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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Mauritius Travel Requirements

Citizens of most Commonwealth and European countries, as well as the USA, do not require visas. However, all visitors must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. Visas may be obtained from Mauritian Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. It is strongly recommended to contact them or the Mauritius Passport Office for entry requirements.

The currency used is called the Mauritian Rupee (Rs) which is divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued in denominations of Rs5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000. Coins are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 cents, Rs1 and 5.
Visitors to Mauritius are allowed up to Rs700 in notes on arrival and may take out Rs350 when leaving. There is no restriction on the importation of foreign currency in any form.

Business Hours
Mondays to Fridays: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Saturdays: Half day.

By Air
Mauritius is served by a number of international airlines such as Aeroflot, Air Austral, Air Europe, Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Air Zimbabwe, British Airways, Condor, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways.
An airport tax of Rs300 per passenger over the age of twelve is payable on departure. Vouchers can be purchased at the hotel or the Air Mauritius counter at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

All restaurants and hotels automatically add a 10% government tax. Tipping is generally expected. However, it is left to the customer's personal discretion.

Road Signs & Maps
Road signs are not always helpful. Every visitor should invest in a good map. There should not be any problems when asking for directions in French or English.

Bus companies and private bus operators cover every corner of the island. Fares are cheap. Services on the main routes, especially between the towns, are frequent whereas travelling to remoter rural areas is more complicated. However, visitors should not depend on timetables and should ask for advice.

Taxis are a practical alternative, although tourists should bargain to avoid paying too much, especially on fares to and from the airport. Although some drivers make excellent guides, visitors should be cautious of drivers offering to take them to particular restaurants, hotels or shops, for which they get a commission from the owners.

Getting Around
For the adventurous, there are 'taxi-trains' which are shared by any number of commuters, each paying for their part of the journey. They can be flagged down from the roadside.


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