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The Hon. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has constituted the COVID-19 Managing Committee.

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The Economic Development Board (EDB) takes cognizance of the Curfew Order dated 22 March 2020 (General Notice No.512 of 2020) issued by the Government of Mauritius, aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Mauritius. The Curfew Order, which is effective since 23 March 2020 has been extended till 15 April 2020 until further notice.


Given the exceptional situation, the EDB wishes to inform all Freeport Developers (Third Party & Private) and Freeport operators that the processing of applications for renewal of Freeport Certificate and Storage permit will be postponed during
the lockdown period.

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The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) informs eligible self-employed individuals, who are in business, or tradespersons operating in the informal sector, that the facilities to file an application for a financial support under the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme (SEAS) are available on its website: www.mra.mu

The Economic Development Board (EDB) takes cognizance of the Curfew Order dated 22 March 2020 (General Notice No.512 of 2020) issued by the Government of Mauritius (“the Curfew Order”), aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19  in  Mauritius. The Curfew Order, which is effective since 23 March 2020 at 20:00 hrs  local time has been extended till 15 April 2020 at 20:00 hrs local time.

Given the exceptional situation, the EDB wishes to inform all applicants that the processing of applications for Occupation/Residence Permits will be delayed.

As such, the following arrangements have been made, after consultation with the authorities concerned:

New applications for Occupation/Residence Permit

All applicants who have submitted their applications via the National E- Licensing System (https://business.edbmauritius.org/) and whose business/tourist visa have expired during the imposed curfew will be given a temporary extension of 3 months as from the date of expiry of the business/tourist visa by the Passport and Immigration Office.  Once the curfew is lifted, the applicants will be called for an appointment for verification of original documents and issuance of the relevant permit. 

Second Application/ Renewal cases for Occupation/Residence Permit

All applicants who have submitted their applications via the National E- Licensing System (https://business.edbmauritius.org/) and whose Occupation/ Residence permit has expired or is about to expire during the imposed curfew will be given a temporary extension of 3 months as from the date of expiry of the permit by the Passport and Immigration Office. Once the curfew is lifted, the applicants will be called for an appointment for verification of original documents and issuance of the relevant permit. 

The EDB will continue to assess the situation and applicants will be kept informed accordingly, of any changes and developments through our website.

01 April 2020

The Government of the Republic of Mauritius has decided to implement a Self-Employed Assistance Scheme (SEAS) through the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) to assist self-employed persons who have suffered a loss of revenue as a consequence of the lockdown in the fight against Covid-19.

Government has set up a COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to provide support to the population and the community at large who are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of the Republic of Mauritius has announced the Wage Assistance Scheme
(The Scheme) to ensure that all employees in the private sector are duly paid their salary for the
month of March 2020. The scheme concerns both Mauritians and foreign employees working
in Mauritius.

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Please click here to access the COVID-19 Measures taken by MRA due to lockdown in Mauritius

Further to its Support Programme launched on Friday 13th of March 2020, the Bank of Mauritius is announcing today additional measures to support households and businesses impacted financially by COVID-19, and to ensure that the domestic rupee and foreign exchange markets continue to operate smoothly.

Please click here to access the State Investment Corporation: Support Measures for enterprises affected by Covid-19

The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr. The Honourable Renganaden Padayachy held a press conference this afternoon to announce Government’s initiatives to address the significant challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19.

In this perspective, the Minister of Finance has outlined the two-pronged approach which comprises significant measures at the Macroeconomic and Cross-Sectoral level as well as sector-specific levels.

The plan aims at providing the necessary support to economic operators across all sectors of activities including the manufacturing industry, agro-industry, SME, tourism and healthcare  with a view to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the Mauritian economy.

Download the support plan of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.