The currency circulated in Mauritius is Mauritian Rupee, which is abbreviated as MUR. The symbol used for the currency is Rp. The currency is divided into 100 cents. The notes of Mauritian Rupee are available in denominations of Rp 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Coins are available in denominations of Rp 5 & 10 and 1, 5, 10, 20 & 50 cents.
US Dollars and few other currencies like Euro, Pound and Franc are also accepted in most of the hotels and restaurants of the country.
There are several ATMs throughout the major streets of cities like Port Louis and at the airports. Barclays, State Bank, Mauritius Commercial Bank and HSBC are some of the banks whose ATMs are located outside the arrival halls of the airport. Most of the ATMs accept foreign credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.
There are several money exchange centres in the country, with Shibani Finance and Thomas cook being the major ones. One can find these exchange centres at the airport and also at the popular tourist areas of Flic-en-Flac and Grand Baie.
There are three banks at the airport, three in Grand Baie and some more in other major towns of Mauritius. Some of the globally known banks located in the country include Barclays Bank, HSBC, Bank of Baroda and Deutsche Bank.
Mauritius Commercial Bank, Bank of Mauritius, State Bank of Mauritius and South East Asian Bank Ltd are some of the other banks in Mauritius. Most of the banks are located in the capital of this island country, Port Louis.
The banks in the country operate from Monday to Thursday from 9:15 am to 3:15 pm, while on Fridays; the banks operate from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm. On the other hand, the banks are also open on Saturday from 9:15 am to 11:15 am.
Besides cash, travellers’ cheques are also widely accepted all across different parts of the country. Tourists can carry the travellers’ cheques in several currencies such as US Dollars, Pounds, Euro and Francs.
The exchange rates offered for travellers’ cheques are far better than those offered on exchanging cash. Travellers’ cheques and foreign currencies can also be exchanged at bureaux de exchange, railway stations, ports and airports, all at official exchange rates.
Credit cards such MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express are also widely accepted in the country. Wholesale retailers in Mauritius accept only credit cards. For the use of the credit cards at ATMs, no extra tax is deducted, however, banks might charge some surcharge on the use of credit cards.
This is my first int trip and very excited. I am going along wid my family at the end of Oct. Would like to know about the places which we should not miss at all . I have heard that its a wonderful place. What are the shopping options there? Please let me know. I dnt want to miss nythng that should not be missed.
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