Travelling to Mauritius isgood, having some reference points when you arrive is better! 😉
Just for you, we share our tips for landing with peace of mind! Expatriation to Mauritius has never been easier!
Vou are many à prepare your trip to Mauritius or to arrive all simply. On you summary of the 5 essentials to do or not to forget to do from your arrival.
Shopping is one of the first tasks to be completed at the finish line, in fact it is ESSENTIAL!
No matter where your home is located, there are always small tobacco shops, local shops or grocery shops to get you up and running quickly before you head to the supermarket.
You will find foods such as : pasta, noodles, rice, milk, butter, tins, vegetables, cake, baby products etc. Enough for a few quiet meals.
If you want some good addresses to do your shopping, it's HERE! You will find a list of shops in Mauritius
If you are more into fruit and vegetables, don'thesitate to take a walk in the neighbourhood. There are often small vegetable shops here and there.
You can also ask around to see if there are any "bazaars" (markets) in the area to get more variety.
You will find: lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, onions, apples, oranges, bananas and other local fruits and vegetables.
If your accommodation is near the coast, you may be lucky enough to come across fish vendors. They usually sell the "catch of the day". Try it at least once!
For bread, go to the local bakeries. You will usually find good fresh bread. Just like in Europe!
Go on an adventure in the neighbourhood 😉
This will not only allow you to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, but also to get to know the local people.
When to shop?
It should be noted that in Mauritius, there are no fixed opening and closing times. Small shops generally open between 5am and 9am and close between 5pm and 6pm.
Bakeries, for example, open between 5am and 6pm. Shops and small tobacconists open between 7am and 6pm.
It is advisable to go between 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 5pm, as some of them close during the lunch break.
The SIM card
Hello, can you hear me? .... And there, can you hear me?"
And yes, it might happen to you if you don't take a SIM card when you arrive! 🙄
Where find a SIM CARD?
Keeping in touch with your family once on the island is essential! Some tips on how to get a map easily 👇
The operators sharing the mobile phone market in Mauritius are Emtel, MyT and Chili. Most Mauritians use Emtel and MyT.
They are available:
- At the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport Post Office
- In one of the operators' branches At La Croisette, Super U, Bagatelle, etc.
- In any roadside shop or resellers, having EMTEL, My.T or Chili signs. Often in Tabajis (don't be afraid, it's the traditional Mauritian one! 😉)
Please visit their website to find out more about the SIM cards and the call, SMS and internet packages available.
How to get a Sim card :
Present yourself with your psport, a proof ofaddress and asion and asum of about Rs 100.and asum of about Rs 100. Once in hand, you can activate it immediately.
For Internet access on your mobile, you will need to budget an additional sum of about Rs 50 - Rs 300, depending on the package you choose.
The bank account
It is a must, it is much more convenient and even essential to have a local bank account when you settle in Mauritius.
An account in Mauritius, " savings" as they call it, will allow you to easily make transactions and withdrawals in Mauritian rupees on the island. Banks such as the MCB, Absa Bank HSBC, BCP Bank and or AfrAsia Bankallow you to become an account holder and benefit from a direct debit card for withdrawals and payments.
The most commonly used bank is the MCB. Their application " Juice " allows to make transfers and payments everywhere on the island. A bit like "Lydia" in Europe.
You can open an account in Rupees or in Euros or Dollars. 😊 Ask your agent about the different possibilities.
Who can open a bank account in Mauritius?
You mainly have to be a resident with a residence permit to have access to it or as a tourist with a minimum amount to bring.
A little recap right here 👇
CAPITAL NEEDED TO OPEN THE ACCOUNT
No capital required
No capital required
No capital required
The essentials for creating an account :
- Visa or Occupation Permit
- Latest bank statements
- Proof of residence
Small tip: If you need to make a large deposit into your Mauritian account, you will need to certify the origin of the funds.
This information may vary depending on the brand. Do not hesitate to contact them for more information.
There are several rental agencies or car rental companies on the island. They offer different types of vehicles at prices that vary according to your budget. For example, a small basic car rental costs around Rs 800/day to drive.
If you want to do this before travelling to Mauritius, the best thing to do is to contact agencies such as Europcar, Sixt or Rentîles. They will arrange to have the rental car delivered where you want it, when you want it. You can then arrange for them to deliver the vehicles to the airport on your arrival.
It is also possible to wait until you are on the island before contacting them. Car rental numbers are easily exchanged.
Good to know about Mauritian roads:
- Here, everyone drives on the left, Britishstyle
- There are often traffic jams on weekdays during rush hours (7am-9am and 4pm-6pm), especially in the city
- Speed limits are quite low
The first outing
The first trip after arrival is always exciting, but can quickly become stressful if you are not familiar with the destination. The best way to discover the island is to organise a small road-trip.
We know that it will be difficult for you to find your bearings quickly. That's why we've put together an interactive map with the addresses you shouldn't miss!
Whether it's the must-see places, the activities, the best restaurants, the most beautiful beaches, the hikes,... There is everything you need to organize a full day!
You can now organise your first road trip from homebefore travel à
Let's go for the adventure! We are waiting for you!
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