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Mauritius: Useful Information For Travellers

Fast Facts

Capital: Port Louis
Population: 1.220481
Size: 2.040 sq.km.
Time difference: CET +2 hours during summer, +3 hours during winter.

Language

The official language is English. Nevertheless French is most frequently spoken. The colloquial language is also Creole; Furthermore you might listen to Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Gujrati or a Chinese accent like Mandarin or Hakka.

Religion

Hindus 52%, Christians 28.3%, Muslims 16.6%

Getting there

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Getting around

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

Currency & banking

Local currency is the rupee (MR). 1 rupee = 100 Cents. All credit cards in common use are accepted on Mauritius. Traveller's checks are accepted by banks and hotels.

Climate

The climate is slightly tropical with frequent brief showers especially during the warmer month (November - March). The temperature of the water is about 25 degrees throughout the year.

Health regulations

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

Telephone

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

Electricity

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