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With almost half of its 2500km2 territory classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Reunion Island offers an amazing mix of authentic cultures and wild nature.
In no time at all, you can travel from a volcanic desert to a dreamlike lagoon at l’Ermitage, and then move on to the most incredible green tropical forest in the cirques located at the heart of the island.
Reunion brings together the best the world has to offer – from Asian cuisine to creole markets, from Buddhist traditions to Tamil, Islamic or Christian rituals. Surrounded by warm sparkling sapphire waters, this Indian Ocean island offers all the serenity of an idyllic island holiday, and so much more.
The island is famous for its multitude of hiking trails, but it also offers many other attractive activities that make this a very special destination. On land, in the rivers, in the ocean, or up in the air . . . there are all kinds of exciting adventures that await!
Discover the bottom of the ocean on a dive and admire the exceptional undersea world. Fly over the island on board a helicopter or light aircraft or get tempted by a paragliding flight that will leave you speechless. There are so many ways to experience and enjoy the beauty of the island.
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Reunion Basic Information
The electrical current is 220 volts, and the standard frequency 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are standard.
French is the official language but the most widely spoken language among locals is Reunion Creole. English is taught at school level.
Reunion is an overseas department of France and uses the Euro as its official currency. There are plenty of banks and ATMs on the island, and most shops and hotels accept major credit cards.
Most visits to Reunion are trouble-free. Crime levels are low but visitors should still be vigilant and avoid extravagant displays of wealth. Swimmers should be aware of currents and riptides; take note of signs on the beaches and, if unsure, ask the locals. Shark attacks are a concern off the island. The cyclone season is from November to April and travellers in Reunion during this time should keep track of storm alerts. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano is still active and an eruption is always possible, but volcanic activity is carefully monitored.
Reunion Travel Specifics
There are no real health risks associated with travel to Reunion. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. There is no chance of contracting malaria but precautions should still be taken against mosquito bites, as there are occasional outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and chikungunya.
Reunion’s medical facilities are very good. Most towns have doctors and clinics, while the principal hospital is in Saint-Denis. Tap water is usually safe for drinking, though visitors should take care immediately after a cyclone or cyclonic system, as main water supplies can become infected by debris washed into the system. There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK and most EU countries, whose citizens are entitled to emergency medical treatment on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency but amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if arriving from a country outside the European Union.
Travellers over 17 years of age entering Reunion can bring in the following items duty-free: either 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; one litre of spirits, four litres of wine and 16 litres of beer; perfume for personal use; and goods up to the value of €1,000 if arriving from an EU country, and €430 if arriving from a non-EU country.
US nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
UK nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
Australian nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
South African nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
Irish nationals do not require a visa, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but should ensure that their passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date they intend to leave Reunion.
Passport & Visa
Passports must be valid for the length of the intended stay. Travellers must have proof of return or onward tickets, sufficient funds or lodging certificates and all travel documents needed for onward journey. Schengen visas are also valid if endorsed “also valid for Reunion”. It is highly recommended that visitors’ passports have at least six months’ validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Climate in Reunion
Reunion’s climate is tropical, with temperatures varying according to elevation. Humidity is generally high. The island doesn’t experience a big temperature range between the seasons, but the year can be divided into summer and winter. November to April is hot and rainy, while May to November is usually dry and cooler, and is the most popular time for travel to Reunion. In Saint-Denis the summer temperatures average between 73°F (23°C) and 84°F (29°C), and in winter temperatures average between 64°F (18°C) and 75°F (24°C). Rain patterns vary hugely according to region, with the east of the island much wetter than the west. The cyclone season runs from mid-November to mid-April and the island is occasionally affected.
Reunion Customs & More
Broadly speaking, Reunion follows French tradition and culture, although the island is influenced by its many different population groups. There is a mix of Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam on the island and visitors should respect the different religious groups and their customs.
Tipping is not necessarily expected but is usually appreciated in Reunion. Some restaurants do add a service charge to the bill but if they don’t a tip of about 10 percent is appropriate for good service.
The business culture is quite relaxed in Reunion and only the most formal of occasions will require suits. French is the language of business and an interpreter should be brought along if needed, as there are few professional interpreters on the island. Business hours are generally 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
The international access code for Reunion is +262. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Hotels, cafes, restaurants and tourist offices generally offer wifi access, usually without charge.
Reunion Airport (RUN)
Roland-Garros Airport is located approximately five miles (8km) east of Saint-Denis.
Getting to the city
Taxis are available from the airport, as is an airport bus to and from Saint-Denis that operates every day. The trip takes about 20 minutes.
Car rental companies at the airport include Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Budget and Avis.
The airport has a snack bar, restaurants, ATMs, a bookshop, cell phone charging stations, boutiques, restaurants, a multicultural space, a bank and a bureau de change.
The first 15 minutes are granted free of charge. Thereafter, parking charges start from €1 for every 15 minutes, up to a daily maximum of €35.
Reunion & Saint-Denis Attractions
The chic, upmarket seafront area known as La Barachois has a lovely promenade, and remnants of the small port that once existed can be found here. These remains include an old warehouse of the infamous Dutch East India Company that now houses the French Administration Offices. The Grande Marche (market) is a veritable treasure trove of Malagasy arts and crafts, fragrant spices and textiles, while smaller markets offer mouth-watering fresh tropical fruits and vegetables.
A distinctly French flavour blends with traces of African, Chinese, and Indian culture, creating a rich mélange that is evident even in the cuisine. Visitors should make sure to try a delicious cari (a meat or fish stew cooked in a sauce and eaten with rice) and rougail (a spicy tomato salsa), sample some excellent Chinese food from a tiny take-away or indulge in juicy mangoes or litchis off the stalk.
Saint-Denis boasts a fascinating mix of religious architecture, including mosques, Tamil- and Buddhist temples, and a cathedral, illustrating the cultural diversity of the island. There are several quaint old buildings, an interesting Natural History Museum, a modern art museum named after the poet Léon Dierx, and, as mentioned, remains of old VOC buildings.
Visitors should also get out of town and climb one of the three surrounding peaks for an unspoilt panoramic view of the town’s scenic surrounds. Perhaps the most breathtaking of all is from Route de la Montagne (the Mountain Road), a steep track that winds up to the top of a lava cliff that drops dramatically into the sea.
Once the delights of Saint-Denis have been explored, the rest of the island paradise of Réunion awaits.
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