New COVID-19 restrictions in Reunion Island

Route du Volcan, Reunion Island

The authorities in both France and Reunion Island have announced new restrictions due to the worsening COVID-19 situation on the island. Below are listed some of the most important restrictions related to travel that are already active or will soon be activated in Reunion Island :

– Starting from 28.12.2021 all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative PCR- or antigenic test result no older than 24 hours. Fully vaccinated travellers must, in addition, present a proof of vaccination. For travellers who are not vaccinated there are plenty more requirements, and travel might not even be possible for the unvaccinated ordinary tourist. For more see : https://www.air-austral.com/en/about-air-austral/whats-new.html

– The curfew will be put in place again starting from 1st of January 2022 until 23rd of January 2022, and will be in effect daily from 9pm to 5am. Reunion Island will be the only French territory with an active curfew. During the hours curfew is active any movement outdoors is forbidden, and is made possible only for a few special reasons. In such case a person is required to carry a signed document explaining the reason in detail.

– Lower capacity limits for bars, restaurants, supermarkets, museums and similar places are put in place.

– Nightclubs are completely closed.

– Masks are mandatory in all public places.

– Picnics are forbidden.

– Any fireworks for New Year’s eve are forbidden.

Read more : https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/reunion/couvre-feu-de-21h-a-5h-au-1er-janvier-retour-des-jauges-ce-qu-il-faut-retenir-des-annonces-du-prefet-de-la-reunion-1191676.html (in French)

In other news :

The eruption of the active volcano Piton de la Fournaise is still ongoing. It is possible to see the eruption and the lava flows safely by hiking two hours from the Foc Foc parking area, that is situated fairly close to Pas de Bellecombe, the main viewpoint to the volcano. The eruption is the second for the year 2021. First eruption took place in late spring, and lasted a total of 1,5 months. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and fairly easily reachable for tourists.