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Travel guide to Mauritius

Passports
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you will be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
British, European & USA citizens do not require a visa for holidays < 90 days.
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements, unless you are travelling via East Africa when a yellow fever certificate will be required. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters and always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations. Vaccinations sometimes advised: Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB. There is no malaria or yellow fever in Mauritius.
Currency
Mauritian Rupees (MUR) - but tourists can use sterling (GBP), euros (EUR) or US dollars (USD). You can exchange currency at the airport on arrival, but you will not be able to exchange any surplus currency afterwards. Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping.
Language
French, English and Creole
Time Zone
GMT + 4 Hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Mauritius Airport meeting point - after Customs please proceed to Counter 25, where you will be met by our representative. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered. 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some regions may not have good cell phone coverage. 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. Credit cards are widely accepted, but always ensure you have cash as some places may not accept them. 
 
Clothing – casual light clothing is advised including T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen and flip-flops. Also rain gear for the wet season. Sanitising hand cleaner/wet wipes and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses. 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). If you are a keen birder we suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
 
Plugs – type G (flat 3-pin, same as UK) and C (European 2-prong). 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
 
Water – tap water is safe to brush your teeth, but drink only bottled water. 
 
Food – delicious Creole seafood is served, as well as a wide variety of international cuisine. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for. 
 
Taxis – these are available in the main towns, but negotiate your fare in advance to avoid being ripped off. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left. Any valid European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature. 
 
Safety – Mauritius is a relatively safe destination, but take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular, avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash in your hotel safe. 
 
Pack for a Purpose - if you have a little space in your suitcase, local schools & communities always appreciate gifts of English reading books, pens & pencils, stationery, deflated footballs etc. Specific requests from communities can be seen on the 'Pack for a Purpose' website. 
 
Tipping – this is voluntary and should depend on the level of service received. We suggest the following USD (or sterling, euro or local currency equivalent) per couple/family, but this can be reduced for longer stays: 
- drivers/guides: $15 per day ($8 for half day) 
- tipping box for hotel staff: $5 per day 
- waiters: 10% (if not already added to your bill) 
- porters: $1 per bag. 
 
Your Safety - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.
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