Famed for its pure shores, diverse culture, sugar cane plains and some of the finest resorts in the world, it’s easy to see why Mauritius is one of our most popular destinations.
Soak up some rays on the beautiful beaches, enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Grand Baie and take in a lively Sega show to experience authentic Creole culture, music and dance. Plus, pay a visit to Seven Coloured Earths, a unique natural phenomenon that’s not to be missed. Mauritius offers island paradise with a difference. Why not twin your holiday with a stay in South Africa, just four hours away? From winelands to safaris, it offers the perfect contrast to your Mauritian oasis. Dubai is also a great stopover destination where you can indulge in the vibrant city life before your relaxing escape to Mauritius.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Mauritius from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Air Mauritius and British Airways offer a direct service from the the UK.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates offers a daily service from six UK airports via Dubai. Air France offers regional departure flights via Paris.
Departure Taxes: There is no departure tax to be paid in Mauritius.
Mauritius does not have much of a tipping culture, although many people tip anyways. Contradictorily, most hotels and restaurants include a 10 percent tip. If you are happy with the service it is at your discretion to leave anything extra; typically a few loose coins. Most salaries are quite low in Mauritius, so tips are always appreciated. If your taxi driver was particularly helpful, an extra 100 to 200 Mauritian Rupees is acceptable.Be aware that VAT (15 percent) is included by some traders, but excluded by others. Be sure to check the bottom of your menu or ask so you don't have any unexpected surprises when it comes to the final bill.
No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Mauritius. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Yellow fever is required if arriving from an infected country. Please contact your GP for details.
British Citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Mauritius but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Mauritius. You will need to be able to provide evidence of your onward or return journey Please contact the Mauritius Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 581 0294.
Mauritius uses the Mauritian Rupee as its currency. There is a stable and reliable banking system and it is easy to exchange money here. You can exchange your money in the UK, but it is best to wait until you get to Mauritius, as the exchange rate is much better after you arrive.
There are numerous banks with foreign currency exchange counters available in the airport, as well as throughout the tourist areas of the island. There are also branches of Thomas Cook and Shibani Finance available in the towns of Grand Baie and Flic en Flac. You can withdraw Mauritian Rupees from cash machines in most towns. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the island, although your home bank may charge a fee.