When visiting a foreign country, it is always good to know which currency they are dealing with in order to prepare yourself for your trip. The currency in Mauritius is called Mauritian Rupees and got its name from the Indian immigration which started in the nineteen century. It triggered an influx of Indian rupees and the name lasted ever since. The Mauritian Rupee is the preferred payment currency amongst locals., but some (bigger) establishments will accept your foreign currency but you will most likely lose on the exchange rate plus your change will be given to you in rupees. The Mauritius currency symbol is MUR and the notes comes in following denominations:
2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25 rupees notes, 20, 10, 5, 1 coins and 50, 20, 5 cents coins.
We advise you not to buy the Mauritian currency in your home country before travelling to Mauritius as you will most likely lose money on the exchange rate, instead change your money into rupees upon arrival in the airport or you can use the many foreign exchange offices and ATM machines throughout the island. You will get better rates at money changers than at banks or hotels.
Credit cards are accepted in malls, hotels and bigger establishments. You can use Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express in Mauritius and we advise you to check with your bank if they charge a fee to process cash withdrawals from ATM machines overseas. Passports are usually required for money transactions and bank debit cards and credit cards will require your PIN number.
We recommend you to have cash money on you at most times, since many small business and shops doesn’t accept cards, especially when visiting markets, local shops, vegetable sellers, street food stands, beach stands, bus transfer and small local restaurants.