Entry & Exit Formalities
Entering Mauritius is usually hassle free, with no visas required for many nationalities. Customs searches are generally quick and easy, if they occur at all, but rules are necessarily strict on importing food, especially fruit.
In Mauritius visitors aged 16 years and over may import the following:
- 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco
- 1L of spirits
- 2L of wine, ale or beer
- 250mL of eau de toilette
- up to 100mL of perfume
There are restrictions on importing food, plants and animals, for which permits are required. Other prohibited and restricted articles include spear guns and items made from ivory, shell, turtleshell or other materials banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It's also illegal to take such items out when you leave.
Not required for most nationalities for stays of up to three months.
You don't need a visa to enter Mauritius if you are a citizen of the EU, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or a number of other countries. You can find country-by-country information on the government website (http://passport.govmu.org/English/Pages/default.aspx). Initial entry is granted for a maximum of three months and proof of a planned and paid-for departure is required (and sometimes asked for).
Extensions for a further three months as a tourist are available from the Passport & Immigration Office. Applications must be submitted with one form, two passport-size photos, your passport, an onward ticket and proof of finances. Two letters may also be necessary – one from you explaining why you want to stay longer, and one from a local 'sponsor' (it can be someone providing accommodation). Providing you can satisfy these demands there should be no problems, but because quite a few visitors overstay their entry permits, there are 'get tough' periods.