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Mauritius Island

Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, it will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’ – a realisation that will compel you to return to Mauritius’ shores time and again...

Discover all that Mauritius has to offer by visiting the official website website of Mauritius tourism where you will find the latest updates and information about the Indian Ocean island.

10 good reasons for choosing Mauritius

1. Minimal time difference

2. No vaccinations required or any special medical requirements such as Malaria vaccine, etc

3. Fascinating cultural diversity

4. The Mauritian people who are very friendly and hospitable

5. The most beautiful beaches in the world against a breath-taking landscape

6. Hotels offering unbeatable value for money

7. An all-year-round holiday destination with temperatures from 20 to 31 Celsius degrees

8. A wide range of sports: golf, tennis, horse-riding, and many more plus water sports included in most hotel offers.

9. Interesting and varied shopping options.

10. Direct nonstop convenient flights with Air Mauritius, the national carrier with outstanding services.

  • Capital: Port-Louis
  • Population:  1 240 000 inhabitants (urban population: 43%). Mauritius  is a delightful surprise for visitors: the incredible ethnic and  cultural diversity of its population comes from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and lives in total harmony.
  • Climate: Mauritius is an all-year-round destination: a warm and humid summer  (from November to April), with cooler and humid winter (from June to  September). It is mild in October, November and May.
  • Languages: English, French and Mauritian Creole. English is the official  language but everybody can speak French. Several oriental dialects  are also spoken but Mauritian Creole is the common language
  • Religion: Hinduism, Catholic,  Islam, Protestant and Buddhism
  • Currency: The Mauritian unit  is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs). Coins available are: 5, 10, 20, 50  cents and 1, 5 and 10 rupees. Notes are in denominations of 25, 50,  100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees.

VAT: a value added tax of 15% increases all invoices linked to goods and services


Current exchange rate: 1GBP = 55MUR

  • Electricity: Electricity voltage is 220V
  • Health: no vaccination requirements for European Union Citizens. No  vaccination certificate is required for entry into Mauritius, except  for travellers coming from a country infected by yellow fever
  • Driving: drive on  the left-hand  side of the road and give way to the right
  • Political  Institutions: Parliamentary  Democracy
  • Local  Time: Mauritius  standard time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +4)
  • Economy: Nowadays,  the island’s three major sources of income are tourism, then the  textile industry and sugar cane


Show respect in Muslim and Hindu places by taking your shoes off. Please ensure to be decently dressed when visiting religious centres (covered shoulders and legs, decent cleavage)  

Travel documents and visas


It is strongly recommended that, before leaving on a trip, you check the entry and travel requirements with the competent authorities of the destination(s) you intend to visit and/or the country/countries where you will be in transit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess all required travel documents according to the specified standards.

Visa is not required for UK passport holders when entering Mauritius. UK nationals need to have a passport valid beyond the intended period of stay. You are advised to check with the local authorities for any other required document.

Mauritian Ambassy in the UK

32-33 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5NW
Tel: 020 7581 0294 - Fax: 020 7823 8437
Nearest Tube: Gloucester Road

British Ambassy in Mauritius

Les Cascades Building
Edith Cavell Street
Port Louis Mauritius
PO Box 1063
Phone: local 202 9400 – international: +230 202 9400
Fax: local 202 9408 – international: +230 202 9408

Passport and immigration office in Port-Louis

Phone number: (230) 210 9312
Fax: (230) 212 2398


Passengers over 18 can carry duty-free products when entering in Mauritius and are limited to: 250g of tobacco, 2 litres of wine or beer, 1 litre of spirits.
Firearms and munitions must be declared both upon arrival and departure.
Drugs and psychoactive drugs are strictly prohibited. Drug trafficking is severely punished by the Mauritian law. For more information, please check

Customs department in Port-Louis

Phone number: (230) 240 9702
Fax: (230) 240 0434

Agriculture Services

Head Office
Phone number: (230) 454 1091

Main important Mauritian celebrations

Spring Festival (Chinese New Year): January/February
Cavadee (Hindu Celebration): February
Maha Shivaratee (Hindu Celebration): February/March
National Day: 12 March
Père Laval Celebration (Christian): September, 9
Divali (Hindu Celebration): October/November
All Souls Day: November, 2
Muslim Celebrations “Ghoon” and “Eld-Ul-Fitr” depends on the Islamic calendar
The Hindu “Fire walking” ceremony is individually set by each temple

Mauritius tourist office information

UK Office

Hills Balfour Ltd
Cornwall House
58, Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 0AS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7593 1700
Fax: +44-(0) 20-7407-3810

Mauritius Office

4-5th Floor, Victoria House,
St Louis Street,
Port Louis
Republic of Mauritius

Phone number: (230) 210 1545
Fax: (230) 212 5142