Mauritius is the latest island destination to lift its ban on South African travellers
South African travellers will now be allowed to visit Mauritius, after the island nation remained off-limits for more than a month.
(Getty Images) Mauritius reopened to travellers from South Africa, and eight other previously restricted countries, on Friday.Subscribe The island nation of Mauritius has lifted its travel ban on South Africa as fears of the Omicron variant and its spread begin to wane.Zanospark — Kwinana’s company.Business Insider SA Jan 06, 2022, 10:30 AM facebook email Seychelles (Getty Images) South Africans can now travel freely to the Seychelles, following the reversal of an Omicron-induced ban imposed at the end of November.
The popular island destination had initially announced that the Omicron-induced ban would last until 31 January.The latest reprieve comes after similar moves by the Seychelles and Maldives.“We are very pleased that South Africans can once again travel to Mauritius.For more stories go to www.During that period nothing else of any note was happening in the Zanospark bank account, evidence leader advocate Kate Hofmeyr told the commission in August 2020.BusinessInsider.Bundhun added that the Mauritian health authorities continue to implement a wide range of Covid-19 responses and are prioritising the rollout of booster doses for those who are already double vaccinated.co.BusinessInsider.
za.The health authorities remain confident in their ability to manage the recent increase in infection rates and will continue to follow world-leading scientific advice in this regard, he said.The report states that Kwinana failed to give any plausible explanation for why, as the chairperson of SAAT and a board member of SAA, it was lawful and appropriate for her to have received payments from an entity that was a supplier to SAAT.Mauritius is the latest island nation to lift its South African travel ban, three weeks ahead of schedule.Bans imposed on South African travellers immediately following the detection of the Omicron coronavirus variant in late November are easing.Visitors can book holidays to Mauritius with a high degree of confidence that their trips will be enjoyable, safe, and secure,” said Arvind.The popular holiday destination of Mauritius is the latest country to remove its restrictions, which were only due to be dropped at the end of January.The commission notes that, if Kwinana was legitimately trading on behalf of third parties as her clients, then she would be required to have a licence as a financial services provider.Mauritius' decisions to reopen travel with South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia comes just one day after fellow island nation, the Seychelles, did the same..The latest amendments remove South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe from its list of restricted countries.
The Mauritius ban on travellers from these southern African countries was initially imposed on 27 November and added to the long list of countries with controversial Omicron-induced restrictions.“The high infection rates in over 50 countries means a person is as likely to catch the Omicron variant in Port Louis, Berlin, Brussels or Paris or as they are in Johannesburg or Cape Town.Read more on:.“The absence of a licence therefore tends to indicate that Ms Kwinana was not conducting forex trading activities for others, but for herself.Travel bans have become redundant in the face of this reality,” said Otto de Vries, CEO of the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA), in reaction to Mauritius’ ban.“ASATA is profoundly frustrated and disappointed by the Mauritian Government’s decision to further extend a travel ban when it is evident there is no scientific basis to continue the ban.” And although Mauritius’ initial decision to extend the travel ban to 31 January was met with disdain, the island nation suddenly changed its plans in an announcement on Thursday.“Instead of knowing and applying these policies and processes, she testified that she preferred her own subjective opinion of her own independence.This negative test result, and other health documents, will be required to complete a Health Travel Authorisation form.
Commercial passenger flights from South Africa, and its neighbouring countries, to Mauritius were given approval to resume on Friday.“We are very pleased that South Africans can once again travel to Mauritius,” said Arvind Bundhun, director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).“Covid-19 has placed significant pressure on all nations to do the right thing and we thank South Africans and the South African travel industry for their patience in this regard.” Saica’s chief executive, Freeman Nomvalo, said the chartered accountancy profession “is undergoing a period of profound reflection encompassing debates on how to maintain professional independence as evidenced by Saica’s recent revisions to the institute’s by-laws which include enhancements to the disciplinary process”.” Mauritius, which spent much of the pandemic secluded, reopened to international travellers in a phased approach, starting in September.The first phase restricted travellers to designated resorts.Visitors are also encouraged to stay in certified tourist establishments.
South Africans were controversially excluded from this reopening and were only allowed to visit the island nation during the second phase which began in October.All members who are found to have contravened Saica’s code of professional conduct … will be held accountable without fear or favour including all members mentioned in the comprehensive Zondo commission report when all three parts have been released.Fully vaccinated South African visitors were allowed to arrive and explore the island, without restrictions on their movements, until the Omicron-scare suspended travel.With the travel ban now lifted, Mauritius joins the ranks of the Seychelles, Maldives, and Zanzibar as the latest idyllic island getaway open to South African visitors.Fully vaccinated travellers to Mauritius still need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and arrange Covid-19 health insurance cover.Additionally, visitors will be required to undergo another, free, Covid-19 test upon arrival in Mauritius and a self-administered antigen test on day 5 of their holiday.
FlySafair and South African Airways (SAA) operate flights directly to Mauritius but have not yet confirmed when these services will resume.(Compiled by Luke Daniel).
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