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Hospitals & Health Care

Good private healthcare in Mauritius is available, although this can be costly if you are not insured. More complex cases could require evacuation to Reunion or South Africa.

Precautions & Advice

  • Chikungunya periodically occurs in Mauritius, particularly in the warmer months (October-May). Please see information on this illness from the World Health Organisation HERE
  • Although there are no malarial mosquitos in Mauritius, on arrival at the airport an officer from the Ministry of Health may ask you for a blood sample (or contact you later for such a sample at some point during your stay) if you have travelled from a country where malaria is common.
  • Stonefish stings are uncommon but can in some cases be fatal. You should obtain urgent medical attention if stung. Many hotels stock anti-venom serum.

Further Information

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Mauritius and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the National Travel Heath Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) or NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Natural Disasters

The cyclone season in Mauritius normally runs from November to May. Cyclones can cause extensive damage to property. The authorities have a well-structured system of phased warnings. During a cyclone, you are not allowed to leave your accommodation and car insurance policies often cease to be valid.
You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the National Hurricane Center. 

The information on this page is supplied by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. If you do not live in the UK please check with the relevant office in your country of residence for this information.