Best time to go: April – June and September – December.

Best for: Island Relaxation, water-based activities.

Capital: Port Louis (MRU)

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Language: English and French. Creole is also widely spoken

Dialling code from SA: + 230

Time Zone: UTC/GMT +4 hours (2 hours ahead of South Africa)

Side of the Road: Left.

Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-type three-pin plugs are commonly used in hotels.

Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Bottled water is available.

Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.

Customs: Normal social courtesies should be observed. Respect should be shown when visiting Hindu religious sites.

Local Offences / Laws: Drug trafficking carries very heavy penalties. Certain scheduled medications require pre-authorisation before import. Visitors bringing in personal medication should have an accompanying prescription. Firearms and ammunitions require import permits and must be declared upon arrival. Nudism is prohibited. Homosexuality is illegal.

Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Mauritius by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 250g of tobacco products
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine or beer
• Other goods to the value of Rp7,500 (Mauritians under 12 years old or foreigners) or Rp15,000 (Mauritians over 12 years old)

Prohibited Imports: Prohibited items include obscene publications and films, underwater fishing guns, and sugarcane cuttings and plants. Restricted items requiring a permit include arms and ammunition, drugs, and live or stuffed animals.

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