Mauritius Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 3
malaria 2
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera no
yellow fever 1


Public medical care is good, but in individual cases in the periphery it can occasionally be problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. There are also several private clinics. Sufficient health insurance coverage and reliable travel insurance are recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way (cold chain). Check ebizdir for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers arriving within 10 days of staying in a WHO-designated infected area and who are over one year old. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers who do not leave the transit area in Mauritius and are staying in the transit area for less than 12 hours. [2] There is a very low risk of malaria in individual rural areas. Rodriguez Island is malaria free. The less dangerous type of malaria Plasmodium vivax (malaria tertiana) can occur throughout the year. Protection with long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent is sufficient, drug prophylaxis is not necessary. [3] Because of the risk of possible intestinal infections, care must be taken to ensure careful drinking water and food hygiene. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is not pasteurized outside of urban areas and should also be boiled. It is best to avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Fruit should be peeled and vegetables should be boiled.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers nationwide. Swimming and wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. The mosquito-borne viral disease Chikungunya (CHIC) occurs. Skin-covering clothing and insect repellents offer effective protection. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during a longer stay and close contact with the local population. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: Unprotected sexual contacts, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Travelers must reckon with stonefish in coastal waters, but also in the water of larger hotel beaches, the sting of which can be painful and dangerous. Protective footwear minimizes the risk of being bitten. Hotels and clinics usually stock medication for treatment.

Health certificate

Foreigners must present a negative HIV test in English to apply for a work permit. A retest within 3 months after arrival in the country is possible.



1 Mauritian rupee = 100 cents. Currency code: Re, MUR (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25 MUR. Coins in denominations of 10, 5 and 1 MUR and 50, 20, 5 and 1 cent. Caution: Cash payments over 500,000 Re (approx. €10,000) and cash deposits at banks are prohibited.

Credit cards

Mastercard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express are accepted in most hotels, banks, restaurants and tourist shops. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. ATMs are located not only in banks but also in exchange offices. Bank customer cards usually also work for cashless payments. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money,

Travelers cheques

Travelers checks are not accepted in Mauritius.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Thu 09.00-15.00, Fri 09.00-17.00; At Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, opening hours are linked to the departure and arrival times of international flights.

Foreign exchange regulations

Unlimited import and export of local currency. Unlimited import and export of foreign currencies; There is a duty of declaration for the import and export of amounts (including precious metals and gemstones) with a value of more than 500,000 MUR. When exporting, there is also a proof of origin for amounts with a value of 500,000 MUR or more. Attention: Cash payments of amounts over 500,000 MUR are prohibited and will be punished.

Currency Exchange

Money (euros and US dollars) can be exchanged in exchange offices (often have long opening hours), at banks, in hotels and at the airport.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
MUR Rp 1 EUR = Rp 37.91
1 CHF = Rp 45.14
1 USD = Rp 36.45

Mauritius Money