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Practical information about Mauritius

Practical information about Mauritius

Practical information about Mauritius

1. Weather in Mauritius

The island state of Mauritius sits in the south-western section of the Indian Ocean. The island has a tropical climate with heat, sunshine and blue skies nearly all year round.

Its location on the southern hemisphere means that Mauritius’s two seasons, summer and winter, are the opposite of what we are used to in the UK. There are minimal differences between the two seasons, and Mauritius is therefore ideal as a beach holiday destination all year.

Summer in Mauritius lasts from November to April.

During these months, you experience the hottest temperatures of the year, but also the most rain and the highest humidity. Rain primarily falls in showers or thunderstorms lasting a few hours.

This season is particularly ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling and diving between October and December, as visibility in the ocean is at its best during these months.

Between January and March, there is a higher risk of Mauritius being hit by powerful storms or cyclones, and it may rain more than usual in this period. Statistically speaking, however, cyclones only pass directly over Mauritius every 5 years.

Winter in Mauritius lasts from May to October.

This period is more dry than the summer period, and the temperature is more comfortable. With its comfortable humidity, the winter is ideal for outdoor activities while remaining hot enough for sunbathing and enjoying the gorgeous sandy beaches.

The eastern and south-eastern parts of Mauritius may be affected by the south-eastern trade winds in July and August.

Weather statistics for Mauritius: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 29 29 28 26 25 24 24 25 26 27 29
Average minimum temperature 22 22 22 21 19 17 16 16 17 18 19 21
Rainfall mm 227 240 158 129 67 60 53 51 39 38 58 171
Average sea temperature 27 28 27 27 26 25 24 23 23 24 25 27
2. Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from africasafari.co.uk.  Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

3. Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

4. Vaccinations

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another African country.

5. Visa / Passport

As a UK citizen, you can visit Mauritius without a visa for up to 90 days.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. It should have at least one blank passport page.

You must also be in possession of a return ticket, or a ticket to another country.

When you arrive in Mauritius you must also fill out a document with the address of your residence:
Le Meridien Ile Maurice Hotel, Village Hall Lane, Pointe aux Biches, Mauritius.

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

6. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

7. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

8. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

9. Your luggage

We use many different airlines to Tanzania, therefore it may vary how much baggage and hand luggage you can carry on the aircraft. Find more information about this on your ticket or contact us if you have any questions.

Remember nice summer clothes for evenings. Long trousers for men. Beach footwear and swimwear are not permitted in the restaurant area.

You should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

The air-conditioning on board the aircraft can be cold, so maybe take a jacket inside your hand luggage.

12. Time difference

Mauritius is 3 hours ahead of the UK.

13. Language

Most residents are bilingual and speak fluent English and French. Creole and French are the main languages in everyday life and you will also notice that the conversation consists of several oriental languages.

14. Transport from the airport in Mauritius

In Mauritius airport, you should approach the counter 3 for your transfer to the hotel.

15. Currency

The currency is called Mauritius Rupee (MUR). 50 MUR is around £1. You can use Visa, Master Card and Diners cards in most places. You can change currency to MUR at the airport, banks and hotels. If you want to change from MUR to GBP you should be aware that this is only possible in the airport bank.

16. Tipping

Restaurants and hotels generally include a charge of 10 percent on the bill. Therefore, you are generally not expected to tip on Mauritius. If you have encountered extraordinarily good service, and wish to reward, it is perfectly acceptable to leave a tip.

17. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

 

18. Travellers with reduced mobillity

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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