Geography

Mauritius is a mountainous island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.

The capital city is Port Luis. Total land area of some 1,865 square kilometers.

Government

Parliamentary democracy within the British Commonwealth.

History

After a brief Dutch settlement, French immigrants who came in 1715 named the island Île de France and established the first road and harbor infrastructure, as well as the sugar industry, under the leadership of Gov. Mahe de Labourdonnais. Blacks from Africa and Madagascar came as slaves to work in the sugarcane fields. In 1810, the British captured the island and in 1814, by the Treaty of Paris, it was ceded to Great Britain along with its dependencies.. Mauritius became independent on March 12, 1968.

Money

Currency: Mauritian Rupee

Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted by most banks, hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.

Culture:

Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. The population

consists of Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans

Driving

People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.

Foreigners with a driving licence issued by a Competent Authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.

Health

No vaccinations are required.

Language

Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English

and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment

Electric Plugs, Sockets, Voltages

Voltages: 230V

Electric Plugs, Sockets: 2 parallel prongs - "French" type, and  3 large flat prongs - "British" type