Quick Overview

Capital: Mamoudzou
Population: 270,372
Official language: French
Time zone: East Africa Time
Emergency #: 112
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: Yes
Climate Info

Mayotte: Travel Health Information

Mayotte is known for its nature and wildlife. The wild plants of Mayotte are a popular attraction for many tourists – the country is home to over 50 species of wild orchid, including the vanilla plant. Baobabs and tulip trees are also native to Mayotte.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Mayotte may differ from your home country. Mayotte has a public healthcare system but the system’s capacity is very limited. Access to healthcare services is generally poor and the quality of care does not meet international standards. Hospitals are often limited to urban areas and wait times for care can be long. Access to care in rural regions is extremely limited. Traditional medicine and remedies are still commonly used in Mayotte.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Mayotte require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Mayotte.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines in Mayotte may be very limited. Traditional herbal medicines are still commonly used. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Mayotte’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads are mostly paved, but conditions vary by region. In some areas, roads may be poorly maintained, with potholes and poor lighting, which may pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts and helmets should be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles and motorcycles at all times for safety.

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