Travel Advice for Réunion
Réunion
Capital: St Denis

Time Zone GMT + 4
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 262
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 19
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 17, Fire - 18, Ambulance - 15
Tourist
Information
Office du Tourisme, 48 rue Saint-Marie, 97400 Saint-Denis, Réunion, Tel: 418 300 Fax: 213 776. Comite Du Tourisme De La Reunion, 10 Place Du 20 Decembre 1848 BP 615, 97472, Saint Denis Reunion, Tel: 210 041 Fax: 202 593.
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.