MauritiusOfficial Name: Republic of Mauritius
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
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Mauritius for information on U.S. - Mauritius relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
A valid passport, one blank page, 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 who have visited certain developing countries in the past six months may be met within 24-48 hours of arrival in Mauritius by Health Ministry officials who will draw a blood sample for further testing. 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 website includes updated information on entry into Mauritius for those who have traveled to countries affected by the Zika virus. Also, visit the CDC web site for Mauritius’ immunization requirement.
The U.S. Embassy is unaware of any currency restrictions for entry or exit. Visit the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius website 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 the Republic of Mauritius before you travel.
Travelers who have visited the following countries with active Ebola Virus Disease transmission will not be allowed entry: Guinea, Liberia, 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, maintain a low profile and
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. Travelers to Mauritius must select “Seychelles” from the dropdown menu and then choose “Port Louis” as the embassy.
- 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: Crime, both petty and violent, can occur. Thefts in tourist areas are a concern and often opportunistic. 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 usually occur when residents are out, there have been reports of armed robbery and assault involving weapons such as knives or machetes. Avoid walking alone, particularly on beaches and at night. There have been occasional reports of robberies and harassment of foreign travelers. Drug activity and prostitution are concerns in Port Louis at night.
Prior to engaging in ocean sports activities, visitors should ensure that equipment operators have proper licenses and safety equipment.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 999, and contact the U.S. Embassy at +230 202 4400 (after hours: +230 5253 3641).
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
- support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to the local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Mauritian authorities frequently confiscate the passports of foreign nationals involved in events which could lead to a criminal case until the case is tried in court.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
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.
Import Restrictions: Spear fishing equipment may not be imported into Mauritius. Pepper spray, mace, and similar substances are also banned from import. 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 Animal Welfare at (+230) 464-5084 or (+230) 454-1016/7 for specific information related to pet importation.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
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
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in Mauritius, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from that which is commonly provided in the United States. Where present, sidewalks are often uneven and have high curbs.
Women Travelers: There have been occasional reports of sexual assault against women. See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases occasionally appear in Mauritius:
- mosquito-borne chikungunya virus
- dengue virus
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: 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.
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.
Traffic Laws: 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. Before leaving the scene, drivers should mark the pavement to signify their vehicle tires’ final position if possible. 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.
Public Transportation: 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.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
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.