Mauritius North » Travel Guide

Official language

English

Capital

Port Luis

Head of state

President Kailash Purryag and Prime Minister Navim Ramgoolam

Form of government

Parliamentary Democracy

Size

2.040 km²

Population

1.178.848

Religion

Hindus 52%, Christians 28.3%, Muslims 16.6%

Entry requirements

Please check the visa requirements for your destination at the appropriate consulate or embassy in your county and do this well in advance of your travel date.

Location

Mauritius is composed of the main island Mauritius, the side island Rodrigues (size 109 km²) and a lot of smaller islands. The area is located in the Indian Ocean, about 1000 kilometers east of Madagascar and about 200 kilometers northeast of La Reunion, 20°S and 57°E. The landscape of Mauritius is mountainous with heights up to 800 meters.

Language

The official language is English. Nevertheless French is most frequently spoken in business, trade and work life. The colloquial language is also French or Creole; furthermore you might hear Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Gujrati or a Chinese accent like Mandarin or Hakka.

Time difference

CET +2 hours during summer, +3 hours during winter.

Electricity

220/240 volt alternating current, 50 Hertz. Adapters are often necessary. They might be provided to you at the reception of your hotel.

Telephone

The dialing code for Mauritius is 00230, for Rodrigues 00095. Telephone cards can be purchased in the post office or a kiosk. 2 GSM networks available.

Post

The main office is located in Quay Street, facing the western entrance of the market at the harbor of Port Louis. Airmail to Europe takes about 5 days.

Internet

There is in most of the hotels free wireless conection also in most of the apartments.

Climate/ Clothing

The climate is slightly tropical with frequent brief showers especially during the warmer month (November - March). You hardly can’t compare it to the European sense of seasons.The temperature during the Mauritian summer fluctuate between 23°C in the morning and 32°C in the afternoon. During winter it is only about 7 degrees less than during summer. The temperature of the water is about 25 degrees throughout the year, sometimes even up to 29 degrees. Like everywhere in the tropic zone; the time of days and nights is almost the same. The rain periods are often very short and confined to the nighttimes when it is colder.Light cotton clothing is recommended. Pullover and jacket are advisable for the cooler evenings, especially if you are planning to spend some time in the mountainous country. Furthermore sunglasses and raincoats are necessary throughout the year. Headgear is recommended while hiking.Men should wear long trousers in restaurants in the evening.

Health regulations

If you travel from Europe there won't be any immunization required. Nevertheless it is recommended, especially for individualistic travelers, to get a vaccination against hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid. Malaria does not exist on Mauritius.

Transfer

The transfer from the airport in La Grand Baie takes about 1,5 hour. The transfer from the airport in Le Morne takes about 1 hour.

Rental cars and transport

Taxis are available. A rental car costs about 50 Euros a day. Mind the left-hand traffic!

Currency/ mode of payment

Local currency is the rupee (MR)
1 € = Approx. 43 Rupees
All credit cards in common use (like American Express, Diners Club, EuroCard/MasterCard, Visa) are accepted. Traveller's checks in € and $ accepted by banks and hotels.

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