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Fiber to Fashion 2011 - Mauritius : A Platform for Business

16 - 18 March 2011, Mauritius


Mauritius Travel Information


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Mauritius
(French: Lîle Maurice) is a small, multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles and is a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise. Its very name conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance; famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.

The smells, noises and bustle of the mercantile capital Port Louis, Africas wealthiest city, are never far away, while the busy garment markets in the Central Plateau towns of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe, and Black River Gorges National Parks dramatic virgin forests give the lie to Mauritius being just another beach destination. But what beaches! From the stunning sand-rimmed lagoons and popular wide public beaches to the picturesque islands off the countrys coastline, theres truly something for everyone here. Add to this the joys of Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, the rousing beat of séga music and the infectious party spirit of the locals, and you soon understand why Mauritius really is so many peoples idea of paradise on earth.

1. Currency (freely convertible) - Mauritian Rupee (Rs), about Rs30 : US$1
The use of credit cards is common practice in Mauritius and ATMs are widespread. They are mostly located outside banks, at the airport, at larger supermarkets and in some shopping malls. The majority of machines accept Visa and MasterCard. Mauritian rupees do not circulate outside Mauritius so you can only change money on the island. We recommend that you change some money in the airport immediately on arrival

2. Weather: Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 32°C in summer (November to April). In March, the average high is 29°C, with a low of 22°C.

3 .Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European 2 pin round, or UK 3 pin square plugs)

4. Time Zone: UTC/GMT +4 hours

5. Language: English (official), Mauritian Creole, French, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bhojpuri

6. Health: Travelers coming from yellow fever infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate

7. Airport transfers: The airport, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Air Terminal, also known as Plaisance, is about one hour from the event hotels, and transfer costs vary from 600 to 1400 rupees

8. Trivia:

  • Total coastline 177km
  • Population 1,250,000
  • Life expectancy 72.88 years
  • The Dodo is the famous extinct bird of Mauritius


9. VISA Information:

Entry / Exit Requirements:
A valid passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are required.  Immigration authorities require the validity of the entrants passport to be greater than six months upon both arrival and departure.  Travelers must also provide a local address where they will be staying in Mauritius (make a note of your hotels address).  Visas are issued at the point of entry.

VISA Requirements by Country
Please NOTE that this list may be subject to change, please check before you travel.  For more information go to http://www.gov.mu (then click the "non citizen" link), the Mauritius passport & immigration office web page

S/No

Country

Requirement

1

Afghanistan

Visa required prior to travel.

2

Albania

Visa for two weeks on arrival.

3

Algeria

Visa required prior to travel.

4

Andorra

Visa required prior to travel.

5

Angola

Visa required prior to travel.

6

Antigua and Barbuda

No visa required.

7

Argentina

Visa for three months on arrival.

8

Armenia

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

9

Australia

No visa required.

10

Austria

No visa required.

11

Azerbaijan

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

12

Bahamas

No visa required.

13

Bahrain

No visa required.

14

Bangladesh

Visa required prior to travel.

15

Barbados

No visa required.

16

Belarus

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

17

Belgium

No visa required.

18

Belize

No visa required.

19

Benin

Visa required prior to travel.

20

Bhutan

Visa required prior to travel.

21

Bolivia

Visa required prior to travel.

22

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Visa required prior to travel.

23

Botswana

No visa required.

24

Brazil

Visa for three months on arrival.

25

Brunei Darussalam

No visa required.

26

Bulgaria

No visa required.

27

Burkina Faso

Visa required prior to travel.

28

Burundi

Visa required prior to travel.

29

Cambodia

Visa required prior to travel.

30

Cameroun

Visa required prior to travel.

31

Canada

No visa required.

32

Cape Verde

Visa required prior to travel.

33

Chile

Visa for three months on arrival.

34

China

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

35

Colombia

Visa required prior to travel.

36

Comoros

Visa for two weeks on arrival.

37

Congo (Brazzaville)

Visa required prior to travel.

38

Central African Rep.

Visa required prior to travel.

39

Democratic Rep. of Congo

Visa required prior to travel.

40

Costa Rica

Visa required prior to travel.

41

Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Visa required prior to travel.

42

Croatia

Visa required prior to travel.

43

Cuba

Visa required prior to travel.

44

Cyprus

No visa required.

45

Czech Republic (ex Czechoslovakia)

No visa required.

46

Denmark

No visa required

47

Djibouti

Visa required prior to travel.

48

Dominica

No visa required.

49

Dominican Republic

Visa required prior to travel.

50

Ecuador

Visa required prior to travel.

51

Egypt

Visa required prior to travel.

52

El Salvador

Visa required prior to travel.

53

Equatorial Guinea

Visa required prior to travel.

54

Eritrea

Visa required prior to travel.

55

Estonia Republic

No visa required.

56

Ethiopia

Visa required prior to travel.

57

Fiji

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

58

Finland

No visa required.

59

France

No visa required.

60

Gabon

Visa required prior to travel.

61

Gambia

No visa required.

62

Georgia

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

63

Germany

No visa required.

64

Ghana

No visa required.

65

Greece

No visa required.

66

Grenada

No visa required.

67

Guinea

Visa required prior to travel.

68

Guatemala

Visa required prior to travel.

69

Guyana

No visa required.

70

Haiti

Visa required prior to travel.

71

Honduras

Visa required prior to travel.

72

Hong Kong

No visa required for ninety days.

73

Hungary

No visa required.

74

Iceland

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

75

India

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

76

Indonesia

Visa required prior to travel.

77

Iran

Visa required prior to travel.

78

Iraq

Visa required prior to travel.

79

Ireland

No visa required.

80

Israel

No visa required.

81

Italy

No visa required.

82

Jamaica

No visa required.

83

Japan

No visa required.

84

Jordan

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

85

Kazakhstan

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

86

Kenya

No visa required.

87

Kiribati

No visa required.

88

Korea (South Republic)

Visa up to sixteen days on arrival.

89

Korea (North)

Visa required prior to travel.

90

Kuwait

No visa required.

91

Kyrgyzstan Rep.

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

92

Laos

Visa required prior to travel.

93

Latvia

No visa required.

94

Lesotho

No visa required.

95

Lebanon

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

96

Liberia

Visa required prior to travel.

97

Libya

Visa required prior to travel.

98

Liechtenstein

No visa required.

99

Lithuania

No visa required.

100

Luxemburg

No visa required.

101

Macau SAR

Visa required prior to travel.

102

Macedonia (ex Yugoslav Rep.)

Visa required prior to travel.

103

Madagascar

Visa for two weeks on arrival.

104

Malawi

No visa required.

105

Malaysia

No visa required.

106

Maldives

No visa required.

107

Mali

Visa required prior to travel.

108

Malta

No visa required.

109

Mauritania

Visa required prior to travel.

110

Marshall Island

Visa required prior to travel.

111

Mexico

Visa required prior to travel.

112

Micronesia

Visa required prior to travel.

113

Moldova

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

114

Monaco

No visa required.

115

Mongolia

Visa required prior to travel.

116

Morocco

Visa required prior to travel.

117

Mozambique

No visa required for sixty days in a calendar year.
Not more than thirty days is granted on each trip.

118

Myanmar (Burma)

Visa required prior to travel.

119

Namibia

No visa required for 90 days in a Calendar Year.
Not more than sixty days on each visit.

120

Nauru

No visa required.

121

Nepal

Visa required prior to travel.

122

Netherlands

No visa required.

123

New Zealand

No visa required.

124

Nicaragua

Visa required prior to travel.

125

Niger

Visa required prior to travel.

126

Nigeria

prior to travel.

127

Norway

No visa required.

128

Oman

No visa required.

129

Pakistan

Visa required prior to travel.

130

Palau

Visa required prior to travel.

131

Palestinian State

Visa required prior to travel.

132

Panama

Visa required prior to travel.

133

Papua New Guinea

No visa required.

134

Paraguay

Visa for three months on arrival.

135

Peru

Visa required prior to travel.

136

Philippines

Visa required prior to travel.

137

Poland

No visa required.

138

Portugal

No visa required.

139

Qatar

No visa required.

140

Reunion Island

No visa required.

141

Romania

No visa required.

142

Rwanda

Visa required prior to travel.

143

Russian Federation (Russia)

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

144

Samoa (Western)

No visa required.

145

San Marino

No visa required.

146

Saudi Arabia

No visa required.

147

Senegal

Visa required prior to travel.

148

Seychelles

No visa required.

149

Siberia

Visa required prior to travel.

150

Sierra Leone

No visa required.

151

Singapore

No visa required.

152

Slovenia

No visa required.

153

Slovakia

No visa required.

154

Solomon Islands

No visa required.

155

Somalia

Visa required prior to travel.

156

South Africa

No visa required.

157

Spain

No visa required.

158

St Kitts  and Nevis

No visa required.

159

St Lucia

No visa required.

160

St Vincent & Grenadines

No visa required.

161

Suriname

Visa required prior to travel.

162

Sri Lanka

Visa required prior to travel.

163

Sudan

Visa required prior to travel.

164

Syria

Visa required prior to travel

165

Swaziland

No visa required for sixty days in a calendar year. 
Not more than thirty days is granted on each trip.

166

Sweden

No visa required.

167

Switzerland

No visa required.

168

Tajikistan

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

169

Taiwan

Visa required prior to travel.

170

Tanzania

No visa required.

171

Tchad

Visa required prior to travel.

172

Thailand

Visa required prior to travel.

173

Togo

Visa required prior to travel.

174

Tonga

No visa required.

175

Trinidad & Tobago

No visa required.

176

Tunisia

No visa required.

177

Turkey

No visa required.

178

Turkmenistan

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

179

Tuvalu

No visa required.

180

Uganda

No visa required.

181

Ukraine

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

182

United Arab Emirates

No visa required.

183

United Kingdom

No visa required.

184

United States of America

No visa required.

185

Uzbekistan

Visa for sixty days on arrival.

186

Uruguay

Visa required prior to travel.

187

Vanuatu

No visa required.

188

Vatican

No visa required.

189

Venezuela

Visa required prior to travel.

190

Vietnam

Visa required prior to travel.

191

Yemen

Visa required prior to travel.

192

Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro)

Visa required prior to travel.

193

Zambia

No visa required.

194

Zimbabwe

No visa required.