MAURITIUS

Airport: Plaisance International Airport, close to Mahébourg, is situated at 48km to the south-east of Port-Louis, the capital (45 minutes’ drive by taxi).

Climate: The climate is tropical, modified by south-east trade winds. Summer is humid and hot (November to April,) and winter warm, dry winter (May to October). The temperature on the coastal areas varies between 22°C in winter and 34°C in summer. The cyclone season runs from December through March.

Culture: Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. The population is of European, African, Asian and mixed origins.

Economy: The Mauritian economy is based on four sectors: textile, tourism, sugar and offshore financial services.

Electricity: 220 V. UK-type three-pin plugs are commonly used in hotels.

Health: No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases have been reported.

Language: English is the official language, but Creole is used by everybody, and French is the most commonly spoken languages.

Some Mauritians speak Chinese, Hindi and other Asian languages.

Money: Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

  • Cash points in most of the villages. Visa cards and MasterCard are accepted everywhere. Diners Club and American Express are used mainly in hotels. The Mauritian rupee cannot be exchanged in any other countries.
  • Opening hours: Shops in Port-Louis: Monday to Saturday : 9h30 – 17h00
  • Sunday: 9h00 – 12h00

Big shopping malls are opened 7 days a week closing around 5 pm on Sundays and 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Passport and Visa: Any person entering or leaving Mauritius shall produce to the Passport Officer a valid passport (at least six months validity beyond the intended period of stay) and a return or onward ticket. For visa enquiries, visitors are strongly recommended to contact the Passport and Immigration Office in Mauritius or their nearest Mauritian Embassy or Consulate.

Religion: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism.