Traveller Essentials


Useful Tips


Mauritian Rupees

EUR 1 = Rs 40

GBP 1 = Rs 45

USD 1 = Rs 35

AUD 1 = Rs 25


You will need cash only for the local market, the local shop or to give out a tip to your driver and guide. Therefore, it is recommended to travel with little cash in hand. We would recommend a maximum of Rs 3000. In worst case, there are several cash out machines, ATMs around the island.

Credit Cards

VISA and MASTER Card are accepted in all big shops, petrol services, restaurants and hotels. American express and Diners are less accepted and if they are accepted, they do charge higher fees.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport on arrival and departure, at local banks or licensed currency exchange shops across the island. Currency can also be exchanged at hotels, although rates might not be the most advantageous.


ATM machines can be found across the island, from the airport to the main towns, but less in villages.

Banking Hours

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 15:15

Friday: 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Health & Vaccinations

In spite of being a tropical island, it is safe to say that Mauritius is a well protected island.

Health services and facilities are very good on the island with private clinics available in different parts of the island as well as public hospitals.


No vaccinations are required for entry into Mauritius. Customs however are very strict and if tourists have been visiting at risk countries of any kind of disease, it will be imperative to present an updated vaccination card. A customs officer will also visit the tourist within a few days of his stay on the island to make sure he or she is in good health.

Water, Electricity & Internet


Although tap water is safe in Mauritius, it is advised for international travelers to drink bottled water.

Bottled water is easily available in restaurants, hotels, shops.


British-style three square pins and continental two round-pin plugs are both used in Mauritius.

The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Internet & Communications

Wi-fi is widely available on the island, including almost all hotels, many public areas, shopping centres, restaurants among others.

Local sim cards can easily be bought at telecom shops including data package.

Safety & Security

On top of its economical, financial and political stability, Mauritius has a very peaceful multicultural population.
However, it is still recommended to take the elementary precautions like in any other country, city or town.

Some little precautions we can advise you to take are:

  1. Ensure you keep your valuables, passport and money in the safety deposit box
  2. Provided by the hotel/guesthouse/tourist residence
  3. Do not leave your personal belongings unattended on public beaches/places.
  4. Avoid carrying large sums of money with you.
  5. Avoid displaying expensive jewellery and valuables whilst sightseeing.
  6. Always be prudent when buying activities outside official sellers.

Travel Insurance

It is advised to always take a travel insurance whenever you go on holidays. Ideally travel insurances should cover:

  1. Medical expenses and hospital benefit.
  2. Personal accident and liability.
  3. Cancelling and cutting short your holiday.
  4. Abandoning your trip.
  5. Delayed departure.
  6. Accommodation cover.
  7. Scheduled airline failure.
  8. Personal belongings and baggage

What to pack

Travel documents

  • Return ticket and hotel reservations are important documents to have at easy reach on arrival in Mauritius for immigration.
  • Vouchers: If you have booked your transfers for arrival and departure, please ensure you have your vouchers handy as you will have to submit them to your welcome ground agent on arrival.
  • Driving license: if you plan on renting a car. It is important to note that we live on the left hand side in Mauritius.


Some cash but ATM are widely available and currency can be exchanged at the airport or in the towns.


Clothes and shoes

Beach wear, beach wear, beach wear

At night time, semi casual dress code for dinner, which is normally no t-shirts, no shorts. A nice gown as well if you plan a fancy evening. Please ensure you check the evening dress code of your hotel while packing.

If you will be doing sightseeing and visiting:

  • religious places, normally covered shoulders and long pants are required.
  • Adventure activities like quad biking, tennis shoes are required.
  • Light raincoat in case you are going inland when it might rain

Beach towels are available in hotels. If you will be staying in a self-catering or air bnb, you might want to bring one towel or buy locally.


Beach tongs

A good book if you fancy reading by the swimming pool or the beach.


Travel Aids

A pen – this is important to have on the plane as you will be required to fill in disembarkation documents for immigration and customs in Mauritius.





Sun glasses, Sun cream, beach hat and insect repellent

Visa & Immigration

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa or may obtain a visa on arrival to Mauritius for tourism purpose. The visa section of the Prime Minister's office provides a lot of useful information. 

The list of countries exempt from visa or requiring visa can also be viewed on the following link: Visa for Mauritius

For entry into Mauritius, the criteria are:

  • A valid passport, where the expiry date is at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay.
  • A valid return or onward ticket to the country of origin or residence.
  • A confirmed booking for accommodation – for example, a booking at a hotel. If the person travelling is being sponsored by a Mauritian citizen, they will need to produce evidence of sponsorship, stating their name, address, profession, relationship, national identity card number and telephone number.
  • Sufficient funds to meet the costs of stay (US$100 per night).


How to apply

Forms are available at 

The following documents must be provided:

  • Two recent passport-sized photographs;
  • A photocopy of data pages within the traveller’s passport; and a photocopy of the residence/re-Entry visa with three months validity, where applicable.
  • An average of five working days is required for processing applications and for a visa to be issued, provided all relevant documents are submitted.

 It remains your responsibility to ensure that you possess all required travel documents according to the specified standards of the country you are visiting.

Some useful phrases

Hello, good morning: Bonzour

How are you? : Qui pozition?

All good? : Tou korek?

Thank you : Merci

Thank you for a great day : Merci pou ene mari la zournee

Good evening: Bonsoir

What time is it?: Qui lere la?

How much is it?: comier ca?

Can I have a beer please?: ene la biere sil vou plait