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If you’re travelling to Mauritius, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact


General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves.  The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling.  Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.

Where to go for more information:

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.


Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Latest Travel Alert

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in many African counties. Emergency response procedures are now in place in a number of countries and include restrictions on flights to and from Europe and the introduction of quarantine arrangements. New procedures have in some instances been brought in with immediate effect. In weighing decisions to travel to Africa at this time, Irish citizens should take into consideration the risk of restrictions being introduced during their travel and, also, the impact which responding to COVID-19 may have on local health care systems over the course of their proposed visit.

Irish tourists and short-term visitors to Mauritius are advised to make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible. Travel options from Mauritius to Ireland and to Europe more broadly are becoming more limited due to impact of the travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Mauritius, and by other countries through which flights to Ireland may be transit, such as South Africa. Citizens without permission to remain in Mauritius indefinitely, or who intend to return to Ireland in the near future, are advised to contact your airline or travel agent urgently to avail of the remaining available flight options.

Irish citizens who are resident in Mauritius should be aware of the requirement to comply with any further measures that may be introduced by the government of Mauritius in response to the outbreak, and the requirement to comply in full with all immigration requirements at all times.

The Government of Mauritius has announced a number of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from affected countries. From 18 March until 01 April 2020, foreign nationals who have resided in or have a history of travel to and from any member state of the European Union including Ireland, or the UK, Switzerland, within the 14 days prior to travel will not be allowed entry or to transit in the Republic of Mauritius. Mauritian nationals, residents, and their spouses and children who have travelled to these areas will be allowed entry but will be placed in quarantine.

Please see the Health tab for further details of medical advice in relation to COVID-19.


Crime levels in Mauritius are low but pickpocketing, bag snatching, theft and other petty crime against tourists can happen. Street robberies near or at ATMs have been reported. There have been incidents of assault, rape and murder, including in resorts. Security risks increase after dark especially on beaches, poorly-lit city streets and in other secluded areas.

The rate of crime is higher in downtown Port Louis, and in the coastal tourist centres of Grand Bay, Pereybere, and Flic en Flac. There have been incidents of tourists being assaulted and robbed while staying at beachside bungalows run by unregistered proprietors.

Mauritian authorities have introduced camera surveillance around the country, particularly in high tourist areas.

  • Be alert to your surroundings and pay attention to your belongings at all times.
  • Carry only what you need. Leave other valuables in a secure location.
  • Don't tempt thieves – avoid displaying expensive watches, jewelry, phones and cameras.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.

Avoid using ATMs on the street. Use ATMs in banks, shops, hotels or shopping centres whenever possible. Stay alert when withdrawing cash

It is always advised to exercise normal safety precautions in Mauritius. Use common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.

Emergency assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Mauritius, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa or our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

We suggest you learn as much as you can about Mauritius before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in Mauritius, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Mauritius on:

  • Police: 999 or 112
  • Medical emergency services: 999 or 114
  • Fire service: 995 or 115

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

Safety and Security

Safety and security


Although the the threat from terrorism in Mauritius is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.

In May 2016 gunshots were fired in the capital, Port Louis, at the French Embassy and at a hotel that is popular with tourists, and Islamic State graffiti was also sprayed on the Embassy's wall. As a consequence security on the island has been strengthened, especially around Embassies and high Commissions.


Mauritius has generally low levels of violent crime but you should take sensible precautions:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
  • Avoid walking alone at night on deserted/public beaches or in poorly-lit areas especially in the back streets of the business district of Port Louis

Petty theft

Petty crime is common, with many active pickpockets and purse snatchers in popular tourist areas including Port Louis, Grand Baie and Flic en Flac. We recommend that you keep your valuables in hotel safes, where possible, and make copies of important documents, including passports.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Mauritius, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Pretoria if you need help.


If you’re planning to drive in Mauritius, you should be careful. Traffic drives on the left, the standard of driving varies and there are frequent minor accidents. Be particularly careful when driving after dark as roads are often narrow and uneven with inadequate lighting.

If you are planning to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
  • Be aware of Mauritius’s traffic laws, such as speed limits, which are posted in kilometres per hour. All road and traffic signs are posted in English.
  • Speed limits are strictly enforced; camera speed checks are very common and speeding fines are substantial.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights.
  • Drivers and passengers on motorcycles are required to wear helmets.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Water safety

While there have been no attacks by pirates in Mauritian waters, vessels have been attacked up to 1,000 miles off the Somali coast. Sailing vessels are especially vulnerable so we advise you not to travel in yachts or pleasure craft in international waters in this part of the Indian Ocean.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Personal identification

The police sometimes ask foreigners to show identification. We recommend you carry photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport and driving licence and leave the original in a safe place.

Illegal drugs

The Mauritian authorities take a serious approach to drug trafficking. Attempts to import even very small amounts are punished severely. Prosecutions can take over a year to come to court, with detention the norm until the trial. Bail is not usually granted for drug-related crimes, regardless of the type of drug. It’s also illegal to possess or import cigarette papers.


Homosexuality is not illegal in Mauritius, but it is as well to bear in mind that society in general is quite traditional in its outlook. Caution and discretion are advised at all times.



Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.

HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.


• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands


• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Mauritius.

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:




World Health Organisation

Medical facilities

Good private healthcare in Mauritius is available, although this can be costly if you aren’t insured. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and can access funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 or 114 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Prescription medication

If you need prescription medication, we advise you to bring copies of your prescription with you. Scheduled drugs, such as psychotropic preparations (e.g. tranquillisers, hypnotics), narcotics (e.g. morphine) and other strong painkillers must be authorised by the authorities before they can be brought into the country. If you don’t get prior authorisation, you could be arrested. 

Contact the Mauritian High Commission in London if you think your prescription medications may need prior authorisation.

Stonefish stings

Stonefish stings are uncommon but can in some cases be fatal. You should get urgent medical attention if stung. Many hotels stock anti-venom serum.


Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry to some countries.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements

Irish passport holders don’t need to get a visa before arrival. A visa, normally valid for three months, will be issued on arrival if you hold a valid Irish passport and have a return ticket.


You need a valid passport to enter Mauritius and your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date you enter the country. You may be refused entry to Mauritius if your passport has less than six months validity remaining or if you don’t have a return ticket.

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Mauritius and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Mauritius there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact our Irish Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Work permit

If you intend to work in Mauritius, you must arrange a work permit in advance.


Mauritius is a tropical island just above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Indian Ocean. It has good all year round temperatures. In summer (November to April) the temperature ranges between 26°C and 32°C. In winter, (May and October) the temperature ranges from 20°C to 26°C with July experiencing the lowest temperatures, on average about 21°C. The water temperature of the Indian Ocean can go up to 28°C. Mauritius can experience heavy rainfall between January and March.


The cyclone season in Mauritius normally runs from November to May. Cyclones can cause extensive damage to property. The authorities have a well-structured system of phased warnings and you should follow any advice issued by the local authorities. If you’re travelling to or living in Mauritius, make sure you know what to do in the event of a cyclone.


The currency in Mauritius is the rupee. Bureaux de Change and ATM machines are widely available in most towns on the island and at large shopping centres. Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and large retailers.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

We do not have an Embassy in Mauritius, please contact Embassy of Ireland South Africa.

Embassy of Ireland
2nd Floor
Parkdev Building
Brooklyn Bridge Office Park
570 Fehrsen Street
Brooklyn 0181
South Africa

Tel: + 27 12 452 1000
Fax: + 27 12 342 4752

Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00

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