Mauritius Car hire
Located in the Indian Ocean,
approximately 2000 kilometres east of
mainland Africa, the island of Mauritius
is an oblong mass of coral reefs born
out of a primeval volcanic eruption.
The island enjoys a great tropical
climate with mild temperature all year
round. This tiny island, only 36 miles
long by 25 miles at its widest point, is
situated in the vast expanse of the
Indian Ocean, 1,265 miles from the coast
of Africa to the west, and with nothing
between it and Australia to the east.
Sunset: 17h30 in winter, 18h30 in summer
The climate is tropical; the constant
south east winds temper the heat of the
summer (October to April), and provide
that vital ingredient for sailing and
wind-surfing, two of the most popular
Winter lasts from May to October with a
temperature range of 17 ºC to 23 ºC and
summer from November to April with
temperatures ranging from 23 ºC to 33
1 Mauritian Rupee = 100 cents. Travel
with Rupees or EURO traveller's cheques.
There is no restriction on foreign or
local currency brought into the country.
The export of foreign currency is
limited to the amount declared on
arrival. The airport bank will exchange
Rupees into foreign currency on
departure. Credit cards accepted are
American Express, Diners Club, Visa and
MasterCard. Main hotels will exchange
traveller's cheques and bank notes.
MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and
American Express are widely accepted.
May be exchanged at banks, hotels and
The Mauritius Telecom is responsible for
all telephone services in Mauritius and
Rogrigues. You can use both coins and
Mauritius Telecom phonecards in public
phone booths installed all over the
island. The local directory number is
90. The international directory number
is 10090. The international dialling
code for Mauritius and Rodrigues is 230.
To call Rodrigues from Mauritius dial
095 before the individual telephone
number. There is no area code for either
Mauritius or Rodrigues.
To make an
international call from Mauritius dial
00, then the country code, area code and
the number. To make an international
call to Mauritius from abroad dial 00,
then the country code (230) and the
actual number. Remenber there is no area
code for Mauritius and Rodrigues.
Mauritius has a mobile telephone network
in line with the international GSM
standard. Roaming agreements exist with
the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
Mauritius Telecom has plan to extend
this service with more countries.
230 volts, 50Hz. Continental 2-pin plugs
are most common, but 3-pin round and
flat plugs have been noted. Take a
English is the official language and
understood throughout the island.
French is also a principal language and
Creole is spoken by all locals.
Oriental and Indian languages are also
Passengers of 16 years and over may
bring in the following items: 250g
tobacco, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars; 2
litres of wine, ale or beer; 1 litre of
spirits; 250ml toilet water and up to
100ml perfume. You must have a permit
before you can bring animal(s), plant(s)
or plant matter, flowers and fresh
fruits into the country. All animals
must undergo a period of quarantine. All
firearms must be declared on arrival.
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