Grab your environmentally friendly sunblock, plakkies and beach hat because we can once again go to the Maldives! The popular holiday destination has once again opened its sunkissed borders to welcome South Africans, but this may be a bittersweet moment for those looking for something a little closer to home as Mauritius still remains shut.
After Omicron was detected within South Africa’s borders, travel bans were swift and relentless, however, a number of nations have slowly started to remove travel restrictions with Malaysia, the UK and Canada being the latest to ease border closures placed on those from SA.
Those looking to explore the crystal clear turquoise waters of this island nation will be able to skip quarantine regardless of their vaccination status. This comes despite quarantine being imposed on citizens from the Maldives who are not fully vaccinated, reports Business Insider.
While this provides some good news for those looking to dip their toes in beautiful waters, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has confirmed that South Africans will remain banned until the end of January.
“Until 31 January 2022, any person who has been in the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, eSwatini, Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia in the 14 days before their date of arrival in Mauritius will not be allowed entry or transit in the Republic of Mauritius.”
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