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Working in Mauritius – Island overview

Working in Mauritius, that alone is already enticing. Imagine pursuing your career working in the pearl of the Indian Ocean with its dazzling beaches, bizarre mountain peaks, palm-fringed dream beaches and turquoise shimmering lagoons. 


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A bright blue sky, a palm tree and a romantically set the decor in Mauritius. As Mark Twain wrote about 100 years ago: “Mauritius was created first, then paradise.” The famous writer was not mistaken. Inexplicable mountain peaks, palm-fringed beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise shimmering lagoons, no mistake here, you are really in a parade environment. Mauritius is located in the southwestern Indian Ocean about 800 kilometres east of Madagascar and belongs alongside Reunion Island and Rodrigues to the Mascarenes archipelago. The island has an area of ​​1865 square kilometres and is densely populated with just over one million inhabitants. 


The climate in Mauritius is pleasant all year round, with the months of April to July and September to October being the most pleasant. During this time, the least rainfall and the temperatures are not too high.


In the small ecosphere of Mauritius, the descendants of Europeans, Africans, Indians and Chinese live together peacefully. Despite all this cultural diversity, Mauritians have one thing in common: their open-minded, cheerful and cordial way of meeting foreigners. Their traditional hospitality is no coincidence, but an expression of the mutual tolerance that prevails on the island. Without this tolerance, Mauritians would never have been able to build such a well-functioning, democratic and multi-ethnic society. One more reason to live and work here. Because exotic is only the environment here. In terms of infrastructural standards and security, Mauritius is no way inferior than most European countries.


The main language in Mauritius is the Creole. The basis of this (almost only spoken, rarely written) language is a grammatically very simplified French spelled out with words from the English, Arabic and Indian languages. French is the cultural language. Newspapers are published in French, almost all television programs are in this language. But English is understood almost everywhere. It is the official language, almost all contracts or official documents are in English. The currency used on the island the Mauritian Rupee. One euro is about 37.5 rupees.


Mauritian economy


Although we have seen fairly modest growth in recent years, the Mauritian economy is among the most dynamic in sub-Saharan African region. Growth should reach 3.9% of GDP in 2017, and more and more job positions are opening up each day.


Growth is driven by the service sector, especially real estate in Mauritius, financial and tourism services, which have been resilient and left pretty much unimpacted by the world economic crisis. The number of tourist arrivals increased by 5.2% to over 1.3 million in 2017 (Mauritius Statistics), with European tourists accounting for almost half of the total. Services account for nearly 75% of GDP, with the tourism sector (food, housing, recreation, etc.) and the financial sector being the most dynamic. The Mauritian economy is diversified and also depends on its offshore financial activity, its textile industry and its production of sugar cane. In the year 2000s, numerous online job portals have opened up to keep up with the market demand in quality labour services.


If you are planning a long stay, buy an apartment in Mauritius with Plaisance City and benefit from the numerous fiscal advantages the island has to offer.

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.

 

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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.