Visiting

Business hours

General business hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Government offices are open between 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Banks (main branches) are open between 9.00am to 3.15pm, Monday to Friday and are closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Some banks are open until 5.00pm on Fridays.

Shops are usually open between 9.00 m to 5.00pm, some until 7.30 pm, Monday to Saturday and half day on Sunday and public holidays. Shops in towns such as Rose Hill, Vacoas, Curepipe and Quatre Bornes close half day on Thursdays whereas shops in Port Louis generally do not open on Sundays.

Public holidays 2017

January 01-02 New Year
January 28 Chinese Spring Festival
February 01 Abolition of Slavery
February 09 Thaipoosam Cavadee
February 24 Maha Shivaratree
February 19 Chinese Spring Festival
March 12 National Day
March 29 Ougadi
May 01 Labour Day
June 26 Eid-Ul-Fitr
August 26 Ganesh Chaturthi
October 19 Diwali
November 01 All Saints Day
November 02 Arrival of Indentured Labourers
December 25 Christmas

Climate

The climate in Mauritius is sub-tropical, with only two seasons – summer (roughly October to April) and winter (May to September). There is a cyclonic season that spans from November to March. The average temperature ranges from 20°C – 27°C with a variance of 3°C – 5°C along the coast.

For weather details in Mauritius, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Time zones and time differences

Mauritius is six hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Mauritius, view the World Clock.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The monetary unit is the Mauritian rupee (Rs or MUR), which is divided into 100 cents.

Dialling codes

Mauritius' country code is 230.

For calls to Mauritius from Australia dial: 0011 + 230 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Mauritius to Australia dial: 020 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Mauritius’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The square three-pin plugs are the most common.

While water distributed to households is treated and potable, it is advisable for visitors from overseas to consume bottled water, as the overall physical state of the water distribution pipeline is questionable.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Tourism Mauritius
Mauritius Voyaz.com

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