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is an island nation off the southeast coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 870 kilometres (540 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius Island is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 170 km (110 mi) to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km (350 mi) to the east. The area of Mauritius is 2040 km2; its capital city is Port Louis. The United Kingdom took control of the islands in 1810, from France during the Napoleonic Wars, and Mauritius became independent from the UK in 1968. It is a parliamentary republic and is a member of the Southern African Development Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the African Union, La Francophonie and the Commonwealth of Nations. Mauritius has an upper middle income economy. The main languages spoken in Mauritius are Mauritian Creole, French and English. English is the only official language but the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French. Asian languages also form part of the linguistic mosaic. The country's populace is composed of several ethnicities, including Indian, African, Chinese and French. The first European explorers found no indigenous people living on the island. The island of Mauritius was the only home of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus). This bird was an easy prey to settlers because of its weight and inability to fly, and became extinct fewer than eighty years after the initial European colonization.

Capital PORT LOUIS
Currency Rupia mauriziana (MUR)
Country code 00230
Spoken languages ​​ French, English
Passport

necessary, with residual validity of at least 6 months at the time of entry into the country. For any changes to this rule, we recommend that you inquire beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent.

Health

There are no specific risks borne. Healthcare facilities, both public and private, are generally good, but the structures may not be appropriate in case of emergencies. We recommend that you take beforehand, a full coverage health insurance policy, which provides for the possibility of a sanitary repatriation. It is also preferable that health insurance ensures the opportunity to achieve advances in the event of admissions, because often no health benefit is provided by private clinics without pre-payment at least a deposit (sometimes very high). In recent months there have been some cases of Chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes that local authorities have managed to keep under control. It is recommended however to protect themselves from mosquitoes with adequate species during the wet season (October – may). For more information, consult the website of the World Health Organization: www.who.int

Climate

The village lies in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to Italy. There are two seasons, the hot and humid summer from November to April, and a warm and dry winter from May to October. During the summer, the country can be affected by Cyclone formations.

Viability

Licence: the Italian is recognized, but to facilitate control by the local police should obtain a temporary local driving licence Office Traffic Branch Line Barracks-Port Louis Insurance It is necessary to take out a policy for RCA with a local company. Remember those driving abroad, a car that is not advisable to have a delegation to conduct of the owner with a notary certified signature at. You can import a vehicle for a period of 6 months (extendable) with the obligation to "carnet de passage en douane" (CPD). The documents must be made payable to the owner or to the importer of the vehicle. To rent a vehicle there is a lower limit on the age and time of issuance of the license. It is recommended to contact the rental company of choice for more information. Driving rules Direction of travel: a guide to left, overtaking on the right Helmet for motorcyclists: required for both the driver and the passenger for motorcycles over 50 cm 3. Safety belts: the driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts if the seat is fitted with, except in cases where there is a valid reason for being exempt. The police is authorised to collect separate fines for sitting the infringements to the rules of movement. Alcohol in blood The maximum rate of blood alcohol content allowed for a driver of 0.05%. Fines range up to 25000 MUR and is provided for imprisonment for those who break the first time. The local police is authorized to submit a driver suspected to alcoltest at blood collection or urinalysis. Links with Europe: daily air connections with Frankfurt, London and Paris. Inland Transport: the internal road network is generally in good condition.

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