The official language of the island is English and is used in the administration, but Mauritians practice in daily life, Creole and French, the majority of the population is also bilingual.
Mauritius is four hours ahead of time on the Greenwich (GMT) and 3:00 on continental Europe.
Compared to France, Mauritius is ahead by 3 hours in winter and two hours in summer. So when it is 12 in France, it is 3 pm in Mauritius in winter and 2 pm in summer.
La nuit tombe très vite à Maurice, en quelques minutes, en hiver mauricien à 18h45 et en été à 20h00. Night falls quickly in Mauritius, in a few minutes, at 6.45 pm in winter in Mauritius and 8 pm in summer.
Same voltage as in France, ie 220 volts. Continental two-pin plug or english three-pin plug. According to housing, an adapter may be necessary.
- Shops: attention, they generally close on Thursday afternoons and Sundays (except in Port Louis, where they close on Saturday afternoon in downtown, but not Caudan waterfront).
- Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm (5 pm for some). In tourist areas, exchange offices are generally open all day on Saturday and sometimes on Sunday mornings and holidays.
- Post offices are open Monday through Friday from 8.15 am to 4 pm and from 8.15 to 11.45 am on Saturday.
Please note that prices vary from simple to double depending on the format of the postcard. A letter posted to France takes at least a week.
Postal services: Headquarters: Rue Dumas - Port-Louis Tel. : (+230) 208 2851 - Fax : (+230) 212 9640
Means of communication
You will find in Mauritius means of modern communication and information. Besides radio and television in Mauritius, you can access some programs on France Inter and RTL channels relayed by 2 satellite bunches (Canal +, TF1, TV5, RTL 9 …).
- From France to Mauritius: 00 + 230 + number.
- Mauritius to France: 00 + 33 + number in 9 digits. The 0 preceding the prefix disappears for a call from abroad to France.
In Mauritius, card public phones are indicated by yellow signs, as places where you can buy phone cards (which are not necessarily tobacconists, here called "tabagies", but any small shops, supermarkets, restaurants or petrol stations …).
The smart phone cards are much more expensive than those with code. The Sezam Calling Card (code) is an excellent value for money. You can call from most of the public phones, but also from your hotel room. In this case, however, attention to the surtax (often prohibitive), which corresponds to the service provided by the hotel.
Mauritius is covered by mobile networks. Orange, SFR and SRR Reunion have agreements with local operators. But beware the hefty! It is therefore recommended to buy on arrival a local prepaid SIM card from one of the local operators.
There are Internet cafes or shops in major cities and tourist areas. That said, many hotels and pensions increasingly offer web access, including Wifi. A cost of 2 to 3 Rs (0.05 to € 0.08) per minute in the specialized stores, usually with a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes. More expensive in hotels … or free.