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Here is a summary of the information you should know before flying off to the country.
The local currency is the Mauritius rupee.
It is divided into cents. We find bills of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees, and coins of 5 and 10 rupees, as well as 5, 20 and 50 cents.
1 euro = about 35 Mauritius rupees
Credit cards are accepted in every hotel, shop, operator and tourist agencies.
We find cash dispensers in average populations.
The traveller's checks are accepted and changed easily.
You'll find banks in every big city and in all tourist places. You can change money and traveller's checks, and generally it has a cash dispenser that accepts most credit cards.
It opens from Monday to Friday from 9 to 15 (17 Friday).
No visa, just a passport valid at least 6 months after the date of the return, as well as a return ticket.
Upon arrival at the airport, they will ask you for your hotel. Tell anyone, but never say you don't know.
Passports and immigration Office: Sterling House, 11-12 Lislet Geoffroy Street, Port-Louis. TEL: (00-230) 210-93-12 à 17. Fax: (00-230) 210-93-22.
There's not malaria, yellow fever, or other tropical disease in Mauritius. But it is better to stay up to date with your vaccinations. Particularly of hepatitis B, for which there's a vaccine but not an effective treatment. The disease, highly contagious and widespread in Mauritius, can be fatal.
There's also a vaccine for hepatitis A, prevention is better than cure!
About HIV / AIDS, the same precautions than anywhere else.
Currency : roupie mauricienne
Population : 1 259 838 Hab
Density : 630 Hab/sqm
Time zone : GMT+4
Head of state : Anerood Jugnauth