards or by the roadside and invite the pilgrims for a meal or for tea and some even provide an area to rest. Trays of food and drinks bring people of all faiths together in laughter, joy and spirituality.
# Best Indian restaurants in Mauritius
Indian cuisine forms a big part of Mauritian cuisine. Briyani, Currys, and chutneys are blended in various dishes.
Don’t miss the opportunity to taste delicious meals during your stay in Mauritius at some of the best Indian restaurants on the island!
## Sitar Indian Restaurant
The [Sitar restaurant](https://www.facebook.com/sitarmauritius/) is situated in [Bagatelle](https://mauritius.com/discover/the-5-popular-malls-of-mauritius-to-explore/); one of the most popular malls of Mauritius. The restaurant offers the finest North Indian food with a classical and soothing ambience. There is often live music during dinners as well.
## Happy Rajah Restaurant
Located in Grand Bay and Jumbo Phoenix, [Happy Rajah Restaurant](https://www.happyrajah.com/) promises traditional and authentic cuisines in a cosy atmosphere. Outstanding flavours await you with exotic curries which will definitely connect you with the Indian culture.
## Namaste Restaurant
You will have a great cultural experience with all flavours of Indian cuisine to satisfy your appetite at this restaurant. [Namaste Restaurant](https://www.facebook.com/NamasteMauritius/) is found right in the heart of Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis. They also host events and private parties.
## Indian King Restaurant
Indian King restaurant will take you back to the original Indian roots with its unique Tandoori dishes. Spicy, medium, or plain - you name it! Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served along with sweet desserts.
## Flame N Grill
The flavours of the Indian menus will leave you mouth-watering! [Flame N Grill restaurant](http://www.flamengrill.mu/) offers a wide variety of dishes with warmth and flavours of authentic Indian cuisine in an idyllic setting in Quatre Bornes to their customers.
# Mauritius Quarantine Hotels!
For your own safety, specific hotels and resorts have been chosen for quarantine stays while travelling to Mauritius.
Our quarantine hotels and resorts are adhering to WHO COVID regulations as well as the local protocols to keep you and your family safe. We have made a list of hotels that have been certified as COVID19 safe.
## COVID19 Mauritius quarantine safe hotels for vaccinated travellers
As mentioned in our previous articles, if you are vaccinated you will have access to the hotel facilities. The hotels listed below are the ones where you can check in and have a memorable experience within the hotel premises. You can contact us and we will guide you through a seamless booking on our website.
## 5* hotels
Lux Grand Gaube
● Sugar Beach Resort
● Long Beach Mauritius
● Constance Belle Mare Plage
● Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
● Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Resort & Spa
● Constance Prince Maurice
## 4* hotels
● Veranda Pointe aux Biches Hotel & Spa
● Zilwa Attitude
● Tamarina Golf & Spa
● Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa
## 3* hotels
## 2* hotels:
Mauritius quarantine hotels for non-vaccinated travellers:
If you are not vaccinated, you will have access to the hotels below that are certified as quarantine hotels. You will have to be confined to your rooms for 14 days till you have the doctor’s confirmation of being COVID negative after your hotel stay. Once tested negative, you will be able to check out of the hotel and explore our paradise.
You can check in the hotels below:
Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Coin de Mire Attitude
## Updated Quarantine Hotels List 2022 for Unvaccinated Guests, can enjoy a stay at one of the following hotels
Gold Beach - 230 453 8235
Grand Bleu Hotel - 230 265 5812
Le Plaza Guesthouse - 230 675 0075
All travellers must fill out the mandatory health forms before or during your flight to Mauritius. To save time, you can fill out the ALL IN ONE FORM link below. This will generate a PDF for you to print, sign and take with you. Please hand to immigration and health officials on arrival at Mauritius airport.
You can click on the following link to access the all in one form
We wish you all a nice hotel stay and a warm welcome to Mauritius!