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Best currency for Mauritius

Hi all

Would anyone be able to help with the best currency to take to the Island, we have been told that both Euros and Mauritiun Rupees are accepted.

Am thinking the Rupees are they way to go, does anyone know any different ?

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1. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

HI

Yes stick with Mauritian Rupees, taxis, shopping, tipping etc. and the locals will not welcome anything else.. Euros are accepted in some places but we have never bothered taking any over the years we've been going. You can exchange sterling at the airport in the arrivals hall at any of the currency exchange there, Shibani is my usual one but you will see Thomas Cook also, they all offer the same rate and is higher than anything you will get in UK. They do not take any commission. There are also branches in towns such as Grand Baie and Flic en Flac.

Best wishes

Mazza :-)

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2. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

Rupees. You need them for taxis, tipping, etc.

Change at airport arrivals commision free.

For an idea of rates see

www.shibanifinance.com

Bronia

Edited: 7:34 am, June 02, 2011
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3. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

Take Mauritian rupees as the currency to use. We exchange our sterling at the arrival halls at Mauritius airport.

There are few places that claim to be Euros only and look to use your credit card there.

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Plenty of money changers at the airport, but a strange situation that will become an issue in the future is that none of the money changers accept Chinese Yuan. As Air Mauritius now has two destinations in China this will result in increasing numbers of Chinese visitors. This is the first country I've had this problem after many years of working in China and earning RMB.

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5. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

Not good Zhuhai,

What about the banks and Thomas Cook?

Despite having a sizeable Chinese population Mauritius has only just recently started to target the Chinese market, so hopefully things will improve in the near future. Worth pointing out to the MTPA as they are always going on about how well they are selling Mauritius in the Indian and Chinese markets!

Why not drop them an email?

Bronia :)

Edited: 8:33 am, July 25, 2011
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Zhuhai, Not a great situation, I assume you had no problem changing money at the bank in Mauritius?

As Bronia suggest maybe a good idea to take it up with the MTPA.

Edited: 10:00 am, July 25, 2011
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7. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

Drop an email to Dr Karl Mootoosamy at MTPA. His email address is karl@mtpa.mu.

Dee

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8. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

Dee did you ever have dealings with MTPA?

I emailed him when we had the tax problem and no reply.

Bronia :)

Edited: 10:51 am, July 25, 2011
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9. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

Hi Bronia

When we won our trip to Paradis last year we were given gifts by MTPA. His card was attached so I sent him a thank you email to which he replied.

Never had to deal with him over a problem fortunately.

Regards

Dee

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10. Re: Best currency for Mauritius

No luck with Thomas Cook or any bank in Mahebourg, including "our local bank" - HSBC!! Luckily my ATM card from China worked at HSBC, so it didn't stop me spending money ;-)

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