Located in the heart of the Mascarene Islands, just 200 kilometers from its sister island, Réunion, near Madagascar, Mauritius is surrounded by lagoons and unique coral reefs. This Indian Ocean jewel fascinates with its economic dynamism, sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoons. Mauritius, exceptional cultural mosaic and welcoming land, has an ideal tropical climate with a mild winter season (19-26° C) and warm temperatures in summer (29-33° C). From Le Morne to Coin de Mire, this island offers a unique variety of landscapes, in a warm and vibrant atmosphere, between tradition and modernity.

Practical information about Mauritius

Demography

The island consists of 1.2 million people over an area of 20 km2. The capital is Port Louis.

Languages

The official language is English but the majority of the Mauritian population speaks French. Creole and French are the most used in everyday life.

Change

The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee. There are banks in all major cities to change money (1 € = 40Rs).

Visa

Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to stay for less than 6 months in Mauritius.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are required for European travelers coming for holiday in Mauritius.

Time zone

It is only 2 hour time difference with Paris (3 hours in winter time).

Economy

Mauritius is experiencing rapid economic growth. Affected to a very limited extent by the global crisis, the country is experiencing a steady growth for several years, making Mauritius a very attractive and reliable country for foreign investors. The main industries are sugar, textiles and tourism.

Policy

Member of the Commonwealth, Mauritius is a safe and stable country politically. Independent since 1968, Mauritius is under a democratic parliamentary system with separation of powers and an official constant commitment for respect of human rights. The judiciary is independent and works, as in France, according to the Napoleon Civil Code.

Culture

Mauritian culture is multiple and varied, a mix of African, Indian and European influences. Local music, sega, is very popular and many live events are organized in bars. The biggest cinema of the island was recently built in the heart of Grand Bay, offering modern and spacious rooms, where you can discover, along with France, the latest global releases.

Medicine

Mauritius has all the modern facilities. Medical technology that covers a wide range of treatments and the opening of private hospitals have increased medical tourism on the island.