Getting here and advice about your stay
You do not need a visa to enter Mauritius. On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days. You will need to be able to provide evidence of onward or return travel. If you intend to work in Mauritius, you must get a work permit.
A full British passport is required to travel and should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. It should have at least one blank passport page.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, transit and exit from Mauritius.
Non-residents must hold a valid Occupation Permit before they can work in Mauritius. The Economic Development Board website offers the full details for the application, see: http://www.edbmauritius.org/work-and-live-in-mauritius/occupation-permitresidence-permit/.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website at: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/145/mauritius#Vaccine_recommendations.
ATM’s are widely available in most towns in the island and at large shopping centres. Major credit and debit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and large retailers.
[Source – DIT/FCO Travel Advice/gov.uk]
Local laws and customs
Punishments for drug smuggling can be severe. Trafficking and possession of any illegal drugs carry heavy sentences. Prosecutions take a year or more to come to court, with detention until the trial. Bail is not usually granted for drug-related crimes, regardless of the type of drug.
If you are under police investigation you will be provisionally charged and not allowed to leave the country without consent from a judge. Commonly it can take up to two years for the authorities to decide whether to issue a formal charge. You are not allowed to renew your occupation or resident’s permit whilst you are under a provisional charge. If you are unable to support yourself financially you will be detained in prison while the police finish their investigation.
It is illegal to possess or import cigarette papers.
You can bring common medicines for your own personal use but you must carry a copy of the prescription and the drugs must have been obtained legally from a pharmacy. Other drugs like tranquillisers, hypnotics, narcotics and other strong painkillers will require prior authorisation. You can check details with the Mauritian Health Ministry, here: http://health.govmu.org/English/Pages/default.aspx. If in any doubt, you should seek advice from the Mauritian High Commission, here: http://www1.govmu.org/portal/sites/mfamission/london/index.htm.
The police sometimes ask foreigners to show identification. You should carry a photocopy of your passport and your driving licence and leave the original documents in a safe place.
Safety and security
Around 150,000 British tourists visit Mauritius every year. Most visits are trouble free.
Report any incidents to the Police du Tourisme (tourist police):
Tel: +230 210 3894 / +230 213 7878
You can drive using your UK driving licence, but you must have it with you at all times. The standard of driving varies and there are frequent accidents. Be particularly careful when driving after dark as pedestrians and unlit motorcyclists are serious hazards.
If you are involved in a road accident report it to the police.
If you are taking part in any type of water sports, make sure that the operator holds a valid permit issued by the Ministry of Tourism, there are life jackets on board and the captain has a means to contact the coastguard if necessary.
Recent piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden highlight that the threat of piracy related activity and armed robbery in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean remains significant. Reports of attacks on local fishing dhows in the area around the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa continue. The combined threat assessment of the international Naval Counter Piracy Forces remains that all sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the designated high risk area or face the risk of being hijacked and held hostage for ransom, for more details view: https://on-shore.mschoa.org/.
For more information and advice, see our piracy and armed robbery at sea page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sea-river-and-piracy-safety.
There is a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
To find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reduce-your-risk-from-terrorism-while-abroad.
The cyclone season in Mauritius normally runs from November to May. Cyclones can cause extensive damage to property. There is a well-structured system of phased warnings. You should follow advice issued by the local authorities. During a cyclone you are not allowed to leave your accommodation and car insurance policies often cease to be valid.
Monitor local weather updates at Mauritius Meteorological Services (http://metservice.intnet.mu/?page_id=627) and from the World Meteorological Organization (http://severe.worldweather.org/). Information is also available on Telmet by dialling 8996 from land lines or 171 from mobiles. See the UK Government's tropical cyclones page for advice about what to do if you are caught up in a storm: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tropical-cyclones.
Some areas are prone to landslides, especially during cyclones and torrential rains. Mauritius Meteorological Services distribute 5-stage landside warnings and local authorities may organise evacuations of threatened areas if necessary: http://metservice.intnet.mu/?page_id=627.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See the UK Government’s advice page at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance.
[Source – FCO Travel Advice/gov.uk]
Visit your health professional at least four-to-six weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Check the latest country-specific information and advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries or by NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx.
Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/.
Good private healthcare is available, but can be costly if you are not insured. More complex cases could require evacuation to Réunion or South Africa. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Although there are no malarial mosquitoes in Mauritius, the Ministry of Health may ask you for a blood sample either at the airport or at a later stage during your stay if you have travelled from a country where malaria is common.
Cases of dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes have been reported. You should take mosquito bite avoidance measures, see: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/
uploads/attachment_data/file/636707/20170808_Mosquito_advice_sheet_V3.pdf for more information.
Stonefish stings are rare but can be fatal. Seek urgent medical attention if you are stung. Many hotels stock anti-venom serum.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 or 114 and ask for an ambulance. Private and state ambulance services are available, but are of variable quality and speed. If you can you should go directly to the hospital. Otherwise, seek advice from your hotel reception. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
[Source – FCO Travel Advice/gov.uk]
FCO travel advice
If you are travelling to Mauritius for business, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website has travel advice to help you prepare for your visit overseas and to stay safe and secure while you are there.
For up-to-the-minute advice please visit the FCO Travel section pages on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See the FCO Foreign Travel Insurance guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance.
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