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Living in Mauritius as a Foreigner

Foreigners can live permanently in Mauritius as a retiree, working professional, investor, self-employed, or as a dependent. By applying for a permit under one of these categories, foreigners can live in Mauritius for a maximum of 10 years, with the option to renew their permits. Retired foreigners and those on an occupation permit can also apply for a 20-year residence permit after 3 years on their existing permit, subject to satisfying some criteria. Also, foreigners can live in Mauritius for 20 years by putting in at least USD 375,000 in a business activity. Another pathway to living permanently in Mauritius is by buying a property of at least USD 375,000 in an approved scheme, which gives the foreigner the right to live here as long they own the property.

Here, at TBI Mauritius, we have assisted numerous foreigners to transition to live in Mauritius and we are able to provide a balanced view and help you make an informed decision. We understand that moving to a new country is never easy and Mauritius has its own challenges. We provide a full relocation service where we guide you through the correct permit or visa to apply for, the application process, verification of documents, finding accommodation, setting up a bank account, setting up a business, investing in real estate, choosing the right school, pet relocation, and others. Get in touch. This article provides an insight into how it is like to live in Mauritius, with its pros and cons.

1. Cultural and Social Landscape

Most Mauritians are bilingual or even trilingual, proficient in Mauritian Creole, French, and English. While English serves as the official language for administrative matters, Creole is the preferred choice for day-to-day interactions among locals. French is commonly used in the workplace, but English dominates in global and expatriate environments. Private schools cater to this linguistic diversity, offering education in both French and English. Additionally, older generations may speak languages like Cantonese, Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Telegu, and Urdu. Moreover, Mauritius embraces its cultural diversity through national holidays that celebrate various religious festivals, including Christmas, Chinese New Year, Divali, Eid-Ul-Fitr, and Maha Shivratree.

2. Weather and Climate

Living in Mauritius means experiencing a tropical climate that varies throughout the year. From January to March, the island experiences tropical heat with its cyclone season, characterised by hot and wet conditions. Tourist numbers peak during this period. April and May bring a transition to milder weather, with slightly cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. Cyclone risks are lower, offering a more comfortable environment for outdoor activities. From June to September, Mauritius experiences its winter, with daytime highs in the high 20s and cooler evenings. October and November provide an ideal transition with rising but still comfortable temperatures, and minimal rainfall. December sees festive celebrations amidst the increasing heat, making it a lively time on the island. It is worth mentioning that in 2023, Mauritius was one of the 7 countries worldwide to meet the stringent air quality guidelines by the WHO (World Air Quality Report, 2023).

The downside: The cyclone season from January to March can bring heavy rainfall and strong winds, posing risks to residents and property. Cyclones, although infrequent, can cause disruptions and damage to infrastructure. We have a whole article dedicated to the weather and climate in Mauritius here.

3. Safety and Security

Mauritius offers a generally safe environment to live in, with most people feeling secure in their daily lives. Compared to many western countries, crime rates are significantly lower in Mauritius. Walking alone at night is more comfortable, especially in the North and the West, where most expats live. However, like anywhere in the world, there are still some risks to consider. In Mauritius, the primary concerns for expats are burglaries and pickpocketing. Burglaries are mostly opportunistic and unsophisticated, often occurring when residents are out or asleep. Expats are generally relaxed as they often reside in residential estates and developments with heightened security measures, such as installing bars near windows and doors or having a dog, making it hard for intruders to enter. Pickpocketing incidents are more common in busy areas and markets such as Port Louis. The risks of both are still very low in comparison to most countries globally.

4. Lifestyle

One of the pros of living in Mauritius is the variety of activities suitable for people of all ages. Whether you like relaxing on beaches or trying water sports like snorkelling and surfing, there’s something for everyone. Additionally, the cultural scene provides many chances to enjoy events, including food festivals with dishes from different cultures. For outdoor people, Mauritius has exciting adventures like kite surfing and scuba diving by the sea and hiking and biking in the countryside.

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Exploring Mauritian culture reveals a variety of traditions and festivals to enjoy. From celebrations like Divali and Chinese New Year to events like Maha Shivaratri, there’s always something happening. Food lovers will enjoy trying different cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Creole, and European dishes, all mixed together to make tasty meals. Plus, the expat community in Mauritius hosts many social events, making it easy to meet new people and make friends.

The downside: While the beaches are beautiful, they can get crowded on weekends and holidays. Also, some expatriates may find it challenging to adjust to the slower pace of life and cultural differences. Moreover, the lack of pavement in certain regions can make it difficult to walk to some places. Regardless of this, with the combination of buses and walking on the coast, this is not a major disadvantage.

5. Healthcare

When it comes to healthcare, you will find a variety of options in Mauritius. There are 5 public hospitals across the island, providing free access to medical services. While private hospitals may be more expensive, they offer excellent care and facilities. In fact, Mauritius has become known for medical tourism due to the high standard of care available. For example, the Moka region has the largest private hospital, Wellkin Hospital, and a renowned ophthalmology facility, Moka Eye Hospital. Primary care providers are located within close proximity to most areas. We always recommend foreigners to use private healthcare due to the better quality of service and long waiting lists for public health services. Private medical insurance is of good value in Mauritius and there are good policies for foreigners. For those thinking of living in Mauritius and of getting health insurance, we can get you into contact with some providers to help find the most suitable option.

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6. Transportation

Getting around in Mauritius is relatively simple, particularly for those who prefer not to drive. Public transportation, although not perfect, allows residents and visitors to navigate the island without needing a car. The recently built tramway in central areas provides a convenient option for traveling within specific parts of the island, avoiding traffic congestions. We recommend foreigners to buy a car early on if they have made the decision to live here permanently. Taxis and buses can be affordable but the flexibility of having your own car is the only way to have independence here.

The downside: Buses are often overcrowded, slow-moving, and inconvenient, especially for those who value flexibility and efficiency. Additionally, the lack of alternatives like Uber or scooter taxis limits options for those seeking convenient and affordable transportation. Traffic congestion, particularly in suburban areas like Port Louis, can lead to long wait times and frustration for commuters.

7. Housing and Accommodation

When it comes to finding a place to live in Mauritius, you have many options, from apartments to luxurious villas, catering to different preferences and budgets. Coastal areas like Grand Baie and Tamarin are popular choices, offering proximity to beaches and amenities. Accommodation in these popular areas is more expensive and those in inland areas provide better value for money. The North and West of the island are the most common regions for expats. Click here to learn how both regions differ. Renting is common with almost all rental options being fully furnished. Purchasing property is a better option for those considering living in Mauritius permanently. Foreigners can live permanently in Mauritius if they purchase a property of at least USD 375,000 in an approved scheme since they can live here as long as they own the property.

The downside: Finding suitable accommodation can be time-consuming for foreigners planning to live in Mauritius. Moreover, some real estate agents are not necessarily fully reliable. Hidden costs can also crop up unexpectedly, adding financial stress to the process. At TBI, we make sure to carefully vet the partners and the agents we work with. The process can be slow, since it can take time to find a property as per your preferences but we guarantee reliability and transparency. More on Mauritius real estate here.

8. Job Market and the Economy

In Mauritius, the job market is not as vast as you might find in larger countries. It’s a relatively small island nation, so there are not as many job opportunities available compared to bigger economies. For foreigners, finding well-paying jobs can be particularly challenging due to the competition and the preference for hiring local talent. Additionally, the work permit regulations adds another layer of complexity for foreigners looking for jobs. However, there are still ways to make a living in Mauritius. To live in Mauritius, foreigners have the choice of working for a Mauritian company provided that they earn at least MUR 30,000. Alternatively, they can be self-employed provided that they put in at least USD 35,000. Foreign entrepreneurs and investors also have the option to set up their own business by putting in at least USD 50,000 in the business. Click here to learn more. For those thinking of living in Mauritius as a digital nomad and working remotely, this article provides some useful information.

9. Living in Mauritius with Children

When it comes to living in Mauritius with children, this island offers numerous pros for parents, including safety, schools, childcare options, and kids-friendly activities. We have addressed the safety factor in number 3. As for schooling options for the young ones, we have provided some information on the international schools in Mauritius in this article. Mauritius also has many private nurseries, kindergartens and daycare centres. The staff in these facilities are qualified childcare professionals with experience in early childhood education, with most of them being bilingual in English and French. Mauritius also provides a rich environment for your children to grow up in, going beyond just academic success. There’s a variety of activities for your kids to enjoy, either individually or as a family. Some of the most preferred places for family time are: Casela Nature Park, La Vanille Nature Park, the Odysseo Oceanarium, and the Gravity Max leisure complex.

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10. Education

The education system in Mauritius follows the Anglo-Saxon model and is divided into 3 phases – primary, secondary and tertiary education. Schooling in Mauritius is free and compulsory up to the age of 16. Public schools are an option, but many foreigners choose private schools. French schools like École du Nord, Lycée Labourdonnais, and others offer a traditional French curriculum. For a global learning environment with diverse programs, international schools like Northfields, Le Bocage, Greencoast and many more are available. Please note that there are long waiting lists for these schools; enrolling your child in a school here is something that needs to be looked at early on. The article linked here, provides a list of private English-speaking schools and French-speaking schools in Mauritius. When it comes to tertiary or higher education, Mauritius has a range of options, with several institutions partnering with internationally recognised institutions. Foreigners have several institutions to choose from. Public institutions include the University of Mauritius, Universite des Mascareignes, the University of Technology, among others. Private institutions include Curtin Mauritius, Middlesex University, UNICITI, Vatel and others. Choosing the right school for your child is a deeply personal decision since you have to consider your child’s age, preferred curriculum and location. Research your options thoroughly and perhaps reach out to other expats who have enrolled their kids in these schools.

11. Cost of Living

Living in Mauritius may come with some financial adjustments, but the overall cost of living in Mauritius is still relatively reasonable compared to many other countries. Despite potentially lower salaries, expats can maintain a comfortable standard of living without overspending. Basic food products are reasonably priced, with luxury items being more expensive due to being imported. While living expenses in Mauritius may be lower than in some Western nations, they can be higher compared to other African countries and popular expat destinations in Southeast Asia. For instance, housing and imported goods, tend to be around 30% more expensive due to imports from countries like France, Australia, or South Africa. Dining out can also be costly. Additionally, services such as yoga, spas, and gyms often come with premium price tags due to a shortage of professionals and a focus on luxury tourism. Car prices are notably higher too, due to a high import duty. Expect double the price you would pay in Europe for a luxury car, although hybrid and electric cars are now exempt of duty. Nonetheless, living in Mauritius remains more budget-friendly than many other low-tax destinations. According to Numbeo, consumer prices in Mauritius are significantly lower than in countries like Germany and the United Kingdom, with rent, groceries, and restaurant prices also reflecting the lower cost of living. Rent prices in Mauritius are 58% lower than in Germany and 67% lower than in the United Kingdom.

12. Taxation in Mauritius

As of July 1, 2023, Mauritius has introduced a progressive tax system for individuals. The tax rates range from 0% for the first MUR 390,000 and operate a sliding scale up to 20%. Unlike some countries, Mauritius does not levy taxes on capital gains, making it an attractive destination for investment. Moreover, companies, whether resident or not, are exempt from tax on dividends received from resident companies. Additionally, corporations in Mauritius are taxed at a flat rate of 15% on their net income and sometimes as low as 3% depending on the activity. There is no tax on death or estates. It’s important to note that after living in Mauritius for more than six months in a tax year, you become a tax resident, subject to tax on any pension income brought into the country. However, if you leave your pension funds offshore, they remain untaxed. Similarly, if you repatriate funds to Mauritius that have already been taxed elsewhere, you won’t face additional taxation on those funds.

13. Bringing pets

Living in Mauritius with your pet requires some preparations beforehand. Puppies and kittens must be at least 7 months old for travel, ensuring their maturity and comfort during relocation. Planning ahead includes obtaining an import permit from the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security (minimum 3 months before departure). Remember, your pet must be microchipped and have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. An original International Veterinary Certificate is also required. Certain dog breeds like American Pit Bull Terriers are not allowed entry. Additionally, your pet will have to be quarantined upon arrival in Mauritius, which can range from 5 to 30 days depending on your origin country. A health certificate issued within 48 hours of departure, confirming treatment against parasites, is another requirement. Finally, after settling in, you will need to register your dog with the Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare to comply with local regulations. We have a detailed article on navigation the pet relocation requirements in Mauritius here.

14. Investing in Mauritius

As a foreigner, there are a lot of avenues for investing while you are living here. You can invest in residential property, commercial property and businesses. You can live in Mauritius by investing at least USD 50,000 in a business. This will get you a 10-year investor permit, renewable after meeting certain conditions. Alternatively, after 3 years on this permit, you can also apply for a 20-year permanent residence permit. Foreigners can also live permanently in Mauritius by buying a property of at least USD 375,000 in a government scheme.  To learn more on how to live in Mauritius by investing, read here. We also have a page on the Mauritius real estate market here, detailing the different types of real estate investments available to foreigners. The latest rules for buying property as a foreigner are detailed here.

15. Living in Mauritius as a Retiree

Living in Mauritius as a retiree implies that you have to be above 50 years and show either a monthly income of USD 1,500 or have at least USD 18,000 in your bank account. You can choose between a 10-year retirement permit or a 1-year premium visa. As per the latest budget measure, you can also invest over USD 200,000 in a property. The property would have to be one in a Property Development Scheme. You will then be eligible for a residence permit that is valid as long as you own the property. Read more on living in Mauritius as a retiree here.

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for coming to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

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Navigating Mauritius Pet Relocation Requirements

Many foreigners relocating to Mauritius are often concerned about bringing their pets along and meeting the Mauritius pet relocation requirements. We, at TBI, have been assisting several foreigners in relocating to Mauritius, whether through investment in a business or property, through occupation, or through retirement. Our services extend to families, individuals, investors, entrepreneurs among others.

With over 10 years of working and living on the island, we provide assistance with all relocation-related matters, from finding a place to settle in or a property to invest in, choosing the right school, finding a pet relocation specialist, and others. This article explores the steps you need to take and matters you need to be aware of, to abide by the Mauritius pet relocation requirements. Get in touch.

Age Requirements

Mauritius pet relocation requirements mandate that puppies and kittens must be older than 7 months to be eligible for relocation. This age criterion ensures the maturity and readiness of the animal for travel and relocation. For those relocating from South Africa, ensure your pet has continuously resided in South Africa for 6 months.

Import Permit

An Import Permit from the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security is a prerequisite and must be obtained at least three months before your scheduled departure from the exporting country. Keep in mind that import Permits are subject to strict conditions, including the requirement that all pets arriving in Mauritius must come as manifest cargo only. Pets cannot be transported in the cabin or as excess luggage. Coordinates of a local broker for clearance purposes must be provided to ensure smooth processing upon arrival.

International Veterinary Certificate

When the animal arrives in Mauritius, it must be accompanied by all the original documents, including an International Veterinary Certificate issued by the Competent Authority of the exporting country. These documents must be endorsed by the competent authority and provide essential information regarding the pet’s health and vaccination history.

Microchip Compliance

Compliance with microchipping regulations is essential for pet relocation to Mauritius. The microchipping process must be completed prior to or concurrently with the rabies vaccination, aligning with Mauritius pet relocation regulations. It is recommended that microchip brands conform to the ISO standard for reliable identification.

Vaccination Protocols

In addition to rabies vaccinations, your pet must receive standard vaccinations to guard against prevalent diseases. Dogs should be vaccinated against canine distemper, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, and leptospirosis. Dogs must also be tested and found free from Erlichiosis and Brucella Canis. Cats require vaccinations against feline enteritis, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. Note that, all cats and dogs must be sterilised before entry into Mauritius, with no exceptions for pregnant females.

Navigating Import Restrictions

The list of prohibited breeds includes American Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, and Staffordshire Terrier, among others.

Post-Arrival Quarantine and Health Certification

Upon arrival in Mauritius, your pet will undergo a minimum quarantine of 5 days. Additionally, your pet must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, affirming compliance with the Mauritius pet relocation requirements. This certificate, obtained within 48 hours of departure, should also confirm treatment against ectoparasites. Additionally, once in Mauritius, make sure to register your dog with the Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW) to fulfil local regulatory requirements.

For further assistance or inquiries, consider reaching out to relevant authorities or seeking guidance from professional pet relocation services specialising in Mauritius pet relocation requirements. Contact us to get in touch with our most preferred pet relocation specialists.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

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Best Luxury Villas in Mauritius in 2024

With the increase in luxury property developments in 2024, Mauritius is seeing a rise in foreigners looking to buy property. More and more families, retirees and investors are relocating to Mauritius for its luxury real estate. From luxury villas to villas with a private pool, Mauritius has a variety of properties. Additionally, with the option of getting permanent residency through property investment, the appeal of the real estate market has soared. We have gathered below, some information on the best luxury villas in Mauritius. To know more about the latest property rules, click here.

Here, at TBI Mauritius, we assist foreigners in finding their ideal home or property to invest in. If you are looking for a permanent home to move to and live in, we can connect you with reliable agents. Alternatively, if you wish to invest in a property to rent out, we can connect you with companies to help manage and look after your property. We also assist with buying property through a company. Our real estate services extend to applying for home loans, gathering the right paperwork and getting permission from the EDB. Read more on Mauritius Real Estate here.

Luxury villas in the North of Mauritius

luxury villas in mauritius for saleNestled along the north coast, this luxury real estate in Mauritius offers a range of villas and apartments within a secure gated community. The property emphasizes eco-consciousness, with a significant portion dedicated to green living. Ingenious features include luxury villas around a 2-kilometer navigable channel for kayaking. Security is their top priority, with 24/7 monitoring and strong warranties. Additionally, residents enjoy privileged access to a beach club. As part of the Mauritius property investment scheme, it presents potential for permanent residency with investments over USD 375,000.

The property range spans from private 1-bedroom apartments, priced at approximately MUR 12 million, to luxury villas, featuring private cinema, terraces, and spa-inspired baths, priced from MUR 230 million. Certain villas, offer ground floor residences ideal for retirees, with an emergency button providing access to a medical doctor’s consulting room. Another collection, featuring 3-bedrooms Mauritius villas with private pools start from MUR 47 million.

Private and Luxury Villas in the East 

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Designed to blend with the natural beauty of the surroundings, this luxury real estate in Mauritius in Mauritius offers captivating sea views. Residents enjoy exclusive access to amenities such as a championship golf course, a luxurious spa, diverse dining options, and a yacht club for water adventures. Additionally, personalised coaching for swimming, tennis, and yoga is available.

Accommodation options various suites and private villas, each distinguished by its unique features. Certain villas provide the choice of a golf view or a sea view. Property ownership starts at €1.4 million for a 2-bedroom unit and extends beyond €10 million for beachfront villas. Under the Integrated Resort Scheme, permanent residency can be attained with a property investment starting from USD 375,000, an attractive option for foreigners looking to live permanently in Mauritius. The larger estate features two 5-star hotels in Mauritius within a short walk. They are some of the best hotels with beautiful private villas in Mauritius.

Mauritius Villas with Private Pools in the North-east

Inspired by green living, this luxury real estate in Mauritius offers a range of villas, apartments and townhouses, designed to reduce environmental impact. The luxury villas with private pools boast golf views, a/c in the bedrooms, outdoor terrace, private parking, and a landscaped garden.  Residents also benefit from cycling paths, electric vehicle charging stations, and access to organic markets and locally sourced produce. Prices start at around Rs 12.5 million and villas ranging from Rs 30 million to Rs 50 million. The development is part of an approved property scheme, granting permanent residency with property investment over USD 375,000.

You can choose between a 3-bedroom or 4-bedroom Mauritius luxury villa. For those seeking a community vibe, their 3-bedroom townhouses provide an authentic neighbourhood living experience with several amenities. These townhouses are within a village center with restaurants, shops, and cafes, along with a spa and gym. Residents also have access to a nine-hole golf course, a Montessori school, and a kids’ playground. This makes it one of the best luxury villas in Mauritius for families.

Ultimately, the choice between these luxury real estate in Mauritius will depend on your priorities and budget. Whether you seek luxury villas, villas with a private pool, or family-friendly villas, Mauritius offers a dream home for everyone. We, at TBI Mauritius have been helping foreigners relocate to Mauritius, for over 10 years. We assist with permits, pet relocation, company set-up, property investment, concierge, and other services. With our extensive network of partners and service providers, we are able to find any relevant solution or service for our clients. Click here to read more about us.

Important Note: The descriptions provided in this article are based on our research and are listed in no particular order. Please note that the descriptions are intentionally devoid of the property names, to prioritise impartiality and objectivity, aiming to offer you unbiased insights.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

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Expats’ Guide to Mauritius: Weather, Seasons, and Practical Tips

The weather and climate in Mauritius have always been major factors for expats and tourists deciding whether to visit or settle on the island. The destruction caused by Cyclone Belal in January prompted a closer look at how well-prepared Mauritius is for such natural disasters. People considering a move to Mauritius are paying attention to the island’s ability to provide accurate weather information, especially during cyclone-prone months. The cyclone aftermath has also sparked conversations around the efficiency of the drainage management system. Flash floods, particularly in Port Louis showed weaknesses in the current infrastructure, causing concerns among residents about the need for better drainage systems.

Foreigners considering Mauritius to move to, need to consider not only the appealing aspects of the island but also practical matters like weather resilience and disaster readiness. Most expats gravitate towards the north and west regions, due to the facilities, lifestyle, convenience, proximity of international schools, among others. The impact of Cyclone Belal was less pronounced in the north, where a significant expatriate community resides. While the west did experience some floods, property developments in these areas, have modern infrastructure with effective drainage systems, providing expats with a sense of security and comfort.

January to March: Tropical Heat and Cyclone Season

This period marks the hottest and wettest months, with an increased likelihood of cyclones. It is peak tourist season, presenting Mauritius at its most vibrant. Expats considering relocation during this time should be prepared for high temperatures and occasional cyclonic weather.

April and May: Transition to Mildness

As temperatures cool slightly, hovering in the early 30s during the day, expats can enjoy fewer crowds and better deals. Cyclonic risks diminish significantly, providing a more comfortable environment for families and beach enthusiasts.

 

Average High and Low Temperature in Mauritius

The red line (high) and blue line (low) are the daily average temperatures. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures. © WeatherSpark.com

 

June to September: Mauritian Winter

Expect daytime highs in the high 20s, with cooler evenings. This season offers a great opportunity for families to explore Mauritius’ cultural attractions and kid-friendly sites. While occasional mixed weather may occur, it generally remains favourable for outdoor activities.

October and November: Ideal Transition

As temperatures rise but stay comfortable, expats will find this period less crowded, with attractive hotel prices and minimal rainfall. It’s an ideal time for newcomers to acquaint themselves with the island’s charm.

December: Festive Spirit Amidst Heat

Despite the increasing heat and busy atmosphere, December is celebrated across Mauritius. Expats can immerse themselves in the festive energy, although costs may be higher. The enthusiasm persists throughout mid-December, providing an exciting atmosphere for all, including families.

Tips for Cyclone Seasons

When it comes to safeguarding your home during cyclone season, here are some practical steps you can take:

  • Cut back tree branches that may pose a threat to your home, telephone lines, or electricity cables.
  • Remove any loose materials around your property that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds.
  • Ensure your generator is fuelled up with oil to keep it ready for use in case of power outages.
  • Charge your phones, laptops, and tablets in advance.
  • Assemble an emergency kit with items like a portable AM/FM radio, flashlight, lamps, candles, matches, water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and a repair kit.
  • Don’t forget to have a supply of batteries on hand to power your essential devices and equipment during emergencies.

Useful links:

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Mauritius Meteorological Services

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

Mauritius Investor Visa

Valid for 10 years, the Mauritius Investor Visa or Investor Permit allows foreigners to live, work and invest in Mauritius. Please note that, while we may be using the term ‘Mauritius Investor Visa’ the official term is ‘Mauritius Investor Permit.’ Foreigners can apply for the Investor Visa by investing USD 50,000. Investors can also put in USD375,000 in a property or business. Investing in a property in an approved scheme will allow you to live in Mauritius as long as you own the property.

Why invest in Mauritius?

Foreign investors and entrepreneurs invest in Mauritius due to its stable political and economic environment, favourable tax policies and a skilled workforce. Notably, the island’s tax system has a no capital gains tax policy. Through the Mauritius Investor Visa, foreigners can benefit from a 15% corporate tax rate. Mauritius also offers a well-rounded lifestyle with a rich culture, affordability, good healthcare, and safety, attracting entrepreneurs and families alike. Whether foreigners are exploring business opportunities or seeking a diverse and enriching lifestyle, there are a range of factors making it worth investing in Mauritius.

What is the Mauritius Investor Visa?

The Mauritius Investor Visa is a combined work and residence permit that allows foreign investors to live and work in Mauritius. It is issued by the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Mauritius and is valid for 10 years. You can also qualify for a 20-year Permanent Residence Permit as an investor by maintaining a continuous 3-year Investor Occupation Permit. You also need to have either an annual income of MUR 15 million for three years or an aggregate turnover of MUR 45 million over a 3-year period during your current permit.

Mauritius Investor Visa Requirements

Choose one of the following to qualify:

  • Normal Investment: To get an investor visa, invest a minimum of USD50,000 in a Mauritian business
  • Net Asset Value: Your net assets should total at least USD50,000, and your business should have achieved a cumulative turnover of at least MUR12 M over the 3 years leading up to your application.
  • High Technology Machines & Equipment: Invest USD50,000 in technology machines in a business activity.
  • Innovative Start-ups: Invest in an innovative start-up that has either been approved by the EDB or registered with an accredited incubator.

Mauritius Investor Visa Application

To apply for the Mauritius Investor Visa, you will need to provide business documents such as a business plan, business registration card, certificate of incorporation and relevant licenses. Regarding personal documents, you will need your birth certificate, medical reports, a valid passport, among others. The processing time of the Investor Visa can be anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks, for which you do not need to be in Mauritius. We will deal with the authorities on your behalf.  You will then have 90 days to come to Mauritius and submit your original documents.

Alternatives to the Mauritius Investor Visa

Other than the Investor Visa, there are 2 ways to invest in Mauritius. You can invest a minimum of USD375,000 in an approved property scheme. This property investment also makes you eligible for a residence permit, valid for as long as you own the property. Another way of investing in Mauritius is by putting in at least USD 375,000 in a Mauritian business activity. Read more here.

How we can help

TBI Mauritius is a team of immigration consultants and relocation advisors. With over 10 years in the relocation industry, we specialise in relocation services. We can assist in applying for the Investor Visa, business management services, company formation services, property investment and management services, among others. Our services extend to document verification, liaison with authorities, securing licenses, and connecting you with partners and service providers such as, management companies and real estate agents.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

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Moving to Mauritius: Exploring International Schools

If you are a parent thinking of moving to Mauritius, you might be curious about the schooling choices for your kids. Mauritius has a variety of international schools that provide a global curriculum in a multicultural setting. This guide will give you an overview of these schools to assist you in deciding on your child’s education.

Additionally, reaching out to fellow expats and foreigners who have enrolled their children in international schools in Mauritius can provide valuable feedback and insights to help you make an informed choice. TBI Mauritius assists foreigners in moving to Mauritius, including guidance regarding schooling.

Note: The schools listed below are presented in no particular order, as there is no specific ranking or preference associated with their sequence. Each of these schools offers unique educational experiences and caters to different needs, making it important to explore them individually and choose the one that aligns best with your child’s requirements and your family’s preferences.

English-Speaking Schools in Mauritius

1. Telfair International Primary School
  • Location: Tamarin (West)
  • Age Range: Children aged 3-11.
  • Curriculum: English curriculum with a focus on core subjects like English, Math, and Science.

Telfair International Primary School in Mauritius follows the British National Curriculum, offering a well-rounded education for children aged five to eleven. The curriculum includes the Early Years Foundation Stage for three to five-year-olds at Tiny Tots Day Care Centre.

2. Le Bocage International School
  • Location: Moka (Centre)
  • Age Range: Children aged 11-18
  • Curriculum: Offers International Baccalaureate (IB) middle years, IGCSEs, IB Diploma, IB career-related program, and specialised education plans.

Le Bocage International School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme for Middle Years, Diploma Years, and a Careers-Related Programme (BTEC). LBIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Mauritian Ministry of Education. It operates under PROGOS, a non-profit focused on English medium international education. The school prioritises English and French as first languages while also teaching Spanish to Forms 1-3 students.

3. International Preparatory School (IPS)
  • Location: Labourdonnais (North)
  • Age Range: Children aged 3-11.
  • Curriculum: Fosters diversity and prepares students for Northfields International High School or La Bocage School.

IPS, an IB World School, provides English-medium education through the Primary Years Programme for children aged 3-11. It blends the UK National Curriculum with international inquiry-based methods. With accreditation from the Council of International Schools, IPS continually upholds rigorous educational standards. Notably, in August 2022, IPS joined forces with Northfields International School, expanding their commitment to quality education.

international schools in mauritius4. Northfields International School
  • Location: Mapou (North)
  • Age Range: From 18 months to 18 years.
  • Curriculum: Follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, offering IB Middle Years, IGCSEs, and the International Baccalaureate.

Northfields International School emphasises holistic student development, nurturing leadership skills and excellence through rigorous academics and diverse extracurricular activities. From Montessori for the youngest to Cambridge and International Baccalaureate for high school students, Northfields offers renowned programs.

Their Nursery and Primary curriculum build strong foundations, with Montessori methods for early education. Bilingualism (English and French) is fostered. Lower Primary (Ages 6-9) combines literacy, math, and holistic development. Upper Primary (Ages 10-11) focuses on math, science, English, French, and humanities, including history and geography.

5. West Coast International School
  • Location: Flic en Flac (West)
  • Age Range: Secondary school levels.
  • Curriculum: Offers the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), IGCSEs, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Westcoast International Secondary School (WISS) offers a challenging, internationally focused curriculum. Students in Forms 1 to 3 study the Cambridge Lower Secondary curriculum, which encourages independent thinking. In Forms 4 and 5, they prepare for the IGCSE exams. WISS is also an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the IB Diploma Programme to Form 6 students.

6. Dukesbridge
  • Locations: Campuses across Mauritius, including Trianon, Port Louis, Curepipe, Moka, Vacoas, Helvetia, Pamplemousses, Telfair, and Quatre Bornes.
  • Age Groups: 6 months to 11 years.
  • Curriculum: Dukesbridge incorporates an international style into its curriculum, allowing students to progress seamlessly with English as the primary language. French is a core subject, and Spanish or Mandarin are introduced as non-core foreign languages at the primary school level.

Dukesbridge Group, the largest chain of private schools in Mauritius, offers early education for children from as young as 6 months old, ensuring a strong foundation for all students. Students typically transition to Dukesbridge Primary School at the age of 6, following a comprehensive curriculum. Dukesbridge employs an Australian pedagogical approach and has multiple campuses across Mauritius- Trianon (ages 5-11), Port Louis (ages 6 months to 5 years), Curepipe (ages 3 months to 5 years), Moka (ages 6 months to 5 years), Vacoas (ages 6 months to 5 years), Helvetia (ages 3 years to 5 years), Pamplemousses (ages 3 months to 5 years), Telfair (ages 3 months to 3 years), and Quatre Bornes (ages 3 months to 5 years).

7. Light House International School
  • Location: Calebasses (North)
  • Age Range: From ages 4 to 18.
  • Curriculum: This English-medium co-educational school follows both the Cambridge and Edexcel exam boards, offering IGCSEs and A-Levels.
  • Subjects: Subjects include English, Math, Science, Environmental Management, History, Geography, Religious Studies, and more.

Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School is a Christian institution focused on educating students to find their purpose and excel academically. It is a member of the International Primary Curriculum and the Association of Christian Schools International. Additionally, it’s recognised as an approved center for Pearson-Edexcel (UK) and the College Board (USA) exams. Lighthouse Primary School offers Reception Classes for four-year-olds, emphasising English and French language development, along with special education support. For Grades 1 to 13, the school provides a diverse curriculum tailored to each age group’s needs.

French-speaking Schools in Mauritius

1. Ecole Paul et Virginie
  • Location: Tamarin (South West)
  • Age Range: Children aged 18 months to 11 years.

École Paul et Virginie welcomes children from kindergarten to CM2, offering a French Curriculum for both pre-primary and elementary school levels. The majority of their students are fluent in French, but they are increasingly welcoming allophone students, primarily English speakers, into the school community. This diverse mix often brings advantages for all students.

2. Lycée de Mascareignes
  • Location: Moka (Centre)
  • Age Range: Ages 15-18.

Lycée des Mascareignes is a private secondary school in Mauritius with a French curriculum. LDM also features a European Section promoting near-bilingualism, along with language programs in English, Spanish, German, and Mandarin, offering certification opportunities. Students can obtain certifications in various modern languages, such as English, Spanish and German. Also worth mentioning is that Lycée des Mascareignes is accredited by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).

3. Ecole du Centre
  • Location: Moka (Centre)
  • Age Range: Children aged 3-15.

École du Centre is a private institution in Mauritius offering a French curriculum. The school follows the regulations of the French Ministry of National Education and is accredited by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) for educational excellence. From primary school onwards, a well-rounded education is offered, including sports, visual arts, music, and art history. English instruction begins early, and the school celebrates Mauritian history and culture.

best schools in mauritius4. Lycée La Bourdonnais
  • Location: Curepipe.
  • Age Range: Children aged 3-18.

Lycée La Bourdonnais provides a bilingual education, beginning in the nursery school for 4 to 5-year-olds. The primary school caters to children from CP to CM2 and maintains a strong partnership with the British Council to offer high-quality French–English bilingual education, ranging from B2 to C1 or even C2 proficiency levels.

In secondary education, the school expands its multilingual curriculum, offering languages such as English, Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Russian. Additionally, students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of foreign languages, including Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Russian.

5. Ecole du Nord
  • Location: Mapou (North)
  • Age Range: Children aged 3-15.

Ecole du Nord offers a multicultural and multilingual education, starting with English from kindergarten and adding Spanish, German, and Latin from 5th grade onward. There is also an international section for students aged 6 and up. Their French International Baccalaureate is recognised by top Anglo-Saxon universities. Beyond academics, the school emphasises physical education and sports, promoting balance and values. It is a non-profit association linked with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).

6. Le Petit Poucet
  • Location: Mapou (North)
  • Age Range: Children aged 18 months to 5 years.

Le Petit Poucet welcomes children aged 18 months to 5 years, offering a safe environment for their development. With a diverse team, they introduce children to French and English, focusing on essential skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic to prepare them for elementary education.

7. St. Exupéry
  • Location: Grand Bay (North)
  • Age Range: Children aged 3-11.

Saint Exupery International School follows a flexible, learner-centered approach, tailoring education to each child’s unique needs and interests. This approach combines the French National Education syllabus with elements of the English curriculum, ensuring a smooth transition to both English and French secondary schools.

8. Martin’Ecol’ette
  • Location: Grand Bay (North)
  • Age Range: Children aged 1 year to 5 years.

Apart from Mauritian students representing diverse communities, Martin’Ecol’ette Nursery has proudly hosted children from a multitude of countries spanning Africa, Belgium, the U.K., France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Madagascar, and Reunion. This bilingual institution is specially designed to accommodate English and French-speaking students from the very beginning, offering a comprehensive bilingual education program.

Whether you are seeking an English or French-speaking education for your child, Mauritius offers a wide array of options, each with its unique features and cultural diversity. When selecting a school, consider your child’s age, preferred curriculum, and location to ensure they receive the best possible education experience in this picturesque island nation. Feel free to reach out to us for any further information or assistance.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

 

For our Russian-speaking clients: Visit the Education in Mauritius page to learn more. Our sister website, Residency in Mauritius, is specifically designed for Russian speakers, making it easier for them to access information about Mauritius.

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Mauritius Work Permit: Requirements and Application

A Mauritius Work Permit is an official authorisation issued by the government, granting foreign nationals the legal right to work and reside in Mauritius for a specified duration. To qualify for a work permit in Mauritius, foreign employees need to have relevant experience and qualifications tied to their job roles. If an employee is paid over MUR 30,000 and has necessary academic qualifications, then a better option would be the Occupation Permit Mauritius, subject to different criteria. If a company wants to bring in foreign workers in bulk, they first need “permission in principle” before applying for a Mauritius Work Permit.

It’s important to note that the application process for work permits in Mauritius has evolved over the years, and there are now options for third-party assistance. At TBI Mauritius, we assist in applications for Mauritius work permit for foreigners. For a better understanding of the current rules and procedures related to a Mauritius Work Permit, contact us.

Please note that we do not assist with getting jobs in Mauritius.

 

Eligibility for a Mauritius Work Permit

The Mauritius work permit requirements for a foreigner are:

  • Have the right skills and experience for the job.
  • Be between 20 and 60 years old, with exceptions for specialised skills and investors.
  • Tourists cannot work in Mauritius.
  • Health clearance is a must for new applicants. This also applies to expatriates married to Mauritian nationals or deputed by foreign companies.

Mauritius Work Permit Requirements

The Mauritius Work Permit requirements for foreigners include:

  • Copies of press advertisement and outcome of selection exercise.

  • A copy of the Lodging and Accommodation Permit  in Mauritius/Place of Accommodation Letter.
  • Latest CSG Receipt with list of local workers registered with NPF.
  • Particulars of Recruiting Agent, Local and Overseas, where applicable
  • Turnover figures of the company for the last 3 years
  • Authorisation letter from employer/sponsor
  • Certificate of Incorporation/Business Registration Card
  • NIC / Passport number of registered user
  • Additional documents for specific professions

To get a Mauritius work permit, foreigners should also provide the following:

  • Passport sized photo
  • Passport (valid for at least six months)

  • Certified copy of academic and professional qualifications and details of work experience

  • Job profile (where applicable)
  • A provisional health clearance from the Ministry of Health & Quality of Life
  • Contract of Employment duly vetted by the Labour Division of the MLIRET if salary of expatriates is MUR 30,000 or less. If salary is more, documentary evidence from the employer certifying that the expatriate will earn a monthly salary of more than MUR 30,000.

  • For professionals having dependents: in case of spouse, the marriage certificate should be submitted and for children less than 18 years old, the birth certificate must be submitted (for Residence Permit Application).

  • Additional documents for specific professions

Additional documents for specific sectors

  • Tourism (Tour Operator), Hotels and Restaurants: Copy of valid Tourist Enterprise License delivered by the Tourism Authority and Latest receipt showing contributions to the Tourism Employees Welfare Fund.

For Restaurant:

–  Testimonials/Documentary evidence of experience/expertise for at least 3 years in respective field

–  Vocational qualifications in respective filed

  • Construction Sector/ICT/Engineering (for project basis): Covering Letter specifying the project on which the expatriate would be employed, Copy of Letter of award specifying completion date and value of project

Authorised Recruiting Agent

Additional Documents in respect of Bangladeshi workers

The recruitment of Bangladesh workers should be done through licensed recruitment agencies authorised by the Bangladeshi.

Additional documents in respect of Chinese Workers

Following an agreement signed between the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Mauritius, the recruitment of Chinese workers should be done through recruitment agencies authorised by the Chinese authorities.

mauritius work permitMauritius Work Permit Processing Time

Generally, the Mauritius work permit processing time can take a few months with the lodging and accommodation permit proving to be particularly lengthy.  It can vary depending on several factors, including obtaining “permission in principle” and fulfilling various eligibility criteria. Additionally, the involvement of different government departments and the verification of documents can contribute to variations in processing times.

Additional Information

Requirements for Overseas Companies

If an overseas company wants to get Mauritius work permits for its employees, it must be incorporated as a foreign company under Mauritian Company Laws or open a Mauritian branch of its existing company.

Work and Residence Permits

Before coming to Mauritius, foreign workers need both a Mauritius Work Permit and a Residence Permit. Employers should apply for both permits at the same time.

Renewing Your Work Permit

When renewing Mauritius Work Permits, employers need to inform about any changes in the employment contract. Some positions may require training a local counterpart.

Work Permit Details and Ratios

Mauritius Work Permits have a specific duration and cannot be transferred. The ratio of local to expatriate workers varies by sector.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a work permit in mauritius?

To get a work permit or work visa in Mauritius, you should have relevant skills and experience, health clearance, accommodation permit, among others.

How much is the work permit in Mauritius?

The cost of a work permit in Mauritius varies based on the industry. Foreign workers in the manufacturing industry can expect to pay the government Rs 1000 for the 1st to the 5th year. Employers need to  pay a processing fee of Rs 700 for the application of each work permit.

How long is a work permit valid in Mauritius?

A work permit for foreign workers is usually valid for a maximum period of 4 years. In the textile manufacturing sector, foreigners are allowed to work for a period of 8 years, leave the country on expiry, stay abroad for 1 year and may come back to work for another 8 years. An occupation permit in Mauritius can be granted for a few months, up to a maximum period of 10 years.

What is the difference between work permit and occupation permit in Mauritius?

A work permit in Mauritius is given to foreign workers by the Ministry of Labour whereas an occupation permit is given to foreign professionals, investors and self employed individuals by the EDB.

How long does it take to get an occupational permit in Mauritius?

The processing time of an occupational permit in Mauritius can be anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. You do not need to be in Mauritius to start the application and submit your documents. TBI will deal with the authorities and any complexities that may arise. You will then have 90 days to come to Mauritius and submit the original documents.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.

  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for coming to Mauritius.

  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.

  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.

  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

 

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Immigrate to Mauritius: Moving to Mauritius from South Africa

Moving to Mauritius from South Africa brings its own set of considerations. Despite recent challenges with electricity, safety, and stability, it is hard to replace the love you have for your home country. But facing reality, things are likely to get worse, and moving to Mauritius offers relief from many of those stresses.

In Mauritius, you can walk to an ATM at night without worrying about safety. Your kids can go to school without concerns. Banking is secure, and power cuts will not disrupt your daily life. In simple terms, Mauritius offers a much better quality of life. Sure, moving to Mauritius has its challenges. The cost of living, including food and wine, may be higher. The size of the property you can afford might be different, and job opportunities may require adjustment. To know more about the cost of living in Mauritius, read here.

The best way to know if Mauritius is right for you is to experience it first-hand. Consider an extended holiday, rent a villa, and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. You will appreciate the absence of power cuts, the tropical weather, and the beautiful beaches. Take your time to see if Mauritius meets your personal and professional needs. The Premium Visa has been a popular option for many South Africans wanting to test the waters before making a long-term decision. Contact us to discuss the best way to move to Mauritius from South Africa.

 

Immigrating to Mauritius from South Africa

Before you begin immigrating to Mauritius from South Africa, it is important to familiarise yourself with the Mauritius immigration requirements and procedures. Here are the key aspects you need to consider when moving to Mauritius from South Africa:

Occupation Permit

If you are planning to immigrate to Mauritius to work here, you will need to apply for an Occupation Permit. This permit is available for professionals, investors, and self-employed individuals. The specific requirements vary for each category but generally include:

• Providing proof of a valid job offer or investment opportunity in Mauritius.
• Demonstrating relevant qualifications and experience in your field.
• Complying with health and security checks.
• Showing financial capacity to support yourself and any dependents.

Residence Permit

If you want immigrate to Mauritius and live here, you will need to obtain a Residence Permit. As a South African, there are a few ways to obtain a Residence Permit in Mauritius:

1. Through an Occupation Permit: If you hold an Occupation Permit, you will be automatically allowed to live in Mauritius while working on the island.

2. Residency by Investment in Mauritius: South Africans can obtain residency in Mauritius by making a minimum investment of USD 375,000 in specific schemes approved by the Economic Development Board (EDB). These schemes include the Property Development Scheme (PDS) or a Smart City. This option also allows you to work in Mauritius.

3. Mauritius Retirement Permit for South Africans: If you are 50 or older and do not plan on working in Mauritius, you can apply for a Retirement Permit. You can still work for companies outside of Mauritius. Just make sure that you can transfer an average of USD 1,500 per month during your stay. To learn more about retiring in Mauritius as a foreigner, read here.

4. Mauritius Permanent Residence for South Africans: The Mauritius Permanent Residence Permit allows South Africans to live in Mauritius with their family for 20 years. To learn about the requirements, visit this page.

Mauritius Citizenship by Investment

Mauritius offers a Citizenship by Investment program, which allows eligible individuals to acquire Mauritian citizenship through investment. To qualify for Mauritius citizenship by investment as a South African, you must meet the following requirements:

• You need to have invested a minimum of USD 500,000 in Mauritius.
• You must have lived continuously in Mauritius for at least two years before applying for citizenship.

It is important to note that while this immigration regulation exists, obtaining Mauritian citizenship is not an automatic entitlement. There are numerous challenges and requirements that must be handled successfully and we recommend the residency by investment as an objective to aim for.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can South Africans buy property in Mauritius?

Yes, South Africans can buy and own property in Mauritius. Buying property in Mauritius as a South African is similar to buying property in Mauritius as other foreigners. Click here to learn more about buying property in Mauritius as foreigners. The government has implemented various schemes to encourage foreign investment in the real estate sector. However, it is essential to consult with a reputable real estate agent and make sure to follow all the legal rules.

Can South Africans retire in Mauritius?

South Africans can retire in Mauritius at 50 years old by showing a minimum of USD1500 monthly or USD18,000 in their bank account. The Retirement Permit is for 10 years with an option to apply for a 20-year Permanent Residence Permit after three consecutive years of residency. South Africans can also retire in Mauritius on a Premium Visa for 6 months up to a year, by showing at least USD1,500.

Is it cheaper to live in Mauritius or South Africa?

Although living costs, like food, cars, and electricity, can be expensive, a simple lifestyle can still offer a good quality of life. The country provides free healthcare and education, though few expats use these services. While living costs are relatively lower compared to Europe, it may not be the cheapest option for South Africans seeking a high-quality lifestyle. Expenses for relocating, including buying a car, health insurance, household insurance, and others, need to be considered.

For a 4-person South African family (2 children) living in a 3-bedroom villa in a pleasant complex in Grand Baie, and attending private schools, a monthly budget of MUR 100,000 to 200,000 would provide a good but not extravagant life.

Can I bring my family with me when moving to Mauritius from South Africa?

South Africans can move to Mauritius with their family. Spouses, dependent children, and parents can apply for Residence Permits as dependents. The criteria for eligibility and the documents required can differ, so it is essential to carefully examine the guidelines provided by the authorities in Mauritius.

Where is the best place for South Africans to live in Mauritius?

Deciding where to live in Mauritius depends on your lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences. The North of Mauritius is more developed, with a vibrant nightlife and modern amenities, while the West of Mauritius is quieter and more focused on outdoor activities and nature. Both regions have their own unique charm, and it is worth exploring them both to decide which one is right for you. Read more here.

Are there any restrictions on foreign property ownership in Mauritius?

There are restrictions on property ownership for foreigners in Mauritius. These restrictions include buying land next to the ocean, the minimum amount of money required for property investment and limitations on purchasing agricultural land. Consulting with legal professionals and real estate agents can help you navigate the process smoothly.

Does Mauritius offer dual citizenship?

Yes, Mauritius allows dual citizenship, meaning you can retain your South African citizenship while obtaining Mauritian citizenship. It is important to review the regulations and requirements of both countries to follow the laws of both countries regarding dual citizenship.

 

Moving to Mauritius from South africa with TBI Mauritius

Moving to Mauritius from South Africa is a very personal choice, and it is crucial to think about all aspects of your life and future before starting such an important journey. We, at TBI, have assisted a lot of foreigners in moving to Mauritius from South Africa. We can help transition your business, assist in setting up a company in Mauritius as well as create a bespoke immigration strategy that works for you and your family.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for coming to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

Mauritius 2023 Budget

Mauritius Budget 2023/2024 for Foreigners

The latest Budget Measures were announced last week and there have been lots of positive changes, many of which are beneficial for foreigners living in Mauritius. Please note the following points before you pop open the champagne.

Although some of the rules such as with the new tax system can come straight into operation on 1st July without many obstacles, it can be more complex with many of the other rules. Once the measures are announced, they don’t become law until they are debated, voted and promulgated. That is normally enough, but even then, some items do not quite properly come into force like the new rules about buying property outside the scheme from 2022.  We suggest you to be patient before making any bold moves.

 

Rules for Personal Tax for Foreigners in Mauritius

From July 1st, 2023, the Solidarity Levy will be abolished and a progressive Income Tax system will be introduced. The individual’s annual chargeable income will be subject to the following tax rates.

Income Range (Rs) Tax Rate (%)
0 – 390,000 0%
390,001 – 430,000 2%
430,001 – 470,000 4%
470,001 – 530,000 6%
530,001 – 590,000 8%
590,001 – 890,000 10%
890,001 – 1,190,000 12%
1,190,001 – 1,490,000 14%
1,490,001 – 1,890,000 16%
1,890,001 – 2,390,000 18%
Above 2,390,000 20%

 

Latest Rules for Foreigners Buying Property in Mauritius

If you’re interested in buying property in Mauritius as a foreigner, here are some important updates:

Property for Sale to Foreigners in Mauritius outside current schemes

Resident non-citizens can now apply to purchase a residential property with a minimum value of USD 500,000 (previously USD 350,000) outside the existing schemes. However, they will need to pay an additional registration duty of 10%. The main holder of a resident permit is allowed to acquire only one property outside of current schemes, and this allowance doesn’t extend to their spouse or children.

Property for Sale to Retired Non-Citizens in Mauritius

Retired non-citizens and their families can obtain a residence permit upon purchasing a property in a PDS project focused on senior living. To be eligible, the acquisition price must exceed USD 200,000, and the non-citizen must be above 50 years old. The resident status will remain valid as long as the property is owned by the buyer.

Property for Sale to Foreigners under the Sustainable City Scheme

The Non-Citizens (Property Restriction) Act will be amended to allow non-citizens to acquire residential property in a sustainable city in the same manner as an acquisition under the Smart City Scheme. The Immigration Act will be amended to grant a residence permit to a non-citizen and their family upon the acquisition of a property with a minimum price of USD 375,000 under the Sustainable City Scheme. The resident status will remain valid as long as the buyer holds the property.

Processing costs for Buying Property as Foreigners in Mauritius

To cover processing expenses, a new fee of Rs 25,000 per application will be introduced for non-citizens acquiring “Ground plus two apartments” and for residence permit applications under the residential schemes.

 

Rules for Occupation Permits in Mauritius

Some changes have been made to the Occupation Permit rules:

  • The salary threshold for obtaining an Occupation Permit as a professional will be reduced to Rs 30,000.
  • The Young Professional Occupation Permit (YPOP) will be available for individuals from all fields of study.

Rule for Residence Permit in Mauritius

  • Retired non-citizens will have the option to provide a bank statement and a written undertaking to open a bank account within 2 months, instead of having to open a bank account at the initial stage.

 

Rules for Work Permit in Mauritius

The following updates relate to obtaining a work permit in Mauritius:

  • A “silent is consent” principle of 4 weeks will be applied for Work Permit applications.
  • Non-citizens holding a tourist or business visa will now be eligible to apply for a work permit.
  • The maximum duration of stay of 4 years has been eliminated for carers on a Work Permit. They will now be permitted to work as long as their services are needed.

 

Mauritius Visa Rules for Foreigners

Some changes to Mauritius visa rules have also been introduced:

  • Occupation Permit applicants will be granted a Business Visa of 120 days without needing to leave Mauritius.
  • An International Expert Training Visa, valid for 18 months, will be introduced.
  • Medical patients, retirees, and up to 2 accompanying caretakers will be eligible for a Premium Visa.

 

Other Tax Measures for Foreigners in Mauritius

Tax Exemptions for Foreigners in Mauritius

There are some great tax exemptions for foreigners too. For instance, the exemption for interest earned by Collective Investment Schemes or Closed End Funds established in Mauritius will be increased from 80% to 95%. This means a larger portion of your interest income will be exempted from taxation. Moreover, the exemption for interest income from Green Bonds used for renewable energy projects will be extended to cover all other sustainable projects.

Investment Tax Credit for Foreigners in Mauritius

If you’re an investor or a manufacturing company, you’ll be happy to know that there’s an investment tax credit available. Manufacturing companies can enjoy a yearly tax credit of 15% for three years on expenses related to new plant and machinery, excluding motor cars. This opportunity is valid until the financial year 2025/2026. Additionally, companies producing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can claim an investment tax credit for the costs of purchasing new plant and machinery used in the production of non-alcoholic drinks.

Protected Cell Company (PCC) and Variable Capital Company (VCC)

The MRA will not use assets from other cells or non-cellular assets of a PCC to recover taxes owed by a specific cell. Similarly, each sub-fund or special purpose vehicle of a VCC will be treated as an independent entity for tax recovery purposes.

Mauritius VAT Rules for Foreigners

There are some changes in VAT rules too. The VAT exemption, which previously applied only to the construction of purpose-built buildings for tertiary education, will now extend to constructions for primary and secondary education. Additionally, instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental, or veterinary sciences (HS Code 90.18) will be zero-rated for VAT purposes instead of being VAT exempt. The special levy imposed on banks will be standardized at 5.5% for all banks, regardless of their operating income.

Extension of the Tax Arrears Settlement Scheme (TASS)

Good news! The Tax Arrears Settlement Scheme (TASS) has been extended. Under this scheme, taxpayers can have all penalties and interests waived for their outstanding tax arrears under the Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax Act, and Gambling Regulatory Authority Act. To benefit from TASS, you need to register by December 31, 2023, and pay your taxes in full by March 31, 2024. TASS is also applicable to assessments that are currently pending before the Assessment Review Committee, Supreme Court, or Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

 

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for coming to Mauritius.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

Please contact us via our website, via email to info@tbimauritius.com or via the form below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the information given is accurate, the information on this site does not contain legal, tax or any other professional advice. We accept no responsibility or liability due to any information or representation, whether accurate or not, relied upon in the contents. It is an information guide to provide the reader with a useful general, but basic understanding of the different considerations. You must seek local legal, tax or other professional advice before relying on the contents of this site.

Home Loans For Foreigners In Mauritius

Home Loans For Foreigners In Mauritius

Mauritius, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, is a popular destination for tourists and expatriates alike. With its stunning beaches, lush greenery and friendly people, it’s no wonder that many foreigners choose to settle down in Mauritius. Moving to Mauritius requires a lot of research and preparation, which is thoroughly explained on this page. However, one of the major challenges that foreigners face when buying a home in Mauritius is obtaining a home loan. In this article, we will provide useful information on obtaining a home loan as a foreigner in Mauritius, including the requirements, process and benefits.

 

Requirements for obtaining a home loan in Mauritius

Foreigners who wish to obtain a home loan in Mauritius must meet certain requirements, which may include the following:

  1. Valid passport: Prospective borrowers must have a valid passport issued by their country of origin.
  2. Proof of income: Applicants must provide proof of their income, which may include salary slips, bank statements, and tax returns.
  3. Good credit history: Prospective borrowers must have a good credit history and a positive credit score.
  4. Proof of property ownership: The borrower must provide proof of ownership of the property they wish to purchase.
  5. Adequate deposit: The borrower must have an adequate deposit, typically up to 30% of the property value

It is also important to note that foreigners do not need a residence permit to obtain a home loan in Mauritius. However, you may be able to get a residence permit if you invest at least $375, 000 in a property under approved schemes in Mauritius. For more information on latest rules and requirements for buying a house for sale in Mauritius, check out this article.

 

Process for obtaining a home loan in Mauritius

The process for obtaining a home loan in Mauritius typically involves the following steps:

  1. Research and comparison: Prospective borrowers should research and compare the home loan options offered by various banks in Mauritius to find the best rates and terms.
  2. Application: Once a suitable lender has been identified, the borrower can submit a loan application along with the required documents.
  3. Approval: The bank will review the loan application and may request additional information or documentation. If the borrower meets the lender’s criteria, the loan will be approved.
  4. Valuation: The lender will conduct a valuation of the property to determine its value and the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio.
  5. Disbursement: If the valuation is satisfactory, the lender will disburse the loan amount to the borrower.

 

Benefits of obtaining a home loan in Mauritius as a foreignerHome loan in Mauritius

  1. Competitive interest rates: Although interest rates have risen dramatically over the last few years, they are still viable for investors.
  2. Investment opportunities: Mauritius is known for its robust real estate market, offering excellent investment opportunities for foreigners seeking to invest in property.
  3. Tax benefits: Foreigners who purchase a property in Mauritius may be eligible for tax benefits, such as reduced rates of property tax and stamp duty.
  4. No residency requirements: Foreigners do not need to be residents of Mauritius to obtain a home loan, making it easier for non-residents to invest in property on the island.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT INTEREST RATE AND LTV

The interest rates for home loans in Mauritius vary depending on the bank and other factors such as the loan amount, repayment period, and the creditworthiness of the borrower. As of February 2023, the interest rates for home loans in Mauritius range from around 6% to 6.5% per annum.

It is important to note that these rates are subject to change and may differ based on the lender’s policies and market conditions at the time of application.

Regarding the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, this refers to the maximum percentage of the property value that the bank is willing to lend to the borrower. In Mauritius, the LTV ratio for home loans is typically up to 70% of property value.

It is important to note that the LTV ratio may also depend on other factors such as the borrower’s creditworthiness and the purpose of the loan.

Therefore, it is advisable to consult with a qualified financial advisor or a property agent to better understand the loan terms and conditions before applying for a home loan in Mauritius. This is where TBI Business Advisors can assist you. With more than 10 years of experience in the local market, TBI has gained a wide network of trusted professionals and has a well-defined process for you to apply and qualify for a home loan. Get in touch to know more.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can foreigners get home loans in Mauritius?

Yes, foreigners can get home loans in Mauritius. However, the loan application process may differ from that of Mauritian citizens. The bank will evaluate your creditworthiness and the purpose of your loan. You may also be required to provide additional documentation.

What is the maximum loan amount that foreigners can get in Mauritius?

The maximum loan amount that foreigners can get in Mauritius varies from bank to bank. Typically, the loan amount is up to 70% of the property value. Some banks may offer higher loan amounts for high-net-worth individuals or for properties with a high value.

What is the interest rate on home loans for foreigners in Mauritius?

The interest rate on home loans for foreigners in Mauritius is similar to that of Mauritian citizens, from 6% to 6.5% as of March 2023. The rate may vary depending on the bank, loan amount and repayment period. It is important to compare the interest rates of different banks before choosing a lender.

What are the eligibility criteria for foreigners to get home loans in Mauritius?

To be eligible for a home loan in Mauritius as a foreigner, you must have a good credit score and a stable income source. Additionally, the property you wish to buy must be located in a designated area, as specified by the bank.

Can foreigners get home loans for buying land in Mauritius?

Yes, foreigners can get home loans for buying land in Mauritius. However, the loan amount may be lower than that for buying a property, and the interest rates may be higher. It is important to check with different banks to compare their loan terms and conditions.

What are the repayment terms for home loans for foreigners in Mauritius?

The repayment terms for home loans for foreigners in Mauritius may vary depending on the bank and the loan amount. The repayment period varies according to the borrower’s age; if they are 55 years, the repayment period will be 10 years, considering that borrowers can only be a maximum of 65 years. Some banks may offer a grace period of up to six months before the first repayment is due. It is important to check with the bank about their repayment terms before applying for a loan.

Can foreigners get home loans for buying a second property in Mauritius?

Yes, foreigners can get home loans for buying a second property in Mauritius. However, the loan amount and interest rate may differ from that for buying a primary residence. Some banks may offer lower loan amounts and higher interest rates for second properties.

 

How TBI can help

With its extensive network of trusted professionals, TBI will make the process of applying and qualifying for a loan smooth and stress-free. As a foreigner, it can be daunting to take a loan or invest in a property in Mauritius. With TBI having expertise in the local market, you can ensure that you connect with the right people and that you get a good value on your investments.