Mauritius Health Information

How is the Mauritius Health situation? We are a very healthy island! The information you need from our Ministry of Health with advice on safety and immunizations are all here. Avoid unnecessary vaccinations.

Please keep in mind that requirements for travel vaccines can change overnight. It all depends on outbreaks in Mauritius and elsewhere. 

Be on the safe side and always check which immunizations are required with the Mauritius Ministry of Health and Quality of Life or a Mauritius Diplomatic Representative office before your holiday to my beautiful island.

Immunizations required

Sometimes immunization is called vaccination or shot. They are all the same.

Warning: You’ll need a yellow fever vaccination if you come from the following countries which are considered as infected areas:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sad Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guinea, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela.

Yellow fever vaccinations are valid for ten years and required for travellers over one year old.

I nearly lost 6 of my passengers who did not have yellow fever vaccinations ...


There is a temporary measure in place regarding the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Foreign nationals who have been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the last 21 days as from the date of their travel to Mauritius will temporarily not be allowed to enter our country.

No immunization required for:

  • Malaria - no risk. No indigenous cases of local origin have been reported in the last 5 years.
  • Hepatitis A and Typhoid - very low prevalence. No need for vaccinations.
  • Poliomyelitis - no cases reported since the early sixties.
  • Filariasis - no filariasis in Mauritius
  • Rabies – no rabies in Mauritius

Reference Source:
The Mauritius Ministry of Health and Quality of Life (June 2015)

For your own safety have a health check-up with your doctor about eight weeks prior to your departure. If you have an existing medical condition you should definitely consult with your doctor. Don’t take any risks for your international travels. 

Warning: Some medication is illegal in Mauritius. Always keep your medication in their original packaging with a copy of the prescription for custom purposes. Keep another copy in your suitcase as well.

Mauritius health care 

The Mauritius health care system is good and our hospitals are free of charge. Like elsewhere in the world we have private clinics where medical assistance is not free. You must check that your travel insurance will cover you.

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