Need a helping hand when you’re planning to relocate to Mauritius? Bolt Home Mauritius does just that, while 2Futures helps you find the island home of your dreams.
As idyllic as the end goal is there are still hoops to jump through to meet the government’s legislative requirements. That’s in addition to managing the logistical challenges of relocating to Mauritius. Everybody knows moving anywhere is stressful and 2Futures and Bolt Home Mauritius can make it a whole lot easier. Representatives answer some of the frequently asked questions about relocating to Mauritius in this insightful video filmed at one of the glorious swimming beaches they love to talk about.
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Top 9 tips when you move to Mauritius
Do you need a specific visa to access Mauritius?
No, you don’t. Foreigners from most countries only need a valid passport and proof of accommodation to enter on a tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days. If you wish to stay longer you’ll have to apply for a relevant permit, or a Premium Travel Visa, or buy property – depending on the reason for your stay.
How do you qualify to move to Mauritius?
There are many ways to qualify. You can invest in a business, set up a company, find a job, enter as a remote worker on the Premium Visa, and retire.
Where are the most popular areas to live in Mauritius and why?
Most of the ex-pats live in the North, which is the Grand Baie area, all the way from Trou aux Biches to Grand Gaube as well as in the West, in Tamarin and Black River. The reason for this is that the infrastructure is good and the weather is great. There are international schools, hospitals, and shopping centres as well as lovely swimming beaches.
What is the cost of living in Mauritius?
According to expatistan.com, the 2021 cost of living indicator shows that it is 7% cheaper to live in the capital Port Louis than in Joburg, South Africa. It is 6% cheaper than Cape Town, South Africa, 50% cheaper than Singapore, 43% cheaper than Dubai, and 36% cheaper than Berlin. Of course, this is very dependent on lifestyle. Where you live, the type of car you drive, the schools your kids go to, how often you frequent restaurants and similar entertainment, and how much you ramp up your air-conditioning in the summer affects that percentage.
Can foreigners open a bank account remotely?
Yes, Bolt Home Mauritius can assist clients with that. There are many international banks represented on the island. The process takes about two months.
Schools, pets, jobs…
We, as moms, have our kids attending many different schools here.What curriculums do they all cover?
There are multiple international schools on the island, especially in the North, the West, and the Central Plateau. There’s the International Baccalaureate (IB) as well as the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). For younger kids, there are many Montessori curriculums in schools as well. The universities are amazing. Campuses have been established by local and international institutions.
Does Bolt Home Mauritius assist with pet relocations?
Yes, we do. Most dog breeds may enter the island. However, some dangerous dog breeds won’t be allowed to enter. Depending on your country of origin, your pets may be required to quarantine. There are also some essential vaccinations and blood tests that need to be done at specific intervals. We can guide you through the process.
Can anyone find a job on the island?
Your job search is really dependent on your industry and how skilled you are. Many global companies are establishing offices in Mauritius. The most favourable industries on the island currently are IT, fintech, financial, construction, marketing, and tech. We can support you through Bolt Talent Solutions. You can register your profile via our portal and we’ll assist you with your integration into the business environment.
How safe is the island?
Safety is one of the main reasons many of us leave our countries of origin. Mauritius is still the most peaceful nation in Africa according to the Global Peace Index 2021, and the 28th most peaceful country in the world. Like anywhere else you still have to be responsible and aware of what’s going on around you but the crime rate in Mauritius is much lower than in many other countries. It’s a great environment to raise a family. We spend weekends on the beach (our kids can do that by themselves) and public transport is easy to use.
Top 3 property investment pointers
2Futures is one of the leading property developers on the island. Where can foreigners buy when they relocate to Mauritius?
Foreigners can only buy in specific development schemes. These are the Property Development Scheme (PDS), Real Estate Scheme (RES), Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), and G+2 (apartments with at least two levels above ground). An investment of USD 375,000 will secure permanent residency for the investor, their partner, kids, and parents who are financially dependent on them.
How long do you have to be on the island each year?
There’s no restriction to force you to be here at specific times of the year. As long as you have the property you have residency. You can live in your home country and visit Mauritius for as long as you like. You don’t have to be here all the time.
Can foreigners buy property for less than USD 375,000?
Of course. 2Futures has properties from USD 200,000 but those are available through different types of permits such as the retirement permit. You can invest in one- or two-bedroom apartments for below USD 375,000 and get a good rental return.