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The majority of arrivals originate in France although there are also flights from several African, Asian and European capitals as well as from the US (via Europe) and Australia. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is near MahA~(c)bourg, at the opposite end of the island from the capital, Port Louis. Although there are no direct airport buses, it is possible to catch an express bus travelling between the capital and MahA~(c)bourg; they make a stop at the airport several times a day. Allow at least two hours from Port Louis to the airport. All visitors are required to have a passport and onward ticket in order to enter the country. Visas are generally issued for a period of 2 weeks to one month but can be extended on request at the Passport and Immigration Office, Sterling house, Lislet Geoffroy Street, Port Louis. Renewals are accepted given the applicant holds a return ticket and a valid passport. Travellers from Western Europe, North America, and most of commonwealth countries, do not need a visa. It is advisable to contact a Mauritian embassy prior to your visit for further details. Air-ticket reconfirmation must be made 72 hours prior to departure from Mauritius.


January to April is the period when daytime temperatures approach 35C (95F) and although light rains fall year round this is also the period when humidity is somewhat higher. Between November and May, cyclones pose a threat but rarely materialize. Torrential rains can occur during this time as well. The coolest period is from July to September, when temperatures average 24C (75F) during the day and 16C (60F) at night.


Legal tender is the Mauritius Rupee. Coins of 5 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 rupee, 5 rupees and 10 rupees are used. Notes are in denominations of Rs 25, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 500, Rs 1000 and Rs 2000. There are no restrictions on foreign currency, traveller cheques and other banking instruments. Traveller cheques in most major currencies are easily exchanged in Mauritius. Since rates are the same everywhere, there is no need to shop around. Credit cards are widely accepted and cash advances can be had from most major banks. ATM's are found at all banks.


UTC / GMT (+ 4 hours) Mauritius operates four hours ahead of Universal Time Co-ordinated / Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, making it three hours ahead of Central European Time, and ten hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Business Hours

Banks are open Mondays to Thursdays 09:15 - 15:15, Fridays 09:15 - 17:15. Stores hours vary from town to town but are usually between 09:30 - 17:30. Many shops close on Thursday or Saturday afternoons. Most shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Office Hours are weekdays approximately 08:30 - 16:00 and Saturdays 09:15 - 11:15. The post office is open Mondays to Fridays 08:00 -16:00 and Saturdays 08:00 - 11:45. Note: stamps are only sold at post offices.


Internet is becoming more and more popular on the island. Radio and TV broadcasts feature mainly French and Hindi programs, but also some in Creole, and English. Satellite television is available but limited. Newspapers are mostly in French. Most public phones are operated by coins, phone cards or credit cards. Mobile phones (GSM standard) can be used if you make the necessary arrangements with your phone company. There are at present two mobile phone companies in Mauritius, Cellplus, a subsidiary of Mauritius Telecoms, and Emtel.


220 / 240 Volts AC, 50 Hz. Electric sockets are similar to British type.


English, French, Hindi, Urdu, and Bhojpuri are the languages spoken by the islanders who fall into the following ethnic division: Indo-Mauritian (68%), CrA~(c)ole (27%), Sino-Mauritian (3%), and Franco-Mauritian (2%).

Dress Code

Light clothing from natural fibres such as cotton is recommended. Important functions or meetings would require more formal attire; otherwise, casual dress is the norm.


Mauritian buses are a little slow but otherwise they can drop you off near or at just about any place on the island. There are several different operators, none of which cover the entire island. Port Louis and Curepipe are the main hubs. Tickets are inexpensive. Keep them handy because inspectors check them frequently. Mauritian roads run the gamut from smooth ribbons of asphalt to potholed dirt tracks. On Mauritius speed limits are often ignored. Car rental possibilities exist in the major towns or at the airport. Small motorbikes can be rented around Grand Baie. Taxis are also widely available. All drivers should have an international drivers' licence. It should be noted most rental agencies require drivers to be over 23 years of age. Bicycles and boats can be rented as well. Helicopters can be hired by the hour.

Health Facilities

Yellow fever vaccination certificates will be requested if you are arriving from affected countries or regions. Cholera vaccination is no longer required. There is no longer any risk of contracting malaria in Mauritius or Rodrigues. Health services are absolutely free in public hospitals but treatment in private clinics for a fee is preferable for visitors. Visitors are advised to take out health insurance covering the period of their voyage.

Emergencies: (Fire, Police, and Ambulance) Dial 999 and ask for service needed.

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