Mauritius

Country Information

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Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colours and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever.

Mauritius

Of volcanic origin and generally sheltered by barriers of coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius has long been a dream destination. Known to the Arabs as early as the 10th century, but officially «discovered» in 1505 by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas, the island was occupied successively by the Dutch (1598-1712) and the French (1715-1810), and was ceded to Great Britain in 1814 through the Treaty of Paris. On 12 March 1968, Mauritius became Independent. Republic Day was proclaimed on 12 March 1992.
Language
Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English
and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are also spoken.

Mauritius Visa

British nationals can get a visa on arrival, which is normally valid for 3 months. You will need to be able to present a return ticket.
Eligible Criteria for Visas

a) A valid passport, where the expiry date is beyond the intended period of stay.

b) A valid return or onward ticket to the country of origin or residence.

c) A confirmed booking for accommodation – for example, a booking at a hotel. If the person travelling is being sponsored by a Mauritian citizen, they will need to produce evidence of sponsorship, stating their name, address, profession, relationship, national identity card number and telephone number.

d) Sufficient funds to meet the costs of stay (US$100 per night).

e) A pledge not to engage in any profit-making activities.
Application Procedure

a) Duly filled and signed application forms are available at http://passport.gov.mu

b) The following documents must be provided:

i) Two recent passport-sized photographs;
ii) A photocopy of data pages within the traveller’s passport; and a photocopy of the residence/re-Entry visa with three months validity, where applicable.

c) An average of five working days is required for processing applications and for a visa to be issued, provided all relevant documents are submitted.

Please allow four to five working days for administrative procedures before the visa is granted.

In addition to the above, it should be noted that nationals of Morocco visiting Mauritius will now be issued a 15-day visa on arrival in the country.

Health Information

Pack medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is very useful. If carrying syringes or needles be sure to have a physician’s letter documenting their medical necessity. If you have a heart condition bring a copy of your ECG taken just before travelling.

If you take any regular medication bring double your needs in case of loss or theft. You’ll be able to buy many medications over the counter in Sri Lanka without a doctor’s prescription, but it can be difficult to find some of the newer drugs, particularly the latest antidepressant drugs, blood pressure medications and contraceptive pills.

Vaccinations

Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. The doctors will take into account factors such as past vaccination history, the length of your trip, activities you may be undertaking and underlying medical conditions, such as pregnancy.

Most vaccines don’t give immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, so visit a doctor four to eight weeks before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (aka the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received.

No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.

Health Information

Mauritius Holiday Weather

The temperature on the coastal areas varies between 22°C in winter and 34°C in summer. The sea temperature varies between 22°C and 27°C. In the central part of the island, the maximum daytime temperature varies from about 19°C in August to about 26°C in February. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South.
Climate

Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.

As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe.

Seasons

Summer: November to April

The weather is hot and humid during these months, with peaks in temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and February.

Rainfall is abundant, especially on the central plateau. The highest rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March.

Daylight hours typically run from 5.30am to 7.00pm.

This is the best time for scuba diving – especially December through to March – and for deep-sea fishing.

The cyclonic season extends right the way through from November to April. Most of the time, the cyclones manage to avoid Mauritius because of the small size of the island. However, if they come close enough, the bad weather may affect vegetation and certain wooden buildings. Please rest assured that beach resorts have been constructed in such a way as to be able to resist strong cyclonic winds.

Winter: May to October

The temperature is cooler during this season, and prevailing winds tend to blow over the island from the east and south-east.

The lowest temperatures are felt in August (20°C on the coast). Daylight hours typically run from 6.45am to 5.45pm.

This is the best season for surfing (June to August).

Weather

On the central plateau, which is some 600 metres above sea level, the average day temperature is between 20°C in August and 26°C in February.

On the coast, the temperatures are higher by about three to five degrees.

The northern and the western parts of the island are warmer and drier than the eastern and the southern regions.

Flight Details

Mauritius is very popular destination therefore there are many direct and indirect flights from all over the world. Whether you live in Europe, the Americas, Asia or Australasia, flying to the Maldives is possible either in one single flight or with a simple connection.
Air Mauritius operates over 30 weekly flights to and from all the European major
cities including 15 combined flights with Air France to and from Paris.
British Airways operates four weekly flights, Emirates Airlines 3 and Condor 1.