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
||Chinese Spring Festival
||Abolition of Slavery
||Chinese Spring Festival
||All Saints Day
||Arrival of Indentured Labourers
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.
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The monetary unit is the Mauritian rupee (Rs or MUR), which is divided into 100 cents.
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
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