Full Name: Department of Reunion
Capital City: Saint-Denis
Language Spoken: N/A
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21 06 S, 55 36 E
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m highest point: Piton des Neiges 3,069 m
periodic, devastating cyclones (December to April); Piton de la Fournaise on the southeastern coast is an active volcano
fish, arable land, hydropower
arable land: 13.94% permanent crops: 1.59% other: 84.47% (2005)
tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)
time difference: UTC+4
787,584 (July 2006 est.)
total: 26.9 years male: 25.7 years female: 28.1 years (2006 est.)
1.34% (2006 est.)
18.9 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
5.49 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
total population: 74.18 years male: 70.78 years female: 77.75 years (2006 est.)
2.45 children born/woman (2006 est.)
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; suits will only be required for the most formal of meetings. A sound knowledge of the French language will be useful, since there are no formal interpreter services available. Prices should be quoted in French Francs or Euros, and trade literature in French is generally better recieved. Office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1400-1800. St-Denis shuts down on Sunday, when half the city goes to the beach.
While violent crimes are rare in Reunion, pickpocketing and other petty crimes do occur. High unemployment, increasing tourism and inequities in the distribution of wealth have created conditions for a steady increase in the crime rate. Police response is generally good.
There is a good range of hotels and inns in Reunion. Prices are high (and plumbing somewhat basic), but the food is often excellent. The majority of the lodgings are found on the West coast (St Gilles) and the South (Saint Pierre) with the main being St Denis.
Telephone international direct dialing (IDD) is available. The country code is 262. There are no area or city codes. The outgoing international code is 19. Mobile telephones are on the GSM 900/1800 network. Network operators include France Telecom (website www.ftm-run.com). Most large hotels have facilities for fax services. Cyber caf?s are located in towns throughout Reunion and provide public access to e-mail and Internet services. Airmail to Western Europe takes up to three weeks.
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Adequate medical care is available throughout the country but is not up to the standards of industrialized countries.
Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if needed.
Yellow fever: Although yellow fever does not occur in Reunion, an official yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required depending on your itinerary. Requirement: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas. Other vaccines: Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B, influenza, or a one-time polio booster if you haven't previously received one for travel. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed. Malaria: Malaria does not present risk in this country.
Insect-borne diseases: Diseases transmitted by insects are not generally a problem in this country. Food- and water-borne diseases: Quite a few diseases, including hepatitis A and typhoid fever, are transmitted by unsanitary food handling procedures and contaminated water. Food and beverage precautions are essential in order to reduce chance of illness. Anti-diarrheal drugs may be prescribed by your provider. Marine hazards include corals, jellyfish, and sea urchins. Heed posted warnings at organized beaches, and do not bathe at unmarked, unpatrolled beaches.
No recent disease outbreaks
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