The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade is responsible for facilitating and coordinating Mauritius’ international relations. At the heart of the country’s foreign policy are principles that strive to contribute towards the building of a secure, equitable, democratic and peaceful international community. Mauritius has good bilateral relations with many countries, in particular with China, Switzerland, the Seychelles, South Africa, France and the United Kingdom, to name a few. Mauritius also has strong and friendly relations with the West, as well as with India and a number of other countries of southern and eastern Africa. The Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS) assists with the coordination between government departments and the international community, and is partially funded by embassies in Mauritius.
Bilateral co-operation exists between Mauritius and a strong network of nations in the global community who maintain embassies in the country. There are around 26 foreign embassies and consulates in Mauritius, all of which hold offices in the capital, Port Louis. The Seychelles and Mauritius have strengthened their relationship under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), a significant knowledge-exchange initiative that promotes the sharing of experience and resources among member countries.
Mauritius maintains embassies, high commissions and consulates in about 20 countries around the world. As a member of the United Nations, Mauritius works towards international economic development, security and peace and maintains a permanent mission in New York, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland. To strengthen Mauritius’ commitment to promoting African unity, the country maintains embassies in several African countries, including Egypt, Mozambique and South Africa. Embassies and other foreign missions can be contacted for information on consular matters such as visas, passports and travel.