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Rodrigues, Mauritius Travel Information

According to eningbo, Rodrigues (Rodriguez) (French: île Rodrigues) is an island of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean (Africa). Rodrigues, together with Réunion and Mauritius, forms the so-called Mascarenes. The capital of Rodrigues is Port Mathurin.

Rodrigues is a tropical island with all its facets. The landscape is hilly with the highest point being the Limon with a height of 393 meters. The vegetation is low with a lot of grassland. The coastline is mostly rocky with several beautiful sandy beaches. On this coastline of Rodrigues you can practice water sports such as: diving, windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing and snorkelling. For divers there are large coral reefs and coral caves. There are several caves inland. See 3rjewelry for other cities and countries as well as geography in Africa .

Where is Rodrigues located?

Travel information of Rodrigues

Official name: Rodrigues
Continent: Africa
Area: 109 km²
Capital: Port Mathurin
Country code: MU, MUS
Population: 37,922 inhabitants (2011)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 393 m (Limon)
Distance (Amsterdam – Port Mathurin): 9,500 km
Flight time: approximately 13 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Corona
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Rodrigues that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Rodrigues, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Rodrigues. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Rodrigues?

Weather and climate
Rodrigues has a tropical climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 20 to 30 degrees and in the summer months around 25 to 35 degrees. The summer and winter months are opposite to those in the Netherlands.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Rodrigues can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Rodrigues. This avoids the hot summer period with the risk of tropical storms.

Language
English is the official language on Rodrigues. In addition, French is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Rodrigues.
A visa is not necessary if you stay on Rodrigues for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Tanzania (also for Rodrigues): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate in Mauritius (also for Rodrigues):
netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Mauritius in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Rodrigues it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
On Rodrigues, payment is made with the Mauritian rupee (rupee) (MUR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on Rodrigues can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Rodrigues are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -26% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (52% cheaper), food (17% cheaper), imported beer in catering (42% cheaper), cigarettes (31% cheaper) and public transport (70% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

Tipping
It is customary to tip in Rodrigues. If there is no service charge on the bill yet, tip approximately 10-15%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 2 hours later on Rodrigues.
During our winter time it is 3 hours later on Rodrigues.
Rodrigues has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Rodrigues can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
At Rodrigues you have to drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Rodrigues.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Rodrigues.

Electricity On Rodrigues you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets on Rodrigues can be found on our electricity page (see Mauritius).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999 or 148
– Fire: 999 or 115
– Ambulance: 999 or 114

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Rodrigues can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Mauritius (Rodrigues) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Internet
Websites from Rodrigues end in.mu.

Telephony
The country code (international access code) to call someone on Rodrigues is 00230 or +230.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Rodrigues? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Rodrigues Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Rodrigues.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Rodrigues.

Holidays
An overview of all holidays on Rodrigues can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Rodrigues, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travelogues
Are you looking for a travelogue about Rodrigues?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Rodrigues. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Rodrigues can be found on Protected Planet.
Rodrigues is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Rodrigues? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that Rodrigues may not be imported and/or exported.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations, which you may encounter during your visit to Rodrigues.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed for men, allowed for women.

Did you know…
…Rodrigues is surrounded by a coral reef?
…The current population on Rodrigues is descended from African slaves?
…There are several bird species on Rodrigues that are extinct?

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