After a significant period with no new cases of the novel coronavirus, Mauritius has been declared a safe destination by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Following the implementation of rigorous measures to contain the virus, including quarantining those testing positive and intensive contact tracing and tests, the idyllic Indian Ocean nation has opened its borders and is welcoming its first visitors back to the island. With no cases of COVID-19 having been recorded locally since 26 April, the government has been able to safely lift its lockdown as of 31 May.

With no cases of COVID-19 having been recorded locally since 26 April, the government has been able to safely lift its lockdown as of 31 May.

Mauritius has been praised for its efforts to contain the pandemic. This success has been credited to the initial responsiveness by Mauritian authorities and an effective primary healthcare system well-seasoned in the management of epidemics such as malaria and dengue disease.

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) has, meanwhile, been recognised for its contribution, with the implementation of mandatory health protocols to stimulate the recovery of the island’s tourist activities – a major driver for the Mauritian economy.