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Mauritius
Republic of Mauritius
Last Updated: March 22, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Duration of stay

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

No

VACCINATIONS:

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

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Destination Description

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

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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 nationalityprevention 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.  

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Safety and Security

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:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

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.

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Health

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:

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Travel and Transportation

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 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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

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

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General Information

Mauritius and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since July 16, 1993.

For information concerning travel to Mauritius, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Mauritius.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Mauritius.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

The Mauritius Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare.  The Ministry will take measures to locate the child and taking parent, arrange to visit the home and interview the taking parent, and seek to arrange a voluntary return.  If the taking parent does not agree to a voluntary return, the Ministry refers the case to the court for legal proceedings.  The Mauritius Central Authority can be reached at:

Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare
Child Development Unit
7th floor, Newton Tower
Sir William Newton Street Port Louis
Mauritius
Telephone number: +230 405 3300

Email: snundah@govmu.org

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Mauritius, the left behind parent must submit a Hague application to the Mauritius Central Authority through the U.S. Central Authority. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to Mauritius Central Authority, and then to monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes. 

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Mauritius central authorities. The Mauritius Central Authority will provide information that is of a general nature about laws and procedure.  It does not provide legal representation to left behind parents.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Mauritius.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Mauritius.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining a private attorney is not required in order to submit Hague Convention applications to a court in Mauritius. However, parents should consider hiring a private attorney to follow up on the case and to provide direct information to the court, and to generally advise as to the best course of action for their individual circumstances. A privately hired attorney should contact the Mauritius Central Authority as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed with the Mauritius Central Authority.     

The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius posts a list of attorneysincluding those who specialize in family law at.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Mediation is a possible remedy for both abduction and access cases.  The Mauritius Central Authority will assist both parties to reach voluntary, amicable agreement in all Hague Convention abduction cases.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Mauritius is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Mauritius.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Mauritius.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Mauritius should contact the Central Authority of Mauritius to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Mauritius who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Mauritius’ Central Authority.  See contact information below.

The Convention entered into force with respect to Mauritius in January 1999.  However, the Government of Mauritius has informed the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis that it is in the process of amending its laws in order to fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention.  The Department will be gathering information on how these changes will impact intercountry adoptions between the United States and Mauritius.  U.S. prospective adoptive parents who wish to adopt from Mauritius may encounter delays during this transition.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Mauritius and the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis’ website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Mauritius’ Adoption Authority
National Adoption Council
Address: New Government Center, Port Louis
Tel: +230 201 3549
Email: pmo@mail.gov.mu

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Marriage Certificates

Extracts of birth and marriage certificates are available from the Central Civil Status Office located on the 7th Floor of the Emmanuel Anquetil Building in Port Louis. Tel: (230) 201 3118, (230) 2011727; Fax: (230) 211 2420; Email: civstat@mail.gov.mu. Proof of identity is required as well as a MRs.25 stamp per copy of certificate needed.

Non-Residents requiring marriage certificates need to provide proof of identity, date and place of marriage.

The Mauritian Government does not authorize same sex marriage.

Death Certificates

Available. The applicant must state his/her relation to the deceased and the reason for the request. The certificate is obtainable from the Chief of Civil Status Officer,7th Floor Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis. Tel: (230) 201 3118; Fax: (230) 211 2420. . A MRs.25 stamp needs to be purchased for each copy of the certificate.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Divorce Certificates

The Mauritian Civil Status Office does not issue divorce decrees nor marriage termination certificates, but instead annotates marriage certificate with a mention that divorce was pronounced.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

Available upon application to the National Identity Card Unit of the Civil Status Office, 7th Floor Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis Tel: (230) 212 5773; Fax: (230) 211 2420.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Also known as Morality Certificate is a certificate from the Director of Public Prosecutors issued after clearance from the Mauritian police. The police does not issue certificate of character. This certificate is obtained at the Attorney General's office, 2nd floor, NPF Building, Jules Koenig Street, Port Louis, upon issuance of a birth certificate, photocopy of passport; and for married women - marriage, death certificate if applicable. If a criminal offense is committed within 6 months of the application, no morality certificate will be issued. The processing time is 3 weeks and no fee is charged.

Prison Records

Unavailable.

Military Records

Please check back for update

Passports & Other Travel Documents

In addition to the Mauritius passport, the Government of Mauritius will also issue a travel document to any Commonwealth citizen who lost their passport and who has to travel back to his or her country of residence, or has to travel to a specific destination and return to Mauritius. The travel document will have the legal value of any travel document issued by any country in lieu of a passport, and will not affect the national status of the holder. The travel document is a four-page document, light blue in color, and will be issued by the Mauritius passport officer, or by an overseas representative upon authorization of the Prime Minister, and is valid for one trip only. The front page of the document bears a rectangle with two dotted lines for the applicant's name. It also contains the word "Mauritius" in small block letters, the arms of Mauritius, the words "Travel Document" in bold characters and the number of the document. The applicant's photo, the seal and data appear on the second page. Page 3 is reserved for visas. At the bottom of page 3 are the words "Remarks and Observations": "The possession of this travel document does not exempt the holder from compliance with the Immigration Regulation in force in the country to which the holder is processing." Page 4 is for any endorsements.

Other Records

Certificate of Identity

Available upon application to the National Identity Card Unit of the Civil Status Office, 7th Floor Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis Tel: (230) 212 5773; Fax: (230) 211 2420. 

Visa Issuing Posts

Port Louis, Mauritius (Embassy)

Consular Section American Embassy
4th Floor Rogers House
John F. Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

Tel: (230) 202-4400

Fax: (230) 208-9534 Embassy

E-Mail: usembass@intnet.mu

Consular E-Mail: PTLConsular@state.gov

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant visas for Mauritius, Reunion, and Seychelles. Immigrant visa applications for nationals of Mauritius are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 244-1491 (202) 244-1492 (202) 363-6792 (202) 237-2891 (202) 966-0983

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
+(230) 5253-3641
Fax
+(230) 208-9534
Mauritius Country Map

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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Mauritius
Republic of Mauritius
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Duration of stay

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

No

VACCINATIONS:

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

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Destination Description

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

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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 nationalityprevention 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.  

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Safety and Security

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:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

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.

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Health

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:

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Travel and Transportation

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 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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

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

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General Information

Mauritius and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since July 16, 1993.

For information concerning travel to Mauritius, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Mauritius.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Mauritius.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

The Mauritius Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare.  The Ministry will take measures to locate the child and taking parent, arrange to visit the home and interview the taking parent, and seek to arrange a voluntary return.  If the taking parent does not agree to a voluntary return, the Ministry refers the case to the court for legal proceedings.  The Mauritius Central Authority can be reached at:

Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare
Child Development Unit
7th floor, Newton Tower
Sir William Newton Street Port Louis
Mauritius
Telephone number: +230 405 3300

Email: snundah@govmu.org

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Mauritius, the left behind parent must submit a Hague application to the Mauritius Central Authority through the U.S. Central Authority. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to Mauritius Central Authority, and then to monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes. 

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Mauritius central authorities. The Mauritius Central Authority will provide information that is of a general nature about laws and procedure.  It does not provide legal representation to left behind parents.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Mauritius.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Mauritius.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining a private attorney is not required in order to submit Hague Convention applications to a court in Mauritius. However, parents should consider hiring a private attorney to follow up on the case and to provide direct information to the court, and to generally advise as to the best course of action for their individual circumstances. A privately hired attorney should contact the Mauritius Central Authority as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed with the Mauritius Central Authority.     

The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius posts a list of attorneysincluding those who specialize in family law at.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Mediation is a possible remedy for both abduction and access cases.  The Mauritius Central Authority will assist both parties to reach voluntary, amicable agreement in all Hague Convention abduction cases.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Mauritius is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Mauritius.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Mauritius.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Mauritius should contact the Central Authority of Mauritius to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Mauritius who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Mauritius’ Central Authority.  See contact information below.

The Convention entered into force with respect to Mauritius in January 1999.  However, the Government of Mauritius has informed the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis that it is in the process of amending its laws in order to fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention.  The Department will be gathering information on how these changes will impact intercountry adoptions between the United States and Mauritius.  U.S. prospective adoptive parents who wish to adopt from Mauritius may encounter delays during this transition.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Mauritius and the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis’ website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Mauritius’ Adoption Authority
National Adoption Council
Address: New Government Center, Port Louis
Tel: +230 201 3549
Email: pmo@mail.gov.mu

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Marriage Certificates

Extracts of birth and marriage certificates are available from the Central Civil Status Office located on the 7th Floor of the Emmanuel Anquetil Building in Port Louis. Tel: (230) 201 3118, (230) 2011727; Fax: (230) 211 2420; Email: civstat@mail.gov.mu. Proof of identity is required as well as a MRs.25 stamp per copy of certificate needed.

Non-Residents requiring marriage certificates need to provide proof of identity, date and place of marriage.

The Mauritian Government does not authorize same sex marriage.

Death Certificates

Available. The applicant must state his/her relation to the deceased and the reason for the request. The certificate is obtainable from the Chief of Civil Status Officer,7th Floor Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis. Tel: (230) 201 3118; Fax: (230) 211 2420. . A MRs.25 stamp needs to be purchased for each copy of the certificate.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Divorce Certificates

The Mauritian Civil Status Office does not issue divorce decrees nor marriage termination certificates, but instead annotates marriage certificate with a mention that divorce was pronounced.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

Available upon application to the National Identity Card Unit of the Civil Status Office, 7th Floor Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis Tel: (230) 212 5773; Fax: (230) 211 2420.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Also known as Morality Certificate is a certificate from the Director of Public Prosecutors issued after clearance from the Mauritian police. The police does not issue certificate of character. This certificate is obtained at the Attorney General's office, 2nd floor, NPF Building, Jules Koenig Street, Port Louis, upon issuance of a birth certificate, photocopy of passport; and for married women - marriage, death certificate if applicable. If a criminal offense is committed within 6 months of the application, no morality certificate will be issued. The processing time is 3 weeks and no fee is charged.

Prison Records

Unavailable.

Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

In addition to the Mauritius passport, the Government of Mauritius will also issue a travel document to any Commonwealth citizen who lost their passport and who has to travel back to his or her country of residence, or has to travel to a specific destination and return to Mauritius. The travel document will have the legal value of any travel document issued by any country in lieu of a passport, and will not affect the national status of the holder. The travel document is a four-page document, light blue in color, and will be issued by the Mauritius passport officer, or by an overseas representative upon authorization of the Prime Minister, and is valid for one trip only. The front page of the document bears a rectangle with two dotted lines for the applicant's name. It also contains the word "Mauritius" in small block letters, the arms of Mauritius, the words "Travel Document" in bold characters and the number of the document. The applicant's photo, the seal and data appear on the second page. Page 3 is reserved for visas. At the bottom of page 3 are the words "Remarks and Observations": "The possession of this travel document does not exempt the holder from compliance with the Immigration Regulation in force in the country to which the holder is processing." Page 4 is for any endorsements.

Other Records

Certificate of Identity

Available upon application to the National Identity Card Unit of the Civil Status Office, 7th Floor Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis Tel: (230) 212 5773; Fax: (230) 211 2420. 

Visa Issuing Posts

Port Louis, Mauritius (Embassy)

Consular Section American Embassy
4th Floor Rogers House
John F. Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

Tel: (230) 202-4400

Fax: (230) 208-9534 Embassy

E-Mail: usembass@intnet.mu

Consular E-Mail: PTLConsular@state.gov

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant visas for Mauritius, Reunion, and Seychelles. Immigrant visa applications for nationals of Mauritius are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 244-1491 (202) 244-1492 (202) 363-6792 (202) 237-2891 (202) 966-0983

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
+(230) 5253-3641
Fax
+(230) 208-9534
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.