Commonwealth Spectrum Management Forum

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

Mauritius (French: Maurice), officially the Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues (560 kilometers (350 mi) east), the islands of Agalega and the archipelago of Saint Brandon. The islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Réunion 170 km (110 mi) south west, form part of the Mascarene Islands. The area of the country is 2040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, La Francophonie and the African Union.

Formerly a Dutch colony (1638–1710) and a French colony (1715–1810), Mauritius became a British colonial possession in 1810 and remained so until 1968, the year in which it attained independence. The independence constitution established a multiparty democracy, and the country became a republic in 1992. The presidency is non- executive; political power lies with the Prime Minister and the cabinet. The President is appointed for a five-year term by the National Assembly on a motion made by the Prime Minister and supported by the vote of the majority of all the members of the Assembly. The single-chamber National Assembly comprises up to 70 members, 62 of whom are elected (60 from 20 three-member constituencies on the island of Mauritius plus two from the single constituency of Rodrigues). Up to eight additional seats are allocated to ‘best losers’, to ensure representation of a variety of ethnic groups.

The constitution provides for the appointment of President, Vice- President, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, a cabinet of ministers, and up to ten parliamentary secretaries. Provision is further made for an Attorney-General, a secretary to the cabinet, a commissioner of police, a director of public prosecutions and a Leader of the Opposition.

General elections take place every five years, based on universal adult suffrage for citizens over the age of 18. The constitution establishes the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. It guarantees the protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual: freedom of conscience, freedom of association, movement and opinion, freedom of expression, freedom of creed and religious belief, and the right to private property.

Visa Requirements

A visa is an official acknowledgement issued by the Immigration Office/Embassy/Consular of Mauritius, indicating that your application to enter Mauritius has been reviewed by an Immigration Officer and that the officer has determined you are eligible to enter or transit in Mauritius for a specific purpose. Please seek advice from the Mauritian High Commission over whether a visa application is necessary before travelling to the Forum. Please plan in advance to avoid disappointment, for certain countries visas are requirement in advance of travel, please see the list below that details visa requirement country-wise.

S/No Country Requirement
1 Afghanistan Visa required prior to travel.
2 Albania Visa for sixty days on arrival
3 Algeria Visa for two weeks on arrival
4 Andorra Visa for sixty days on arrival
5 Angola No visa required
6 Antigua and Barbuda No visa required
7 Argentina No visa required
8 Armenia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
9 Australia No visa required.
10 Austria No visa required.
11 Azerbaijan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
12 Bahamas No visa required.
13 Bahrain No visa required.
14 Bangladesh Visa required prior to travel.
15 Barbados No visa required.
16 Belarus Visa for sixty days on arrival.
17 Belgium No visa required.
18 Belize No visa required.
19 Benin No visa required
20 Bhutan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
21 Bolivia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
22 Bosnia & Herzegovina Visa for sixty days on arrival.
23 Botswana No visa required.
24 Brazil No visa required.
25 Brunei Darussalam No visa required.
26 Bulgaria No visa required.
27 Burkina Faso Visa for sixty days on arrival.
28 Burundi No visa required.
29 Cambodia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
30 Cameroon Visa for sixty days on arrival.
31 Canada No visa required.
32 Cape Verde No visa required.
33 Chile No visa required.
34 China No visa required.
35 Colombia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
36 Comoros Visa for two weeks on arrival.
37 Congo (Brazzaville) No visa required
38 Central African Rep. Visa for sixty days on arrival.
39 Democratic Rep. of Congo No visa required
40 Costa Rica Visa for sixty days on arrival.
41 Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Visa for sixty days on arrival.
42 Croatia No visa required
43 Cuba Visa for sixty days on arrival.
44 Cyprus No visa required.
45 Czech Republic (ex Czechoslovakia) No visa required.
46 Denmark No visa required
47 Djibouti Visa for sixty days on arrival.
48 Dominica No visa required.
49 Dominican Republic Visa for sixty days on arrival.
50 Ecuador Visa for sixty days on arrival.
51 Egypt No visa required
52 El Salvador Visa for sixty days on arrival.
53 Equatorial Guinea Visa for sixty days on arrival.
54 Eritrea Visa for sixty days on arrival.
55 Estonia Republic No visa required.
56 Ethiopia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
57 Fiji No visa required.
58 Finland No visa required.
59 France No visa required.
60 Gabon No visa required.
61 Gambia No visa required.
62 Georgia No visa required
63 Germany No visa required.
64 Ghana No visa required.
65 Greece No visa required.
66 Grenada No visa required.
67 Guinea Visa for sixty days on arrival.
​68 ​​​Guinea Bissau ​Visa for sixty days on arrival.
69 Guatemala Visa for sixty days on arrival.
70 Guyana No visa required.
71 Haiti Visa for sixty days on arrival.
72 Honduras Visa for sixty days on arrival.
73 Hong Kong No visa required
74 Hungary No visa required.
75 Iceland No visa required.
76 India No visa required.
77 Indonesia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
78 Iran Visa required prior to travel.
79 Iraq Visa required prior to travel.
80 Ireland No visa required.
81 Israel No visa required.
82 Italy No visa required.
83 Jamaica No visa required.
84 Japan No visa required.
85 Jordan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
86 Kazakhstan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
87 Kenya No visa required.
88 Kiribati No visa required.
89 Korea (South Republic) No visa required.
90 Korea (North) Visa required prior to travel.
91 Kuwait No visa required.
92 Kyrgyzstan Rep. Visa for sixty days on arrival.
93 Laos Visa required prior to travel.
94 Latvia No visa required.
95 Lesotho No visa required.
96 Lebanon Visa for sixty days on arrival.
97 Liberia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
98 Libya Visa required prior to travel.
99 Liechtenstein No visa required.
100 Lithuania No visa required.
101 Luxemburg No visa required.
102 Macau SAR No visa required.
103 Macedonia (ex Yugoslav Rep.) Visa for sixty days on arrival.
104 Madagascar Visa for two weeks on arrival.
105 Malawi No visa required.
106 Malaysia No visa required.
107 Maldives No visa required.
108 Mali Visa required prior to travel.
109 Malta No visa required.
110 Mauritania Visa for sixty days on arrival.
111 Marshall Island Visa for sixty days on arrival.
112 Mexico No visa required.
113 Micronesia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
114 Moldova Visa for sixty days on arrival.
115 Monaco No visa required.
116 Mongolia Visa for sixty days on arrival.
117 Morocco Visa for sixty days on arrival.
118 Mozambique No visa required
119 Myanmar (Burma) Visa for two weeks  on arrival
120 Namibia No visa required
121 Nauru No visa required.
122 Nepal Visa for sixty days on arrival.
123 Netherlands No visa required.
124 New Zealand No visa required.
125 Nicaragua Visa for sixty days on arrival.
126 Niger Visa for sixty days on arrival.
127 Nigeria Visa for two weeks on arrival.
128 Norway No visa required.
129 Oman No visa required.
130 Pakistan Visa required prior to travel.
131 Palau Visa for sixty days on arrival.
132 Palestinian State Visa required prior to travel.
133 Panama Visa for sixty days on arrival.
134 Papua New Guinea No visa required.
135 Paraguay No visa required.
136 Peru Visa for sixty days on arrival.
137 Philippines Visa for sixty days on arrival.
138 Poland No visa required.
139 Portugal No visa required.
140 Qatar No visa required.
141 Romania No visa required.
142 Rwanda No visa required.
143 Russian Federation (Russia) No visa required.
144 Saharawi Republic Visa required prior to travel.
145 Samoa (Western) No visa required.
146 San Marino No visa required.
147 Sao Tome & Principe Visa for sixty days on arrival.
148 Saudi Arabia No visa required.
149 Senegal Visa for sixty days on arrival.
150 Seychelles No visa required.
151 Sierra Leone No visa required.
​152 Serbia​ ​Visa for sixty days on arrival.
153 Singapore No visa required.
154 Slovenia No visa required.
155 Slovakia No visa required.
156 Solomon Islands No visa required.
157 Somalia Visa required prior to travel.
158 South Africa No visa required.
159 Spain No visa required.
160 Sri Lanka Visa for sixty days on arrival.
161 St Kitts  and Nevis No visa required.
162 St Lucia No visa required.
163 St Vincent & Grenadines No visa required.
164 Suriname No visa required.
165 Sudan Visa required prior to travel.
166 South Sudan Visa required prior to travel.
167 Syria Visa required prior to travel.
168 Swaziland No visa required
169 Sweden No visa required.
170 Switzerland No visa required.
171 Tajikistan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
172 Taiwan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
173 Tanzania No visa required.
174 Tchad No visa required.
175 Thailand Visa for sixty days on arrival.
176 Timor Leste Visa for sixty days on arrival.
177 Togo Visa for sixty days on arrival.
178 Tonga No visa required.
179 Trinidad & Tobago No visa required.
180 Tunisia No visa required.
181 Turkey No visa required.
182 Turkmenistan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
183 Tuvalu No visa required.
184 Uganda No visa required.
185 Ukraine No visa required.
186 United Arab Emirates No visa required.
187 United Kingdom No visa required.
188 United States of America No visa required.
189 Uzbekistan Visa for sixty days on arrival.
190 Uruguay Visa for sixty days on arrival.
191 Vanuatu No visa required.
192 Vatican No visa required.
193 Venezuela Visa for sixty days on arrival.
194 Vietnam Visa for sixty days on arrival.
195 Yemen Visa required prior to travel.
196 Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro) Visa for sixty days on arrival.
197 Zambia No visa required.
198 Zimbabwe No visa required.
Host

Forum is hosted by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation and the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, Republic of Mauritius.

The Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation aims to position the ICT sector as the main pillar of the Mauritian economy. The ministry aims to provide the right environment for the harnessing of Information & Communication Technologies to generate employment, increase national wealth, improve quality of life and create new opportunities for sustainable socio-economic development of Mauritius.

The Information and Communication Technologies Authority plays a leading role in the future of ICT in Mauritius contributing to an efficient, competitive and optimally regulated ICT sector. ICTA promotes affordable and adequate access to quality ICT services through functional market-driven competition and regulatory principles in a trouble-free networked information and knowledge society. Operators who want to start or conduct telecom operations must apply to the ICT Authority for a licence. The ICT Authority is also in charge of the Mauritian numbering plan and allocates number resources to telecom operators. With the radio frequency being a limited natural resource, frequencies must be allocated fairly among those who apply. The authority is also empowered to investigate cases of radio interference.

Climate

The Republic of Mauritius has a mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year. The country has two seasons: a warm humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September. The month of October and May are commonly known as the transition months. The month of September is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs reaching a positively warm 24°C throughout the month and exceeding 27°C or dropping below 23°C only one day in ten.

 

Time zone

Mauritius Standard Time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time GMT+4 ). Mauritius did operate Daylight-Saving Time but does no longer. Mauritius Summer Time is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time GMT+5 )

Mauritius used DST only in 2008 – 2009.

Water/Electricity

Water

More than half of the water supply in the country is sourced from groundwater, and the rest is derived from reservoirs and lakes. Freshwater emanates from the country’s 92 rivers, 13 natural and man-made lakes and groundwater sources.

Surface water courses through water basins, while five main aquifers provide water for both domestic and irrigation use. About 99.4 percent of the population has access to safe drinking water, with per capita consumption reaching up to 190 liters of water per day. Because tap water quality in Mauritius is reportedly dependent on the village locale, tourists are advised to avoid tap water altogether in favour of bottled water.

Electricity

In Mauritius the power sockets are of type C and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

In Mauritius the power sockets are of type C and G. Type C: also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F. Type G: this type is of British origin. This socket only works with plug G.

Car Hire

Car hire

Parking in Mauritius can be difficult, particularly in Central Port Louis. If you plan to drive in Mauritius, plan ahead by researching car parks near your destination.

If you opt to hire a car you can find offices of Hertz, Sixt, First Car Central, Eurocar, ABC Car Rental, Dollar Thrifty Car Rental, AVIS, Pingouin Car and SkyFLeet Ltd at the airport.

 

For more information visit: https://mauritius-airport.atol.aero/

Airports

Airports in Mauritius

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (IATA: MRU, ICAO: FIMP) is the main international airport in Mauritius. It is located 26 nautical miles (48 km) southeast of the capital city of Port Louis. The airport was previously known as the Plaisance Airport and has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and is home to the country’s national airline Air Mauritius. Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML) is the owner and operator of the airport, the Government of Mauritius is the major shareholder of AML.

Telecommunications

International dialing code: +230

Public Tranpsort

Public Bus

There are three bus services to and from SSR International Airport. However, the buses do not travel near the proximity of the forum venue that is located in the north of the island. The organisers advise delegates to take airport taxis to and from the airport. However, for those wishing to travel routes are detailed below.

Bus 09 operates daily every 10 minutes between Mahebourg Bus Station and Curepipe Jan Palach South Bus Station via the Airport. The journey takes about 70 minutes. For the time table, click here.

Bus 10 operates daily every 20 minutes between Mahebourg Traffic Centre and Rivière des Gallets via the Airport. The journey takes about 105 minutes.  For the time table, click here.

Bus 198 operates daily every 15 minutes between Port Louis Victoria Square Bus Station and Mahebourg Bus Station via the Airport. The journey takes about 85 minutes.  For the time table, click here.

The bus stop is located in the Car Park. Click here for map.

Taxis

Airport Taxi

The conference hosts are unable to offer the provision of airport transportation, international visitors are encouraged to book a taxi on arrival at the airport, or alternatively, to pre-book travel in advance of travel. For those wishing to book a taxi on arrival please visit the Service Counter, Level 0, Tour Operators Hall, Opposite Customs Zone Exit, Arrival hall. Alternatively, call +230 5 250 5349. Please see the approximate rates approved by the Airport Taxi Owners Association for the various districts of the Republic of Mauritius.

FROM SSR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RATE (MUR)
Shandrani 500
MAHEBOURG
Coco Villas, Orient, Le Bambou, Les Aigrettes, Nice Place
500
BLUE BAY, POINTE D’ESNY
Blue Lagoon, Preskil, Paradise Beach, Astroea
600
GRAND PORT
H’Acinda
800
RIVIERE DES ANGUILLES 800
SOUILLAC 900
CHEMIN GRENIER 1,000
ST AUBIN
Andrea, L’exil
1,500
BEL OMBRE, ST FELIX
Héritage, Telfair, Tamassa, Outtrigger, Sofitel, Villas Valriche, Belle Rivière, Lux, Shanti Maurice
2,000
ALBION, FLIC EN FLAC, WOLMAR, TAMARIN, RIVIERE NOIRE
Club Med, Klondike, Villas Caroline, Pearl Beach, La Pirogue, Sugar Beach, Hilton, Sofitel, Maradiva, Sand, Tamarin Hotel, Tamarina, Bay Hotel, Ruisseau Créole, La Balise Marina Hotel
2,000
LE MORNE, LA GAULETTE
Le Paradis, Dinarobin, Lux Le Morne, Indian Resort, Ropsen, St Régis
2,100
CUREPIPE 900
PHOENIX, FLOREAL 1,000
VACOAS 1,100
QUATRE BORNES
Gold Crest, Gold Nest, El Monaco
1,200
EBENE
Henessy Park
1,300
ROSE HILL 1,300
BEAU BASSIN, COROMANDEL 1,400
BAGATELLE
Voila
1,400
PORT LOUIS, POINTE AUX SABLES
Le Labourdonnai, Le Suffren, Le Saint Georges, Gold Leaf
1,500
GRAND RIVER SOUTH EAST
Laguna, Otentik
1,500
BEAUX CHAMPS, TROU D’EAU DOUCE
Four Seasons, Anahita, Touessrok, Tropical
2,000
PALMAR, BELLE MARE, POSTE DE FLACQ
Le Prince Maurice
2,100
POSTE LAFAYETTE
La Maison D’été, Jalsa, Centara
2,200
BAIE DU TOMBEAU
Hotel Les Cocotiers, Port Chambly
1,700
TROU AUX BICHES, MONT CHOISY, POINTE AUX PIMENTS, BALACLAVA, PEREYBERE, GRAND BAIE, POINTE AUX CANNONIERS
Casuarina, Hotel Trou aux Biches, Grand Blue, Veranda Pointe aux Biches, Le Meridien, Le Victoria, La Plantation, Maritim, Oberoi, Le Grand Mauritian, Intercontinental, Angsana, Le Récif, Beach Villas, Hibiscus, Merville Beach, Royal Palm, Le Mauricia, Veranda, Grand Bay, Hotel Le Cannoniers, Club Med
2,100
GRAND GAUBE, CAP MALHEUREUX & COIN DE MIRE, AZURI
Zillois, Paul & Virginie, Marina, Paradise Cove, Le Coin de Mire, Calodyne, Lux Grand Gaube
2,300

 

Currency

The Mauritian Rupee is the currency of Mauritius. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Mauritius Rupee exchange rate is the USD to MUR rate. The currency code for Rupees is MUR, and the currency symbol is ₨.

The exchange rate as of 28 June 2018 is 1 GBP = 45.4536MUR

Mauritius Rupee notes come in the following denominations:
2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25 rupees notes.

Mauritius Rupee Coins:
Rs 20, 10, 5, 1.

There are 100 cents in one rupee.
50, 20 and 5 cents coins.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Mauritius:  Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express. Check with your bank if they charge a fee to process cash withdrawals from ATM machines overseas.

Passports are usually required for money transactions. Bank debit cards and credit cards will require your PIN number.

Warning: Check with your bank if your debit/maestro card will be accepted in ATM in Mauritius. New Security regulations mean you might not be able to use these types of bank cards to withdraw money at ATM in non-European countries.

If you still have some travellers cheques from a previous holiday you will find it difficult to change them on the island as they are being phased out.

 

Health Requirements

All travellers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

 

Good private healthcare is available, but can be costly if you are not insured. More complex cases could require evacuation to Reunion or South Africa.  Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Although there are no malarial mosquitoes in Mauritius, the Ministry of Health may ask you for a blood sample either at the airport or at a later stage during your stay if you have travelled from a country where malaria is common.

Cases of dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes have been reported. You should take mosquito bite avoidance measures.

Stonefish stings are rare but can be fatal. Seek urgent medical attention if you are stung. Many hotels stock anti-venom serum.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 or 114 and ask for an ambulance. Private and state ambulance services are available, but are of variable quality and speed. If you can you should go directly to the hospital. Otherwise, seek advice from your hotel reception. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:
Robert Hayman,
Events Manager
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
+44 (0)20 8600 3805
+44 (0) 208 600 3819