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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

While citizens of most European and African countries do not need a visa for touristic travels, a visa can be required either prior to travel or upon arrival – use the website of the Passport and Immigration Office to check for individual requirements. All persons coming to Mauritius for purposes other than tourism, visit or business need to apply for a visa/permit before undertaking any travel. Holders of Diplomatic Passports other than those issued by the Government of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen, and Laissez-passer issued from internationally recognized organizations are exempt from visa regulations. A visa does allow the bearer to travel to Mauritius, while the final admission for entering rests upon the Immigration Officer at the point of entry.
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Located in the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius is warm and pleasant throughout the year, and the water temperature is also ideal for swimming and sporting activities. In general, the western and northern regions are warmer and drier than those in the east and south. However, each period has its marks, and the summer months from October to April are the best ones for beach holidays. During winter, from July to September, you will, in contrast, profit from the off-peak season by securing bargain prices.
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Public transport

Public transport

The public transport in Mauritius is run by the National Transport Authority that owns two bus companies, United Bus Service (UBS) and National Transport Corporation (NTC), with frequent routes through the entire island. Bus transportation is quite cheap and allows one to mingle with the locals. There are two types of buses: standard and express, and the latter ones are both air-conned and much faster. The buses usually operate from 5:30am-8pm in built up areas and from 6:30am-6:30pm in the countryside; however, there is a late service between Port Louis and Curepipe until 11pm.
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