What luggage to bring?
Light and casual clothing is recommended for your excursions, and don’t forget to bring along some warmer clothing for the cooler evenings between June and September. A formal dress code may be required at certain evening receptions or in some restaurants and casinos.
However, you may opt to buy some items of clothing after your arrival at very advantageous prices. If you intend to spend time on the beach, don’t forget your sunscreen and after-sun lotion, as well as your sunglasses, sandals, hat and swimsuit.
Vaccination and health information
No vaccination is required from people travelling from Europe. There is no risk of malaria or other serious diseases in Mauritius.
There are no dangerous animals and you only risk getting bitten by mosquitoes and in summer, by local wasps.
There is generally no dangerous fish or animal in the lagoons of Mauritius. You should however be careful of the sea currents in some regions along the coast.
There are a number of chemist’s shops where you will surely find what you are looking for and they are generally open between 08:00hrs and 18:00-19:00hrs from Monday to Saturday.
Doctors in Mauritius are as well equipped as their colleagues in Europe and private hospitals provide a good quality of service. In case of serious health problem, it is advised to go to a private hospital (Darné Clinic, Apollo Bramwell Hospital) rather than to a public hospital or dispensary.
Tap water is generally drinkable, but it is recommended to avoid it and get some bottled from a retail outlet at around Rs15 (0.40euro)/litre.
Entrance procedures, Visas
No VISA is required for European Union citizens, but any person intending to visit the island must hold a passport valid six months after their return date. Citizens of all other countries must contact the Mauritian Embassy or Consulate in their country.
Your travel agency can also provide you with the necessary information.
Other conditions applying: travellers must hold a return ticket and have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.
Mauritius High Commission in UK
32/33 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5NW
Tel: 020 44 207 581 0294/5
UK High Commission in Mauritius
7th Floor, Les Cascades Building
Edith Cavell Street
P.O. Box 1063
Tel: 230 202 9400
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located 48km to the south-east of the capital, Port Louis. It has duty-free shopping outlets (in arrival and departure areas), bank foreign exchange counters, restaurants and a bar.
You can rent a car at the airport or a taxi will drive you straight to your villa. Taxis in Mauritius can be identified by their white plates with black lettering.
One Mauritian rupee is worth around 0.025euro and 1euro some 40 Mauritian rupees. One rupee is divided in 100 cents.
Coins and notes are available and you may change your foreign exchange currencies into Mauritian rupees at all bank counters. Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro) and travel cheques are accepted.
The Mauritian rupee is transferable and before your departure, you can change your local currencies into any foreign currency at the various bank foreign exchange counters or straight at the airport.
Banks are available in every major town and at places frequented by tourists. They all change notes and travel cheques and generally have ATMs which accept most bank cards.
Bank opening hours: between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs from Monday to Thursday and between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs on Fridays. Change counters are open every day in tourist areas.
Just like the Constitution of the country, the highway code of Mauritius is based on the British model and driving is on the left.
Mauritius is 3 hours ahead of France between November and March and there is only a 2-hour time difference between the end of March and the end of October. The time difference with the UK is 4 hours (GMT+4).
You won’t have face problems to have a conversation with the Mauritian people as most of them are bilingual and speak English and French fluently.
Even if English is widely accepted as the official language, Mauritians more often speak French and the local Creole. Some of them even speak Hindi, Tamil, Arab or Mandarin.
The Mauritian Creole is very close to the French language and is spoken by all Mauritians.