The official currency in Mauritius is Mauritian Rupee (MUR; symbol Rp), divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of Rp2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Coins are in denominations of Rp10, 5 and 1 as well as 5, 20 and 50 cents.
Foreign Currency Exchange
Major currencies can be changed at banks, money changers larger hotels. Hotels usually give the worst exchange rate and/or additional commission. Travelers should have their passport when exchanging money and should keep the receipt that they will need to exchange unused rupees when leaving Mauritius.
ATMs are widely available and most of them accept Visa, MasterCard or other cards that work on the Cirrus and Plus networks.
Major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted by most banks hotels, restaurants, shops or car rental companies in tourist areas. Some also accept American Express and Diners Club. Outside tourist areas the acceptance of credit cards is less common. Some businesses will charge additional fee (about 3%) if paying by credit card.
Traveler's checks can be cashed at major banks, larger hotels and exchange offices. Banks will usually charge a fee, depending on a bank, as a percentage (like 1% with HSBC) or flat fee (around Rp50). In most cases traveler's checks will give you slightly better rate than when exchanging cash.
Banking hours are generally from 9:15am to 3:15pm Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturdays 9:15am to 11:15am.
Current Mauritian Rupee Rates
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