Money and Banking
Banks are open to coincide with the arrival and departure of
international flights at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International
- Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 3.00pm
- Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Closed on Saturday, Sunday and
Banks and most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops accept credit
Free public medical facilities are widely available at hospitals and
regional health centres. Private clinics provide payable medical
Shopping hours in Mauritius’ main cities run from 9.30am to 7.30pm
(Monday to Saturday). Some shops open until noon on Sundays and public
holidays. Many duty free shops and modern shopping centres offer a
wide choice of products. Please note that shops only open for
half-days on Thursdays in Rose-hill, Vacoas, Curepipe and
International Driving Licence
In Mauritius, driving is undertaken on the left-hand side of the road
and drivers have to give way to traffic from the right. Visitors with
a driving licence issued by a competent authority in their respective
countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.
Tipping is common but not compulsory.
Nudism is not allowed.
A good way of preventing untoward occurrences is to ensure that:
- Valuables and money are kept in the
- Cars are properly locked when
- Parking is undertaken in a well-lit
- No valuable items are left on
display inside the car.
- Those planning a shopping trip
always remember to keep their purse or wallet safe at all times.
- Visitors avoid displaying large
sums of cash in public places.
- People only carry their passport
when they need it.
- Those embarking on a sightseeing
tour never leave their vehicle unattended.
- Emergency numbers are close at
- There are no poisonous reptiles or
dangerous animals on the island. But nature being what it is, some
small creatures can inflict painful stings. Some individuals can be
allergic to wasp stings, for example.
- Contact a chemist or a doctor in
case of several stings – particularly on the head and on the face.
- There are a few fish and
invertebrates in Mauritian waters that are known to be harmful –
namely sea urchins, stonefish and lionfish. It is advisable to
enquire of their existence in the waters around a given resort. Be
careful not to step on them, and consider wearing light shoes while
- Never drink alcohol during or just
before swimming, boating or water-skiing.
- Whenever young children are
swimming, playing or bathing, make sure an adult is constantly
- To prevent choking, never eat food
or chew gum while swimming, diving or playing in water.
- If you are caught in a rip current,
swim parallel to the shore. Once you are out of the current, swim
towards the shore.
- Use approved personal flotation
devices such as life jackets when boating – regardless of distance
to be travelled, size of the boat, or swimming ability of the
- Remember that Mauritians drive on
- Have your driving licence endorsed
at the traffic branch at Line Barracks, Port Louis.
- Always keep on the left-hand side
of the road whenever you are on a push bike, motorcycle or any other
type of vehicle in Mauritius.
- At roundabouts, always give way to
traffic on your right.
- Make sure the ignition key is
always removed when you leave your car.
- Fasten your safety belt.
- Kids under the age of ten years are
not allowed to occupy the front passenger’s seat.
- Parking coupons should be displayed
in payable parking bays.
- Avoid using mobile phones whilst
- Drink or drive, but never do both.