Climate (Sun, Sea, Sand)
In the central part
of the island, 600 metres above the sea level, the average maximum
day-time temperature varies from about 20 C in August to about 26 C in
February. Along coastal areas, the temperatures are generally 3 to 5
degrees higher. The western and northern regions are warmer and
relatively drier than the East and the South. Weather vegetation covers
much of the country throughout the year.
time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 3 hours ahead of
mid-European time. Mauritius has international direct dialing facilities
to most parts of the world as well as high speed fax services. For video
conferencing, interactive point to point or multi point services
internet or virtual services, please contact:
Government & Political System
Mauritius is a
democratic state based on the Westminster model. Sixty-two members of
Parliament are elected every five years by universal adult suffrage. The
President is the head of the state but constitutional power is vested in
the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.
Most people in Mauritius are bilingual being equally fluent in English and French. Creole and French are predominate everyday life and several oriented languages are spoken too.
Passengers of 16 years of age and over may import the following duty free: 250 grammes of tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes), 1 litre of spirits, 2 litres of wine, ale or beer, one quarter litre of Eau de Toilette and a quantity of perfume not exceeding 10 cl. A plant import permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture, prior to the introduction of plants and plant material including cuttings, flowers, bulbs, fresh fruits, vegetables and seeds. All plants must be declared to Customs immediately on arrival and are subject to examination. It is prohibited, by law, to introduce sugar cane and parts thereof, soil micro-organisms and invertebrate animals.
Facilities for examination and certification of plant materials are available at Le Reduit (Tel:454-1091) and Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport offices of the Plant Pathology Division of the Ministry of Agriculture. (Tel : 637-3194). All animals including animal material need an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and a sanitary certificate from the country origin. All animals must be declared to the Customs Authorities immediately on arrival, and landing is allowed only if certificates issued by the Veterinary Authorities of the exporting country are in conformity with Import Permits. Dogs and cats undergo a six months' quarantine; Birds and other animal/species up to 2 months. Drug trafficking is illegal and carry very heavy penalties. Firearms and ammunitions need import permits and must be declared on arrival.