Welcome to our Travel Tips page. Here you’ll find loads of useful info to help get you prepared before setting off your trip

Start in choosing one of our guided Tour package. It’s the best way to travel with family/groups/couple because all the details are pre-planned for you. This is especially important if you are not keen on researching destinations yourself.

The itinerary also ensures that everything is planned based on what you/ your family/couple/friends wants to see and experience. Just make sure all the activities are something worth trying and gives you and your fellow travellers a new dimension of the places visited.

If you are travelling on a budget then you should plan with flight, ground arrangements, passport, visa, meals, transport, shopping and contingency cash for emergency.

Make sure you apply for vacation days which include a day’s rest after your return to cope with fatigue or jet lag if you’re flying.

As for packing, it is essential to pack what you need with consideration for the shopping you plan to do at your holiday destination. If you’re travelling with family and kids, ensure the needs of the elders and children are itemized and packed to avoid discomfort or tantrums.

Most importantly, it is vital to inform your  close relatives/ friends of your travel. It would be good to arrange for house/ pet sitting while you’re away. Lastly, call your bank and let them know that you are travelling and there will be large amount of purchases with the debit or credit card.

N.B: Furthermore ensure all your travel documents are sent to us within 48 hours following your order and payment at our email: info.swissnest@gmail.com. Eventually, we could book your flight and process other paperwork. Note that the delivery of the travel documents attached to the services (airport convocation and / or ticket …) is done by e-mail. Some documents may also have to be sent by post. It is important that the names and surnames appearing on the travel documents (bookings, travel tickets) correspond exactly to those on your identity document, passport, visa, e-travel authorization, etc. Any mistake in the name or first name may be subject to a fee for a correction where the obligation to redeem a ticket may result.

Free public medical facilities are widely available at hospitals and regional health centres. Private clinics provide payable medical services.

If you regularly take medication, take it with you. Do not forget, however, that the importation of drugs containing narcotic drugs (eg methadone) or substances used to treat psychic disorders is subject to special requirements in many countries. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant foreign representative (embassy or consulate) before departure and consult the Travel Links section, where you will find more information on this topic and Travel medicine in general.

Importing certain drugs (eg, potent painkillers) is prohibited or only permitted if accompanied by a medical prescription. It is recommended, if necessary, to obtain information before departure from the Mauritius Embassy in Paris.

As far as European Union countries are concerned, there is no need for a visa to enter Mauritius.
For other countries, you can obtain information from the Mauritian authorities:
[** Passport and Immigration Office:
Sterling House
11-12 Lislet Geoffroy street
PORT LOUIS
Tel: (00-230) 210 93 12
Fax: (00-230- 210 93 22 *)

On the airplane or as soon as you land, you will fill out a small form on which you will have to prove an address of residence on site. From there, on presentation of your passport, you will obtain a visa for a duration of 1 month. It is however possible to obtain an extension of 2 additional months on specific request.

N.B: If a visa is required, you are invited to contact Swiss consular services in good time, as it may be necessary to have sufficient time to produce certain documents depending on the country (form, photograph, extract Criminal record, bank statement, return ticket, etc.). Some countries also require that the traveler justify a subscription to an assistance / repatriation insurance to issue the visa.

What sort of protection/coverage does a travel insurance covers you? Some of the coverage that you should expect is as below:

  • Personal Accident
  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Luggage & Personal Effect
  • Loss of Travel Documents
  • Baggage Delay
  • Travel Delay
  • Missed Departure
  • Flight Overbooked
  • Travel Cancellation
  • Loss of Money/ Valuables

….and other types of coverage as well.

On your travel day, make a list of the things that you need to bring along- luggage, passport and tickets. Also, mark all your bags inside and out with your name and address – both home address and your holiday address. To be on the safe side, weigh your bags to ensure you don’t exceed the baggage requirements of the airline. Travel insurance is becoming a must, so do consider getting one because you do not have to worry if your bags are lost or if your flight has been cancelled or even if your passport and wallet is stolen. It is always best to get yourself and your family covered as mishaps do happen when travelling.

You do know that it is possible to travel with hand-luggage only, rite? Just that you will need to know the airline rules for carrying liquids, otherwise you may have to remove them at the security checkpoint! In order to handle jet lags, stay hydrated by drinking lots of plain water during the flight. Avoid tea and coffee.

Gather required documents before your flight as you are responsible to present as required, documents by the relevant authorities at all entry and exit lanes, health and other documents required by law, regulations, order, demands or requirements of the countries flown from, into or over.

Self-check-in is free, simple & quick! It will save your time at airport! Otherwise, counter check-in opens 3 hours before the scheduled time of departure and closes 1 hour before the scheduled time of departure. Note: Check-in deadlines may vary at different airports and for particular flights. Airport has long queues due to complex security checks. We suggest that you check-in early and proceed immediately to the departure gate or you may risk being left behind in security.

Pre-book your checked baggage to save money and time. Each piece/item of checked baggage has to weigh less than 30kg. Guests may not combine their checked baggage weight with other guests unless travelling in the same booking.

For, baggage drop counter, it opens 3 hours before the scheduled time of departure and closes 45 minutes before the scheduled time of departure. Guests are required to hold a boarding pass to use our baggage drop counters.

Bringing liquids are subject to the prevalent applicable local laws and regulations guests may take liquids on board in their cabin baggage with a maximum volume of 100 ml. The items must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag.

For boarding time, guests are required to be at the boarding gate at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time of departure or you will be denied boarding.

When you are overseas/ holiday destination, do call your close relatives/ friends to let them know you have arrived safely and keep them updated of where you are if you are moving around. Make sure to always keep your luggage locked when leaving them behind in the hotel. Carry your passport with you and ensure you don’t carry excessive cash that might attract attention.

When you are abroad and if you want to try something local, make sure it is a recommendation from a trustworthy source. To make life easier, get a local map and identify the tourist info centres. Moreover for safety precautions, avoid walking alone at night or in dark areas and beware of pickpockets whose modus operandi is by distracting you. Also, if you drive, follow the local traffic rules and avoid driving at night.

Before your return flight, do confirm your flight details in case of delays or cancellations. It is best to ensure that you have all travel documents prepared and easily accessible for check in. Always plan your packing and don’t do too much last minute shopping that can’t fit your luggage. Keep track with the luggage requirements of the country you’re visiting in mind.

Do not forget to remind your close relatives/ friends of your return and make arrangements for an airport pick up. Keep track of all your valuables and make sure that they are in your hand- wallet, passport, camera, watch, jewellery.

Last but not least, make sure you are at the airport two hours (or 3-4 hours in some countries) earlier to avoid missing the flight.