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Mauritius
Official Name:

Republic of Mauritius

Last Updated: March 22, 2017

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Further Safety and Security Information

Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.

Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port Louis

4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

  • Telephone: +(230) 202-4400 (Mondays through Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. – 16:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(230) 5253-3641
  • Fax: +(230) 208-9534
  • Email PTLConsular@state.gov
  • U.S. Embassy Port Louis
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Duration of stay

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TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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No

VACCINATIONS:

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Yellow fever, if traveling from a country with endemic yellow fever

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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U.S. Embassy Port Louis

4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

Telephone: +(230) 202-4400 (Mondays through Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. – 16:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(230) 5253-3641

Fax: +(230) 208-9534

See our Fact Sheet on Mauritius for information on U.S. - Mauritius relations. 

Requirements for Entry:

  • Valid passport with one blank page
  • Evidence of onward/return travel
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination if traveling from a yellow fever endemic country as listed on the website of the Mauritius Ministry of Health.

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.

Health Requirements:

  • Travelers arriving from malaria-stricken areas may be tested by local mobile health officials and can be quarantined, if necessary.
  • Consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with questions regarding health requirements.
  • No entry restrictions exist for temporary visitors.  Visitors with HIV/AIDS seeking residency or work permits face restrictions.
  • Due to an outbreak of the Plague in Madagascar, you may be subject to quarantine protocols if you have visited or transited Madagascar recently. Please visit the Seychelles Ministry of Health website prior to traveling to Seychelles.

Please verify this information with the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius before you travel.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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:

  • There are occasional tensions between unlicensed street vendors and police, particularly around the end of the year.
  • Indigenous inhabitants ("Chagossians") from the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) islands that include Diego Garcia periodically conduct demonstrations against the Mauritian government and the British High Commission.
  • Demonstrations and protests are normally peaceful and require police approval.

Precautions:

  • Avoid demonstrations. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn violent.
  • Maintain caution at public gatherings and areas frequented by foreigners.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, monitor local media, and consular messages.
  • Leave information with a third party when you go on maritime excursions to assist the coast guard and police in the event of a problem.

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:

  • Sporadic physical assaults and sexual violence, which have occurred throughout the island
  • Robberies, theft, and harassment at beachside bungalows, particularly those run by unregistered proprietors
  • Residential break-ins, including rare cases involving violent confrontation
  • Petty crime, especially at night

Prostitution and drug activities are prevalent in downtown Port Louis after dark, particularly in “Company Gardens” public park. 

  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark.
  • Do not display cash and valuable personal property.
  • Drive with doors locked and windows closed.
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and keep original documents in a secure location.
  • Avoid using ATMs/exchanging money at night or when alone. Check that no one has followed you after conducting business.
  • Secure your hotel room or residence, including windows.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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.

We can:

  • help 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 U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence information to resources including:

- shelters
- an abuse hotline
- website on legal protections for victims

  • 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

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:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yellow fever vaccination is required for entry.

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:

  • spear fishing equipment
  • plants and fruits
  • pepper spray, mace, and similar substances
  • guns

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.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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:

  • inadequate street lighting
  • vehicles without headlights
  • drivers using high beams
  • excessive speeding
  • streets crowded with pedestrians, stray dogs, and motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic
  • cyclists riding without lights

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.

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