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Questions Answered About a Trip to the Island of Mauritius

Set off Madagascar’s east coast, Mauritius is affectionately referred to as the Star of the Indian Ocean. Its close distance to South Africa, its long stretches of virgin white sandy beaches, natural blue lagoons, and crystal clear water make the Island of Mauritius the number one choice for South Africans looking for a paradise escape. As one of the top connoisseurs of both honeymoon and family holiday packages in Mauritius here are your questions Answered About a Trip to the Island of Mauritius, one of the most beautiful, yet affordable Indian Ocean Islands. Read more: About Mauritius

How long is a flight from South Africa to Mauritius?

Both South African Airways and Air Mauritius run daily scheduled flights to the island from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. A flight from Johannesburg to Mauritius is 3 hours and 56 minutes and a flight from Cape Town to Mauritius is 5 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does a trip to Mauritius cost?

An all-inclusive trip to Mauritius vary, check out our Mauritius Specials… Unfortunately, cheap flights and hotels are a hard thing to find these days, especially if you’re shopping with a handful of weak Rands. But just a four to five-hour flight away and with a multitude of paradise retreats from the ground up, the Indian Ocean island offers competitively priced package deals to suit all pockets. Whether you’re after a family holiday, a sport break, a romantic getaway or the ultimate island honeymoon, here are some excellent packages that are currently on offer. Read More: Family Friendly Hotels in Mauritius

How do I get around the island?

Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length, it is small enough to base yourself in one place and explore the island’s highlights with a taxi, a rental car or if you’re feeling brave, a scooter or bicycle. Its coastal roads make for lovely driving, and along with its staggering selection of sandy beaches that stretch out onto coral reefs, there are plenty of places of interest to explore.


Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Mauritius?

No vaccinations are required. However, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who arrive from yellow fever risk countries. For all other vaccination recommendations please see your travel doctor.

Is Mauritius safe?

Mauritius is a safe country to travel to, but as with anywhere else, it is important to take precautions. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you when you are out and take care of your bags and valuables, particularly in the cities or busy areas. Don’t walk around alone at night and stay away from empty, poorly lit streets or beaches after dark.

What is the best currency for Mauritius?

While it is generally easy to exchange Rands, US dollars, Euros or Sterling at both airports, there are also numerous ATMs where you can withdraw money or exchange money into rupees, which is the local currency. Most hotels, upmarket restaurants and many tourist shops also accept Visa or MasterCard and, in some places, Amex.

When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

Mauritius promotes itself as a year-round destination, which is one of the reasons the island is so popular. Whereas May to October offers the most comfortable weather and the lowest rainfall, early summer (from November to December) are the busiest months in Mauritius. January to April is hot, but you’re more likely to miss the big crowds and high hotel costs that come with the flux of tourists. Also, a good thing to keep in mind is that the east coast is windier than the west.

Do South Africans need a visa for Mauritius?

South African passport holders do not require visas. However, your passport must be valid for six months after your return date.

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Changes in Travel to and from South Africa

The Department of Home Affairs is introducing a number of changes that will make it easier for people to travel to and from South Africa.

Presenting the Home Affairs budget vote on Wednesday (10 July), deputy minister Njabulo Bheka Nzuza said that the changes would also include improvements to the department’s security systems.

Chief among these is an upgrade to the Advanced Passenger Processing System.

This system allows us to see and target undesirable visitors before they even board a flight from their destination and us capacity to stop undesirable visitors for purposes of national security, Nzuza said.

“We are now going further by establishing the National Targeting Centre that will do risk assessments on visitors after they have boarded flights as a secondary control system.

“This is critical to ensure that undesirable and risky visitors are kept at bay, to create a secure environment for the country.”


E-gates

Nzuza said that in addition to profiling trusted travellers, the National Targeting Centre will also tie into the new e-gates system.

“These (trusted) travellers will be registered in our e-gates systems which will open for them automatically as they present themselves at our airports of entry,” he said.

He added that the new e-gates are  ‘world-class systems’ that are linked with international policing and security.

“We are moving forward with our e-gates system in partnership with ACSA. This system will work by registering individuals as trusted travelers. Thus South Africans who are bona fide citizens who are not flagged on the stop risk engines will now be part of our trusted travellers which will drastically ease traffic for citizens giving us more capacity to speedily handle visitors.”

“As a result of this technology, our airports will now rank higher within the international community making it a desirable destination for doing business,” he said.


New e-visas

Nzuza also announced that the country’s new eVisa system will launch in November 2019.

This ‘virtual visa’ system will allow tourists and visitors to apply for their South Arican visas online. These applications will then be sent to a central adjudication for approval whilst the visitors sit in the comfort of their own home, he said..

Nzuza added that this system will combat visa fraud and  will open South Africa as a desirable destination through the ease of our visa systems.

Ahead of this, seven new countries have been added to the list of nations that are able to come to South Africa without a visa, said Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

These countries include:

  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cuba
  • Ghana
  • Sao Tome and Principe

“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said.

“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.”

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Air Seychelles flights: Johannesburg – Seychelles – Mauritius

Air Seychelles now flies daily from Johannesburg to the Seychelles. The flying time is 4 hours 55 mins and the aircraft is an Airbus A320 with business class and economy class.

Air Mauritius will also start flying twice a week between Mauritius and the Seychelles from 2 July with Airbus A319 aircraft. There is a business and economy class.

Air Seychelles flies between Mauritius to Seychelles 5 days a week with Airbus A320 with business and economy class. The flying time is 2 hours 40mins.

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