How to Travel to Mauritius
May 16 2019
May 16 2019
Located just off the east coast of Africa, and neighbouring Madagascar, you will find the ‘Star of the Indian Ocean’; the awe-inspiring volcanic island of Mauritius. Dramatic cliffs, picture-perfect beaches lined by idyllic trees and a smattering of local fishing villages are some of the destination’s highlights. A tropical wonderland enhanced by a phenomenal culture and local people, Mauritius is quite literally bucket list worthy - the type of destination everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
Apart from its undeniable natural beauty, the host of luxury hotels, sublime fusion food and diverse array of activities and experiences, Mauritius is also hugely popular because it’s generally very affordable, rarely requires a visa for entry and is easily accessible.
If you are looking to head to this extraordinary dream destination, there here’s what you need to know about how to travel to Mauritius:
Understand the basic entry requirements
The best way to travel is to ensure that you are well informed about each part of the travel process. As exciting as planning a trip can be, it’s also important to familiarise yourself with the finer, and vital, details such as the entry requirements for Mauritius. As is the case with any international destination, you will be required to have a valid passport to enter Mauritius.
In this case, ‘valid’ means that your passport needs to have at least 6 months on it after your date of departure from the island. While there aren’t generally strict visa requirements, you may still be required to have one (depending on where you are visiting from), or you may need a visa on arrival. It’s important you investigate what applies to you, and organise a visa if needs be and if possible, well before you arrive.
You may also want to keep some of your more important travel documents and information on hand so that if you are asked to, you can present them at immigration. This may include your hotel confirmation letter (you will need to provide your hotel address on the entry form for the country), your return ticket, proof that you have the funds to be in Mauritius (such as a credit card) or if you are staying with a Mauritian friend, a letter from them confirming this detail.
Take a look at the vaccination requirements and health precautions
There are a few recommended vaccines for travel to Mauritius, but if you have any concerns or questions regarding these vaccines or are worried about any health precautions to take based on your specific health profile, then schedule an appointment with your GP at least a month before you leave for Mauritius. As an added precaution, avoid contact with animals and drinking the tap water while on holiday.
It’s also a good idea to take out travel insurance for your trip, purely as a precautionary measure. There are a large array of thrilling activities in Mauritius to enjoy, but many of them come with a risk and it’s always wise to be protected in the event anything should go wrong.
Ensure that you are covered for the particular activities you wish to partake in (not all activities are covered by basic travel insurance), emergency evacuation, medical and pre-existing medical conditions, injury, accidents, lost or stolen items or luggage and any unforeseen interruptions in your travel plans (such as cancelled or delayed flights).
Be aware of the public holidays
Being in Mauritius for one of the public holidays could make your holiday all the more exceptional, which is why it’s well worth looking to see if you can book your stay over one of them. However, keep in mind that many of the public holidays in Mauritius centre on religious observances or celebrations and this could impact travel times, opening hours of certain tourist attractions or restaurants and public transport (etc.). Take a look at a list of the public holidays and plan accordingly.
Figure out the best way to get there
When it comes to knowing - literally - how to travel to Mauritius, the most common option is to fly. You can sail to the island but it’s definitely an unconventional way to travel to Mauritius, although not unheard of. If you do want to sail, then the chances are that you will dock at Port Louis.
The easiest way to get to Mauritius, however, is definitely to fly, and with a plethora of airlines that fly to Mauritius’ state-of-the-art airport - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (SSR) - weekly if not daily, visitors are spoilt for choice. Many flights fly direct to the island while others may incur a layover. To get the best possible option for your dates and budget, take a look at flight metasearch engines such as Skyscanner.
Explore the right time to visit
The “ideal” time to head to Mauritius will depend on your unique set of needs, budget and flexibility, with pros and cons attached to travelling in both the peak summer months and the off-peak winter months. Take a look at this article and figure out which time would be best for you.
Familiarise yourself with important details of the destination
To ensure that your trip to Mauritius is seamless when travelling to Mauritius, make sure you are as prepared as possible. Understand the currency of Mauritius, the customs, history and religions, what to do on the island, where best to exchange money and how to get around easily. It’s also good to know that the electricity here is 220v, with type G electric plugs (with three rectangular blades that form a triangle), and that the timezone is GMT+4. It’s also recommended to have a physical map of the country which you can refer to at any time.
As is the case with any destination, the best way to travel to Mauritius is to ensure that you are as prepared as possible, so once you get to the wonderous tropical destination, all that is left for you to do is relish your once-in-a-lifetime trip to paradise.