Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended that will cover visitors for overseas medical costs. Your doctor or travel clinic is the best source of information about preventive measures, immunisations and disease outbreaks overseas.
The standard of public medical facilities in Mauritius is low. Most visitors choose to seek treatment with private doctors or at private clinics. Generally, upfront payment is required.
While most hospitals and clinics are able to treat patients in the event of a serious illness or accident, medical evacuation by commercial airline (usually to South Africa and at considerable expense) may be necessary for complex cases.
There is only one decompression chamber in Mauritius, which is located at Victoria Hospital in Vacoas.
The mosquito-borne illnesses Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever occur occasionally in Mauritius. The risk of malaria is considered very low. It is recommended that you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including using insect repellent at all times.
Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis) are a risk, with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time.
It is advisable to drink bottled water and avoid raw and undercooked food. Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhoea.