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VAT
A value added tax of 15% is included in all bills relating to goods and services, including hotel and restaurant bills.
Working Hours
Private Sector: Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 16.15 Saturday: 09.00 – 12.00 (Some offices) Public Sector: Monday to Friday: 09.00 – 16.00 Saturday: 09.00 – 12.00 (Reduced staff) .
What to wear
Take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months of June, July, August and September carry some light woolens for the cool evenings. .
Currency
The currency of Mauritius is the Rupee. Notes and coins are available. Notes are available in the denominations of Rs.25, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.500 and Rs.1000.
Practical Info
Geography
The island is approximately 855 km off the east coast of Madagascar, Africa being the nearest continent. Mauritius is a volcanic island of 1,865 sq km in area
Language
French and Creole are the main spoken laungauge used. English is the official language and is widely understood.
Time
Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 3 hours ahead of mid-European time.
Credit Cards
Credit cards are generally accepted by banks, hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. The following credit cards are negotiable in Mauritius: America Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa.
Security
A tourist police service has been set up to ensure security in tourist zones. You are advised to keep an eye on all personal belongings at all times. Keep your passports, plane tickets and large sums of money in safe custody.
International Airport
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Air Terminal, also known as Plaisance (code: MRU) is approximately 3 kms from Mahébourg, 48 kms from Port Louis, 70 kms from Grand Baie, 45 kms from Flic en Flac and 40 kms from Belle Mare. Facilities include duty-free shops both on arrival and departure, bars, banks and Post Office.
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