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Getting Started

Choose your business structure
Choose your business structure

If you are a business or self-employed you can choose the structure that best suits you.

Name
Choose your business name

Reservation of names is not mandatory to incorporate and register a business.

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Register your business/ incorporate your company/ pay your trade fees

The Corporate and Business Registration Department (CBRD) will be a one-stop-shop for starting a business. 

bank account
Opening your corporate bank account

Once registered, a business can open a business bank account. The list of registered commercial and corporate banks operating in Mauritius is available on the website of the Bank of Mauritius.

Running your business

Business space
Leasing a business space

Several business parks located in strategic places are available in Mauritius provide modern office amenities to suit specific needs of businesses. 

Acquiring property
Acquiring Property

A non-citizen can hold/ purchase/ acquire immovable properties in Mauritius provided approval is sought from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). A non-citizen registered as investor can seek approval from the Economic Development Board (EDB).

registering property
Registering Property

Mauritius has a deed system whereby the notary has the legal obligation to draft the property deed and to ensure that the property is free from any encumbrances and all documents are in order. The buyer is free to choose the notary of his/her choice.

Acquiring shares
Acquiring shares in another company

Anybody can hold, purchase and sell shares, deal with shares or other securities of a company which are desirous of being admitted for quotation on the Official List of the Stock Exchange through a public issue, offer for sale of shares and for private placement of shares.

starting a construction
Starting a construction

Where a plot of land is classified as agricultural land and is to be used for non-agricultural purposes, an application for a Land conversion permit should be made to the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security

connecting to utilities
Connecting to Utilities

Application for connection to the electricity grid is made either online or to any customer walk–in service of the central Electricity Board (CEB).  Documents required and fees for commercial and industrial buildings are available on the CEB’s website under the tab customer services. 

recruting workforce
Recruiting Workforce

Employers can recruit both local talents and foreign nationals to work in Mauritius. Employers can post an advertisement in local press or specialised website or use the expertise of recruitment agencies.

payment of registration fee
Payment of annual registration fees

Payment of registration fees for companies, “sociétés”, limited partnerships and foundations must be effected yearly as from 3 January to 20 January inclusively. After the 20 January, a higher rate is applicable.

 

import and export
Import and Export Goods

Mauritius has streamlined its tariffs and undertaken meas¬ures to simplify cross-border trading. 53% of the tariff lines do not require an import/ export permit and 89% of the tariff lines in Mauritius are zero-rated.

dispute
Dispute Resolution

Access to dispute settlement by investors has been facilitated with the establishment of a Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.

Invest, Work and Reside

Visa
Your visa options

Foreign nationals coming to Mauritius should enter Mauritius under the appropriate visa that best reflects his/her purpose of visit. 

Work
Work in Mauritius

There are several options for a foreign national to invest, work and reside in Mauritius.

Permit
Live in Mauritius

Your options vary from luxurious villas to lifestyles apartments and flats which you can acquire under schemes approved and managed by the Economic Development Board:

Invest Work Reside
EXIT PROCEDURES

At the end of the lifecycle of a company, you may need to wind up the company and require the company to be removed from the registers of the Registrar of Companies and close the company.

Bilateral Agreements

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MOU

Memorandum of Understandings

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DTAA

Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties

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IPPA

IPPAs signed and in force

Permits

Invest Work Reside
Occupation Permit

The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit which allows foreign nationals to work and reside in Mauritius under the following 3 specific categories (Investor, Professional & Self-Employed).

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Young Professional Occupation Permit

The YPOP is an Occupation Permit valid for a maximum period of 3 years depending on the duration of the contract of employment. The application for the YPOP shall be submitted by the Employer to the Occupation Permit Unit (OPU) 

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Permanent Residence Permit

The Permanent Residence Permit allows a non-citizen to work and live in Mauritius for a period of ten years. The following categories are eligible for the Permanent Residence Permit.

Living in Mauritius
Living in Mauritius

Non-citizens and expats are allowed to acquire residential property in Mauritius under schemes approved and managed by the Economic Development Board such as:

Application forms

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Young professional permit
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Work permit
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Work and live in Mauritius
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TPMS
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SME refund scheme
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Sharing of data through the Info highway platform
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Sectors
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Real estate development
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Property Development
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Permanent residence permit
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Occupation permit
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Freight rebate scheme
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Film rebate
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Exemption from payment of registration duty and land transfer tax for warehousing purposes
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Acquisition of property

Guidelines

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Mauritius Diaspora Guidelines
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Young professional permit
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Work permit
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Work and live in Mauritius
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Vat Refund scheme
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The smart city scheme
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SME refund scheme
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Regulatory sandbox
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Real estate and hospitality sector
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Property Development
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Permanent residence permit
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Occupation Permit
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Manufacturing sector
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Logistics sector
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Life sciences sector
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Healthcare sector
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Food processing scheme
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Fintech
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Film rebate scheme
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Exemption from payment of registration duty and land transfer tax for warehousing purposes
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Aqua culture sector
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Agro-industry sector
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Acquisition of property

Legislations

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Value Added Tax Act
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Income Tax Act
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Freeport Act
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Excise Act
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Customs Act
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Trusts Act 2001
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The United Nations Financial Prohibitions Arms Embargo Travel Ban Sanctions Act 2019
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The Registration Duty Act
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The Private Pension Schemes Act 2012
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The Non Citizens Property Restriction Act 1975 20-10-2016
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The Limited Partnerships Act 2011
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The Land Act
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The Insurance Amendment Act 2015
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The Finance Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2020
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The Companies Act 2001
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The Securities Central Depository Clearing And Settlement Act 1996
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The Protection Against Unfair Practices Industrial Property
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2011
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The Business Registration Act 2002
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Regulations of the Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act 2002
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Protected Cell Companies Act
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Prevention Of Terrorism Act 2002
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POCA
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Non Citizens Employment Restriction
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MRA Act
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Merchant shipping (registration of ships) 2009
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MARITIME ZONES 1
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Insurance Act 2005
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Insolvency Act 2009
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IMMIGRATION ACT
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ICT Act
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GMO Act
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Foundations Act 2012
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Financial Services Act 2007
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Financial Reporting Act 2004
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Fiamla Updated 2019
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ERiA Updated as at 29 May 2017
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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT
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Electronic Transactions Act
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Copyright Act 2014
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Computer Misuse Act
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Companies Act 2001 Amended (up to date)
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Clinical Trials
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Captive Insurance Act 2015
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Business Facilitation Act
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The Data Protection Act 2017
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Securities Act Amended
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Merchant Shipping Act 2007
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Finance Act 2019
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Investment Promotion Smart City Scheme Amendment Regulations 2015
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Investment Promotion Hotel Scheme Regulations 2015
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Investment Promotion Act
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EDB Property Development Act 2015
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EDB Act 2017
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The Business Facilitation Act 17
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The Business Facilitation Misc Pro Act

Publications

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Cost of Doing Business 2021
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budget speech 2020 2021
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budget speech 2016 2017
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budget speech 2015 2016
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budget speech 2019 2020
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budget speech 2017 2018
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ict flyer
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ict flyer august 2019
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health care brochure 2017 french final
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generic brochure french website jan 2019
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generic brochure english website jan 2019
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corporate brochure may 2017
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brochure hpd
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brochure
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boi corporate brochure apr 2017
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agro Dec 16

Annual Report

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EDB Annual Report 2018-2019

Others

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World investment report
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Outlline of Mauritius Income Tax System
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Maximum shipping schedule
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list of irs projects 2017
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list of approved res projects aug 19
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list of approved pds projects september-2018
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List of Recruiting Agencies-Agents in Operation as at 16.05.2018
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List of eligible European countries
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Business Plan rsl
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annex1-47 eligible ports

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