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The tropical island of Mauritius has announced on Monday that it will open its borders to South African tourists again come October.

While almost a quarter of the country’s economy heavily relies on tourism, the island nation made the decision to cut itself off from the rest of the world as part of its plan to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

While the country opened its borders to several other countries a few months earlier already, it has only now opened its borders for fully vaccinated travellers coming directly from South Africa.

Fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers will be treated differently though. Business Insider reports that those who have received either two doses of the Pfizer vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson will still need to present a negative PCR test taken within 70 hours of departure. All visitors will also need to complete a health self-declaration form and passenger locator form.

Those that haven’t been fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all will be allowed to enter Mauritius, but they will have to supply a negative PCR test and will be required to quarantine in a hotel room for 14 days.

Image credit: The Citizen

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