How to take care of your health as an expatriate in Mauritius

Mauritius, a peaceful island with idyllic scenery with sunshine all year round, attracts many foreigners in search of a meaningful life. However, moving to a new country also means adjusting to a new environment and being proactive about your health. Magellan gives you some useful tips for navigating the Mauritian healthcare system and maintaining your well-being throughout your stay on the island.

Before moving

Follow these simple steps to prepare yourself medically:

  • It’s recommended that you undergo a thorough physical examination by your physician to identify any health issues and ensure that you are fit to travel abroad.
  • Ensure that your vaccinations are up-to-date and that you have received those required for traveling to Mauritius, such as DTP, Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid.
  • Keep a medical record of your vaccinations, medical history and current prescriptions.
  • Subscribe to international health insurance that covers medical expenses in Mauritius, including hospitalization, consultations and medication.

Information and preparation

Familiarize yourself with the Mauritian health care system and the hospitals, clinics and doctors in the area where you will be living.

Establish a budget for your health expenses, as certain health services in Mauritius can be more expensive than in your home country, especially if you choose the private health system.

During your stay

Hygiene and prevention

  • Opt for healthy, balanced diets rich in fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially during hot weather and when doing physical activities.
  • Wear protective clothing, a hat and high-factor sunscreen when exposed to sunlight.
  • Use mosquito repellent to prevent bites and infectious diseases such as dengue fever.

Medical care and follow-up

Find a general practitioner or specialist in your area. Word of mouth and expat forums can be helpful.

Consult a doctor if you are sick, even if the symptoms seem benign.

In case of emergency, dial 114 for SAMU (Urgent Medical Aid Service).

There are numerous well-stocked pharmacies in Mauritius where you can find over-the-counter medicines and parapharmacy products.

Physical and mental well-being

Mental and physical well-being are two pillars of a successful international relocation:

  • Exercise regularly to preserve your physical fitness and mental well-being.
  • Moving to a new country can be stressful. Try to find ways to relax and unwind, such as yoga, meditation, or reading.
  • Build a social circle with like-minded individuals and meet other expats to share experiences and help each other.

What vaccinations do I need when traveling to Mauritius?

Travelers do not need to present a vaccination certificate on arrival, except for yellow fever. This requirement only applies to travelers who have recently visited countries where the disease is endemic, even if the vaccination is not mandatory. This is particularly the case for travelers who have been on safari in Tanzania or Kenya before coming to Mauritius.

Is tap water in Mauritius safe to drink?

Officially, tap water in Mauritius is safe to drink. Water distribution is managed by the Central Water Authority (CWA), and water treatment is made according to international standards.

What are the most common diseases in Mauritius?

With its tropical climate and unique environment, Mauritius has a different health profile compared to temperate countries. Here’s an overview of the most common diseases on the island:

Dengue: Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in Mauritius. Its symptoms include fever, headache and muscular pain. While there is no cure, prompt treatment can reduce symptoms.

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis, commonly known as “tourista”, is common in tropical regions like Mauritius. It’s therefore important to follow food hygiene rules and drink mineral or boiled water to avoid contamination.

To conclude, expatriates in Mauritius should watch out for health risks and take care of their well-being to make the most of their new life. You’ll have greater chances of enjoying good health and a serene experience by following our tips and remaining cautious at all times.

Useful resource:

Mauritius Ministry of Health and Wellness

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