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Why opening a company in Mauritius?

Mauritius, renowned for its stable political climate and robust economy, presents a highly favorable environment for business ventures and company formations.

Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, stands as a beacon of economic success and political stability in Africa. With a diverse, multilingual population of about 1.3 million, this country has undergone a significant transformation from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a diversified, upper-middle-income economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourism sectors. Mauritius is known for its favorable business environment, modern infrastructure, and a well-established legal and regulatory framework. The country’s strategic location between Asia and Africa, along with its membership in various regional economic groups, makes it an ideal gateway for investment and trade in both continents. Boasting a competitive and efficient banking system, Mauritius offers a dynamic and innovative financial sector. With its commitment to democracy and rule of law, the country assures a secure and transparent environment for investors and entrepreneurs.


Opening a company in Mauritius comes with numerous advantages, including a favorable tax system, political stability, robust legal framework, and access to a skilled, multilingual workforce. The country’s well-developed banking and financial services sector also provides ample support for business operations.

Advantages Details
Stable Political Climate Ensures a secure environment for investments and business operations
Strategic Location Ideal for accessing African and Asian markets
Favorable Tax Regime Flat 15% tax rate, attractive for business growth
Modern Infrastructure Well-developed transport and communication facilities
Robust Legal Framework Protects investors and ensures transparency
Financial Incentives Various incentives for startups and foreign investors

Fiscal system in Mauritius

The fiscal system in Mauritius is characterized by its simplicity and attractiveness to investors. The country’s tax system is structured to encourage investment, with a flat personal and corporate tax rate of 15%. This, combined with no capital gains tax and no inheritance tax, positions Mauritius as a financially advantageous locale for business operations.


The tax system in Mauritius is designed to be business-friendly and straightforward. Key aspects include a flat income tax rate of 15% for both individuals and corporations, no capital gains tax, and a network of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with numerous countries. This framework not only simplifies the tax obligations for companies but also offers them considerable savings, making Mauritius an attractive destination for international business. Additionally, there are various incentives for specific sectors like information technology, financial services, and property development, further enhancing the country’s appeal as an investment hub.

VAT in Mauritius

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Mauritius is levied at a standard rate, with certain goods and services being exempt or zero-rated. The VAT system is designed to be business-friendly while ensuring compliance with international standards.

CFC Rules

Mauritius has Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rules in place, designed to prevent tax avoidance through foreign subsidiaries. These rules ensure that profits earned by a foreign subsidiary of a Mauritius-based company are taxed appropriately, contributing to the country’s stance against tax evasion.

Compliance and regulatory requirements

Local Director

Companies in Mauritius are generally required to appoint a local director, ensuring compliance with local laws and providing a point of contact within the jurisdiction.

Local Secretary

Appointment of a local secretary is often necessary, especially for compliance and administrative purposes, serving as an essential part of corporate governance.

Annual Return

Filing an annual return is a legal requirement in Mauritius, providing transparency and up-to-date information about the company’s financial status and corporate structure.

Audited Accounts

Companies in Mauritius may need to have their accounts audited, depending on their size and type of business, ensuring financial transparency and adherence to accounting standards.

Types of companies in Mauritius

Global Business Corporation (GBC)

The GBC is a popular choice for international business, offering tax benefits and access to Mauritius’
extensive network of double taxation treaties. This type of company is ideal for international trade, investment holding, and financial services, catering to those seeking global market access.

Global Business Corporation (GBC)

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Authorized Company

Authorized Companies are primarily designed for foreign-owned businesses conducting activities outside Mauritius. They benefit from a flexible regulatory regime, making them suitable for a wide range of international activities.

Authorized Company

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Trusts in Mauritius are used for asset protection, estate planning, and investment purposes. They offer confidentiality and are governed by robust legal frameworks, making them a secure option for managing assets.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to incorporate a company in Mauritius?

The time frame for incorporating a company in Mauritius can vary, but it’s generally quick, often taking just a few days to complete the registration process, provided all documents are in order and requirements are met.

What is the minimum capital required for company formation in Mauritius?

In Mauritius, there is no prescribed minimum capital requirement for most types of companies. This flexibility allows investors to start their business ventures with an amount they are comfortable with. However, specific business types like Global Business Companies may have different requirements.

What are the legal requirements for setting up a business in Mauritius?

Legal requirements for setting up a business in Mauritius include registering the company, obtaining necessary licenses or permits, complying with employment laws, and adhering to specific sectoral regulations. It’s essential to consult with legal experts to ensure full compliance.

Are there any tax benefits for foreign investors in Mauritius?

Yes, Mauritius offers several tax benefits to foreign investors, including a low flat corporate tax rate, no capital gains tax, and an extensive network of double taxation avoidance agreements. These incentives make Mauritius an attractive destination for foreign investment.

Can a foreign national own a company in Mauritius?

Foreign nationals can fully own a company in Mauritius without any restrictions. This makes Mauritius an ideal location for foreign entrepreneurs and investors looking to establish or expand their business.

What are the ongoing compliance requirements for companies in Mauritius?

Companies in Mauritius must adhere to ongoing compliance requirements including annual filing of financial statements, maintaining proper records, holding annual general meetings, and ensuring regulatory filings are up to date. Compliance with specific sector regulations may also apply.

Are there any special incentives for startups in Mauritius?

Mauritius offers incentives for startups, including tax holidays, grants, and incubator programs. These incentives are designed to encourage innovation and support new businesses in their growth and development.

What is the process for obtaining a business license in Mauritius?

Obtaining a business license in Mauritius involves applying to the relevant government body, which varies depending on the business activity. It requires submission of specific documents and compliance with certain criteria, such as safety and health standards. Please refer to our business licences services page.

What are the labor laws affecting companies in Mauritius?

Mauritius has comprehensive labor laws that companies must comply with. These include regulations on employment contracts, minimum wages, working hours, health and safety standards, and employee rights.

Are there any industry-specific regulations for businesses in Mauritius?

Yes, certain industries in Mauritius are subject to specific regulations. These industries include finance, tourism, healthcare, and education, each governed by respective regulatory bodies and legislation.

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