Useful Travel Information
Important telephone numbers
The Tourist Police service ☎ +230 213 2818.
The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs.)
Credit cards are normally accepted Master Card / Visa / American express etc...
People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.
The Mauritian economy is based on three sectors: Tourism, textiles, Sugar.
Fire : 995, Samu : 114
Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. Creole is the languages of the Islanders
MAURITIUS MEDICAL SERVICES
Free public medical facilities are widely available. Private clinics provide medical services for fee.
Nudism sunbathing are not allowed on public beaches. No hotel permits nude sunbathing nevertheless topless is tolerated.
MAURITIUS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
There are 15 public holidays every year. Seven of them are fixed holidays: January 1st & 2nd, 1st February, 12th March, 1st May, 2nd November and 25th December. The remaining public holidays are religious festivals whose dates vary from year to year.
Shopping hours in our main cities range from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (Monday-Saturday). Some shops are open till noon on Sundays and public holidays.
Tipping is not compulsory.
MAURITIUS TIME AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Mauritius is four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and three hours ahead (2 hours in summer) of mid-European Time. Mauritius has international direct dialling facilities to most parts of the world as well as high speed fax and internet services.
MAURITIUS TV CHANNELS
Mauritius Canal Satellite, Mauritius Parabole Maurice and DSTV are available in Mauritius.
MAURITIUS VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX)
A value added tax of 15% is payable on goods and services including hotel and restaurant bills.
WHAT TO WEAR IN MAURITIUS
Take your best beach and casual wear.
Monday to Thursday : 9.15 am -3.15 pm, Friday: 9.15 am -4.30 pm , no banks are open on Saturday and Sunday.
Mauritius is fairly unique for a tropical country in that it is free of such diseases as malaria, yellow fever and cholera.
As in all tropical countries mosquitoes do exist. We recommend using a mosquito repellant cream to keep them away.
Sun Screen Lotion:
The sun is exceptionally strong on Mauritius and many people are surprised (too late) by its strength and have to suffer sunburn for several days. Even on cloudy days, please make sure that you use a good sun cream.
The local water is relatively clean and the Mauritians drink it. You need therefore have no fear if you use it for cleaning your teeth etc. However, it is better you boil the water before drinking it or buy bottled water which is widely available in the local shops.
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