Travel guide

In the Vanilla Islands.

It is often associated with Rodrigues or Réunion Island when traveling to this part of the continent. Mauritius is a beauty in its own right. Endemic species galore, and a tranquil way of life. Its waters are blue, its forests and “mountains” green and flourishing as you pass through Le Morne, or red and golden as you head south to Chamarel. You can also observe its fauna: turtles in particular, in the Mascareignes reserve, or monkeys.

Time difference



Mauritian rupee


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Most locals speak Mauritian Creole, which remains an oral language. You’ll be able to speak English or French with ease.

  • Bonjour / Bonsoir = Bonzour / Bonswar
  • How are you? = Ki manière?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Mo bien, mersi ek ki manière?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Or kozé francé/anglès?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Mo konpran / Mo pa pé konpran
  • Sorry = Sori
  • Goodbye = Salam
  • Welcome = Bon vini
  • Thank you very much = Mersi (bokou)
  • Excuse me/SVP = Sori/Siouplé
  • I am French = Mo enn francése
  • My name is… = Mo apel…
  • No thanks = No mersi
  • Yes/No = Wi/Non
  • You’re welcome / Please = Padkwa / Péna problem

Key figures

Surface area: 2 040 km²

1.265 million inhabitants (2017)


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.

Vaccination against rabies may also be advisable in certain cases, depending on the conditions and location of your stay.


French nationals wishing to stay in Mauritius for less than 3 months are not required to obtain a visa. A stamp authorizing entry into the country is affixed to the passport on arrival by the immigration authorities. Travelers must be in possession of a passport valid for the entire duration of their stay and a return ticket. Proof of residence and financial capacity (USD 100 per day) may also be required.