Mauritian Rupee (MUR; symbol Rp) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of Rp2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Coins are in denominations of Rp10, 5 and 1.
MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted by most banks, hotels, restaurants and tourist shops followed by American Express and Diners Club. ATMs are widespread.
ATMs are widespread.
May be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorised dealers, but generally difficult to do.
Mon-Thurs 0915-1515, Fri 0915-1530, Sat 0915-1115 (except for State Bank of Mauritius). Banks are also open to coincide with the arrival and departure of international flights at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of foreign currency that is declared on arrival.
Available in banks and at bureaux de change. A better rate of exchange can be obtained on traveller's cheques than on cash. Mauritius Commercial Bank is reputed to have the quickest service.
Mauritius duty free
The following goods may be imported into Mauritius by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine or beer.
• Other goods to the value of Rp7,500 (Mauritians under 12 years old or foreigners) or Rp15,000 (Mauritians over 12 years old).
Prohibited items include dangerous drugs, obscene literature and pornographic materials.
Restricted items requiring a permit include arms and ammunition, and endangered species.
You must declare all fruits and vegetables, plants and seeds, handicrafts made from animal parts (eg bone or feathers), wooden items, and outdoor equipment which may contain traces of soil such as camping gear, golf clubs, bikes and sports shoes.
If carrying prescription medicines, you must bring a copy of the prescription and ensure the medicines are in the original, labelled container.