Passengers over 18 years of age may import the following duty-free items: 250 grams of tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes), 1 litre of spirit, 2 litres of wine, ale or beer, one quarter litre of Eau de Toilette and perfume not exceeding 100 ml.
The electicity voltage is 220 volts.
Mauritius is an island of 1,865 square kilometers with 330 kms of coastline almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. The land gently rises to a central plateau which is about 600 meters above sea level.
The island has a surface area of 2,040 square kilometers.
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.
Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. The official language is English, but Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment. Several oriental languages are spoken.
Free (except for foreigners) public medical facilities are widely available. Private clinics charge for medical services.
Nudism and topless sunbathing are frowned upon on our public beaches. No hotel allows nude sunbathing on beaches. Topless sunbathing is tolerated.
Population literacy rate
With a population of 1.2 million, the literacy rate hovers around 90%.
Shopping hours in the main cities range from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (Monday-Saturday). Some shops are open till noon on Sundays and public holidays. Many duty free shops and modern shopping centres (Caudan, Curepipe, Floréal Square, Trianon Shopping Centre, Phoenix Commercial Centre, Le Ruisseau Créole, Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius, Grand Baie La Croisette, Cascavelle) offer a wide choice of products.
A value added tax of 15% is payable on goods and services including hotel and restaurant bills.
Duty and VAT Refund
At the SSR International Airport a counter operates for refund of duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) paid on purchases made by tourists holding a foreign passport. The refund can be effected in the following currencies: Euro (EUR), US dollar (USD), South African Rand (ZAR) and British Pounds (GBP). However, only purchases from shops authorised by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) are entitled for the refund. In addition the tourist has to carry the purchased goods as hand luggage, unless they are oversized or required to be checked-in by the airline. The MCCI Tax Tourist Refund counter also offers a service whereby goods meant for hand luggage can be delivered duty free and VAT free prior to the departure of the tourist from Mauritius.
For further details please contact:
The refund counter supervisor at the SSR International airport on +230 6377401 or the Operations Manager on +230 4548950.
Please visit their website for the tax tourist refund for further details
Visa & entry
A visitor must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor’s 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:
Address: Sterling House, 11-19 Lislet Geoffroy Street, Port-Louis
Tel : (230) 210-9312 to 210-9317
Fax : (230)210-9322.
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