Country Code: 262
Outgoing Code: 19
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police – 17, Fire – 18, Ambulance – 15
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.
See France. Contact the French Consular authority for up to date information as passport/visa requirements are subjected to constant change.
Visa requirements are constantly changing. It is advisable to contact the French Consular authority for current 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.
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.
French. Local Creole is also spoken.
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.
220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to 3 weeks.
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.
The locals follow French fashion. Licensing laws are unrestricted.