- Mauritius Island
Requirements to enter the country– A conscious attitude and a sexy swimsuit
– Return ticket to your country of residence
– Proof of accommodation during your stay
– Enough money in your account to sustain your stay, estimated at $100 per day (although we won’t check on that)
Certain nationalities need to apply for a visa prior to their trip to Mauritius, please visit the official passport and immigration webpage to confirm the procedures for your own country.
If you don’t need to apply for a visa prior to travel, tourist visas are granted free of charge upon arrival to the airport, at Immigration. Your tourist visa will expire on the day of your exit ticket, the maximum stay being for 3 months.
If you are planning to work, study or get married in Mauritius, different visa, requirements and procedures apply. Please visit the Passport and Immigration website for more information.
We’re cool, healthy Africans. No vaccinations are required previous to your visit to Mauritius. Unless you come from a yellow fever infected area, because we like being cool and healthy Africans here.
We are happy to assure you that there’s no risk of Malaria in Mauritius. The prevalence of Hepatitis A and Typhoid (from water of food contamination) in the island is so low, that the government doesn’t consider necessary the need of vaccines.
If you still feel a little unsure, we recommend you to visit your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to get the medicines and vaccinations that you may specifically require. Here is a list of measures that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US) advices.
SizeLet us illustrate it better: Mauritius is about 80% the size of Luxembourg. We are 3 times the size of Ibiza or Singapore, and 27 times the size of Santorini. A total territory of 2,040 km2.
PopulationYes, we are a small country but people reproduce fast and travelers ALWAYS want to stay. We are reaching the 1.3 million, 2.3 times the population of Luxembourg. Can you imagine the traffic jams now? Opt for public transport!
ReligionWe’ve got 3 major religions living together and zero problems about it. The population is made-up by 48% Hindus, 33% Christians, 17% Muslims and 2% of other religious minorities. If they said you were a dreamer, well, you are not the only one.
LanguageLet’s talk clearly. The official language (for formal documents) is English, but all locals communicate in Creole, which is closer to French, so everybody understands French. If you speak any of the above, you’re sorted!
Mauritius’ weather is like a woman you shouldn’t try to understand, just love. It might be cloudy, sunny, rainy and really hot in the same day and, that’s totally okay; however, we can say we enjoy a tropical, warm weather almost all year round. There are 2 main seasons:
– Summer being hot and humid throughout November to April (max. 36 °C)
– Winter for cooler, dryer and more windy days from May to October (min 12 °C)
The best time to come
High tourism season runs from October to January, so we strongly recommend you to come in Mauritius’ low season (May – Sep). The weather is amazing, beaches are less crowded, prices are back to normal and most importantly, you help disperse the effects of massive tourism of the high season.
– Try to avoid January, February and March, the cyclonic season
– May, September and October are especially beautiful months
What should you bring– Beachwear and light clothes
– Trousers or sport clothes for your adventures
– Trainers or hiking shoes
– A light jacket
– Reef-friendly sunscreen
– Mosquito repellent
– Snorkel kit
DrivingWe drive on the left side of the road and on the right side of the car (British style). If you hold a valid driving license issued by the authorities of your country of residence you are then entitled to rent a car or a scooter here. You are also entitled to grab a bus and help mitigate climate change and traffic jams.
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All deals inside the island are settled in Mauritian Rupees (MUR or “Rs”). Make sure to change some cash or withdraw the local currency upon arrival to the airport.
– 1 EUR = 40 Rs approx.
– 1 USD = 35 Rs approx.
– 1 GBP = 45 Rs approx.
– 1 ZAR = 2.5 Rs approx.
Credit cardsAre well accepted in almost every establishment. Remember that an additional 1 to 3 % is normally charged to every transaction made with a debit or credit card overseas. Before traveling, research if your bank charges a fee for international card use. If so, consider applying for a card like the Capital One Visa or any of the other cards that are free of transaction fees.
Banking hoursMon – Thur: 9.00 am – 3.30 pm
Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed