Mauritius is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres (560 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 km (12 ...5 mi) to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km to the northeast. Mauritius attained independence in 1968, and the country became a republic within the Commonwealth in 1992. Mauritius has been a stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, and has attracted considerable foreign investment earning one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.Show More
A valid passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are required. The passport should be valid for the duration of stay, and have at least one blank visa page. Travelers must provide a local address where they will be staying in Mauritius. This is available on your tour webpage.
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens traveling to Mauritius on regular passports for business or tourist purposes may have their visa issued at point of entry with proof of onward/return ticket, local accommodation, and sufficient funds.
Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries.
Travelers coming from yellow fever-infected areas may be asked to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Visit the website of the Mauritius Ministry of Health for a list of countries considered as infected. The U.S. Embassy is unaware of any current restrictions for entry or exit. Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius, 1709 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, telephone (202) 244-1491/2. Overseas, inquiries may be made at the nearest Mauritian embassy or consulate. Visit the website of the Embassy of Mauritius in the United States for the most current visa information.
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is difficult to replace prescription items, especially outside of the capital city.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
The environment in Mauritius is typically tropical in the coastal regions with forests in the mountainous areas. Seasonal cyclones are destructive to the flora and fauna, although they recover quickly. Mauritius ranked second in an air quality index released by the World Health Organization in 2011.[
Situated near the tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has a tropical climate. There are 2 seasons: a warm humid summer from November to April, with a mean temperature of 24.7° and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September with a mean temperature of 20.4°. The temperature difference between the seasons is only 4.3°. The warmest months are January and February with average day maximum temperature reaching 29.2° and the coolest months are July and August when average night minimum temperatures drops down to 16.4°. Annual rainfall ranges from 900 mm on the coast to 1,500 mm on the central plateau. Although there is no marked rainy season, most of the rainfall occurs in summer months. Sea temperature in the lagoon varies from 22° to 27°. The central plateau is much cooler than the surrounding coastal areas and can experience as much as double the rainfall. The prevailing trade winds keep the East side of the island cooler and also tends to bring more rain. There can also be a marked difference in temperature and rainfall from one side of the island to the other. Occasional tropical cyclones generally occur between January to March and tend to disrupt the weather for only about three days bringing a lot of rain.
Capital: Port Louis
Language: English and French
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Religion: Hinduism is the major religion at 49%, followed by Christianity with 32%, Islam with 17%
Time Zone: UTC+04:00
Electricity: The power supply is 240 volts and the power sockets use the British 3 pin standard. If you bring electrical appliances with you then you will probably need an adaptor.
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Mauritius is +230
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number.
Emergency numbers in Mauritius: Police (emergency): 999 or 112, Firemen: 995 or 115, Medical emergency service: 999 or 114.