Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
Consulate of Canada
While in Mauritius, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 01-110.
Before your stay
Immunizations and screenings
In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (Mauritius). Some of them may also be mandatory.
Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
Vaccination is recommended if anticipating a long-term visit, close contact with local residents, trips outside tourist areas or in immunocompromised persons.
Malaria is endemic in certain areas of the country only. Risk of transmission is low. No anti-malarial prophylaxis is recommended.
Vaccination is recommended for all travellers who are planning a long-term visit, expect to have close contact with local residents or who are planning stays outside tourist areas in unhygienic conditions. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
A certificate is mandatory for travellers 1 year and older having travelled through an area with risk of transmission or who have been in transit for more than 12 hours in the airport of a country with risk of transmission.
High prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
A screening test is required for those who plan to work in the country.
During your stay
Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.
Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups and adventure travellers.
Plague occurs sporadically in some areas of the continent. Outbreaks have occurred since 2000 in some countries.
Schistosomiasis is present in certain areas of the country. Although the risk of transmission is low, avoiding all contact with fresh water is recommended (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).
The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.
Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.
If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.
The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
- Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
- Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)
Make sure that your passport is valid for the whole length of your trip.
Many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months after your projected return date.