International Travel and COVID-19
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- review the travel health notice for COVID-19 and International Travel
If you have not completed a COVID-19 vaccine series, you should continue to avoid non-essential travel to all destinations.
Mayotte Travel Advice
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- Safety and security
- Entry and exit requirements
- Laws and culture
- Natural disasters and climate
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Mayotte - Exercise a high degree of caution
Exercise a high degree of caution in Mayotte due to high levels of crimes of opportunity.
Safety and security
COVID-19 - Preventative measures and restrictions
COVID-19 preventative measures and restrictions are still in effect in some destinations.
These could include:
- curfews, movement restrictions, or lockdowns
- mandatory mask use
- required proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test result to access public and private services and spaces
Before travelling, verify if specific restrictions or requirements are still in effect.
Crimes of opportunity and petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occur frequently. Thieves could target foreigners, particularly in Kawéni neighbourhood, in the capital Mamoudzou, and in crowded public areas such as:
- the airport and public transportation facilities
- hotel lobbies
- restaurants, patios and outdoor cafés
- tourist sites and attractions
While you’re in Mayotte:
- ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
- don’t keep your passport and other types of ID in the same place and carry a photocopy rather than the original
- avoid showing signs of affluence or wearing expensive jewellery
- avoid carrying large sums of cash or unnecessary valuables
- avoid deserted streets at night
- pay attention to your surroundings, particularly in crowded and tourist areas
- find out which beaches are the safest
- be extra cautious when withdrawing cash from ATMs
Residential break-ins occur. Burglars sometimes target houses or apartments owned or rented by foreigners.
- Choose well-secured accommodation
- Make sure you lock doors and windows at night and when you’re away
Car theft, break-ins and carjacking occur. Rental and luxury vehicles may be a target of choice.
- Familiarize yourself with your route before starting the trip
- Keep your windows and doors locked at all times
- Keep your belongings out of reach
- Use secure parking facilities, especially overnight
- Never leave belongings unattended in a vehicle, even in the trunk
Gang-related violence occurs. Criminals often use knives or firearms.
While violent incidents don’t typically target foreigners or tourists, there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.
Demonstrations and civil unrest
Spontaneous demonstrations and civil unrest take place from time to time in the main cities due to socioeconomic tensions. Clashes between protesters and security forces have occurred.
Even peaceful demonstrations can suddenly turn violent and lead to clashes with security forces. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic, public transportation and health and emergency services.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Coastal waters can be dangerous. Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.
If you are planning to take part in water sports such as scuba diving, jetskiing or parasailing:
- ensure that equipment is safe and in good condition
- ensure helmets and life jackets are available
- avoid participating in any water activities when you are under the influence of alcohol or other substances
- check that your travel insurance covers accidents related to recreational activities
- Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities
If you intend on hiking:
- never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
- buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
- ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
- ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
- inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
- obtain detailed information on trekking routes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails
Women travelling alone may be subject to certain forms of harassment and verbal abuse.
Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Attacks in the Indian ocean cannot be ruled out.
Mariners should take appropriate precautions.
Live Piracy Report - International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre
Outages and shortages
Due to extreme weather conditions and the fact that Mayotte has only one electricity provider, power outages occur from time to time.
Due to below-average rainfall in the recent years, Mayotte is experiencing regular water shortages.
Plan for adequate supply of water.
There is no public transportation in Mayotte. You may have to rent a car.
Taxis are the only urban transport alternative to driving yourself. While they are an affordable option, they are not always safe.
- Avoid hailing taxis on the street
- Use only reputable taxi companies through establishments such as hotels
- Book your ride in advance when possible
If you have no choice but to hail a taxi on the street:
- never enter a cab if it already has one or more passengers
- note the license plate number and name of the driver when you travel
- immediately communicate this information to family or friends
It’s possible to travel by ferry between the two main islands, Grande-Terre and Petite-Terre.
Ferry accidents occur sometimes due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels.
Don’t board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy.
Most roads are paved.
In some areas, the presence of pot holes and the lack of maintenance, lighting and traffic lights can make driving conditions hazardous.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Entry and exit requirements
COVID-19 - Entry, exit and transit restrictions and requirements
Most governments have implemented special entry and exit restrictions and requirements for their territory due to COVID-19. These measures can be imposed suddenly and may include:
- entry or exit bans
- mandatory proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing
- suspensions or reductions of international transportation options
Foreign authorities might not recognize or accept proof of vaccination issued by Canadian provinces and territories. You may need to obtain a translation, a notarization, an authentication, or the legalization of the document.
- verify if the local authorities of both your current location and destinations have implemented any restrictions or requirements related to this situation
- consider even your transit points, as there are transit rules in place in many destinations
- monitor the media for the latest information
- reconfirm the requirements with your airline or tour operator
The situation could disrupt your travel plans. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance to change your travel plans.
Mayotte is a French overseas department. However, it’s not part of the Schengen Area.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from French authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from Mayotte.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Passport with “X” gender identifier
While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.
Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days
Residence visa: required
Work visa: required
Business visa: required
Student visa: required
Other entry requirements
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in East Africa. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.
Typhoid - Food/Water Highlight
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.
Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
Dengue - sporadic or uncertain
- In this country, risk of dengue is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
- Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
- The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
- Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Rift Valley fever
Rift Valley fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can be fatal. It is spread to humans through contact with infected animal blood or tissues, from the bite of an infected mosquito, or eating or drinking unpasteurized dairy. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from bites and avoid infected animals and unpasteurized dairy. There is no vaccine available for Rift Valley fever.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats.
Medical services and facilities
COVID-19 - Testing facilities
Consult the following links to find out where you can get a COVID-19 test:
Local COVID-19 testing facilities - Government of France (in French)
Good health care is limited in availability. Quality of care varies greatly throughout the island.
There is a general hospital in Mamoudzou on Grande-Terre and an auxiliary hospital in Dzaoudzi, Petite-Terre. There are no hospitals outside these major cities, but you can find a doctor or a local clinic.
Evacuation may be necessary, however, in case of serious illness or injury.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Laws and culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Mayotte is an overseas department of France.
Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons
Canada and France are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and French authorities. This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect prison sentences and heavy fines.
French law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. However, homosexuality is not widely accepted in Mayotte.
LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Mayotte.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in France.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of France, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
International Child Abduction
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and France.
If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Mayotte, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the mahoran court.
If you are in this situation:
- act as quickly as you can
- contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
- consult a lawyer in Canada and in Mayotte to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
- report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre
If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.
Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.
- List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
- International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
- Travelling with children
- The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
- Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
- Emergency Watch and Response Centre
You may drive in Mayotte with a valid Canadian driver’s licence for up to 6 months. After that period, you must have an international driving permit.
The legal driving age in France and its territories is 18. However, many rental car companies require drivers to be at least 25 years of age and have two years of driving experience.
If renting a car, check the details of your insurance regarding the theft of or damage to your rental vehicle.
- Driving in France with a foreign license - République française (in French)
- More about the International Driving Permit
The currency of Mayotte is the euro (EUR).
ATMs are available in Mamoudzou and on Petite-Terre.
Natural disasters and climate
Cyclones usually occur from November to April. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major cyclones.
These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.
If you decide to travel to Mayotte during cyclone season:
- you expose yourself to serious safety risks
- be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
- stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
- carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
- follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 17
- ambulance: 15
- firefighters: 18
- coastguard: 196
There is no resident Canadian government office in Mayotte. You can obtain consular assistance from the Embassy of Canada to France, in Paris.
Paris - Embassy of Canada
French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, La Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-MiquelonAppointment Book your appointment online
For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to France, in Paris, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
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If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
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