Travel Essentials

Here is our complete list of Travel Essentials for Mauritius; everything from money, visa, health and more. Our Mauritius expert can answer any questions, so please get in touch!

Visa and Entry Information

To enter Mauritius you will need:

  • A passport valid for the full duration of your stay.
  • Proof of a return or onward plane ticket.
  • The address of confirmed accommodation on the island.

Immigration can be strict, so please be sure you arrive prepared with the above information.

If you’re traveling with a passport from the UK, European Union countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, you will NOT require a visa and you can stay up to 60 days.


Currency

The local currency is the Mauritian rupee (Rs), which has an approximate exchange rate of £1= 44 rupees and EURO 1 = 38 rupees.

ATMs and banks are prevalent throughout the island but we recommend withdrawing rupees at the airport upon arrival. You can also exchange your native currency into rupees at the airport or local exchanges. You can pay in Euro and Sterling, however it’s not too common and change will be given in rupees.  Credit Cards (Visa and MasterCard, specifically) are widely accepted. Most luxury hotels will also accept American Express.

Pro-Tip: Be sure to notify your bank and credit card company of your travel dates prior to traveling to prevent any flagged activity or potential blocks on your account. We always recommend traveling with a comfortable amount of your native currency in case of emergency.

Language:  The official language is English, however Creole and French are also widely used.

Time Difference: Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of GMT during the winter and 3 hours ahead when daylight savings time is in effect in the UK.  

Electricity: Standard voltage is 220-240 and most electrical outlets accept the 2-pin round used in Europe and the 3-pin standard UK plug.

Health:

Mauritius is free of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, zika, yellow fever and cholera. Therefore, vaccinations are not necessary for most people. If you have any special concerns, please check with your local Mauritian embassy or travel clinic before departing.

Nonetheless, it’s recommended that you use mosquito repellent and pack a few pieces of long, lightweight clothing to cover up during dusk and dawn hours when mozzies are most prevalent.

The local water is relatively clean and is safe for brushing your teeth etc. However, we recommend drinking bottled water or filtered water from your hotel.

The medical standard in Mauritius is well advanced and the hospitals are free of charge; this applies to visitors as well. Best to check with your local medical insurance as well; however most policies will cover you while traveling abroad.

Phone and Wifi: Wifi is readily available at cafes and hotels throughout the island. Dial 0044 or +44 for a UK number. Mauritius international code is +23.

Driving License: Tourists are allowed to drive in Mauritius with their local driver’s license for up to 4 weeks.

Insurance

A policy to cover theft, loss and medical issues is a must. Please visit our page on travel insurance for further information. It’s a good idea to photocopy and scan all relevant documents- passport, travel insurance policy, etc – and leave one copy at home. Carry another copy with you separate from the originals and digital versions in your smartphone.

Festivals and Holidays

Mauritius observes 15 public holidays related to the Hindu, Muslim, Christian and religion of the locals. Banks are closed on these days as well as many businesses. 

In February, the country observes Maha Shivaratree, which is a Hindu festival honoring the god Shiva and takes place over 3 days. Approximately 400,00 Hindus make a pilgrimage from their home to the holy, sacred lake Grand Bassin. This is the largest Hindu festival celebrated outside of India. It’s quite fascinating! For travelers, concerns, you will want to avoid traveling around the south of the island during this week as traffic can be quite bad.  

Tipping

Some restaurants will include a service charge, so be sure to check. Otherwise, it’s up to your discretion. In basic eateries tipping is not expected.

Safety

Mauritius is quite a safe island and crime rate is very low. However, we always advise being mindful of your surroundings and belongings.