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Mayotte Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT +3

Electricity

The electrical current in Mayotte is 230 volts, 50Hz. Two-prong plugs are used.

Language

French is the official language of Mayotte, but the most commonly spoken languages are Shimaore and Shindzwani.

Travel Health

No vaccinations are required for travel to Mayotte but vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. It is also recommended that travellers see their doctor for advice on malaria medication prior to travel. Chikungunya and dengue fever (also mosquito-borne diseases) are also present in Mayotte so travellers should take precautions against mosquito bites.

Medical facilities are available and the presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles travellers to medical care. Comprehensive travel insurance is advised.

Local Customs

Mayotte is an overseas department of France and is home to a large expat community as well as being a popular holiday destination for the French, all of which gives the capital a European flavour. However, beyond the expats and holidaymakers the population of Mayotte is largely Muslim, which ensures that the island is culturally distinct from France. Outside of the main resort areas travellers, especially women, should be respectful of Islamic customs.

Communications

The international access code for Mayotte is +262. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). The island has good 3G network coverage and some hotels offer wifi, but fixed line internet is limited in Mayotte.

Duty Free

Travellers over 17 years entering Mayotte can bring in the following items duty-free: 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco; 1 litre of spirits with alcohol content 22% and over, or 2 litres of dessert wine or sparkling wine not exceeding 22% alcohol volume, and 2 litres of table wine; 50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette and other goods to the value of €430 per adult.

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