Notice for shuttle: How to get to the shuttle once you arrive at the airport:
For one or two persons:
The shuttle driver will welcome you in the waiting hall. He will have a welcome board with your name on it.
For larger groups:
A representative will be present just after customs with a welcome board reading “ICN/ICONS/MCL - IARIA”. The representative will direct the entire group towards the shuttle.
"Chikungunya is an epidemic caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The name "chikungunya" comes from Swahili, meaning "that which bends up" and refers to the stooped posture of the victims, unable to move normally. The disease is mainly found in Africa, South East Asia, South India and Pakistan. It is more active during the summer season when mosquitoes’ concentration is at its highest.” see this document.
This virus has been present in Africa for the last 30 to 40 years. There are cases even in California. In 2005, more cases have been seen in Reunion Island, and a few in Mauritius.
In April 2005, we held a conference in Reunion Island and no problems related to this virus were reported by the conference attendees.
All the reports we have say "There is no reason to postpone your visit to Mauritius "
We are watching closely; we are discussing with local people and any special information, if any, will be available when registering at the conference desk.
It is advised to have a mosquito repellent spray. Once in Mauritius, we will have more information from the hotel personnel.
There are a lot direct flights from Europe (Italy, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, …), from Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Delhi,…) , from Australia (Perth, Melbourne, …) and from Africa with Air Mauritius, Air France, Air Austral, British Airways, Condor, South African Airways, Air Seychelles, Singapore Airlines, Air Zimbabwe and Air Madagascar.
Conference Hotels information
Hotel: Indian Resort (about 1 hour of driving from the airport.)
What is the time difference ?
Mauritius time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 3 hours ahead of mid-European time.
The local money is the Mauritius Rupees (MUR). Rate is: 1 USD = 30 MUR.
In the central part of the island, 600 metres above sea level, the average maximum day-time temperature varies from about 200 C in August to about 260 C in February. Along coastal areas, the temperatures are generally 3 to 5 degrees higher. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South. Green vegetation covers much of the country throughout the year.
What are the entry requirements ?
It is best to check with the nearest Mauritius embassy for visa / entry requirements for your country.
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