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Mauritius Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

Overall conditions on the island of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, (population 1.3 million) are very good.

CRIME

Although crime rates are low, travelers should nevertheless take basic precautionary measures: do not let personal belongings out of sight (particularly at the beach), keep all valuable objects concealed when in public (jewelry, cash, etc.), do not photograph locals without their permission, never put up a resistance if mugged, etc. It is also advisable to avoid renting accommodations too far off the beaten path due to the heightened risk of robberies. It is also important to be respectful of local customs and beliefs.

POLITICS

The political climate is calm. The next legislative elections are set to be held in or before 2019.

TRANSPORTATION

Although not of immediate concern, safety standards on public transportation are nonetheless somewhat wanting.

HEALTH

It should be noted that a lack of qualified medical personnel at hospitals, as well as the island-wide risk of contracting dengue fever or tuberculosis, could prove problematic for travelers.

Serious injuries or the need for a complex medical procedure could require a medical evacuation/repatriation abroad. It is therefore strongly recommended to travel with insurance that would cover these costs.

Divers should note that there is only one decompression chamber in the country, located at Victoria Hospital in the town of Vacoas-Phoenix.

NATURAL RISKS

Finally, the island is prone to cyclones between November and May.

Climate

Cyclone season, which brings heavy rains and a significant increase in temperatures, lasts from January until March. The rest of the year, conditions are quite pleasant: temperatures stay relatively low (25°C during the day, 17°C at night), thanks to a southeasterly trade wind, and the island is sunny a large percentage of the time. Sunset is between 6:00 and 7:00 pm.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +230 Medical Emergency: 114 Ambulance: 999 Police-Emergency: 999 or 112 Fire Dept.: 995 or 115

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

Outlets:

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