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Doing Business in Mauritius

Can a foreigner hold 100% shares when incorporating a company?

​Yes, a foreigner can hold 100% shares provided that at least one of the directors resides in Mauritius and that the foreigner gets approval from the Prime Minister's Office for the undertaking, as required by section 52.6 of the Companies Act 2001.


How do you incorporate a company in Mauritius?

​An application needs to be made at the Companies Division on the prescribed forms. This division is responsible for incorporating and regulating companies in Mauritius and for keeping their records.

For more information, please visit the Companies Division's Website.


In which sectors can I invest?

​There are many sectors in which you can invest ranging from manufacturing to Information and Communication Technology. You are advised to visit the website of the Board of Investment  for detailed information on investment opportunities and incentive schemes.


What is the cost of doing business in Mauritius?

​The Board of Investment provides a detailed list of various costs of doing business in Mauritius.

 


What is the taxation structure in Mauritius?

​The major tax in Mauritius is the income tax, which is a tax imposed on individuals as well as corporate entities. Value Added Tax, Registration tax, Customs & Excise duty, land transfer taxes, etc, are other forms of direct and indirect taxes applicable in Mauritius.

Information on the various taxes is available on the Mauritius Revenue Authority's Webiste


Where can I get an investor's guide?

​An Investor's guide is downloadable from the Board of Investment website


Where can I get information on public procurement?

​Information on Government tenders and procedures is available from the Public Procurement’s website.


Where can I register Trademarks?

​The Patents and Trademarks Section of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, International trade and Cooperation is responsible for registering trademarks.

 
The Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act

 


Where I can get information on visa requirements and residence permits?

​The website of the Prime Minister's Office provides information on visa requirements and residence permits.


Which are the main promotion agencies in Mauritius?


e-Governance

What are the benefits of e-Government to citizens?

​E-Government offers Mauritian citizens with significant benefits by:

  • providing round-the-clock online Government information and services through a single window;
  • allowing for greater flexibility and convenience while dealing with Government departments and agencies, through online access of services;
  • reducing the turn-around time in the provision of Government services;
  • keeping citizens abreast of the latest developments in the public sector; and
  • encouraging citizens to play a proactive role in the decision-making process of the Government of Mauritius

What are the benefits of e-Government to Government bodies?

​E-Government helps to improve the flow of information and enhances communication between the different Government departments. This gives rise to significant improvements in the coordination of public sector resources, better analytical tools to solve the increasingly complex problems faced by Government and decision support tools to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of public policy.


What are the benefits of e-Government to the businesses?

​E- Government will benefit businesses by:

  • providing a gateway for the development of mutually beneficial interactions between the Government and businesses;
  • eliminating the administrative procedures when dealing with the Government, thus resulting in considerable time and costs savings for the businesses; and
  • providing a secure and trustworthy environment for conducting online transactions with the Government.

What are the objectives of e-Government?

​The objectives of e-Government are to:

  • provide round-the-clock online Government information and services through a single window;
  • give the users the choice to decide when, from where and how they want to interact with the Government;
  • eliminate administrative bottlenecks, thus reducing the turn-around time in the provision of most Government services;
  • bring the people closer to the Government by keeping them abreast of the latest developments in the public sector, thus encouraging them to play a proactive role in the decision-making process of the Government;
  • provide a simple, secure and trustworthy interface for accessing Government services and conducting online transactions;
  • modernise the public sector; and
  • create a digital community.

What is e-Government?
​E-Government refers to the use by Government agencies of information technologies (such as Wide Area Networks, the Internet and mobile computing) to transform relations with citizens, businesses and other arms of Government, for:
  • enhanced delivery of Government services to citizens;
  • improved interactions with the business community;
  • citizen empowerment through access to information; and
  • more efficient Government administration


e-Services Applications

How to cancel an Application Learner’s Licence?
A user he/she himself/herself has to cancel an application for learner by:
  • Clicking on Sign In
  • Enter username and Password
  • At the top of your Name which is found instead of Sign In, click on the yellow arrow and Choose Myworkspace.
  • Locate your application with Request ID.
  • Click on the click. Your Application will open.
  • Scroll Down and click Cancel.
  • After two days make a new application.

How to fill in an Online Application?
  • Click on Sign In
  • You will be prompted to enter User name and password.
  • Enter your Username and Password
  • Click on the menu E-Services and select an eservice

  • How to apply for:

    Application for a Learner's License. Click to download
    Application for Registration Mark at the NTA. Click to download
    Application for Vehicle Examination at the NTA. Click to download

How to Register/Create an account on the Government Portal?
  • ​Click on the Sign In link found on the top left hand side.
  • You will be prompted to enter User name and password.
  • Click on Register (new user).
Click here for more info

How to reset/create a new password?
  • Click on the Sign In link
  • Click on Password forgotten?
  • Fill all the entries marked with a red coloured asterisk *
  • Click on the Submit button
  • User will receive a Reset Password mail after submitting form. User must check inbox, spam or junk mail.
  • User should click only once (single click) on the link provided in his/her email to reset a new password

  • Note: Password must contain minimum 8 alphanumeric characters. An example, X2a$mT81@3

Signing up as a user on the portal

Registering on www.govmu.org enables you to sign up for any of the services of the Government of Mauritius that are available over the internet.

Once you are registered as a www.govmu.org Portal User, you will be able to:
  • Submit forms to government departments for the services for which you have enrolled.
  • Make payments online when they become available
  • Check the status of your application.
  • Enroll for additional services as they become available.
Note:
If you have an existing account for online government services from the previous portal, you are kindly requested to register again on the new portal.

What should I do if I notice NIC already taken?
More than one account cannot be created with the same NIC and user should call the Government Online Centre on 454-9955 for assistance.

Who to contact for more information?
User wishing additional information can call the Support Team of Government Online Centre on 454-9955 or email support@ncb.mu


Studying in Mauritius

Is the education system in schools based on English medium only?

​All Government schools are English-based while private/fee paying schools follow either the English or the French model.


What documents need to be submitted by foreign students to undertake tertiary education?
  • Application form to enter Mauritius duly filled in and signed by the applicant.
  • Two recent passport size photographs of the applicant.
  • Photocopy of the data pages of passport of the applicant.
  • Evidence of admission in an educational or training institutions approved by Government
  • Details on the course to be followed.
  • Evidence of funds to meet costs of training/course and accommodation in Mauritius.
  • Evidence from the foreign educational or training establishment to the effect that the training/short course to be followed in Mauritius forms part of a course of study being followed by the applicant, where applicable.
  • An undertaking by applicant to the effect that he/she will not engage in any financial / gainful activities in Mauritius during and after the training / course.
  • In case of a minor, a letter of consent from the responsible parties/guardian.

For more information, please click here


What is the calendar of schools in Mauritius?

Click here for the calendar of schools in Mauritius.



The Government

What are the political and legal systems in Mauritius?
​The Republic of Mauritius is a parliamentary democracy modelled on the British system. The separation of powers among the three branches of the Government, namely the Legislative, the Executive and the Judiciary, is embedded in the Constitution. The President is the Head of State while the Prime Minister has full executive power and is the Head of Government. The National Assembly comprises seventy members, out of which sixty-two are elected every five years during parliamentary elections. Eight are chosen according to a best-loser system.
 

Mauritius has a composite legal system consisting of British common law practices and the French Napoleon Code. During the French period, the island's legal system was governed by the French Napoleonic Code, which remained in force under the British rule. This entailed subsequent amendments in civil and criminal procedural laws as well as in company law. Although Mauritius has been a Republic since 1992, the country is still a member of the Commonwealth. The Privy Council in London is the Supreme Court of Appeal.


What is the political system in Mauritius?
​The Republic of Mauritius is a parliamentary democracy modelled on the British system. The separation of powers among the three branches of the Government, namely the Legislative, the Executive and the Judiciary, is embedded in the Constitution. The President is the Head of State while the Prime Minister has full executive power and is the Head of Government.
 
More information can be obtained on the website of the National Assembly.

 

 

 


Who are the members of the Mauritian Government?

​The Prime Minister's Office  website has a page which gives a full list of the current Ministers in the Government.



Visiting Mauritius

Where can I find information on tourism in Mauritius?

​The website of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) provides comprehensive information on tourism in Mauritius.



Work & Live in Mauritius

Is it possible for foreigners to buy property in Mauritius?

​Non-nationals are allowed to acquire residential property in Mauritius under special schemes known as the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) and the Real Estate Scheme (RES) respectively.

For more information, please click here.


Is it possible to work and live in Mauritius?

Mauritius is a great place to live, and the country is open for business, there are various options available for those looking for work, to set up their own business or simply retire.

For more information, please visit Work & Live in Mauritius's Website.