|Currency:||Mauritian Rupee (MUR)|
|Electricity:||230V (50Hz). Square three-pin plugs and round two-pin plugs|
CLIMATE : The best time to visit Mauritius is during the winter season (July to September), as the daytime temperatures are more tolerable during this time. During summer (November to April), temperatures can rise up to 30ºC. Cyclones, with strong winds and heavy rain, can occur during the rainy season (January to March).
MONEY : The currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Traveler’s cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureau de change and larger hotels. ATMs are widely available. Restaurants and large retailers accept major credit cards.
PEOPLE, RELIGION AND LANGUAGE : English is the official language of Mauritius, but the most widely used is French and the local dialect, Creole. Hindi, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken. About half of the people of Mauritius are Hindu while 30% are Christian (mainly Roman Catholic).
FOOD & DRINKING WATER : The cuisine includes culinary delights of various countries as Mauritius is a cosmopolitan destination. Mauritian cooking ranges from Indian, Chinese, Mughlai to French. Garlic, ginger, onion and chilies are ingredients preferred by Mauritians to serve their epicurean delights. Spices are prepared in homes and they emanate a special aroma when applied to the food. Water is relatively safe to drink. However, visitors are advised to use bottled water which is available in all shops. Most of the hotels in Mauritius do not offer complimentary water, hence advisable to purchase sufficient bottled water from the market.
SAFETY : A visit to Mauritius is usually trouble free, however petty crime can be a problem and it is not wise to wander alone outside hotel grounds at night. Pick-pockets are also active in the central market in Port Louis.
PHOTOGRAPHY : Always ask permission before photographing a person. One should also be cautious when taking pictures in sanctuaries.
SHOPPING : Since Mauritius is a completely duty-free country, shopping in Port Louis is something that all serious shopaholics should do at least once in their lifetime. From the plethora of shopping malls and street-side shops and vendors to bustling markets, shopping in Port Louis might require some comfy walking shoes!
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL : Mauritius is a year-round destination. The island is blessed with a mild tropical climate with average temperatures varying between 20°C and 32°C. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the east and the south.
VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS : You must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 60 days for tourism or 90 days for business purposes. Passports must be valid for six months after period of intended stay.
CUSTOMS & FOREIGN CURRENCIES : Homosexuality is illegal in Mauritius. Penalties for drug trafficking and use are severe, and any personal medicinal drugs should be covered by a prescription. There are no restrictions on foreign currency, traveler’s cheques and other banking instruments.
TRAVEL HEALTH : No vaccination certificates are required for entry into Mauritius, unless travelling from a country infected by yellow fever or where yellow fever is classified as endemic. Stone fish stings are uncommon but can be fatal in some cases. You should obtain urgent medical attention if stung and many hotels stock anti-venom serum. Visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites, as there have been several cases of the Chikungunya virus, which is spread by mosquito bites, although this is more common from October to May.
TRAVEL INSURANCE : We highly recommend that you take out adequate Travel Insurance for the duration of your holiday for peace of mind and to avoid the high costs related to medical emergencies.
WHAT TO PACK : Pack lightweight casual wear and beach attire. Take a lightweight sweater for the evenings, especially in the cooler season. Pack suntan lotion, sunglasses and rubber sole shoes to protect you from the coral on the beach. Warmer clothing is also advisable for evenings. Don’t forget to pack a raincoat or –poncho.
EXPORT OF FAUNA & FLORA : Plants and parts of plants have to be declared at customs and some of them might be forbidden. Sugar cane is one of them. An import document and a health certificate from the country of origin are also required for the introduction of animals and animal by-products.