On arrival to Mauritius, passengers on international flights must declare the following items to customs:
- goods that may be prohibited or restricted, such as weapons, agricultural products, articles, wildlife products, pharmaceutical products or illicit drugs ( import restrictions )
- goods in excess of the normal allowance of Rs 30,000 or Rs 15,000 as the case may be and the tobacco and alcoholic beverages in excess of the allowances ( allowances )
- goods for commercial, business, or trade purposes (merchandise of sale )
- Currency or bearer negotiable instruments including bearer traveller’s cheque, cheques, promissory notes, money orders, precious stones and metals including gold, diamond and jewellery or any goods of high value including work of arts exceeding Rs 500,000 in value.
You do not have to declare your clothing, footwear or toiletries. These are regarded as personal effects if they are intended solely for your own use.
- Red/Green Channel/Way-Out
To expedite clearance of incoming passengers, the Red and Green Channel system has been devised at the Airport and Port, and this is a self-elective system.
- Red Channel
Incoming passengers with:
- Controlled or Restricted items
- Taxable or dutiable items exceeding duty free allowance
- Merchandise of sale
- Items in excess of allowances
- Currency or bearer negotiable instruments, precious stones and metals including gold, diamond and jewellery or any goods of high value including work of arts exceeding Rs 500,000 in value.
Incoming Passengers who are unsure which channel to use, shall proceed to the Red Channel.
- Green Channel
Incoming passengers who have nothing to declare may proceed to the Green Channel. It is to be noted that this channel is also subject to Customs control.
By selecting the Green Channel, any passenger shall be deemed to have declared that he has no prohibited or restricted goods or any goods in excess of the allowance and liable to duties, excise duties and taxes or currency / bearer negotiable instruments, precious stones and metals including gold, diamond and jewellery or any goods of high value including work of arts exceeding Rs 500,000 in value in his possession. Any passenger intercepted in the Green Channel and found to be in possession of such goods shall commit an offence and the goods may be liable to payment of duty, excise duty and taxes, penalty / fine and/or seizure / forfeiture.
- Baggage Search
The baggage of any traveller may be searched by the proper Customs Officers at the Port or Airport.