The local currency is the Mauritian rupee, which fluctuates around 40/45 rupees per £. Mauritian rupees do not circulate outside Mauritius so you can only change money on the island. DM/EURO/GBP or US$ travelers cheques and cash can be changed in the banks, with the exchange rate for traveler’s cheques much better than for cash.
There are 3 banks in the airport, 3 in Grand Bay and many more in other major towns on the island. Major credit cards are accepted in restaurants and hotels and also in some shops and supermarkets. Visa and MasterCard are the most useful cards to carry.
Visas are not required for people with EEC or American passports.
Medical standards on Mauritius are high and the hospitals are free of charge to visitors. There are also many private clinics on the island, offering a more attractive environment plus frequently some of the latest medical equipment available, though these are not free and so health insurance is recommended.
The local water is relatively clean and the Mauritians drink it. You can use it for cleaning your teeth etc. However, it is better you boil the water before drinking it or buy bottled water which is freely available in the local shops.
Mauritius has a mobile telephone network and roaming contracts exist with the UK, France and Germany. Mauritius Telecom is actively working to have contracts with the other countries.
The power supply is 240 volts and the power sockets use the British 3 pin standard.
Disposable nappies for babies cost about 3 times the price on Mauritius as they do in Europe. We recommend either taking enough with you or taking nappies which the maid can wash.
Mauritius uses the British driving system (driving on the left).
Mauritius Weather and Climate
The sun is exceptionally strong on Mauritius and many people are surprised by its strength and have to suffer sunburn for several days. Even on cloudy days, please make sure that you use a good sun cream.
The coastal teperature is between 22°C (winter) and 34°C (summer). The sea temperature varies between 22°C and 27°C.
In the centre of the island, the daytime temperature (maximum) varies from 19°C in August to 26°C in February. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South.
As in all tropical countries (even Europe in the summer) mosquitoes do exist. We recommend using a mosquito repellent cream to keep them away.