Practical information

Jet lag

Mauritius is ahead by four hours on the Greenwich time (GMT) and 3:00 on continental Europe. Compared to France, Mauritius is ahead by three hours in winter and two hours in summer.


The currency is the Mauritian rupee (Rs) which e divided into 100 cents (cents). 1 euro has approximately the value of 40 rupees.
There are parts of 1.5, 10 and 20 rupees, 5, 10, 20 and 50 below. The notes are in denominations of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees. No restrictions are imposed on imports of foreign exchange in the form of bank drafts, letters of credit, traveler's checks.

Credit card

Credit cards are accepted by banks and most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.
The following cards are negotiable in Mauritius: American Express, Diners, Visa and masterCard.


A value added tax of 15% increase comes all invoices related to the purchase of goods and services, including hotel bills and restaurant.

Entry requirements

Citizens of the European Union must hold a passport still valid six months after return date. Upon arrival, a two-week visa will be issued.
Any request for extension of stay must be addressed to the office of the Passport and Immigration, 9-11, rue Lislet Geoffray, Sterling House, Port Louis.
Tel: (+ 230) 210 9312 - Fax: (+ 230) 210 9322
E-mail: piomain [at] INTNET [dot] mu
Requirements: The applicant must provide proof of a confirmed return ticket, a passport or internationally recognized travel document valid and should have adequate financial resources to cover his living expenses.

Customs formalities

The import of duty-free products are permitted only to passengers aged 16 and over. Are exempt from duty: 250g of tobacco (cigars and cigarettes), 1 liter of spirits, 2 liters of wine or beer, 25cl. of toilet water and 10 cl. maximum fragrance.
All imports of plants requires a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and will be reported to Customs on arrival.
It is forbidden to import sugar cane or introduce microorganisms and invertebrates. for inspection and delivery plant permits, contact the Agricultural Pathology Department of the Ministry of Agriculture at the reduced (Tel: (+230) 454 1091), or the offices of the Ministry to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport ( tel: (+230) 637 3194)
Authorization from the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture is required for importing animals to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by the country of origin. the introduction of animals should be reported to the Customs Service upon arrival. Dogs and cats will be quarantined for six months, birds and other species for two months.
Permit required for the introduction of weapons and ammunition.

Health regulations

No vaccinations are required for travelers from Europe. A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever must be produced by any traveler, aged one year and older, from affected regions.
There is no risk of malaria in Mauritius or Rodrigues.


The voltage is 220V on an English three-branch system. Grab your adapter.