Entry Requirements in Mauritius

Persons not requiring a visa to enter Mauritius:

  1. Citizens of Mauritius under the Immigration Act,
  2. Spouse of a citizen of Mauritius,
  3. The child or stepchild or lawfully adopted child of persons referred to at (1)and (2) above,
  4. Holder of Diplomatic passport other than that issued by the Government of Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Sudan,
  5. Crew of a vessel traveling on duty or in transit to join another vessel,
  6. Holder of Laissez Passer by the United Nations or other internationally recognized organizations,
  7. Holders of Laissez Passer issued by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are exempted from visa requirements,
  8. Persons who intend to remain in Mauritius only the stay of a vessel by which they arrived and depart,
  9. Such other persons as the Prime Minister’s office may approve,
  10. Holders of passport issued by the following countries : Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brazil (visa up to three months will be issued at the points of entry into Mauritius to the nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, provided all immigration criteria are met with), Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany (United), Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Mozambique (visa up to one month will be issued to citizens of the republic of Mozambique upon arrival at the point of entry, and the cumulative duration of stay of the above citizens in any calendar year is up to sixty (60) days), Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Papua-New Guinea, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Samoa (Western), San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, St Christopher, Nevis, St. Lucia, St, Vincent & Grenadines, Switzerland, Sweden, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United kingdom (and dependent territories), United States of America, Vanuatu, Vatican, Zambia, Zimbabwe Holders of passports of the mentioned countries including the homelands of any European Country may be granted a visa for two weeks on arrival. Any application for extension of stay may be made to the passport and Immigration Officer, Sterling House, 11-19 Lislet Geoffrey Street, Port Louis, Tel: (230) 210-9312 TO 210-9317 Fax (230) 210-9322, provided nationals of these countries hold valid passports or internationally recognized travel documents and have adequate funds to meet the cost of stay: Albania, Bulgaria, Comoros, Ex Czechoslovakia*, Fiji, Hungary, Madagascar, Poland, Roumania, Ex USSR***Ex Czechoslovak Socialist Republic is now composed of:
    Czech Republic
    Slovak Republic**Ex USSR, which is now known as Commonwealth Independent States (CIS), is now composed of:
    Republic of Armenia
    Republic of Azerbaijan
    Republic of Belarus
    Republic of Kazakhstan
    Republic of Kyrgyzstan
    Republic of Moldova
    The Russian Federation (Russia)
    Republic of Tajikistan
    Turkmenistan
    The Ukraine
    Republic of Uzbekistan
    GeorgiaFormer Soviet Republics, presently independent Baltics States:
    Estonian Republic
    Republic of Latvia
    Republic of Lithuania

The Inland Towns of Mauritius

Grand Bay

Formerly a small fishing village on the Northern coast, Grand Bay is nowadays the most famous seaside resort of the island. Surrounded by an emerald green lagoon, Grand Bay has many luxurious hotels. The village has all the essential services like supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors, post office and police station. Moreover, a great number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs can be found in the area. Shopping is also a real threat with its clothing stores, jewellery shops. Grand Bay is also the place to be if you want to practice water sports and scuba diving. And if you want to explore the coral reefs and the lagoons, there are the glass bottom boats and you can even go for an undersea walk among the fishes if you feel brave enough.

Mahebourg

The former capital of Mauritius under the French, Mahebourg is the only village with Port-Louis that has retained some traces of the colonial past and architecture. Situated in the South East of the island, some fifteen minutes from the airport, this historical village shelters the Naval Museum witness of the great naval battle at Mahebourg between the French and English in 1810 for the occupation of the island.Mahebourg is nowadays a calm coastal village, exept on market days. However with the construction of a waterfront, Mahebourg will surely develop into the main tourist attraction of the South in the years to come.

Mauritius Ships Model

Some will say that ship models are not part of the traditions of Mauritius for their construction goes back to 1968, the year of independence. However, a tradition for its existence must start off somewhere one day or another. So, in the actual case, let’s just say that it is a recent tradition. It has, somehow, found time to instill itself throughout the island, not always in a harmonious way, such that quality is not automatically present.

Kadomoris.com proposes you with some basic models among which the famous “pirogue”, accurate replica of the boat used by the fishermen of the coast. Our models come from the original builder, located in Curepipe, in the center of the island.
Entirely handmade, these typical crafts, with their simple and unsullied lines, will occupy a place of honor in a living room, a bedroom or in an office.

Places to visit in Mauritius

There are a number of places to visit during your stay on the island. Apart from the many beach resorts with their sandy white beaches and blue lagoon, there are other <greener> sites that you might find interesting. The Black River Gorges, Macabee Forest and Yemen are regions, which you might discover on foot or by car. Trou aux Cerfs (an extinct volcanic crater), Chamarel (with its 7 coloured earth), Ile aux Aigrettes (an island of the South East Coast which is a natural reserve) are among the many sites you can experience during your stay in Mauritius.

There are also a number of museums, fortifications, churches, galleries, colonial houses that are opened to the public. These places are a heritage of our rich colonial culture and history. Moreover religious festivals, especially Indian festivals are very colourful. This is a good way to experience Eastern culture without stepping out of Mauritius.

Main towns & villages.

Port Louis

Port-Louis, the administrative and financial capital of Mauritius is situated in the North West of the Island. It is the only commercial port of the island. Founded by Mahé de Labourdonais, it was preferred to Grand Port (South East), because of its geographic location. Protected by a range of mountains on one side and bordered by a calm bay on the other, it was the ideal spot to build a city that could be easily defended if attacked. Mahébourg in the south and Port-Louis are the only historic and colonial towns. Fortifications like Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle as it is commonly known is a great view point to see the whole of Port-Louis. Built by the British in 1835, it is now a venue for shows and concerts. The Central Market is a must-stop for tourist. Our closest comparison to a souk, the central market is a place where you can buy handy crafts as well as eat a dholl puri and have a drink. But you can also buy clothes, fruits and vegetables, spices and even medical plants used by locals to cure every possible ailment.

Champ de Mars is another place to visit especially during the racing season (May to December). It is the oldest race course (1812) in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest in the southern Hemisphere. It is at the centre of all life during weekends when races are held and a thrilling experience to live.

Other witnesses of the colonial past of Port-Louis are its old colonial buildings, its paved roads, the National History Museum, the Government House and the Port-Louis Theatre constructed in 1822. Port-Louis should also be visited for its cathedrals, temples, pagodas and mosques a reflection of the diversity of the island and of Port Louis. More recently built, The Caudan and Port Louis Waterfront shelter a number of restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas, duty-free shop, craft shops, and a casino. There is also Chinatown, a small village within the city, with its numerous restaurants, shops and other small businesses which immediately transports you to the Far East. Many streets in Port Louis also specialise in the sale of only one type of product. The shops of La Corderie and Desforges Street , for example, sell almost exclusively cloth and fabrics.

But the best way to know Port-Louis is still to walk around the city and see for yourself.

The Inland Towns of Mauritius

Curepipe, Quatre-Bornes, Vacoas/Phoenix, Beau Bassin/Rose-Hill.

Most of the big towns apart from Port-Louis are found in the centre of the island. These towns are mostly residential ones but offer the same facilities as elsewhere.

Bassin/Rose-Hill

Most of the big towns apart from Port-Louis are found in the centre of the island. These towns are mostly residential ones but offer the same facilities as elsewhere.

Named the most European of all towns, because of its wet and cold climate, Curepipe has some good shopping addresses. The most interesting feature of Curepipe however, is its extinct volcano, Trou aux Cerfs. This crater, which is 85 metres deep and 200 metres wide, offers a unique panoramic view of the central plateau at its summit. Other interesting aspects of Curepipe are its Botanical Garden and its many distinctively colonial houses. One such example of colonial architecture is the Municipal Hall at the centre of the town.

Rose Hill and Beau-Bassin

Rose-hill is after Port Louis the most commercial of all the towns. It has a number of shopping arcades and shops and its market is quite interesting. An interesting feature of Rose Hill is its theatre, Le Plaza, which has become the most important landmark of the cultural life of the island. Plays, concerts, operas are regularly held within its walls. Next to it is the Max Boullé art gallery where Mauritian artists regularly hold exhibitions.

Beau Bassin is mostly residential and has an unfortunately not very-well-known public garden – Balfour Garden -which offers an extraordinary viewpoint.

Quatre Bornes

Quatre Bornes is a calm and pleasant city (offering everything). It has somehow a number of shops and shopping centres and some hotels. The best known being the Orchard Centre, which has a supermarket, restaurants and many shops offering a whole variety of product. Another very popular shopping attraction in Quatre Bornes is its market, which it is held on every Thursdays and Sundays. It specialises in textile product that are sold at very attractive prices.