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Mauritius Mauritius

Known for its tropical climate, wonderful beaches and friendly, multi-ethnic locals, Mauritius has it all – luxury resorts, unique wildlife and plenty of exploration opportunities. An island nation on the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, its population is multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural, giving visitors the opportunity to have a varied experience during their stay.

Mauritius is known for its unique eco-culture, and it has many endemic species. The country is also recognized internationally for being a top luxury island travel destination: it has received the World’s Leading Island Destination award three times and the Best Beach award. Whether you want to spend your time on the beach or explore unique wildlife, travel insurance allows you to kick back and relax during your trip.

Travel information for Mauritius

Canadian travellers must show a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond their planned departure date. Tourist visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days, but you will need a student visa or work permit if you are travelling for these purposes. If you plan to travel for business, you will need to present a letter of authorization from the company inviting you to travel to Mauritius. You may be asked to show proof of sufficient funds for your stay and an onward or return ticket.

Petty crime can occur, especially in crowded areas, so make sure that your personal belongings are secure. Remain alert at all times and always be aware of your surroundings. Piracy can occur in coastal waters and farther out at sea. Dress conservatively, and try to fit in with the locals. Ask permission before taking photographs.

The currency in the country is the Mauritian rupee (MUR). There is no official language, but locals speak English, French, Mauritian Creole and a variety of Asian languages.

The best time of the year to travel is from May to November to avoid the cyclone season. This is also when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. Check weather reports before booking your trip. If a cyclone occurs during your stay, follow the advice of local authorities.

Things to see and do in Mauritius

One of the top luxury tourism destinations, Mauritius has the perfect combination of luxury accommodations, exploration and beach relaxation, providing something for everyone. The beaches line turquoise waters and magnificent coral reefs. If you are up for some exploration, consider checking out Grand Baie, Chamarel village, Black River Gorges National Park, the Château de Labourdonnais and Le Morne Cultural Landscape – a World Heritage site and home to multiple lagoons, rare plants and basaltic rock.

Travel insurance solutions for all travellers

Whether you are heading home to visit family or planning a relaxing vacation in this beautiful country, Blue Cross has the travel insurance coverage that ensures you get the travel assistance you need when you need it, no matter where you are located. This allows you to kick back, relax and enjoy every moment of your trip. Learn more about our personalized travel insurance solutions by calling us or getting a free travel insurance quote online. No matter where you travel, assistance is always just a call away when you travel with us.

General Mauritius Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 1,291,456 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 204 9,984,670
Capital: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee
Official language(s): Mauritian Creole, French, English
Drive: Left
Diesel (2012): 1.38 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.65 1.23 (2013)

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