Tropical Cyclone Gelena is set to pass close to Mauritius over the weekend and a class II cyclone warning is currently in place. Tropical Storm Funani is in the same region, but is reportedly decreasing in power and not expected to have such a major impact.

Travel advice

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities – link below for further information. 
  • Let people know where you are – friends and family, the local consulate, your travel agent/tour company, etc.
  • If you are likely to be making a claim on your travel insurance, review the documents so you know what information you will need and what the process for making a claim is.
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your airline and travel agent to find out if your trip will be impacted. 
  • Monitor media reports.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered, and plan accordingly. 

For more advice on what to do in the wake of a cyclone or hurricane, please visit the Red Cross and Ready.gov.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The cyclone season in Mauritius normally runs from November to May. The Mauritian authorities have advised that a cyclone warning class II is in force for Tropical Storm Gelena. You should continue to monitor and follow the advice of the Mauritius Meteorological Services.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius

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