Sections & Offices

The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Port Louis offers American Citizen Services and Visa Services.

The American Citizen Services Unit assists U.S. citizens with application for new or renewed U.S. passports, registration of U.S. citizens living in Mauritius, Reunion, or Seychelles, registration of U.S. citizens born in Mauritius, Reunion, or Seychelles, voter registration, social security and veterans’ benefits, provision of federal income tax forms, notarial service for documents being used in the United States, and certain emergency services, including prisoner protection and documentation of the deceased.

The Visa Unit processes all categories of non-immigrant visas for foreign nationals wishing to travel to the United States. We do not process immigrant visas, which are handled by U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Economic and Commercial Section is eager to assist U.S. businesses explore investment opportunities in Mauritius and Seychelles. If you have any questions after reviewing these pages, please contact our Economic and Commercial Section team.

Embassy:  Phone (+230) 202-4400
Embassy:  Fax (+230) 208-9534

Economic/Commercial Officer: Paul Stempel
Email: StempelPA@state.gov

Economic/Commercial Specialist: Smita Bheenick
Email: BheenickS@state.gov

The Political Section is responsible for advising and supporting the Ambassador on bilateral relations between the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles.

The Political Section represents U.S. Government positions to the governments of the two countries. The Political Section also conducts public outreach to convey information to the public to promote understanding of the United States and its policies.

In addition, the Political Section administers the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund and the Democracy and Human Rights Fund, and prepares reports on human rights, international religious freedom, and trafficking in persons.  The Political Section also writes reports periodically on political and social developments and trends in each country.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis organizes a wide range of public diplomacy programs and activities in support of Mission goals.  Through its educational exchange and information programs, the Public Affairs Section seeks to engage the Mauritian public on U.S. society and culture, American democratic institutions and values, and U.S. Policy initiatives.

Public Diplomacy in Mauritius administers a full range of information and cultural programs: Fulbright Scholarships, International Visitor Program, Educational Advising, and the Information Resource Center.  The Public Affairs Section works closely with a wide variety of Mauritian groups and institutions which include the media, universities and other educational organizations, NGOs, business organizations and the Government of Mauritius.

The Public Affairs Section handles all press inquiries, and works closely with the local media and government officials.

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he Regional Security Office (RSO) is responsible for providing a secure living and working environment for the U.S. Mission in Port Louis, Mauritius through a commitment to the protection of life, facilities and information. The RSO also provides security advice and assistance to resident U.S. citizens and U.S. businesses. The RSO is a branch of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which is the security and law enforcement arm of the Department of State. The RSO is staffed by U.S. federal law enforcement officers who work on security and investigative matters with the Mauritius Police Force and other local and U.S. law enforcement agencies. The RSO is the U.S. Embassy’s primary security resource in Mauritius.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Main Line: (230) 202-4400
FAX: (230) 208-9534

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U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mauritius are encouraged to register with the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis.

US Africa Command: United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM) is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department’s geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.

The mission of the Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) is to enhance the long-term bilateral defense relationship between Mauritius, the Seychelles and the United States. We accomplish this by managing several programs under the Security Cooperation and Assistance umbrellas. Program examples include:

International Military Education and Training (IMET)

  1. Joint Warfighting Schools
  2. Flight Safety Officer Courses
  3. Gender Based Violence Workshops
  • Foreign Military Financing / Foreign Military Sales (FMF/FMS)
  • US Ship Visits
  • Community Relations Projects (COMREL)
  • Senior Leader Engagements (SLE)

Bilateral and Multi-Lateral Exercise Planning and Execution

  1. CUTLASS Express
  2. Epic Guardian
  3. International Mine Countermeasure Exercise
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Civic Assistance (HA/HCA) projects

Training engagements. With focus on:

  1. Intel Fusion Workshops
  2. Disaster Planning and Preparedness
  3. Military Law
  4. International Maritime Search and Rescue

The OSC Chief is a Naval Officer and is dually accredited/responsible for military engagement activities in Mauritius and the Seychelles. The OSC Chief serves as the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) Strategic Plans and Policy representative for cooperative security assistance to the Senior Defense Official and the Country Team.

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