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Investing in Mauritius

A small country with only 1.2 million people, Mauritius, is today one of the leading African markets for foreign investors. The sharp increase in interest on the part of expats is largely due to the simplification of laws relating to the acquisition of real estate on the island. For example, a lower threshold was set for obtaining resident status – $ 500,000. The government reports a significant increase in the number of foreigners who buy local properties mainly along the coastline of Mauritius.

To some extent, Mauritius is already the leading African economy with the highest per capita GDP of $ 25,700. The World Economic Forum (WEF) also rates Mauritius as the most competitive market in Africa. The country ranks 25th in the world in the World Bank's ranking of ease of doing business and is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.

Investing in Mauritius whether it is in real estate or business represents some considerable advantage. For businessmen, this island is sort of a fiscal paradise where smooth operation perfectly blends with tropical luxuriance. If you are looking for the right place to invest your private funds or your offshore company, it is time to expand your horizon and discover the solid offshore jurisdiction that is Mauritius

Here are the two main types of business structures for investing in Mauritius:

Global Business Category (GBC1)

It can be public or private. To be properly constituted, a GBC1 needs two directors who must be residents in the country to be able to accede to double taxation agreements. At least one local shareholder is required and the share capital to establish it is 1,000,000 USD. The data of administrator and shareholders do not appear in the public registry. Bearer shares are not allowed and the only type of shares that can be issued are registered. This type of company is subject to corporation tax.

Global Business Category (GBC2) 

It can only be private. To be properly constituted, a GBC2 needs a director who can be a natural or legal person who does not necessarily have to be a resident. At least one shareholder is required and there is not a minimum of social capital to constitute it. The data of administrator and shareholders do not appear in the public registry. Bearer shares are not allowed and the only type of shares that can be issued are registered. This type of company is exempt from taxes.

Good to know

Both for people with high net worth and for similar companies, the tax rates in Mauritius are incredibly favourable. For example, there are no taxes on capital gains or dividends. There are fixed tax rates on corporate benefits and income of individuals, both set at 15%. There is an effective rate of 3% on offshore companies, thanks to a total tax credit of 80% on these. There are also no restrictions on the repatriation of profits, dividends or capital.

Real estate

For future buyers of real estate in Mauritius, it’s good to get to know the island’s geography well. This will allow you to clearly understand what part of it is most suitable for the future home. Here, not only weather conditions play a role, but also infrastructure, in some parts of the island more suitable for a relaxed holiday, in others – for active life and business, as well as the proximity of real estate to the sea. Plaisance City is the perfect blend of the two:

Working in Mauritius

Working in Mauritius is facilitated by several factors. If you are planning to come to Mauritius for work, we have gathered all information you need to start your new tropical job. Before we jump to the article, we better introduce ourselves; we are Plaisance City, one of the best places to stay in Mauritius. See our apartments here:

Mauritius, an island, a country, a piece of paradise

Mauritius Island, officially known as the Republic of Mauritius, is a paradisiacal country that emerges from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. It is an island sovereign country that is located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean about 900 kilometres from the eastern coast of Madagascar.

The Republic of Mauritius is an insular nation which regroups more than 30 islands. While most of them are close to the mainland, you’ll also find Mauritians on smaller island like Rodrigues and St Brandon.

Useful information about Mauritius

  • Capital:  Port Louis.
  • Official language:  English, French and Mauritian Creole.
  • Form of government: Parliamentary Republic.
  • Population: more than 1,300,000 inhabitants.
  • Currency: Rupee
  • Member of: UN, AU and Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Hourly use: MUT (UTC +4)
  • Main cities: Port Louis, Curepipe, Quatre Bornes, Mahébourg, Vacoas-Phoenix, Beau Bassin-Rose Hill, Grand Gaube …
  • Economy: position 126.
  • Activities: Tourism and agriculture.
  • Religion:  Catholicism, Islam and Protestant churches.

Work opportunities in Mauritius

If you are thinking of working in Mauritius, the first thing you should consider is to speak one of the official languages ​​of the country. If you have good knowledge in English or French, your chances of working in this destination will be greater.

In terms of employment opportunities in Mauritius, there are several operating industries on the island. The tourism sector stands out and offers a varied range of jobs. ICT and information technologies are also one of the areas where jobs are becoming increasingly demanded.

To apply for a job in Mauritius, as in other countries, you must have a valid job offer for a company on the island. For this reason, it is good to get in touch with the companies, to know what the opportunities are, what are the sectors that require a greater number of personnel, etc.


There are 3 work permits and each one has its requirements: employees, freelancers or investors.

Work permit Mauritius

The applicant who has entered the country with a tourist visa will not be allowed to work in Mauritius! It should be ensured that approval of work and residence permits has been obtained before undertaking the trip to Mauritius. Only Mauritian or foreign companies incorporated in Mauritius are entitled to apply for a work permit and residence permit for a foreigner. The application may be lodged only for a skilled worker performing a specific job, on a full-time basis and for a specified period of time. The application for a work permit and residence permit is made at the same time. The company must first apply to the Ministry of Labour. After agreement, in principle, the process can start. A security deposit is required (40 000 rupees for the Europeans).

Learn more about working in Mauritius below:


Why Mauritius?

Mauritius cultivates the softness of living and the art of work. If you invest internationally or if you are looking for a second home, Mauritius is an ideal solution for your family and your business.

An international financial center – As a bridge between Africa and the East, Mauritius is a stable, safe, diversified and competitive business center.


The reasons for choosing Mauritius:

  • Political stability, an impressive track record and sustained economic growth over more than three decades
  • A safe place for investment, a recognized state of law
  • The most liberalized country on the African continent and the friendliest for business
  • Peaceful, multi-ethnic, a unique lifestyle in a mix of cultures
  • A flexible, bilingual (French and English) and skilled workforce, working under a regulatory regime favorable to investment
  • Opening to investors and foreign talent
  • An Ocean State with one of the largest exclusive economic zones on the planet
  • Preferential access to the market of Africa, Europe and the United States
  • Time zone suitable for all markets (GMT +4)


The richness of its history and its cultural diversity make Mauritius a privileged country. It is both an attractive place and conducive for business, all with a sweetness of life matchless. Mauritius offers a welcoming and pleasant environment for foreigners who intend to work, live or retire there. The island is recognized as one of the safest countries in the world and is a state of law.

The country has several public and private hospitals offering multiple specializations, clinics and specialized health centers that offer world-class care and treatment. The education sector is made up of several public and private institutions of international standing, offering the British secondary curriculum, the French Baccalaureate and the International Baccalaureate. In the tertiary sector there are several universities and public and private institutions offering a choice of internationally recognized master's and post-graduate level courses.

On the island and by the sea, several residences, villas and apartments are available at competitive prices.

Property Mauritius: Foreigners are no longer limited to buying luxury villas

No need to buy a villa to enjoy wonderful beaches as seen above. Mauritius is a paradise island, with its growing range of properties ranging from 155,000 to several million euros, enjoys a particularly attractive tax scheme. Combined with a very pleasant lifestyle, the real estate sector is experiencing a craze that has not diminished since the opening of the market to foreigners in 2002.

Buying a property in Mauritius is no longer reserved for foreign investors the most fortunate now, non-Mauritian citizens are more restricted to acquire a residential unit developed under the IRS, RES or PDS. The government is going further in its policy of opening up the real estate market to foreigners.

On December 20, 2016, the National Assembly voted the Non-Citizens Property Restriction. This law now allows foreigners to buy an apartment in Mauritius. The apartment or apartments must be located in a condominium of at least 2 floors (R + 2), with the prior approval of the Board of Investment (BOI). According to the law, the amount to be paid for the purchase of an apartment must not be less than 6 million rupees (about 155,000 €).

Thus, all non-citizens, with or without Permit Occupation, Residence Permit or Permanent Resident Permit, can acquire R + 2 apartments at a price higher than this amount.

With this new measure, very far from luxury real estate but still in a luxury real estate, the government wants to "boost" the Mauritian economy and the construction sector.

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Indeed, the authorities see it as an ideal way to sell apartments that remain unsold locally and attract more foreign expertise on the island, offering more choices for the acquisition of real estate. Investing in Mauritius is no longer reserved for the biggest fortunes and tax benefits remain the same.

Living in Mauritius: Healthcare and Education

Planning on living in Plaisance City in Mauritius? You want to know more about how healthcare and education is on the island? Here is everything you need to know about healthcare and the education system of the island of Mauritius.

Healthcare in Mauritius

Whilst there is publicly funded healthcare provision in Mauritius for local residents, as an expat you would usually need to pay your own medical costs. It is therefore important to ensure that you have appropriate medical insurance before you move to Mauritius. There are plenty of public hospitals on the island, but many expats prefer to make use of one of the private hospitals such as the Darne Clinic or the Apollo Bramwell Hospital, where a broader range of services can be offered and superior facilities are available. A small number of complex medical procedures may not be available in Mauritius, and for these you would need to be transferred to a hospital in South Africa or Reunion.

Malaria does not occur in Mauritius except in some rural areas, so there is  little need to take precautions against this, and you are typically not required to have any vaccinations when traveling to and from the country, unless you come from a country with yellow fever risk transmission. Nevertheless, standard immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), as well as for hepatitis A and B are recommended.

Education in Mauritius

Education is highly valued, and the state provides free education from primary school through to university for children who live in Mauritius. There is also a wide choice of international schools that are ideal for children moving from overseas to Mauritius, for example, Alexandra House School and the International Preparatory School for children aged up to 11 years. In addition to academic subjects, pupils have the opportunity to take many extra classes such as ballet, art, netball, tennis, touch rugby, and cricket.

For secondary level students there is also a range of private schools to choose from, such as Le Bocage International School and Northfields High School, where pupils can study for academic qualifications, for example, international GCSEs, A levels, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Fees are payable for all international schools. The high standard of education at the international schools also attracts Mauritian children to these establishments, offering expat pupils the opportunity to become more integrated in the local community.


Property Mauritius: Capital Gains!

More and more investors are seduced by the island's softness, secure real estate programs and taxation. We met those who live between France and the Indian Ocean and visited one of the areas in which they invest.

Why buy a property in Mauritius?

There are those who are looking for a second home at one or two hours from home to spend all their weekends there and there are others. Among them, some are ready to go further, longer. Often because they are retired, or pre-retired and they may consider spending several months away from France, but not always. Some active people have also discovered the soul of a "bird traveler" since they can work remotely and continue, thanks to new technologies, their activity far from their usual base. More than 9000 kilometers from France, Mauritius is one of the destinations that attracts French, but also Belgians, British, Swiss and South Africans who are looking for a home to live differently.

Resales with nice capital gains

What do they like today? Their new social life next to people who look like them and whose values ​​they share. "We are surrounded by many French people, here life is easy, calm, we feel safe," said Mrs. G. They had their villa built in the field, facing golf. "Finally, it cost us much less than if we had done in the south of France," says the couple.

Their very contemporary, bright villa of 420 m² with a beautiful outdoor living room cost 1.1 million euros. They are in the heart of a secure domain, but the guarding remains discreet, and they can enjoy the restaurants, gym and swimming pool of the village. They decided to spend their free time four months a year in several periods, but they do not want to rent their new home.

Some early buyers have resold their apartments or villas with profit, it seems. Similar goes for our upcoming project – Plaisance City – the resale value will indeed help in making nice capital gains – Why not reserve yours now?

Permis de résidence permanent

Pour devenir résident permanent ,  la loi exige d'investir dans un appartement pour un minimum d'environ 460 000 euros. Cependant, depuis la loi de Decembre 2016, nous offrons des appartements autour de 150 000 euros permettant aux étrangers d'acquérir une propriété à Maurice qui ne soit pas seulement une villa de luxe de 500 000 euros. 

Très souvent,  les étrangers investissent à Maurice pour passer quelques mois sur l'Ile et louer leur appartement le reste du temps.  Par conséquent,  ils n'ont pas besoin du permis de séjour mais utilisent simplement leur visa de touriste

Maintenant,  il est évidemment possible de devenir résident avec le permis de résident permanent si vous le souhaitez sous certains critères (Board of Investment /prp.aspx)

Le permis de résidence permanent permet à un non-citoyen de travailler et de vivre à Maurice pour une période de dix ans. Les catégories suivantes sont admissibles au permis de résidence permanent. 

  • Un investisseur titulaire d'un Permis d'Occupation valide dont le chiffre d'affaire total de son entreprise dépasse 45 millions de roupies pour une période consécutive de 3 ans. 
  • Un investisseur qui investit au moins USD 500 000 dans une activité commerciale admissible tel que dans la liste ci-dessous:

Industrie agro-alimentaire, audiovisuel, cinéma et communication, banque, construction,  éducation, produits écologiques, services financiers, pêche et ressources marines,  freeport,  technologie de l'information,  infrastructure, assurance,  fabrication,  développement de la marine ,  tourisme et entreposage,

Plaisance City: Invest in Mauritius

Why choose Mauritius?

If, like many expats, you are seduced by Mauritius to the point where you are actually thinking of settling there, you will not regret it. Through its policy of good practice, Mauritius has become a hub for ethics, good governance, transparency, economic and political freedom. In 2014, the country (ranked 39th in the world) is the most competitive African country in the world competitiveness ranking established by the World Economic Forum. It ranks first in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) 2014 with a score of 81.7 out of 100 and 28th in the overall ranking in the 2015 Business Facility (out of 189 economies).

Invest in Mauritius

The financial services sector is one of the main contributors to the Mauritian economy and the country is continuously improving its range of financial products by offering quality services. There are many good reasons to invest in Mauritius. First, the island enjoys an attractive tax regime favoring foreign investment and unlike many African states, Mauritius is a good student in terms of political, social and financial stability. Moreover, the availability of a highly skilled, bilingual and affordable workforce is proving to be one of its major strengths. As a signatory of several multilateral treaties and conventions ensuring the protection of foreign investors, the country offers them a dream environment in which economic conditions are favorable: lack of trade controls, protection of foreigners' assets, double taxation treaties under the OECD, a convenient time zone in front of Europe, free zones and the provision of its free port to investors. Mauritius also seduces by its tropical climate, its geography made up of plateaus, coastal plains and its coastline bordered by turquoise lagoons and white sandy beaches, not to mention the warm welcome and good humor of the Mauritians …

Why Plaisance City?

Indeed, while the north sees its space saturated by the many luxurious villas, the still uninhabited Southeast of the Island was the occasion to bring out an environment of life and work exemplary while leaving intact its reserves natural and marine forests. many projects such as Plaisance took place to enable the Mauritians to acquire an affordable and environmentally friendly property.

The South of the Island is booming by an increasing number of international tourists who buy houses in the rest of the island but also by the arrival of many international businessmen coming to settle. Indeed, Mauritius is a hub for companies trading with Asia and Africa.

Les Etrangers à Maurice

Qu’est-ce que la nouvelle loi pour les étrangers ?

Plaisance City possède un statut tout particulier qui n’est ni Smart city, RES, PDS ou IRS tout simplement car le projet se trouve sous la nouvelle législation du Non-Citizen Act passé le 20 Décembre 2016, autorisant les investisseurs étrangers à acquérir un appartement sur l’Ile Maurice dans une résidence de plus de 2 étages pour une somme minimale d’environ 150 000 Euros. 

Texte Officiel: The Non-Citizens (Property Restriction) Act has been amended on 20 December 2016 to allow foreigners to purchase apartments in condominium developments of at least two levels above ground (G+2) with the prior approval of the Board of Investment.

Any non-citizen, with or without an occupation permit, residence permit, permanent residence permit, may acquire apartments. Thus, there is no restriction for non-citizens who wish to acquire:

– a residential unit developed under the IRS, RES and PDS

– a residential unit developed in a smart city

– an apartment located in a building comprising at least two floors above the ground floor.

Plaisance Estate -Phases du Projet

La première phase reste les appartements. La construction continuera avec Plaisance Business Parc, un ensemble de bureaux et centre de conférences. Ensuite, la Résidence Hôtelière puis l’Hôtel 4 étoiles suivront pour répondre aux besoins des Entreprises et Businessmen.

Quand la construction débutera-t-elle ?

Un tiers des appartements ont déjà étaient vendus, cela en moins de 6 mois. Les constructions débuteront ver fin 2018. De plus, 10% du projet seront dédiés aux contracteurs locaux. Le début de la construction a été avancé une fois dut à un changement de structure du bâtiment avec haussement des standards, tout en faveur de ses résidents.

Les avantages de Plaisance City


La Résidence de Plaisance prend vie parmi les Smart Cities, forêts et plages, ainsi que de nouvelles infrastructures pour en faire une aire agréable à vivre. Non seulement, les résidents bénéficieront de paysages sensationnels,  un lever et coucher de soleil directement de leur appartement, mais en plus, d’une résidence entièrement équipée avec Club House, Piscine vue sur la mer, une salle de Fitness et un French coffee bar.          

Paddle et planches à voile avec la plage 800 mètres plus loin. Bien sûr, les navettes électriques seront à disposition de ses résidents pour l’aller-retour des amoureux de la plage ainsi que pour l’aéroport. Le sud-est de l’ile est très facilement accessible et le projet se trouve dans une aire en plein développement avec l’un des plus grands centre commercial du Sud en construction.  Un emplacement unique à 1km de la plage de la Cambuse, 2 min en voiture, 10 min à vélo et 30 min à pieds.  

Nous nous trouvons dans un environnement de travail qui va subir un développement extraordinaire en termes de qualité de vie supérieure, avec plusieurs restaurants, des gymnases, spa, piscines et paysages alentours.
Et surtout, les bâtiments se trouvent à proximité de l’aéroport,  ce que va générer un trafic de passage grandissant.

Pour ceux qui se demandent si l’aéroport sera source de nuisances sonores, pas de problèmes, Plaisance ne se trouve pas concerné, tout comme les Hôtels de luxes Shandrani et Holliday Inn déjà en place, pas de risques de bruits dérangeants !

Plaisance City se trouve à 20 minutes du Golf d’Avalon et 25 minutes de l’Ile aux Cerfs.  Notre produit répond aux besoins des amoureux de la nature et du sport, incluant Golf, Plongée et Surf parmi tant d’autres.