MauritiusOfficial Name: Republic of Mauritius
Must be valid for duration of stay
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
At least one blank page required.
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Issued at point of entry with proof of onward/return ticket, local accommodation, and sufficient funds.
Yellow fever vaccine required if traveling from a yellow fever endemic country.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Avenue
Republic of Mauritius
Telephone: +(230) 202-4400
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(230) 5253 3641
Fax: +(230) 208-9534
The Republic of Mauritius is a small island nation consisting of four inhabited and several other islands in the southwestern Indian Ocean. Mauritius has a stable government and a diverse economy. Its 2013 per capita GDP of US $9,136 is one of the highest in Africa. Facilities for tourism are well-developed. Although English is the administrative language, Creole and French are the languages used in daily life. English may not be understood outside of main towns and tourist areas. The capital city is Port Louis. Read the Department of State's Fact Sheet on Mauritius for additional information.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
A valid passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are required. The passport should be valid for the duration of stay, and have at least one blank visa page. Travelers must provide a local address where they will be staying in Mauritius. Visas are issued at the point of entry. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers over 1 year old who have passed through (this includes airport layovers) a Yellow Fever endemic area preceding arrival in Mauritius.. Visit the website of the Mauritius Ministry of Health for a list of countries considered as infected. The U.S. Embassy is unaware of any currency restrictions for entry or exit. Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius, 1709 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, telephone (202) 244-1491/2. Overseas, inquiries may be made at the nearest Mauritian embassy or consulate. Visit the website of the Embassy of Mauritius in the United States for the most current visa information.
Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Mauritius. While no entry restrictions exist for temporary visitors with HIV/AIDS, those seeking residency or work permits face restrictions. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Mauritius in the United States before you travel.
As of September 26, 2014, no travelers who have visited the following countries since June 2014 may enter Mauritius: Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. This information is subject to change with short notice and should be verified on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
U.S. citizens should avoid crowds and street demonstrations, and maintain a low profile. Women should avoid walking alone, particularly on public beaches and at night. There have been occasional reports of robberies, sexual assault, and harassment of foreign travelers. Prior to engaging in ocean sports activities, visitors should ensure that equipment operators have proper licenses and safety equipment.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius on Facebook by visiting the Embassy’s website.
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad
CRIME: Violent crime is increasingly common as is petty crime. Thefts in tourist areas are a concern and often a crime of opportunity. Visitors should keep track of their belongings at all times due to the potential for pick-pocketing and purse-snatching, especially in crowded areas. Residential break-ins are reported frequently on the island. While break-ins are often surreptitious, there have been reports of armed robbery and assault involving weapons such as knives or machetes. It is unwise to walk alone at night outside the immediate grounds of hotels. Foreigners should exercise caution on beaches and poorly lit or deserted areas at night as all Mauritian coastline is public access property.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, we can contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Mauritius is: 999 for police, 114 for emergency medical assistance, and 115 for the fire service.
Please see our information on Victims of Crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in Mauritius, you are subject to its laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than those in the United States. Criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. Driving under the influence of alcohol in Mauritius could land you immediately in jail. If you break local laws in Mauritius, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not wherever you go. Persons violating Mauritian laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Mauritius are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences of over 30 years without parole and heavy fines, even for first offenses.
Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Spear fishing equipment may not be imported into Mauritius. Domesticated animals may be required to undergo a quarantine period of up to six months, depending on the country of origin and residence history. Animals originating in Europe or the United States may only require one month of quarantine in many cases. Please contact the Mauritian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at (+230) 464-5084 or (+230) 454-1016/7 for specific information related to pet importation.
If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips on the Women Travelers page on Travel.State.gov.
LGBT Rights: The act of sodomy is a criminal offense in Mauritius for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. The penalty is up to five years imprisonment although the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any arrests or prosecutions for such activities. Hotels and restaurants do not discriminate against LGBT travelers. However, travelers should consider exercising caution, especially with regard to expressing affection in public. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Mauritius, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in Mauritius, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from that which is commonly provided in the United States. The Mauritian government partially implemented a law mandating access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, many older buildings remain difficult to access. Where present, sidewalks are often uneven and have high curbs.
Medical facilities are available, but are more limited than in the United States. Emergency assistance is limited. While public hospitals provide free care, visitors may choose to be treated by private doctors and clinics. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines are generally available, though they may not be specific U.S. brand names. Service Aide Medicale Urgence (SAMU) is a government-run medical assistance service which provides free ambulance and emergency assistance in response to calls to 114 (Address: Volcy Pougnet Street, Port Louis). MegaCare is a private organization that provides assistance to subscribers only (Address: 99 Draper Avenue, Quatre Bornes; phone: 116; 464-6116). Pointe aux Canonnier Medical Center tel: 263-1010, Private Clinic Fortis Darne tel: 118, and Private Clinic Apollo Bramwell tel: 132 also provide paid Ambulance Service.
Although there is no malaria in Mauritius it is recommended that travelers bring and use CDC recommended insect repellents containing either 20% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to help diminish bites from mosquitoes as well ticks, fleas, chiggers, etc, some of which may also carry infectious diseases.
All routinely recommended immunizations for the US should be up to date. Measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, pertussis and chickenpox are much more common than in the US, especially among children. Additionally, hepatitis A and typhoid immunization is recommended for all travelers. Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all those who may have sexual contacts, tattoos or require medical treatment while in Seychelles. Yellow Fever vaccine is ONLY required if you are coming from a Yellow Fever endemic country, even if you were just in the airport.
Diarrheal illness is very common among travelers to Mauritius, even in large cities and luxury accommodations. Travelers can diminish diarrhea risk through scrupulous washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers, especially before food preparation and eating. The greatest risk of traveler’s diarrhea is from contaminated food. Choose foods and beverages carefully to lower your risk (see Food & Water Safety). Eat only food that is cooked and served hot; avoid food that has been sitting on a buffet. Eat raw fruits and vegetables only if you have washed them in clean water or peeled them. Drink only beverages from factory-sealed containers, and avoid ice (because it may have been made from unclean water). Talk to your doctor about short course antibiotics and loperamide to take with you in case of diarrhea while traveling.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website. In March 2014, Mauritius experienced several isolated cases of Dengue fever in one area. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Mauritius, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.
Driving is on the left side of the road. Roads are frequently narrow and uneven with inadequate lighting, making night driving hazardous. Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour and all road and traffic signs are posted in English. Drivers and all passengers are required to wear seat belts. Drivers and passengers on motorcycles are required to wear helmets. Babies and toddlers should be placed in child seats. Many accidents occur due to excessive speed and violations of road regulations.
Drivers involved in an accident are required by law to remain at the scene until the police arrive. However, if an angry crowd gathers and those involved in the accident feel threatened, police and judicial authorities have in the past not taken action against drivers who leave the scene if they have proceeded directly to a police station. In cases of accidents involving two parties but which involve no injuries and where drivers are not under the influence of alcohol/drugs, drivers may fill out and sign an “Agreed Statement of Facts.” Police presence is not required for this. Each party should retain one copy of the statement to claim auto insurance reimbursement.
While there are organizations that provide emergency or roadside assistance, their resources and capabilities are limited and on occasion they are unable to respond in non-life threatening incidents.
Public transportation by bus is available between the main towns until 9:00 p.m. and in remote areas until 6:00 p.m. Taxis are also available.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Mauritius, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Mauritius’ Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.