Tropical Cyclone Berguitta – what you need to know

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Tour operators and resorts in Mauritius are on high alert, as the tropical cyclone ‘BERGUITTA’ is heading to the island.

The tropical cyclone is expected to gather strength by the time it makes landfall in Mauritius some time on Wednesday 17 January and move to La Reunion by 0800 on Thursday 18 January (local time).

Experts believe that this cyclone could be the most damaging in decades.

What’s happening with flights?

For safety reasons, the airport has been closed and all flights have been cancelled for today, 17 January.

Air Mauritius flights MK846 from Durban and MK852 from Johannesburg have been indefinitely delayed.

Air Mauritius has advised that passengers who hold tickets for travel between 16 January and 19 January 2018 on Air Mauritius operated flights and who wish to modify their travel plans have the option to:

1. Rebook on alternative Air Mauritius flights until 22 January at no additional costs.
2. Rebook on alternative Air Mauritius flights after 22 January without penalty provided that requests are made by 31 January (conditions apply).
3. Cancel their trip and be provided with a full refund, provided request for refunds are made by 31 January 2018.

South African Airways (SAA) has advised all customers that the adverse weather conditions will affect the following flight schedules.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 – Flights Cancelled
• SA 190 from Johannesburg (JNB) to Mauritius (MRU)
• SA 191 from Mauritius (MRU) to Johannesburg (JNB)
• SA 192 from Johannesburg (JNB) to Mauritius (MRU)
• SA 193 from Mauritius (MRU) to Johannesburg (JNB)

The following rebooking conditions apply:
• Rebook onto another SAA flight for a later date at no extra charge and subject to availability of the same booking class
• Change of cabin will not be permitted
• Change of routing will not be permitted
• Tickets must be re-issued on or before 19 January 2018
• Travel must commence on or before 22 January 2018

Advice to travellers currently in Mauritius?

The public in Mauritius is advised to complete all precautions and to stay safe.
Weather in Mauritius will be cloudy to overcast with intermittent rain. The rain will be moderate to heavy at times with thunderstorms.

Wind will blow from the South-East at about 50 km/h, strengthening gradually. The gusts may reach 120 km/h early in the evening. Sea will be very rough to high with swells. It is advised not to venture at sea.

Travel insurance?

Depending on your insurance cover, travellers in most cases will be covered by their travel insurance if flights are cancelled as a result of weather conditions.

Simmy Micheli, Manager Sales and Marketing for TIC in South Africa, explains that if a client’s transport is cancelled or the pre-paid accommodation is damaged to an uninhabitable extent as a direct result of weather conditions, TIC will reimburse the non-refundable portions of travel and accommodation arrangements for which you are liable, as well as any reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses you might incur.