Traveller’s Essential Guide For Mauritius

Customs Formalities

Duty-free items

Passengers having reached 18 years of age may have access to duty-free items such as:

  • 250 grams of tobacco (cigars and cigarettes)
  • One litre of spirits
  • 2 litres of wine
  • Ale or beer
  • One quarter litre of Eau de Toilette
  • Perfume not more than 100 ml.

Import of plants

A permit is needed to import plants to Mauritius. The grant is given out by the Ministry of Agriculture. Any plant material including cuttings, flowers and bulbs are not allowed unless the permit is issued. The prohibition includes microorganisms that may be present in soil that comes with the plants. An import permit for agricultural products is required as well – from the Ministry of Agriculture. A health certificate from the country has to be presented.

Drugs and arms

Drug trafficking is considered to be a serious offense, and therefore one indulging in this will incur heavy penalties. Weapons like firearms and ammunition require an import permit, and the authorities must be notified in case a passenger is in possession of one.

Money and banking

Bank opening hours are made to coincide with the time of arrival and departure of flights at the airport. They are open from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. On Fridays, it closes at 5 pm. During the week end and public holidays, banks are closed.

Payment methods

Credit cards are accepted mostly everywhere; in hotels, shops, supermarkets, restaurants.

Medical services

Mauritius enjoys free medical facilities. Care given at hospitals and health centres are free of charge, unlike private clinics.

Shopping hours

One can shop leisurely in the towns and city from 9h30 to 7h30 pm throughout the week. On Sundays and public holidays, some shops do open, but they close at around noon. Thursdays are an exception though; shops generally close at noon.

International Driving License

Unlike other countries, driving is on the left-hand side of the road, while having to give way to traffic from the right. For foreigners to be allowed to drive, they need to possess a driving license granted by a competent authority from their country of origin.


This is common, however it is not embedded in the Mauritian culture, therefore not compulsory.


Nudism is not permissible.

Personal safety

As everywhere else in the world, one has to take some precautionary measures:

  • Keeping valuables in a safe place
  • Locking doors properly
  • Locking car properly when left in parking areas
  • Parking in relatively open areas for safety
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of money publicly
  • Keeping emergency numbers handy
  • The island has no poisonous and dangerous animals like snakes. However, some creatures may be harmful, like mosquitoes and wasps which inflict painful stings.
  • Few fish and invertebrates can be harmful – like sea urchins and lionfish. Documenting oneself about these may prove to be useful.
  • Paying attention to kids while swimming
  • Never eat while swimming or prior to swimming since this may cause choking.
  • Wear life jackets when boating.

Road safety

  1. Driving is done on the left.
  2. Driving licenses should be approves at te traffic branch at Line Barracks at Port Louis.
  3. If one is traveling on push bikes and motorcycles, one should keep to the left of the road for safety.
  4. Give way to traffic on your right at roundabouts, which are quite common.
  5. Fasten seat belts in vehicles.
  6. Only kids over the age of 10 years can sit on the passenger seat in vehicles.
  7. Parking coupons should be made conspicuous from the car in payable car parks.
  8. Driving in a drunk state is an offense.