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Travel guide to Reunion

Passports
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
British, European & USA citizens do not need 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 may 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 Reunion.
Currency
Euro (EUR) is the official currency of this French overseas territory
Language
French.
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. 
 
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. Sturdy walking shoes are essentail, hiking gear, a fleece for high altitude and rain gear in 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 C (European 2-prong). 
 
Books – a French phrase book is essential, as very little English is spoken. Pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of English reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights, as these will be hard to come by. 
 
Water – tap water is regarded as safe to drink, but you may prefer the taste of bottled water 
Food – delicious French cuisine is available throughout this overseas territory. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for. 
 
Taxis – these are available in Saint-Denis. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the right. Any valid European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature. 
 
Safety – Reunion is a very safe destination, but take all sensible precautions. We suggest you leave valuable jewellery/watches at home and keep your spare cash in your hotel safe. 
 
Tipping – this is voluntary and should depend on the level of service received. We suggest the following Euro per couple, but this can be reduced for longer stays: 
- guides: €10 per day (€5 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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