Mauritius Travel Advice, Mauritius
 

Mauritius Travel Advice



Capital: Port Louis. Population: 147,131 (1998)

Area: 2040 sq km (788 sq miles)

Population: 1,159,729 (1998)

Population Density: 589.0 per sq km

Government Mauritius gained its independence from the British in 1968.

Head of State: President Cassam Uteem since 1992.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth since 2000.

Language

English is the official language of Mauritius. The most widely spoken languages are French, Creole, Hindi and Bhojpuri. Urdu and Chinese are also among the languages spoken.

Religion
51 % is Hindu, 31 % is Christian, and 18 % is Muslim.

Time
Mauritius is GMT + 4.

Electricity
220 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-type 3-pin plugs are commonly used in hotels in Mauritius.

Telephone
IDD is available. Country code: 230. There are no area codes. Outgoing international code: 00. There are a limited number of public telephone booths, mainly at the airport and major hotels.

Fax
Most hotels have facilities, as well as Mauritius Telecom offices in Port Louis and Cassis.

Internet/E-mail

There are a number of ISPs in Mauritius; they include Telecom Plus, Mauritius Network (MNS), MauriNet and Mauritius Telecom. Most hotels offer internet facilities.

Postal
Post office hours: Generally Mon-Fri 08h15-11h15 and 12h00-16h00; Sat 0800-1145.

Press

There are nine daily newspapers, of which two are published in Chinese and the remainder in French and English. The L'Express and Le Mauricien have the highest circulation.

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Air

The national airline of Mauritius is Air Mauritius (MK). Air Austral, Air Europe, Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Seychelles, Air Tanzania, Air Zimbabwe, British Airways, Condor, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Swissair also fly to Mauritius.

International Airport
Mauritius (MRU) (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam) is 48km (30 miles) southeast of Port Louis. Taxis are widely available to the city (travel time - 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic). Airport facilities include duty-free shops, banks/bureaux de change, snack bar; post office, shops and car hire (Avis, Europcar and Hertz). A new terminal has recently been built.

Departure Tax

MRs500 (Mauritian Rupees) Passengers transiting within 48 hours and children under two years of age are exempt.

Sea
Port Louis is the main port. It is primarily commercial but there is a limited passenger service to Reunion and Rodriguez Island.





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