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Réunion

Capital
St Denis
Time Zone
GMT + 4
Telephone Services
Country Code: 262
Outgoing Code: 19
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police – 17, Fire – 18, Ambulance – 15
Tourist Information
Refer to the French Consulate General in London or Comité du Tourisme de la Réunion, 90 rue la Boétie, 75008 Paris, France Tel: (1) 40 75 02 79 Fax: (1) 40 75 02 73.
Passport Information
See France. Contact the French Consular authority for up to date information as passport/visa requirements are subjected to constant change.
Visa Information
Visa requirements are constantly changing. It is advisable to contact the French Consular authority for current information.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended, There is a risk of Typhoid.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Rabies.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
French Franc (Ffr) = 100 centimes. Major cards are widely accepted although MasterCard has a more limited acceptance. Travellers cheques in French francs are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of Living
Wide range of hotels, inns and guest-houses, all of which are expensive.
Languages
French. Local Creole is also spoken.
Weather
The climate is hot and tropical but temperatures are cooler in the hills. The cyclone season is from Jan to Mar and brings hot but wet weather.
Electricity
220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to 3 weeks.
Transport
SEA: Four shipping lines run services around the island. ROADS: Fair and many of the highways are tarred. The island can be crossed easily by bus, taxi, or hired car. CAR HIRE: Available from the airport and Saint-Denis.
Special Information
The locals follow French fashion. Licensing laws are unrestricted.