Republic of Mauritius
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Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration of stay
Yellow fever, if traveling from a country with endemic yellow fever
Requirements for Entry:
No visa is required. On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days.
Visit the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius website or the nearest Mauritius Embassy or Consulate for further information.
Please verify this information with the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius before you travel.
Special Note: Overseas departments and territories of France (e.g., French Reunion) are not included in the Schengen Agreement. See the Embassy of France website for further information.
Travelers should remain cognizant of the following security considerations:
Piracy: Pirates have in the past carried out attacks in coastal waters surrounding the outer islands and farther out at sea. See MARAD’s page for advisories. For additional information, see the International Maritime Bureau’s Live Piracy Report.
Crime: Despite overall low levels, crime remains a concern in Mauritius, particularly in tourist areas. This most commonly includes:
Prostitution and drug activities are prevalent in downtown Port Louis after dark, particularly in “Company Gardens” public park.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the police, followed by the hospital and/or the U.S. Embassy.
U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
Report crimes to the local police by dialing 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +230 202-4400. Emergency after hours telephone for the U.S. Embassy is +230 5253-3641. Dial 999 to contact the police in an emergency and dial 999 or 114 for an ambulance.
Tourist Police telephone: +230 213-2818.
Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- an abuse hotline
- website on legal protections for victims
For further information:
Consult the CDC website for Mauritius prior to travel.
Medical attention is adequate at major hospitals and private clinics. Emergency ambulance service is available, but of variable quality and speed.
See the List of Health Care Providers on the Embassy Port Louis web page.
You are responsible for all medical costs. U.S. Medicare does not cover you overseas. Most care providers including ambulances require payment in Mauritian Rupees before service is performed.
Medical Insurance: If your health insurance plan does not provide coverage overseas, we strongly recommend supplemental medical insurance and medical evacuation plans.
Carry medication in its original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Be sure to verify with the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius that your medications are legal before traveling. Drugs such as tranquillizers, hypnotics, narcotics and strong pain killers require prior authorization.
Check details with the Mauritian Health Ministry.
The following diseases are prevalent:
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Convictions for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs results in prison sentences up to 35 years and heavy fines.
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.
Beach wear: Nudism is not permitted. Topless sunbathing is generally acceptable, but only on beaches.
Phone Service: Cellular phones are widely used on the main islands, though there are coverage gaps in some remote areas. Local SIM cards can be purchased to use with a compatible cell phone.
Currency: The Mauritian Rupee (MUR) is the official currency. U.S. dollars and euros are also accepted at major tourist hotels or shops. ATMs are available at the international airport and around the major tourist destinations, but only dispense Mauritian Rupees.
Credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard, can be accepted outside of resorts. Remote gas stations and smaller, more remote outlets and/or villages usually only accept cash.
Cyclones: The cyclone season is from November to May. Monitor local weather updates at Mauritius Meteorological Services and from the World Meteorological Organization. Dial 96 for information, 8996 on Telmet from land lines or 171 from cell phones. When the Meteorological Services declares a Class III cyclone, you are strongly encouraged to remain indoors; car insurance policies may become invalidated during a declared Class III cyclone.
Import Restrictions: You are not allowed to bring in:
There is a minimal one-month quarantine for domesticated animals, depending on the country of origin.
Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Ocean Sports: Fatal accidents sometimes occur. Ensure water-sport operators have proper safety equipment and hold a valid permit issued by the Ministry of Tourism. The only decompression chamber in country is in Quatre Bornes at Victoria Hospital. Stonefish stings are rare but can be fatal. Seek urgent medical attention if you are stung. Many hotels stock anti-venom serum. Make sure your travel insurance covers accidents related to recreational activities.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: While the law does not specifically criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals may face societal discrimination, harassment, and abuse by families, neighbors, and police. Sodomy is a criminal offense among both same-sex and heterosexual couples, with penalties up to five years’ imprisonment.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access to transportation, lodging, and public buildings is limited. There are few sidewalks and no curb-cuts, and most buildings lack functioning elevators.
Women Travelers: Mauritius is a community-based and patriarchal society with traditional values. It is recommended that women do not walk alone late at night and, like in most countries of the world, be cautious.
Domestic violence and sexual assault is a major problem despite its status as a crime.
See our tips for Women Travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety: Most roads are narrow and uneven, lack guardrails, and are bordered by deep ditches. Night driving is hazardous, particularly on country roads, due to:
Limited emergency or roadside assistance is available.
Traffic Laws: A valid U.S. driver’s license is required. For more information, contact the Mauritius Police Force Traffic Branch at +230 208 1212. Drive on the left side of the road. Drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts. Drivers and passengers on motorcycles are required to wear helmets. Babies and toddlers must be placed in child seats.
Accidents: When no injury has occurred, motorists may exchange information and report details to the authorities. Foreigners should remain at the scene and request the assistance of local law enforcement. If a hostile mob forms or you feel your safety is in danger, leave the scene and proceed directly to the nearest police station to report the incident.
Public Transportation: Buses (public and private) run between main towns 5 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and in remote areas until 6:00 p.m. Book taxis in advance if traveling at night.
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 aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Mauritius should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Security Communications with Industry WebPortal. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and as a broadcast warning on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website.