currency for Reunion Island is Euro, the island being a French overseas
Only a small amount of cash is needed if you are going to do some shopping at the market or to give out a tip. If you will be spending some nights up in the mountains, then payment is in cash only.
Visa and Mastercard are the most popular and accepted credit cards. Credit cards are widely accepted except in chambres d'hôtes (B&Bs) and mountain lodges.
There are cash points all over the island, in the main towns. once you are in the mountains or in the cirque, there will be no cash points.
There are no specific health risks in Reunion.
No vaccinations are necessary before coming, except for those
passengers flying in from a country currently affected by cholera or yellow
fever where a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required on
arrival. When you go up in the cirques, there are
no chances of mosquitoes as from 1800m high. While on the coast, it is advised to protect yourself
well from mosquito bites. A good insect repellent is good enough.
The island also has an advanced medical and
pharmaceutical network, which means that it is easy to get good medicine and hygiene
products. The sun in the tropics can be
particularly hard. It is advised to protect yourself well while at the beach or
up in the mountains.
For long drives up in the mountains, it
is prudent to take preventative measures against carsickness.
Tap water is usually safe and in restaurants, often it is tap water served when you ask for ‘carafe’. However, as a traveler, it is always advised to drink bottled water.
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style
plugs with two round pins are standard.
Most hotels have internet access but you often have to pay. Free WiFi in the towns is developing, especially in shopping centres and malls. However, when up in the mountains or the cirques, be prepared to be cut off.
There are three local mobile operators, (Orange, SFR, Only) and roaming is possible with operators in mainland France and many other countries. Be careful though, as the cost of roaming can be high. Whether making or receiving calls, each one is billed as if you were in another country in Europe.
Reunion Island is a safe place to go to. Visitors and tourists can leisurely visit the island, without any fear or doubt. However, as in any country, there is a required level of vigilance and precautions to take. For instance, lock your car, keep your wallet and valuables safe, avoid extravagant display of wealth among others.
Shark attacks are often a concern in Reunion and it is advised to be aware of sign notices on the beach and not to swim during alerts.
The Piton de la Fournaise volcano is an active volcano and an eruption is always possible, but volcanic activity is carefully monitored and always flows on the ocean side.
Ideally travel insurances should cover:
Some useful tips when buying your insurance:
As you venture out of town, it is important to have some cash to spend at local shops, markets or to give as tips. If you are spending a night in the mountain gites or table d'hotes, then take cash. Elsewhere in the towns, credit cards are widely accepted.
Depending on the nature of your holidays in Reunion, you need to be prepared.
If you are planning to have a nature based holiday and to sleep up in the mountains, it is important to have warm clothes as it can get chilling at 1500m altitude. Have a raincoat and waterproof bag, in case it rains during your trek. It is advised to always wrap your clothes and belongings in a plastic bag before putting them in your bag, to ensure they say dry in case of rain. Comfortable walking or hiking shoes.
While being off the beaten rack, it is important to wear comfortable clothes. Avoid jeans.
Normally you will end your holidays in Reunion at the beach. It is then important to pack your beach wear. Also some nice clothes if you are ending up in a resort, you might want a well-deserved dinner in a nice restaurant while in town.
English to Reunion Creole
How are you: Koman i lé?
Good bye: Nou artrouv
Lets go out: Allon bat karé
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