Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel
In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.
Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.
When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:
- the whole of Mauritius based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
If you are arriving in England from Mauritius on or after 4am on 19 March you will no longer be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. However, you will need to self-isolate on your arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
All travel to Mauritius remains subject to entry restrictions
Travel to Mauritius remains subject to entry restrictions:
- From 6 March, all international flight arrivals to Mauritius have been suspended.
On 6 March, in response to the COVID-19 situation, the Government of Mauritius announced the suspension of all international flight arrivals. Departures remain scheduled at this time.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
- provide your journey and contact details before you travel
- check if you need to self-isolate on your return
If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to Mauritius, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
Around 140,000 British tourists visit Mauritius every year. Most visits are trouble free.
The tropical cyclone season in Mauritius usually runs from November to May. See Natural disasters
You don’t need a visa to enter Mauritius. On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days. You’ll need to be able to provide evidence of onward or return travel. See Visas
Drug trafficking carries severe penalties. See Local laws and customs
Terrorist attacks in Mauritius can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.