Country: Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean. It is about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. The country includes the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega, and the archipelago of Saint Brandon.
The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Most Mauritians are multilingual. English, French, Creole, and Asian languages are the most commonly spoken.
The population of Mauritius is approximately 1.3 million and its capital is Port Louis.
To access emergency services: Dial 999
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Mauritius, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Mauritian hospital: Hospitals are private or government run. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital is the largest among the three hospitals in Mauritius. The medical standard is advanced and the hospitals are free of charge. This applies to visitors as well.
There are also many private clinics on the island and they offer a more comfortable environment, as well as some of the latest medical equipment. These clinics, however, are not free so check that your health insurance is valid before you visit.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Mauritius: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Mauritius-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.