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Mauritius

Mauritius: At a glance

Capital: Port Louis

Population: 1.265 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Mauritius Standard Time

Emergency #: 114

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Mauritius: Travel Health Information

Mauritius is known for its natural landscapes, culture, and history. Travellers can visit one of the country’s many beaches and take part in water activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. Visitors can also hike through the seven-coloured earth of Chamarel or explore the bustling streets of Port Louis.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Mauritius may differ from your home country. Mauritius has a public healthcare system as well as private healthcare. The public sector has limited funding, and as result many facilities are poorly maintained and lack modern equipment. The quality of care in private facilities is high and meets international standards. Private clinics and practices are widely available throughout the country. The cost of private medical care is very high, so travellers should have a comprehensive travel health insurance policy.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Mauritius typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Mauritius.

Pharmacies and medications

Mauritius has a pharmaceutical board that regulates pharmacies and the pricing of medicines. Access to pharmacies and medicine is generally good throughout the country but can vary by region, with fewer options available in rural areas.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Mauritius’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Many roads in Mauritius are narrow and poorly lit. In major cities roads are usually paved, but not necessarily in rural regions. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers.



Mauritius: At a glance

Capital: Port Louis

Population: 1.265 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Mauritius Standard Time

Emergency #: 114

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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