Frequent Asked Questions

With its white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, Mauritius does not only offer an exceptional setting, but has built itself a solid reputation as a reliable and secure investment platform. Mauritius has been ranked 13th out of 190 countries by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2020, and is ranked nr. 1 in Africa. Mauritius offers political and social stability, an attractive tax system and a strong banking system.

The Property Development Scheme (PDS) has recently replaced the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) and the Real Estate Scheme (RES), and now allows the development of a mix of residences for sale to non-citizens, citizens and members of the Mauritian Diaspora.

The government of Mauritius has made specific developments available for foreign investment, which falls into the legal structure of the PDS. A non-citizen is eligible for a residence permit with the investment of USD375,000 before tax under the PDS scheme.

Vente en État Futur d’Achèvement (VEFA) allows property investors to buy real estate off-plan in Mauritius. 

Garantie Financière d’Achèvement is a performance bond ensuring delivery of the property to the buyer in line with the terms of the contract. This is a guarantee that the relevant bank will ensure delivery of the property, if the developer fails to fulfil his obligations.

This is a significant advantage to buying a new home in Mauritius.

A variety of banks and financial institutions offers tailor-made solutions to Mauritian citizens and expatriates. 

We will refer you to our partners for the best possible deal.

Mauritius has a double taxation agreement with more than 40 countries including France, Germany, South Africa and United Kingdom.

The tax rate for income, corporate and VAT is 15%. Mauritius has no capital gains tax and no inheritance tax.

In Mauritius there is no housing or property tax. The only real estate tax due is a land transfer tax or BOI tax, equal to 5% of the sale value of the property at the time of the purchase.

Mauritius if often among the most desired destinations for a comfortable retirement. In addition to the attractive tax system, you get to enjoy an improvement in quality of life, adequate air access and healthcare system that meets international standards.

A retired non-citizen, aged 50 and more, can apply for a resident permit to live in Mauritius. An initial transfer of at least USD1,500 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency to their local bank account in Mauritius. Thereafter the same amount must be transferred monthly during the 10 years’ validity of the residence permit. At the end of each year, evidence of the fund transfers must be supplied to the EDB. 

Mauritius is 65km long and 45km wide, with the land are 2 040km². 

150km of white sandy beaches surrounds the island, and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by a coral reef.

Mauritius is a subtropical island in the Indian Ocean, just over 1,130km east of Madagascar, off the south-eastern cost of Africa.

Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical climate throughout the year. The Mauritian summer is November to April, with temperatures between 25°C and 33°C. Summers can be humid in the coastal regions. Winter is May to October and temperatures range between 17°C and 25°C.

The official language is English. French, Creole and Asian languages are also spoken.

Mauritius has a population of 1,3 million people.

Mauritius is 2 hours ahead of South Africa. Three hours ahead of Europe in winter and two hours ahead in summer.

Facilities in private hospitals and clinics are modern and well-equipped, allowing to provide the highest standards of care and specialties. Public and private healthcare facilities are open 24 hours a day and are located across the island. The best-known private clinics are Clinique du Nord, Fortis Clinique Darné and Wellkin Hospital. Many foreigners travel to Mauritius for cosmetic surgery, dentistry and hair grafting. 

Mauritian schools offer some of the top internationally recognised education programmes, both in English and French. The schooling system is divided into four categories: pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary. Public schools (government schools) follow the British system of education, and the private primary and secondary tend to follow the International Baccalaureate programme or the French Education System. Mauritius offers a wide range of schools depending on what your needs are.

The options for tertiary education are numerous and local institutions provide internationally recognised programmes in various fields.

Mauritius has something for everyone – amazing beaches, botanical gardens, hiking trails through tropical forests, national parks and museums, leisure and nature parks. Discover I’lle aux Cerfs  on a full day catamaran cruise for an unforgettable experience with family or book a romantic sunset cruise with your loved one.

Mauritius offers a variety of sports and recreational activities such as diving, surfing, big game fishing, kite surfing, canyoning, football, tennis, squash, jogging, horseback riding, mountain biking, and many more.

For kids there is dance and art classes, swimming, gymnastics, music lessons, rugby, athletics to name only a few.

Mauritius has an amazing number of golf course spread across the island, from a 9-hole course to an 18-hole championship course amid the most spectacular scenery. Mont Choisy Le Golf is the only 18-hole championship course in the north and conveniently located near Grand Baie. A property purchase at Mont Choisy Le Parc gets you an exclusive and much sought-after membership.

In recent years a handful of shopping centers have opened in Mauritius. These centers offer a range of products and services to meet your needs, such as clothing and shoe stores, hypermarkets, pharmacies, household appliance and furniture stores, interior decoration, cinema’s, hardware stores, baby and toy stores, groceries and banking services.

These shopping malls can be found across the island: Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius, Trianon Shopping Mall, Grand Baie La Croisette, Cascavelle Shopping Village, Phoenix Mall, Kendra Mall St Pierre, Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis and most recently the new Bo’Valon Mall in the South.