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What to wear
Take your best beach and casual wear.
In the winter months (June -September), carry some light woolen clothing for the cool evenings. Please show due respect when visiting religious places. Wear appropriate clothing (and remove leather shoes and belts) when entering the premises.
Climate
The temperature on the coastal areas varies between 22C in winter and 34C in summer. The sea temperature varies between 22C and 27C. In the central part of the island, the maximum daytime temperature varies from about 19C in August to about 26C in February. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South.
Credit Cards
Credit cards are normally accepted by banks and most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.
Culture
Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. The population
consists of Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans.
Electricity
220 volts.
Emergency
Police(ambulance ) :999, Police : 208-7018/20
Fire : 995, Samu : 114
Driving
People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.
Foreigners with a driving licence issued by a Competent Authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.
Health
No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.
Health
No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.
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.
Visa & entry requirements
A visitor must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitors visa is normally granted for a period of two weeks to one month upon arrival, to almost all holders of a valid passport, with one or two exceptions. Visitors are strongly recommended to contact the Passport and Immigration Office in Mauritius or the nearest Mauritian Embassy or Consulate. The visa can be extended upon request at the Passport and Immigration Office, Sterling House, 11-19 Lislet Geoffroy Street, Port-Louis, Tel : (230) 210-9312 to 210-9317 Fax (230)210-9322.
Medical services
Free public medical facilities are widely available. Private clinics provide medical services for a fee.
Nudism
Nudism and topless sunbathing are frowned upon on our public beaches. No hotel permits nude sunbathing on beaches. Topless sunbathing is sometimes tolerated.
Safety
A tourist police service has been set up to ensure security in tourist zones.
An anti-terrorist law has also been proclaimed. A specific law relating to all tourist activities and corrupt practices has also been voted.
The following essential pieces of advice are meant for you :
 -  Keep an eye on all personal belongings at all times.
 -  Be careful when withdrawing money from a cash point.
 -  Avoid wearing expensive jewellery.
 -  Do not leave anything inside your car.
 -  (For trips or purchases) use only recognised operators or suppliers.
 -  Keep your passports, plane tickets, jewellery of value and large sums of money in safe custody.
 -  For sea excursions, do not rent boats with inadequate security standards.
 -  During individual sea trips, always notify the person responsible for the boat house.
 -  Do not go swimming in areas where it is forbidden.
Currency
The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs.) which is divided into 100 cents (cs). At the latest exchange rate, one Euro is worth around Rs. 30
VAT
A value added tax of 15% is payable on goods and services including hotel and restaurant bills.