Mauritius passport ranking
The Mauritian passport currently ranks on the 31st place according to the Guide visa index. It provides visa-free access to 148 countries. This grants it an overall higher mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Mauritian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities to worldwide prime destinations. Mauritian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 78 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are Taiwan, the United States and Australia.
The island Republic of Mauritius is a former French and British colony consisting of 9 districts. The most important districts are Plaines Wilhems, Flacq and Pamplemousses. It is situated in Southern Africa in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. The country has a surface area of 2,040 square kilometers. Its terrain is defined by a central plateau, encircled by mountains and small coastal plains. Its climate is tropical with a dry season from May to November and a wet, hot humid summer from November to May.
The overall population is over 1.2 million people. The capital of the country is Port Louis, which is also the most populous city with more than 147,066 inhabitants. Other major cities are Beau Bassin, Vacoas and Curepipe. The country’s largest airport is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) with over 3.7 million annual passengers. It is named after the first Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. The airport provides access to worldwide destinations.
Until today, Mauritian culture is strongly influenced by the French colonial heritage. There is a mix of religions with Hinduism and Christianity as the main ones. The official languages are Creole and French. The Mauritian legal system is based on the French civil law. The government form is a parliamentary republic. The current chief of state is President Pritivirajsing and the head of government is the elected Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.
The official currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR), with a current exchange rate of MUR 39 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $31.7 billion. This makes it the 31st largest economy amongst the African countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $25,029. The GDP is mostly made up of the services, industry and agricultural sector. Tourism plays an important role as GDP contributor. Agricultural products such as sugar are the backbone of Mauritian exports.
Mauritius is an incredibly popular tourism destination. The country is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourist attractions. It is known for its vast beaches and nature. There are two UNESCO world heritage sites around the county. Some of the major destinations include Charamel, Flic en Flac, the capital Port Louis, le Morne, the Black River Gorges National Park and Château Labourdonnais. Mauritius has a total of approximately 1.4 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from Europe.