Travel information

Entry

Mauritius is served by the Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, named after the former Prime Minister who is acknowledged as the Father of the Nation, about one hour drive from Port Louis.

Immigration

All travellers to Mauritius must possess a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor's visa is granted normally for one month, but can be renewed for a further period upon request. All visitors need to have an outward bound ticket and proof of sufficient funds to support their stay. Passports are required by all and must have at least 6 months to the expiry date. Visas may be obtained from Mauritian Embassies and High Commissions.

Customs

Passengers of 18 years of age and over may import certain duty free goods. All plants must be declared to Customs immediately on arrival and are subject to examination. It is prohibited, by law, to introduce sugar cane and parts thereof, soil micro-organisms and invertebrate animals.

Currency

The official unit of currency in Mauritius is the Rupee. All major credit cards and Traveller’s Checks are widely accepted. In general, cash is better than traveller’s checks. Cash can be easier and quicker to exchange and command a higher rate or the commission can be lower. In some places, the larger the denomination of bills, the better the exchange rate.

Climate

The climate in Mauritius is comfortable over the whole year in which the months April till July and September till October are the most pleasant. During these months it rains less and the temperatures aren't too high. The central part of the island experiences an average maximum day time temperature of 20°C in August to about 26°C in February. Along coastal areas, the temperatures are generally 3 to 5 degrees higher. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and South. Tropical storms are frequent during the cyclone season from December to March.

Dress

The best way to dress in Mauritius is to go informal. Light clothing (remember to carry plenty of spares to change into during the day) like bikinis, halter-neck tops, shorts and mini skirts are ideal for women on the beach, while shorts with singlets should suit men. A jacket and tie are required for official calls or for more formal occasions. Long sleeved shirts are acceptable for evening functions. For ladies, dresses, blouses, and long pants are appropriate. You could travel light, as there is usually a wide range of beachwear available in Mauritius. Sandals are the most comfortable form of footwear.

Language

The official language is English - but most widely spread is French and the local dialect, Creole. Most Mauritians also speak their native languages such as Creole, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, etc.

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