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  SITUATED:

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.

CAPITAL:

Port-Louis

TIME:

GMT +4
Sunset: 17h30 in winter, 18h30 in summer

  CLIMATE:

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 water sports.
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 ºC.

  CURRENCY:

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.

CREDIT CARDS:

MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted.

  TRAVELLER'S CHEQUES:

May be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorised dealers.

  TELEPHONE:




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.

  ELECTRICITY:

230 volts, 50Hz. Continental 2-pin plugs are most common, but 3-pin round and flat plugs have been noted. Take a travel plug.

LANGUAGE:

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 spoken.

CUSTOMS:

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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