Mauritius Travel Information
Cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in
Mauritius, and Mauritanian authorities have imposed
entry bans for a number of confirmed cases. Norway is
not yet on the list. For more information about
coronavirus and incision, see the section Health.
Most trips to Mauritius are made without special
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate in
Riche Terre. The responsible Norwegian embassy for
Mauritius is the embassy in Maputo.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Mauritius is
considered low. The crime in Mauritius is low, but
theft, assault and rape occur. At the request of the
police, one may be required to show identification. It
is therefore encouraged to carry a copy of the passport
and keep the original in a safe place.
It is important to take precautions such as:
- Use a safe for storing passports, travel
documents, valuables and money and keep copies
separately from the originals
- Be vigilant and take good care of your handbag,
camera etc. at popular tourist spots such as Port
Louis, Grand Baie and Flic en Flac
- Avoid walking alone after dark in the desert in
desolate places and places without lighting
(beaches, back streets and the like).
In an emergency, contact Police de Tourisme at
telephone number: 210 3894 during working hours. After
16:30, tel: 213 7979.
Drug crime is severely punished in Mauritius.
Smuggling can give up life in prison. It is also illegal
to import and order cigarette paper.
It is a left-hand drive in Mauritius. International
driver's licenses are not mandatory in Mauritius and
foreign driver's licenses are accepted as long as they
are issued by relevant authorities. Minor accidents
often happen. Also be careful when driving in the dark -
pedestrians and motorcyclists without light pose a
- Countryaah: Port Louis is the capital
of Mauritius. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Homosexuality is not prohibited by law, but Mauritius
criminalizes sodomy regardless of sexual orientation.
There are laws that protect against discrimination based
on sexual orientation.
The cyclone season is between November and May. Most
tourist hotels will have well-established security
routines if cyclones occur. Travelers are also
encouraged to follow current weather forecasts.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period of time in Mauritius are encouraged to register
at www.reiseregistrering.no. Norwegian citizens are
encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance 114, police 999.
In crisis and emergency, the public can contact the
embassy in Maputo at firstname.lastname@example.org or +258 21 48 01
00. Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center.
Tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to enter
Mauritius. Upon arrival, you will receive a stamp in the
passport that allows stays of up to 90 days. To get this
- passport valid after departure date from
- return ticket
- enough money to support yourself (enough to show
valid credit/debit card) and confirmed booking for
Anyone missing one of the parts will be rejected.
If you are going to study or work in Mauritius, be
sure to obtain a work/ residence permit in advance.
For the latest updated information on entry rules to
Mauritius, travelers are encouraged to check with
Mauritius' nearest embassy.
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that
travel documents are valid.
Emergency passports are accepted when traveling to
and from Mauritius, but it is important to check that
you do not travel via another country that does not
Coronavirus (covid-19): There are
confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Mauritius. The
Mauritanian authorities have imposed entry bans for a
number of countries with confirmed cases. Norway is not
yet on the list. Mauritius has introduced mandatory
quarantine for all travelers from the affected
countries. The quarantine is set to last for 14 days.
The embassy will update the websites as soon as further
information is received.
Norwegians staying in Mauritius should keep abreast
of the development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The general health situation in Mauritius is good,
and there are health services with good standards in the
There are good, private doctors and hospitals in
Mauritius, and most major hotels will have a doctor
The Chikungunya virus, which is spread by mosquitoes,
is mainly a problem in the warm season, October ¨C May.
Precautions should be taken throughout the year so as
not to get infected. The mosquitoes are active both
night and day. Read more on the Public Health
Institute's page about the Chikungunya virus.
There is no danger of malaria in Mauritius, but upon
arrival from an infected area may be required to have a
blood test. All visitors from areas with yellow fever
need a yellow fever vaccination card. Hepatitis A
vaccine is recommended for travelers to Mauritius.
For more information on recommended vaccines and
other health information, see the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The area code for calls from Norway to Mauritius is
+230. The telephone network is stable, and the time
difference between Norway and Mauritius is three hours
at the Norwegian winter time, and two hours at summer
The current is at 220 volts. There is stable
telephone coverage throughout Mauritius, including on
the island of Rodrigues. The Internet domain of
Currency in Mauritius is Mauritanian Rupee (MUR). As
of January 2017, NOK 1 = approx. 4.23 MUR. Ordinary
cards like American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa
can be used in banks, ATMs, in hotels, in restaurants
15% VAT is usually included on invoices for goods and
services. Tips on restaurants/hotels are common.
Some hotels have dress codes that require long pants
and a collar shirt in the restaurants in the evening.
Stores are usually open Monday-Saturday: 09: 30-17:
30, some stores are also open until 12:00 on Sundays.
Mauritius has 15 official holidays. Seven of these
are fixed, while eight are movable. For 2017, the dates
are as follows: 1-2. January - New Year, January 28 -
Chinese New Year, February 1 - Abolition of Slavery,
February 24 - Maha Shivaratree, March 12 - National Day,
March 29 - Ugaadi, May 1 - Workers' Day, June 26 - Eid
-Ul-Fitr (tentatively), August 26 - Ganesh Chaturthi,
October 19 - Diwali, November 1 - All Saints Day,
November 2 - Arrival of Indentured Laborers, December 25
In Mauritius you drive on the left side of the road.
International driver's licenses are not mandatory in
Mauritius and foreign driver's licenses are accepted if
issued by relevant authorities.
Although the official language of Mauritius is
English, French is more widely used. In addition, Creole
(Mauritian Creole), bujpuri, Tamil, Hindi and Urdu are
Mauritians are Hindus (52 percent), Muslims (17
percent), Christians (30 percent) and others (one